“ Brand: Silvercrest / Type: Small food processor „
I was having problems with my Kenwood food processor not being up to the job and spotted this in LIDL at 12.99. It didn't seem like a bad price and i thought it would relieve the Kenwood from some of its duties i.e. chopping vegetables, nuts, or anything to do with whisking.
Looks-Wise it is quite stylish for something that is made from plastic, with a black base and a white head. The plastic doesn't seem like the cheap kind and feels quite nice to touch. The bowl itself is clear plastic and has the ounce and milliliter measurement on the front, you get the blade itself with this and a separate whisk attachment.
Being so small I didn't have high expectations for it but I was pleasantly surprised. The instructions are pretty good and it contains a section that gives you a rough idea on how much and for how long certain foods will take e.g. carrots, cheese, ice, eggs and fruit. It is also quite easy to use, you put the food into the bowl and push down to start processing, if you need a little more speed then there is a turbo button on the top that you can press. A minor problem is that the unit tend to overheat in about a minute but then again you aren't going to continuously use this for that long anyway. It does a very good job on everything i have thrown at it, my other machine struggles a little with carrots, this contraption doesn't even break a sweat with carrots, and it can turn nuts to powder before your eyes. Its not so bad for onions or tomatoes either. The whisking is on a whole other level. It creates very fluffy mayonnaise and the cream comes out superb as well. The machine is also very easy to clean but be careful its not plugged in when you do clean it.
Overall, don't waste your time on buying a big bulky overpriced food processor unit when something like this will do a better job and at a fraction of the price. I haven't used my main food processor since i got this.
The Silver Line mini chopper is currently on sale at Lidl discount supermarkets for the bargain price of £10. It's effectively a miniature food processor: there's a transparent goblet base maybe four inches in diameter into which slots a simple food processor 'Ninja throwing star' double-bladed knife arrangement, the knife part being attached to a broad upper handle arrangement, which houses the electronic part of the apparatus.
The cup base sits on a slightly rubberized pad which provides a non-slip surface when the chopper is in use. This base cleverly (well, I thought it was a nifty design solution at any rate) peels away from the base and can be used as a press-over lid to cover the contents in the cup part (once the knife / handle part has been lifted away). Separating the cup base and upper part - which slot / screw lightly together - is slightly tricky as they have a tendency to stick together, but there a knack to getting them apart that's easily learnt.
The chopper is designed to chop solid substances such as salads, vegetables, nuts - and ice! Apart from the knife there is one additional attachment: a plastic cover that slots over the knives that intended as a beater - for whipping liquids such as cream, etc. The controls are simple to use - there's a button that switches the chopper on once the cup base and handle are slotted together - and a 'turbo' setting for extra power. I've found the chopper extremely effective to use, much more powerful in its shredding ability than the old electric coffee grinder I used to use, as will be illustrated by the following example:
I have a particular use for a chopper of this sort, being in the habit of shredding dried seaweed into tiny flakes (what can I say, the kids have gone mad-keen on the stuff). Dried seaweed is surprisingly tough, and much more difficult to shred finely than you might think (when it's dried in bunches, you can barely cut it even with kitchen scissors); when I used the electric coffee grinder for the same purpose for example I had to laboriously pre-cut the dried seaweed into cm-long sections to get anywhere at all, and even then it didn't shred particularly finely, or effectively. Combined with this was the fact that the coffee grinder had a very limited capacity - of only maybe a few tablespoons at a time.
With the Silver Line chopper you can just bung non-pre-cut wodges of seaweed in, and they'll shred as fine as anything in very little time. This is an important point as the instructions recommend that the chopper should only be used continuously for a minute at a time, otherwise it'll overheat. While the illustration of chopped salad that came on the box suggested that the chopper would cut this type of material only down to the size of about a centimetre square, I can confirm that if you use it for long enough, it'll shred material down to a near-powder if necessary. Given that it will cut dried seaweed, which in my experience little else in the kitchen will do, I would say it should be good for cutting / shredding almost any foodstuff (within reason). Vegetarian recipes sometimes call for large quantities of chopped nuts; this would be an ideal implement with which to process them.
The cup of the chopper is small and easy to hand wash, as is the detachable blade part, so cleaning is easy. The electric handset of course can't be wetted, but the rest of it is dishwasher-safe. I was very pleasantly surprised by this chopper, and would highly recommend it. The small size makes it much more convenient to use and store than your standard, size-of-a-tank-style, full-sized food processor.
It also comes with a three-year guarantee from Lidl - just keep the till receipt.