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We live a healthy lifestyle in our home and in the past year we've cut down on our takeaways drastically. We now have a 'hot air fryer' that allows us to make chips and other scrumptious treats without drowning them in oil. This is fantastic but I found that I got sick of spending ages making chips for us and our friends when they visited and finding that they were browning slightly before they even make it in to the 'fryer'. I had this chipper on my Amazon wishlist for quite some time before I took the plunge and purchased it. I actually read a review of this on another website before deciding that it sounded perfect for saving me some time and I paid around £11.00 for mine. This is currently £12.76 on Amazon with free delivery but prices fluctuate almost daily on lots of Amazon items. This chipper is made from plastic with stainless steel blades. The idea of this of course is that it turns a potato in to chips with nice even sizes. This is ideal for a hot air fryer because you want nice even sized chips to ensure that you get chips that are cooked thoroughly and all the same. Using this chipper is very simple, all you do is lift up the lever, place a peeled potato in to the space, push the lever back down and then the potato is pushed through the blade. This then leaves you with beautifully even chips. Of course you do get some thin ones sometimes from where the edge of the potato was, however I get significantly less chips that are an inadequate size from using this and therefore there is much less wastage. I have to put quite a lot of effort in to getting the potato moved through the blades, however it is worth it for the amount of chips and the size of them too. Obviously when it comes to chipping a potato by hand with a knife this is quite difficult too with larger sized potatoes so this is probably just as easy to use, if not more so. This stays sturdy thanks to a sucker in the bottom and this has never failed on me yet. Obviously it takes a few seconds to move this when I need to, however I like this feature as it means that this is nice and safe and I don't have to worry about it moving forward and slicing my finger in to chips! There are two thickness blades, one for normal chips and one for french fries. This is fantastic as I love having the option to do both as variety is always nice isn't it. I mainly use the standard chip one as I find that this is a nice size without being too big. I wash this up usually by rinsing it right away and this is very simple. This hasn't rusted at all despite fairly regular use and in all I am going to give this 5/5. This is simple to use, even if some strength is needed, and it provides me with uniform regular chips that cook with ease in my hot air fryer. I've also used this once or twice on carrots and a few other vegetables and it has worked equally well for that. Kitchen Craft is a name that I know and trust for reasonably priced kitchen items. I have used lots of products from them in the past and am always happy to try something else. I would definitely recommend Kitchen Craft products and this chipper is one of them! I'm really pleased with this chipper. It allows me to make chips for several people in just a matter of minutes and saves me lots of time and effort. This is easy to use and clean and was a reasonable price too.
I try and eat healthy about 80 per cent of the time but for the other 20 per cent I like to splurge and one of my favourite foods has to be good old chips. I do have an actifry which does make them a lot healthier than using a raditional frying pan but I still try and limit my intake to about once a week. As fantastic as the actifry is it does help if the chips you put in it are of a uniform size to make sure that they cook at the same time and that is where the kitchencraft potato chipper comes in handy. I purchased the potato chipper on a whim when browsing at the shop as I thought that it seemed like a good product and I own a few kitchen craft products and have been generally pleased with them overall. Admittedly I haven't had as much use out of it as I thought that I would but it was only £15 and I have found that it does have a few other uses than simply making chips. the chipper is made from a plastic base with the actual bits that make the chips made from stainless steel. To use it all you need to do is peel a few potatos and then place it inside the chipper which will move back as you lift the lever to accommodate the potato and then you just need to push the lever back down and the potato will be pushed through the blade making perfect even chips. It sounds easy and in practise it is easy although you do need to have some arm strength for pushing the lever as it isn't the smoothest of functions obviously since potatos are generally quite hard. I find it ok to use but I do imagine that an older person may not find it as easy to use because of the arm strength involved. It comes with two blades, one for making normal thicker chips and one for making thinner french fry style of chips. For me personally I find that the french fry blade cuts the chips just too small so I never use this one. The actual chipper itself is quite a nice size and doesn't take up too much room on the worktop so you could easily leave it there if you don't have much drawer room. There is also a litle sucker on the bottom which is controled by a small lever and this actually makes a huge difference in making sure that it stays in place and doesn't slip around. Although the chips it makes are a perfect size I would only really recommend this to a large family as I find that if I am making chips only for myself then I am almost quicker just to cut them myself than use and clean this. The cleaning of it doesn't take much time at all as it usually just involves a wipe with a damp cloth or if there are slivers of potato stuck in it I just put the whole thing in the dishwasher. I have found myself using the chipper for cutting vegetable crudetes much more than for making chips. I quite enjoy making my own hummous and then using the crudetes to dip in it and this is ideal for that and you can use it to cut a variety of diffeent vegetables. Overall even though I don't get as much use out of it as I thought that I would I don't really have a lot to fault about the chipper as it is great quality and a good price but just make sure you ae going to use it before buying it.
This potato chipper my mum used to use in the 1970s and so when I saw it for sale on Amazon I had to buy it for a gift for my mother to use again and bring back memories for her as she used it all the time when I was growing up. She was well pleased with it when i gave her it, the peeled raw potato goes inside the chipper compartment, and then you close the handle down onto the potato, and the chipper cuts into the potato and squeezes out the potato into chips. It is also good for dicing carrots and suede although these are a little harder to do than the potato but never the less can be done perfectly. In my opinion it is a very simple device to use but for an elderly person with arthritis etc I would not recommend it as it needs to be push down firmly and if your hands are not so good it would probably cause some pain but if you are healthy it is fine. It has a lever action handle and a sucker base so it does not slip on a worktop and stays firmly in place. It is perfect for making thick chips and the only downside I think it has is the potato gets stuck in blades sometimes but other than that it is a nice little device. It is very easy to clean, all that is needed is to just soak it in a little washing up liquid and it is nice and clean again. It is easy to store in a cupboard and it does not take up much room. I bought it for £11 from Amazon and it comes in a cardboard box and be stored inside the box or on a shelf in a cupboard or in a large drawer. I often go to my mums for tea and sometimes she does chips using this product and the chips are a nice thick size and delicious. I recommend this product and it can be fun for all the family to use. I rate it 5 stars.
In my review about the Good Food 101 One Pot Dishes I said I was tempted to buy a potato chipper and make my own chips and that's exactly what I have done. Another inspiring factor in this was some Tesco oven chips that really weren't nice at all and I got to the stage where I'd had enough of them. Anyone remember the 70s when everyone ate fried food and when you had chips you had real chips? I vividly recall my Mum giving me a huge bowl of peeled potatoes (there were 6 of us!) to chop up with one of those chippers that consists of a not very sharp blade on a handle. It used to take me forever and I've no patience for fiddly things so rather than get that kind of potato chipper I decided to get a quicker, newer gadget. After scouring Amazon for such a device and finding there were several I settled on this Kitchen Craft Potato Chipper. It wasn't the cheapest but the cheap ones had terrible reviews and it wasn't a state of the art expensive model that required a second mortgage, it cost £11.99. That's quite middle of the road when it comes to these chippers and the reviews were all very good too. The chipper arrived and is it sad I got excited and immediately peeled a potato to put through? Thought so! The chipper isn't very large so you don't need lots of space for it, it's 25cm long, 12cm high and 10cm wide so it's quite compact. It is made of metal and plastic so the base is plastic, the lever arm metal with a plastic handle. The first thing to do is obviously wash it and you can dunk the whole thing in the sink so that's easy enough. There are two blades with this model, one for normal size chips and the other for french fries. The blade sits at the front of the chipper and as you lift the handle up and slide the plastic bit that pushes the potato through away from the blade it creates space for the potato to go in. To change the blades you just press a button at the top of the blade itself and it falls out ready for the other one to be slotted into its place. So this is a lever arm device and once you've popped your potato in there you just press down on the lever and the plastic pusher pushes the potato through the blade. First thing I noticed was the chipper wouldn't sit still then I noticed a little lever on the side that wasn't mentioned in the instructions. I pulled it and found it controls a suction pad underneath the chipper so if you hold this lever up the chipper is securely stuck to the worktop. The first potato I tried was a small one and I put it in, pressed the handle down easily and it went through the blade and turned into chips. Brilliant! Then I tried a larger one and found this considerably harder to push through. The lever is metal with a plastic handle so it's strong enough to cope but a large potato (medium really, you wouldn't fit a large one in the space) is significantly difficult. I have to say my partner has since used the chipper and he uses a different method to me, he just puts the potato in and picks the whole thing up, holds it over a bowl and squeezes the handle and device together. He doesn't seem to have trouble with any size potato so it's a strength issue! If you get a potato too large to fit into the machine just chop it down to size a bit and if like me you struggle to press the lever down with medium sized potatoes they too can be chopped down a bit. The end result is a pile of real chips. They are all a good size except for the rounded sections from the outside of the potato and these produce little shards. This isn't a complaint though, the only way you could avoid this is to give your potatoes squared off edges and if you want to that's up to you but I don't think it's worth the effort! The french fry blade makes life a little harder. As the gaps are much smaller it requires more effort to push the potato through the blade. I don't think we'll use this one much though, I only tried it for the sake of the review. If you want to remove the plastic pusher, you have to if you change blades because it has knobbly bits that go through the holes on the blade at the other end, you just turn the plastic handle that holds it on and remove it. To replace it you just put it in position and turn the handle the opposite way to secure it. Afterwards the chipper can just be washed in the sink but not a dishwasher and left to dry. So the only problem I've had with this is the amount of strength required on some of the larger potatoes. I'm sure some people won't find this a problem but I'm a weedy little thing with loose joints so for me it's a bit taxing! I just press for a bit then stop then press again until I've pushed the potato through so it's not impossible. Other wise it's easy to clean, small to store, sturdy, simple to understand and there's no assembly required. I really like it. And the chips? Well obviously chopping your own takes about ten minutes longer than opening a bag of oven chips but they taste so much better! I use only a dessert spoon of oil and mix it with the chips in a bowl then cook them in the oven like oven chips. They take about the same length of time and need shaking a couple of times during cooking if you don't use much oil but they smell like proper chips cooked in a deep fat fryer and are so tasty it's worth the bit of extra effort. You could also use the spray type of oil for even lower fat chips. I really like this gadget and can overlook the bit of struggle with larger potatoes for healthier and tastier chips at the end of it. Highly recommended.
Home fried chips are a cinch with this handy chipper.