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I love baking and cooking but used to be really rubbish at it and end up with lots of disasters that tasted nice but looked dreadful. I then realised that part of the problem was that I did not have the correct equipment to help with my endeavors and therefore bought this Kenwood Chef food processor.
The food processor comes in a lovely shiny silver finish which looks great in my kitchen. It has a number of different features including:
A large capacity 6.7 litre bowl
A glass liquidiser for making smoothies, soups and milkshakes.
5 speed settings
Balloon whisk, dough hook and flexible beater tool.
Height 40cm Width 23cm Depth 34cm
I first used my food processor to make a cake and immediately found that it was both very powerful but also very quiet and did not sound like it was about to blow up which some food processors can. It was very quick at mixing together the cake ingredients and the handles on the bowl made it really easy to lift the bowl out of the processor and pour the cake mix into cake tins.
The processor has a good length lead which means that you can place it where you want to on your work surface without the restriction of having to be too near the plug
One of the things that I like the best about this food processor is that the bowl is a great size so can take lots of ingredients rather than having to mix things in batches. It is also not too heavy to lift but is sturdy when it is in use so you don't worry that it is going to move around on your worktop. The different speeds and pulse option mean that you can gradually build up the speed while mixing ingredients, starting from slow and then increasing to high, so you don't get splattered in flour.
I have now used this processor on several occasions to make a variety of different cakes and biscuits and have found that it has performed well on all occasions. It cost me about £350 on offer but should last for years and hopefully give me lots of nice cake to eat!
If you are looking for a mixer that is a cut above the rest, you can't really go wrong with Kenwood.
You will pay more for this brand, but if you are serious about cooking then it is worth it.
This mixer has a lovely strong bowl and feels really robust to use. The variable speed setting allows you to get the speed just right to avoid over beating or covering yourself with mixture!
Mine came with a good variety of mixing attachments and a blender which is great for making coleslaw.
With Kenwood, all the accessories and attachments fit perfectly and easily - you never feel like they are going to come off as they all fit with a rigid "click".
Cleaning is easy and the mixer attachment has a rubber cover to stop food getting up into the mechanism which just pops on and off.
When making cake mix or bread, the oscillating mixing head makes sure that you get every part of the bowl - it's hard to describe but it seems to rotate separately from the main mixer heads so it sweeps around the bowl. This is especially good when using the dough hook as you don't end up with dry mix left at the bottom of the bowl. The bowl is also shaped so that the sweep of the mix heads leaves almost no area unmixed.
Slight gripe is the noise level when on anything over half power - however it is a powerful mixer so shouldn't complain really.
I'd buy another.