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I got into cooking a couple of years when I got married and had to cook every night. At first I was terrible at it and didn't enjoy myself at all. Slowly I got better and understood more about what I was doing, as this happened my food got better.
As I got better at cooking I really started to get into it and would look in the shops for bits and gadgets that would make kitchen tasks easier. On one shopping trip I came across this and though it was quite expensive, it looked really good quality. When I went home I looked it up on the internet and thought it looked amazing. It had really good reviews and I was desperate for one, but at over £220 I just couldn't afford it at the time.
Then like a fairy godmother, about a month later one of the shopping channels had it on an flexible payment offer where you could pay for it over 4 months interest free. Before I knew what I was doing, my fingers were dialling and my credit card was ready and posied for action.
I have had it now for about 18 months and I just love it. It really is like having another pair of hands in the kitchen and was worth every penny. There are loads of attatchments you can buy to go with it and extend it's uses even more, but I would suggest just buying the main unit first and then working out what other bits you might like to purchase once you have used it a few times.
This can be used for so many things in the kitchen. The main unit can whip, kneed, stir, whisk and mix. With the unit you normally get a jug blender attatchment that fits on the top of the unit. This can be used to blend, crush ice, and liquidise all sorts of foods. you could even use it as a grinder.
I use mine most days and everytime I cook. You can put cooked potatoes in and when you turn it on, it will mash them for you, how great is that! I also use mine for cakes, ice cream mixtures, whipping cream, making sorbets, putting together salad dressings, making fishcakes and preparing bread dough. I use the jug attatchment that comes with it to make soups, smoothies, sorbets, crush ice, make breadcrumbs and crumble mixtures and also for making sauces and toppings.
I think that although it is expensive, it is actually very, very good value. It is a good quality machine and built to last, unlike a lot of electricals these days. It can handle a lot of work and you never seem to hear the motor labouring or under pressure. Of course there is some noise, but it is quite minimal compared to other food processors. It is a very compact size and looks neat and stylish on the work top in my kitchen. At one point I was going to buy a cover for it but decided I wanted to show it off instead.
I love my kenwood and wouldn't ever want to be without it now. Even if it only mashed potatoes I would still buy it again because I hate mashing potatoes and the kenwood always leaves them soft, lump free and with a velvit like texture. It's also great for things like meringues which would take ages and lot of sweat and tears to whip up the egg whites. This machine does it in under five minutes. Or you could ues it for making super-fluffy omlettes. The uses just go on and on, a bit like me hehe.
Now that I have used a kenwood, I would never use another brand no matter what they came up with. It is my most treasured gadget and it saves me so much time and work in the kitchen that if I didn't have it I would probably suffer from seperation anxiety.
Short name: Kenwood KMC510