“ Brand: Lakeland / Type: Food Chopper „
When we moved in to our home together back in 2010 I already had a plethora of kitchen gadgets. Most I had obtained during sales or special offers and excitedly packed away ready for the day when we would finally move in together just the two of us. It finally happened and once we had the necessary items for basic baking and cooking I started to look around for some other items and picked up quite a few delightful items that took my fancy with this Lakeland mini chopper being one.
This item was something of an impulse purchase. I wasn't too sure what I was going to use it for at the time but I was sure that I wanted it! I believe I paid £20 for this which seemed a little expensive for a kitchen gadget but I decided to give it a go anyway! I was mainly attracted to this because it is so small and so I figured it would be easy to store in a cupboard or drawer if I did not end up using it much.
This mini chopper is very small at just under 20cm high and has four feet on it allowing it to sit on my worktop easily without sliding around and becoming damaged when in use. This chopper is quite easy to fit together and is made up of four parts that slot together to make up this mini chopper. The four parts are the chopping bowl with stainless steel chopping blade, the shaker lid, the chopping bowl cover and the power unit with control button on the top. It is quite simple to take this apart, add your ingredients and then clip back together and this probably takes me under 30 seconds in total. The blades are incredibly sharp so care is needed to avoided cutting yourself and so far I have only done this once.
The power unit is the last piece you will add back on and this has a grey button on the top which controls the power of this mini chopper. To pulse just press down light and remove pressure and continue applying the pressure on and off to pulse only. If you want to continually chop something then just apply pressure to the grey button and then leave your hand or fingers there until you are finished. This chopper is quite comfortable to hold and well designed so that it fits in the palm of my hand reasonably well. I am able to just apply pressure with the palm of my hand and this works very well for pulsing or continuous chopping. Once I have chopped my item I can take off the power unit and then use the shaker lid to pour out my ingredients. This has been very handy, particularly for nuts, herbs and bread. I have added to chop my items as fine as I like and then use the lid to sprinkle the ingredients over my almost finished dish.
I love that this is electrical and the flex is a reasonable length on this. I can place this on any worktop in my kitchen and use almost all my plug sockets.
I own a food processor, a large Kenwood one, but this is a gadget that I owned before I got my Kenwood food processor. This is ideal for chopping small items. I have used this so far for onions, nuts, biscuits, herbs, softer vegetables, bread and even cheese. I have been very pleased with the results from this mini chopper so far. It is the ideal size if I want to chop something small to spread over a dinner or just mix up some nuts for adding to a baking recipe. It holds the ideal size of ingredients if I am making something for just the two of us. Obviously this is quite small but then I do not try and cram my shut.
I find this mini chopper quite simple to clean. I tend to just rinse it as soon as I have finished using it and then hand wash it within an hour or two of finishing with it. Rinsing it ensures that there are no food parts left to dry on to this and then I use soapy water to clean the blades, shaker lid and chopping bowl before leaving to dry naturally before packing away again. If the power unit gets dirt on it then I use a wrung out cloth to wipe it over before drying it straight away to ensure that no water could damage the mechanism inside or get in to the plug.
Overall I am incredibly pleased with this product. I would firmly recommend it and my top tip would be to ensure that the blade is put in before any food! I made this mistake once and had to tip everything back out to put the blade in properly and avoid food being missed while chopping. I have been very pleased with this and while I do use my food processor quite often for larger ingredients and for soups and what not this is still something that I use now over a different chopping gadget I was given by my sister.
~A useful kitchen gadget~
Having seen similar products and thought them to be something I would like to try, when I came across the Lakeland My Kitchen Electric Mini Chopper I decided it was worth a try. On balance even though at £19.99 it wasn't a particularly cheap purchase for a small kitchen gadget, I felt that if it worked well, it was worth the initial outlay. The Lakeland My Kitchen Electric Mini Chopper can be used with a range of food stuffs, with it handling a ranges of tasks such as crushing digestive or ginger biscuits for dessert bases and chopping nuts and seeds for a variety of uses, etc.
The size and compact style of the product means that it can be something you can easily leave out on a work top or in a kitchen cupboard, without it eating up too much valuable space. I found that with the mini chopper being so compact it is easy enough to be able to keep this little gadget to hand without having to hunt for it at the back of a kitchen cupboard that is already full to the brim with other 'must have' items that barely see the light of day a few weeks after purchase. I feel that the look of the product is neat and minimal with a modern yet functional edge that will make it fit in with most kitchen colour schemes.
~Ease of use~
In use product is something that can be easy enough to clean and maintain, as even though it has a number of parts to it such as the cover, bowl, shaker lid and blade, these parts are dishwasher safe so don't need to be washed by hand unless you prefer that method. When using the mini chopper you simply press down on the on and off button at the top of the product for the desired length of time to either pulse or chop lightly, until you get the desired result. Depending on how you use the product you can achieve a nice chunky chopped result or a finer result with a little more effort from the mini chopper.
This product isn't something that I would use to chop very large quantities of food stuffs with, but it can still be very useful in the kitchen. I have found that it is handy for making bread crumbs for toppings and coatings, works well if chopping fresh or dried herbs and can be used as a shaker type product that allows you to sprinkle on your freshly chopped ingredients to provide a garnish or instant topping.
I feel that whilst the product does have its limitations it still can be put to good use. The product seems well made although the price of the product is a little high and I would have liked it to have been a little cheaper than it was, other than that I feel this is a useful gadget that deserves a 4 star product rating.
With quite a small kitchen I need to save as much space as possible when it comes to cooking and baking equipment. On my kitchen side I already have the usual suspects of a microwave, kettle, teapot and a toaster and added to that I've got a slow cooker. Everything else remains in it box, such as the sandwich toaster to be removed and used when needed. However the one thing I do miss is a food chopper. I've got a blender but sometimes to drag it out to just mash up a few seeds, nuts and veggies is more effort than I really need, especially when the most people I cook for is two. So the blender is saved for bigger jobs such as soups, ice crushing and hard vegetable bashing.
I make no secret of the fact that I love Lakeland, I think it is brilliant and the review I am about to start is about the fifth item I own from Lakeland and unsurprisingly it was bought on a whim, much like my slow cooker. I am a huge fan of Lakeland because of the things it sells. For anyone who has never been to a Lakeland store you really don't know what you are missing out on, it sells lots of quirky items and products that you are never ever going to need but as they make them you want them, items that I have mentioned in another review but am going to mention again because they are so brilliant. Those items include a Banana Guard that allows you to transport your banana to work or school in its own protective guard to stop it becoming bruised, seriously you don't need it but I bet many of you go to the Lakeland website to look for the product and then there is the islice which is specifically designed to help you cut coupons out of magazines with little effort and thirdly and one of Lakeland's newest products is 'The wasp trap bag' seriously it is so brilliant I actually want to buy one to see if it works... watch this space!
Anyway the product that I last bought was a few months ago and it is aptly titled "My Kitchen Electric Mini Chopper" which is exactly that, an electrical powered mini chopper and it retails at £19.99. The Mini Chopper itself which is quite small in size and is probably no bigger than your average beaker has 4 non slip feet to help keep it sturdy on your kitchen side and this is something I really like about this product because it means when it comes to chopping whatever it is you need to chop you don't have to put more effort into keeping the item still than you do the chopping, it does instead stay very sturdy on its own. Looks wise to me is shaped like a beaker with a lid on it. It is clear see through and comprises of four different parts and they all fit together to form a dishwasher friendly chopper. As I have said this mini chopper is just that, mini and it measures at 8cm Diameter x 19cm Height and being so small it doesn't take up a lot of space on your kitchen side when you use it or if you need to store it there.
Once the chopper is fixed onto your kitchen side you then insert the blade stick which features an s-shaped blade, which is very very sharp, so you do need to be extra careful when handling it and sticking your hand into the blender. Then once you have decide what it is you need to chop, be it nuts, chocolate, vegetables and so on you add them in. once you have done that you place what is called the cover over your items to be chopped and this ensures you have nothing that escapes the chopper and the blade wont come flinging out at any point should something go wrong. The final part to assembling this chopper is to add the lid which is bright white plastic and it features the Lakeland logo on it and on the top of this you'll find a grey soft touch button.
To work the mini chopper you simply need to push the soft touch on and off button which is on the top of the chopper in a grey colour and it fits nicely under the palm of your hand. If you want to pulse something you simply press it in quick succession down and hand off, down and hand off until you are satisfied with the contents, if you want to chop something a little more then you simply hold the grey button down again until you are satisfied.
I have used this mini chopper to chop and pulse chocolate to go on top of my key lime pie, digestive biscuits for a cheesecake base, nuts as a topping for some ice-cream, garlic to make my own garlic butter, some bread for make breadcrumbs, a small piece of parmesan cheese that needed to be pulsed down to go on top of my spaghetti bolognaise and some herbs so that I could use them as a herb crust on a piece of fish. Everything that I have put into this mini chopper to date has come out brilliantly and just as I have wanted it. The downside is that because it is so small you can only do so much at any one time, for a big family this probably wouldn't be of much use, but for a couple it is perfect and it hols 200ml of food stuff, so whilst it is small, again it is perfect for two.
As well as acting as a chopper there is an extra component to this chopper and that is an extra attachment that comes with it. The lid which acts as a sprinkler and shaker. So if you have ground up some chocolate to go on top of your key lime pie, rather than extract it from the chopper, you simply remove the power source and attach this lid and then sprinkle your chocolate onto your pie, again with no effort. The holes are already in the lid so you have to use them as they come, but so far I have found it to be brilliant and one less hassle should I need to use the chopper in this way. You can also use it for your breadcrumbs if like me you put them on your pasta bakes.
When it comes to cleaning this mini chopper again for those of you wish a dishwasher it is dishwasher safe and for those of is who don't have room for one you can wash it by hand just as easy and again be mindful of the blade because it is very sharp.
I love this mini chopper, it is a valued and now much used part of my kitchen utensils and cookware and perfect for two.