“ Food Chopper „
I bought the Moulinex Illico mini-chopper mainly to prepare my youngest son's baby food. For my eldest I used a hand blender. I was attracted to the Illico by its looks more than anything else... aren't I shallow! After all a chopper or a blender... they do the same job but the mini-chopper looked cuter. I have now been using it for almost a year and as far as pureeing the baby food I have no complaint. It purees the food to the jar standard and that is excellent... if your baby eats like a sparrow that is OK but if like mine, your baby eats like a horse that is where the Illico might start to bug you. In the little chopping container you can fit about 200ml of food (which is the equivalent of a medium size jar) if you put a tiny bit more and start chopping, the food overflows and you end up with a very messy kitchen surface. So you can chop but a little bit at a time, for bigger jobs the hand blender is probably more appropriate. Now where I don't like the Illico at all is at bath time. That little machine must have been designed by someone that never thought it would ever need a wash. There are 4 bits to the Illico: the food container, the lid, the blades and the motor which is the top. When the food is being chopped, it always manages to make its way over the lid and into the motor - I wouldn't say it is unsafe though, after a year of use, it still works and I haven't injured myself - but it make a mess and I think if the designer had thought that through it could have been avoided. The blade is also a right pain to clean up: it has got holes and gaps that just makes the cleaning quite awkward and if the machine overall is safe to use, I would say that it is not that safe to clean... the more I have to handle the blades the more risks there is for me to cut my fingers. Therefore at cleaning time a toothbrush is required to get into those tiny little places that unfortunately get messed up. <
br>Now I must admit that I don't use it that much anymore. The hand blender chops more food in one time and is easier to clean. You can get it in most shops that sells electrical goods, even my local Asda sells it. Any one want to buy my Illico for a tenner?!!!