Knowing the vast knowledge and experience here ...
Wifey has announced that a food processor is all that is required to
make life complete, which means yours truly fires up the usual sites
(John Lewis, Amazon etc) for a gander. Seems these processors run from
fifty pounds to the sky is the limit.
Any practical advice or experience, apart from banning Wifey from
watching bake off? I'm not convinced she wants one for any particular
job apart from pastry but, as she does a lot of home cooking for three
people and we have a reasonably large kitchen, I see it sitting on the
worktop ready for action.
Are the cheaper models a waste of time, or the expensive models full of
gadgets no-one ever uses?
Pastry is quite a power hungry task to good mechanics in a must.
Kitchen aid or Kenwoods reckoned to be good.
Our Braun flying propeller type will just about make a pound of pastry
(ie 1lb flour plus extra ingredients) but it does not sound happy in the
process. All the other stuff, shredders and slicers never get used.
I'd suggest a type with a basic power unit and buy just the add ons you
need a la Kenwood Chef principle - do they still make that? Kenwood in
Havant closed down years ago - poss made in chinky land now
I prefer a hand held mixer for cakes and other light duty tasks.
With a healthy slice of brand marketing and aspiration...
Not got experience of their food processors, but we've got a few Andrew
James bits - and they tend to be a very good balance of value and quality.
And she likely will find other things to do with it once she has one,
I know I did.
Really depends on what you want to do with it. Works fine for me,
but I really only do marmalade and relish much and those aren't
very demanding of a food processor, just chop the fruit with the
marmalade and the onions and tomatoes with the relish.
I certainly don't use most of the extra blades that came with
my more fancy one, but then I don't prepare the stuff those
blades are useful for. You can likely say better than anyone
else what variety of stuff she might do once she has one.
My best one is a Breville Super Whiz Duo, but it looks like
that isn't sold there.
I have had a Kenwood processor for some time, and it gives good
service. Pastry making is almost magical - in literally seconds
you have a lump of pastry ready for resting.
The other blades get occasional use - if I am doing a bulk cook
and need to slice veg in quantity. For smaller amounts it isn't
worth the washing up.
I have a Kenwood Chef for really heavyweight mixing, but have
abandoned its liquidiser - a stick blender does a large pan of
soup faster and with no mess.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
We have a 18 yo wedding present Magimix, that has worked reliably all
that time, and it gets lots of use. I've replaced the plastic lid and
bowl over the years - dropping, or washing in the dishwasher (they do
say that it might reduce the life of them).
So been very happy with it. Have a couple of slicing and grating blades
which we use fairly often, but no other extra.
Not cheap (no idea of the price nowadays), but from our experience,
Friends of ours bought a Kenwood one a little while ago (food processor,
not the mixer) which was cheaper, they seem happy with it.
A food processor isn't a very good food mixer and a poor pastry making
device. Ideally you want a Kenwood Chef for bread/pastry/cakes etc
and a Magimix 5100/5200 food processor for
chopping/grating/slicing/soup making/mayonnaise manufacture.
Both machines should last 10-20 years, cheap ones won't.
We have a Magimix, it seems perfectly good food mixer for making cakes
etc. (though no good for anything with fruit in as it would chop it
up.), and it makes perfectly good pastry.
Yes, yes, both would be nice, but that another thing to buy and have
around the place.
I don't tend to use it for soup making any more though, as a hand bender
seem to do just as good a job with less washing up, transferring soup
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