I do love my kitchen gadgets! This is my latest addition…
Since I moved out of parents house 3 years in May, I have slowly been purchasing everything I need for my kitchen. The first thing I got when I moved out was a little Daewoo stand mixer for cakes and other baked goods. The next thing I got was a hand mixer: later followed by a stick blender, sandwich toaster, smoothie blender and a coffee machine. I also have a Kenwood mini chopper- emphasis on the mini! It has a 350ml working capacity; it’s great for doing small amounts of pesto etc, but not great when you want to make a big batch of something! I haven’t got room to store a food processor, so I decided to upgrade to a bigger chopper.
At work we use a Magimix 5200xl, it is a large capacity powerful food processor. It comes with every attachment imaginable and is a joy to use at work. It is too big for my kitchen at home, though! I soon discovered there is also a ‘Magimix Le Mini’ it costs £149.99 from Argos. I have been lusting over it for a few weeks now but decided it was too expensive for me right now. I found a cheaper alternative, though!
By chance, I came across this KitchenAid mini chopper in Debenhams. The RRP is £69, BUT I bought it half price for £34.50…what a bargain! It’s not on offer anymore, though, sorry everyone! The red one is still available online but at full price.
It doesn’t have all the attachment like the Magimix, it just has the blade…but who uses all the attachments anyway?! As long as I can make pesto, applesauce, hummus etc then I’m a happy bunny! KitchenAid is known for their stand mixers, I didn’t realise they make other products.
It comes in a compact box and is well packaged. It isn’t very heavy, so was easy to carry home!
This is the description on the Debenhams website:
This red mini chopper from Kitchenaid boasts two speed settings and a micro-serrated stainless steel blade.
- Model: 5KFC3515BER
- 24 Watts
- 2 speeds : speed 1 to chop, speed 2 to puree
- Capacity : 83 ml
- Micro-serrated stainless steel blade
- Stay on shaft for easy pouring
- Lid with wet ingredient adder (ideal for pesto or mayonnaise)
- Easy to use, one-handed operation
- 83 ml BPA free bowl ideal for baby food preparation
- 2 year guarantee
- Finish: Empire red
- Dimensions: 22 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
- Weight: 1.3 kg
83ml bowl? I think they mean 830ml haha! This is the ideal size for me, I can finally fit all my ingredients in at once instead of doing it in batches. I live with my boyfriend, so this size is ideal for 2 people. I can finally make energy balls and raw brownies I’ve been longing to make.
I think the chopper comes in 3 colours: cream, black and red. I got the cream one because it goes with my kitchen; I’m a sucker for having everything matching! It is compact so you only need a little bit of spare worktop space to stand it on or store it in a cupboard.
Before I purchased I read reviews on various websites; some people were complaining the cable is too short. Some of the cable’s wound up underneath to keep it tidy when not in use…I don’t think some people noticed this!
For it to work you have to make sure everything is lined up, it is easy to do this. It is also easy to take apart and washes well. I hand wash everything so I don’t know if it’s suitable to be used in a dishwasher.
The blades are very sharp and efficient. You can either pulse or puree using the 2 switches on the top. The only thing I don’t like is that when you puree something you have to hold the button down. I would prefer it if you could leave it running without having to control it.
I am so happy I bought this as I can now be more experimental in the kitchen. Watch this space: lots of recipes coming up! Even if you can’t buy it on offer it is still worth the investment in my opinion.
Question: What food processor/chopper do you use?
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