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Maura

Best Food Processor for Beginner

Hi everyone
I'm trying to buy a Food Processor for my daughter-in-law but I'm a bit out of touch with the latest models and wonder if you can help me. I own an old Kenwood Electronic FP505 which I use several times a week and find it really useful for making crumble mixes, grating and even some cake recipes.I'm sure it does a whole lot more but I've just never got round to finding out what!

Hence my inexperience when it comes to buying a new model for the DIL. I was looking to spend under £40 and for that money have seen a few basic types that I think would suit her needs. She has very little time for baking etc but has shown an interest in my Kenwood so I thought a small outlay to see if she does get any use out of it might be the best way to start.

Anyone got any recommendations or thoughts....always grateful for your help.
Maura

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sam from worthing

food processor for novice

well i can;t rate highly enough my moulinex, the model is ovatio 2. I have mentioned this recently on another thread, but am buggered if i can find it, lol.

you can make biscuit crumbs, bread crumbs, mince up leftover lamb. beef with the blade and make pastry - but i prefer to do it by hand (i have time and i need the therapy), it cam with 2 graters, one thicker than the other, 2 slices, a juicer and also a blender, has 2 speed functions and a pulse.

Although i keep it in a cupboard, basically cos the bowl is not an attractive colour any longer (I blitz up some curry sauces in it, and tomato based sauces too), but i use it regualary once a week for sure (even for mincing up onions). I have had mine for ooooooooo about 10 plus years i think, and would replace with a very similar model but moulinex in a heartbeat - like an old pair of slippers, if i like a brand i will stick with it.

it came from currys or comet, and would have been around the 40.00 mark, i defo would not have spent more than that, as i had a disastarous episode with a previous FP, and sliced my fingers - so i gave that to my mum. and i didn;t want to waste money on an item i wouldn;t use very much...but it was certainly worth the money in my eyes.

sammy

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Expat Badger

Best Food Processor for Beginner

your post is in the 'marilyn' thread in Can anyone help? Sam - just happened across it!

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JAMES

Best Food processor for a beginner.

When I first started cooking, I paid about £25 for a Kenwood in silver, they also had a white version.

Well, it was nothing short of excellent and it lasted a good few yrs before I put too much stuff in it and burnt out the motor (:

Amazon still do a very similar one:

If you go to amazon.co.uk and type "Kenwood" in the search box, they on the side select kitchen and home, it is number 13 on the list. Something that Lemain suggests is also there as number 15, and also looks good to me.

I personally believe you can't really go wrong with kenwood.

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Nausea Bagwash

Food processor.

"Hi everyone
I'm trying to buy a Food Processor for my daughter-in-law but I'm a bit out of touch with the latest models and wonder if you can help me.
Anyone got any recommendations or thoughts....always grateful for your help.
Maura"

I've had a Magimix for 30 years and in the unlikely event it ever gives up the ghost I'll buy another. It lives on the work top and if I don't use it several times a week I wonder what's the matter with me!

My advice would be to buy the biggest you can afford.

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Nausea Bagwash

more processor stuff

Incidentally, not all processors are good for creamed cake mixes oy egg whites. However the processor attachments for large mixers such as the Kenwood Chefs and the Kitchen Aids, etc. are quite small.

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Maura

Great Advice - thanks

Thanks everyone - I knew I could rely on you for help.
I gave my DIL my old food mixer a couple of years ago when she started trying to bake a few cakes etc and she does use it now and then. However, and this is always a difficult subject, do you get more use from a food mixer or a food processor? She doesn't have a lot of storage space and mainly likes to bake cakes, sponges, puddings etc. My grandsons love fruit crumble but I have discovered that she is buying the ready made crumble mix on a regular basis. I have told her how easy it is to make batches of crumble mix in a FP and offered to do it for her but actually she could do it herself if I bought her one. It would be a waste if this is the only thing she used it for so I'm hopeful that I can find one that would multi task for the baking she gets most out of. She is not a natural cook and finds it a bit of a chore but with some encouragement is now enjoying it a lot more.
I'll be checking out your suggestions later on today and hopefully will find something to suit her needs.
You are great to take the time to reply....thanks again
Maura

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Yummy

Food Processor

I have the Moulinex Masterchef 650 Duotronic and have had it for over 18 yrs, A wedding present from Colleagues at work and the cost then was £80 ish.
But it has been a great workhorse and used very regularly.
It has metal and plastic blades, slicing disc, chipping and grating discs and a whisk. it has a separate but integral blender (plastic).
The one thing that I found flimsy (and it broke) was the whisk, but then that was more my operating fault than the actual part and I don't really miss that as I use a hand mixer, or my Kenwood now.

Think it may have been said before but whichever model you decide to buy her if she leaves it on her worktop she will use it more.

She is a very lucky DiL to have such a nice MiL !!!

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Maura

Ha ha

"She is a very lucky DiL to have such a nice MiL !!!"

So I keep telling her ;-)

I think the Magimix range looks brilliant and I now want one myself!! However, I dont think my purse can run to this expense as they seem to start at around £150 and much as I love her she would never get the use out of it.

I think it may have to be one of the cheaper Kenwood ones for now and see how she fares with that.....or maybe I could put a Magimix on my wish list for Christmas (note to hubby) and then she could inherit my Kenwood. However that seems a bit mean - giving her my cast offs.

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Yummy

Christmas Present

".....or maybe I could put a Magimix on my wish list for Christmas (note to hubby) and then she could inherit my Kenwood. However that seems a bit mean - giving her my cast offs."

Sounds good to me !!! :0))

Yummy

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sam from worthing

Cast offs

a brilliant idea if you ask me, least then you can explain to her properly how that machine works, and if she starts using it a lot more, then in a year or so, a newer updated version could be given - maybe joint christmas present from both sets of parents or some similar situation.

crumble topping in a processor, i use my hands and use the rub method.

sammy

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Chutney

magimix

My son and DIL got the small Magimix as a wedding present. They used it for soup and thought it leaked until I told them they were probably filling it too full. Now I don't think they use it much at all.

I bought the medium sized one a year ago when my 27 year old Kenwood died and I love it to bits. It gets used loads now that I am being given tons of apples and other produce and am making chutney by the gallon.!

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Maura

FP's & their uses

Sammy - I think you may be right about that - she is strangely phobic with equipment including computers - I've just spent the morning updating her PC and arranging for BT to send her the Home Hub she should have got from them 3 months ago.
As for crumble topping - I do hate rubbing it in with my fingers especially as it gets under my nails (they not talons but long enough for it to be annoying)and it takes seconds in the FP to do a huge batch which I split up and freeze. Saves so much time as can be used straight from freezer along with some stewed fruit from seasonal glut yu get this time of year.

'Chutney' - excuse my ignorance here but what do you do with your magimix when making chutney? I do grate large quantities of courgettes in my FP as so quick but not considered what else I could do with it for chutney prep.

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JAMES

Lemain.

I was talking about a kenwood food processor, not a chef or major.

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Maura

further ? re Food Proc's

It's really interesting to get so much feed back (no pun intended) on this type of equipment by actual users as sales people dont or wont tell you the true pro's & con's.

Can anyone tell me if there is a FP which in their opinion is easier to get the actual 'mix' of food out of and off of the central blade section?

My Kenwood (FP505) not sure how old it is - but it is a real pain to scrape out and off the working bits and I'm one of those annoying fussy people who just has to get the last bit of mix out of the bowl into the tin....I even annoy myself ;-)

Or are all FP's the same in this?

 
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