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My mother in law has a habit of buying kitchen gadgets for everyone for Christmas whether they are wanted or not and last year we got the Kenwood food processor. As this was a gift I do not know the price paid but after looking on a few sites it currently retails in the region of £50 Having never owned a food processor before I was unsure if I would use this much or even know how to but the instructions are very good and a separate booklet with recipe suggestions. This food processor is of quality build and made from thick plastic. I was fairly heavy probably the same weight as my cat (4kg). It comes with 3 speed settings - *fast *slow *pulse I often use the pulse setting for soup so they remain chunky and only have to do a couple of blasts and it does the job. I use the other 2 food settings for smooth sauces, puree foods (for my baby) and smoothies. The container holds 1.5 litres so I have never struggled for room. This processor has a vent hole on the top allowing steam to escape for when you are mixing hot liquids, which is very handy to prevent explosions!! As a bonus which I never realised food processors come with a slicer, this allows you to cut all sorts of food into equal slices (cucumber, onion, cheese etc.). However it is much quicker and easier to clean up if you just use a knife. The plastic sections are dishwasher safe but I always hand wash mine in hot soapy water as it takes up too much room in the dishwashers. The separate mixer attachment is useful if you're in to cooking/baking and it chops up nuts, herbs and fruit nicely. The mixer lid has a sprinkle funnel which is a handy touch to the gadget. For a gift I didn't want or expect it has turned out to be a handy kitchen accessory. However I do find it can be sat on the kitchen side for weeks at a time collecting dust. But that is down to my lack of usage not the machine. I would recommend this food processor as it does everything you would possibly want a food processor to do and has a safety feature of being inoperable unless the lid is fitted correctly is fantastic. This food processor includes (as per box) - * 1 x Kenwood FP580 Food Processor * 1 x Double-sided fine shredding/slicing discs * 1 x Double-sided coarse shredding/slicing discs * 1 x 1.5 L Liquidiser * 1 x Knife blade * 1 x Maxi blend canopy * 1 x Whisk--twin geared * 1 x Dough tool * 1 x Fine julienne disc * 1 x Mill jar lid * 1 x Registration card * 1 x Full product instructions manual (includes recipes) * 1 x Plug If you have the room in your kitchen, the need and inclination for a food processor I would definitely ass this to you list of possible.
A food processor is something that I have been wanting for a very long time now, possibly two years or more. I have a juicer, I have a hand blender, a mixer and numerous other kitchen gadgets but I wanted something powerful that was going to be effective and simple to switch between gadgets if I was working on a meal with lots of different ingredients or even batch cooking for my freezer. Kenwood is a name that I know as offering reliable brands (generally) and when I spotted this food processor down from £129.99 to just £44.99 in my local Sainsburys several months back I just couldn't turn it down (despite being skint!). The model that I am reviewing is the FP580 and mine is in white and the dimensions are 39cm high, 29cm deep and 25cm wide. This makes this food processor quite a substantial size and means that it does take up a small portion of worktop space (as I leave mine out), however, I feel that this is a worthwhile addition to my kitchen and therefore I have no grumbles really about it taking up worktop space (as I have plenty). When I purchased this food processor it came in a very large box that I had to struggle home with. There were numerous attachments and blades within and I was a little disappointed to find that the spatula was not in the box as advertised on the contents leaflet. There was a number on a leaflet advising me that if any items were not present to call the number listed, which I did and within 10 days I received my Kenwood spatula (despite already having one from a different purchase years ago!). Provided within the box I received the following: The base of the food processor: This is the large white contraption and all of the attachments (spice mill, blender etc) fit on to this with ease. There is a pulse button which is a grey colour and you can press this down to just lightly blitz or mix something. There is also a speed control button which you just flick to the right (it clicks each time) to put on setting 1 or 2. It is simple to use and this food processor will only ever operate if all parts are assembled as required and once the lid is in place where applicable. This is a fantastic feature, particularly where sharp blades are involved. In addition to the base there was the drive shaft which is a large white pole that you need to use underneath (through a hole) of the item that you want to use. This powers the blade, dough hook or other attachment to spin around and work as required. This also must be in place to use this machine (although you can turn it on without it in place - as I once learnt when nothing was mixing and I thought I had broken the machine!). Instruction Booklet: There is an instruction booklet within the box that is used to see which blades work for what and how to connect each item. I only really refer to this when using the blades so I can check which ones are which but it is very handy and really should be kept unlike most instructions that I just tend to throw in the bin. This is a thin paper booklet but it works well with its pictures and instructions and I have found it very useful, particularly when I first used each of the attachments and blades. Main mixing blade: This is a curved set of two blades on the white attachment that fits on the drive shaft. This obviously mixes around the chops up items. Now this came provided within a plastic protector and I have kept this for the occasions that I need to remove this from the plastic jug as the blades are incredibly sharp. Now it may sound obvious for blades to be very sharp but the first time I washed them I managed to cut three of my fingers quite badly! There is a warning on the packaging but as ever I didn't take this too seriously and suffered because of it! Dough tool: This fits on to the drive shaft in the same manner as the mixing blade and this is obviously for use with dough! This works very well, particularly if I add the dry ingredients first and then add the liquid via the feeding tube while the machine is in use. It only takes around 60-90 seconds to make a perfect ball of dough and I have once again begun baking bread and rolls thanks to this machine. I can make up several batches in just 10 minutes and then all I have to do is roll them out and they're ready for the oven (after proofing). This is a fantastic tool and works very well. I initially thought it would not be very good but have been incredibly pleased with the quality and how it works. Twin beater geared whisk: This fits on to the drive shaft also and is very simple to use. I use this for beating egg whites, cream and even for making light cakes and sponge puddings. This fits on to the drive shaft easily and the twin heads can be removed (they are plastic) for easy hand washing. This whole whisk moves around as well as the heads so this makes for very easy whisking but this attachment should only be used for light ingredients as flour and fats could easily damage this (it does state this in the instructions). Three cutting blades: The first two blades are the reversible slicing/shredding discs, one thick and one thin. There discs have blades on both sides (meaning less blades needed) and therefore I have to remember to check which side I have it up once I locate the right blade. The food should be dropped through the feeding tube as the blade sits very high and so the side you have facing upwards is the side you want to use not the underneath. These particular blades are great for grating/slicing cheese, carrots, potatoes (uncooked), cabbage, cucumber, courgette, beetroot, onions and almost any other reasonable hardness of vegetable or fruit, the third blade (a chipper blade) is ideal for making thin chips and for preparing salads or even ingredients for stir fries. These blades are absolutely fantastic and by cutting a block of cheese in to 6 long thin blocks I am able to grate it in less than a minute. This is fantastic as I can even have a bag of grated cheese on hand in my fridge any time I need some. These blades alone save me an incredible amount of time most days when it comes to preparation before cooking and they are probably the gadgets that I use the most. It is important to remember that these can still spin for a few seconds when you have stopped the power or taken your finger off the pulse button and therefore the lid should not be removed until the blades have stopped moving completely as they are incredibly fast and sharp (just like the mixing blades). Citrus Press: This is a two part attachment as you have the sieve bowl which catches any pips, seeds or skin and then the cone which fits on the sieve bowl and then on the drive shaft, this then rotates and you can press your fruit on and see it juiced. This takes just a few seconds to juice each half of orange but I'm always amazed at the little amount of juice that comes out of an orange despite the machine literally just leaving you holding the skin in your hand. The cone part is plastic, as is the sieve, so you need not worry about hurting yourself while juicing as this attachment works without the lid being fitted (completely safely). Spice Mill: This is a four part attachment and when I first saw it I was worried about using it but it's very simple to put together and take apart. The four parts are the blade unit, the jar, the sealing ring and the sprinkler lid. This is a little more complex to put together than any other attachment but the instructions are very clear anyway. Put your ingredients in to the jar, fill no more than half full, fit the sealing ring into the blade unit, turn the blade unit upside down, lower it into the jar, blades down, screw the blade unit onto the jar until it is tight, place the mill onto your power unit and lock in to place (by turning it until you reach the right point), then use the number 2 speed setting or the pulse setting. It is recommended that when using you only use for 30 seconds at a maximum to preserver the life of the mill. I have used this for both nuts and coffee beans and have to say that 30 seconds is more than ample time if you have not overloaded this. One the milling is finished the blade unit can be replaced with the sprinkle lid and then you can shake ingredients direct as required, I have only used this once with nuts and it works fine. Spatula: I did not get this at the time but this is a very simple white plastic spatula. I don't use this very often as I have several spatulas in my drawer so just use whichever one is to hand. It is a great spatula and works very well at removing ingredients from the side and letting me put them back in the mixing bowl. Mixing bowl: This is a large plastic bowl with a mixing capacity of 800ml of liquid. This can be increased to 1litre using the maxi-blend canopy. This is a plastic insert that you put in to the top of the mixing bowl and it fits on to a specially designed ledge by the top of the mixing bowl. This canopy prevents spillages and leaking and improves the performance of the blade. I don't use this very often to be honest but it does definitely increase the liquid capacity when I am blending soups or other liquid ingredients. The mixing bowl is large and it fits on to the drive shaft. There is a light tinge to the plastic but not sure if this is for a specific reason. It is very simple to see how everything is mixing or blending in the bowl and this is the main item that I use the most. The size is reasonable and chopping the ingredients for a main meal or salad leaves lots of space if I wanted to do multiple portions. Blade holder: There is a white plastic blade holder. This is an angled item with a fold up plastic lid. This is very simple to use and holds the three blades with no worries about cutting my fingers or hurting myself. I leave the blades in the plastic wrappers I received them in and this helps me to keep from cutting myself as well as the plastic white circle holders on the blades themselves. This holder is very useful and means I can store the blades in a cupboard with the other attachments. Feeding tubes: There are two feeding tubes. One sits in to the opening on the mixing bowl and is a rounded rectangle shape and the other fits in to this and is a cylinder that I use to push foods down when I am grating them. Liquidiser: The blades, the sealing ring and the jug all have to be fitted together. The blades go in first followed by the sealing ring and this is very simple to fit in to the jug. This is what I use for crushing ice when I want to make cocktails or frosted drinks. This works very well and I tend to pulse about 4 - 6 ice cubes at a time. It takes just a few seconds and works very well. As you'll see there are a great many attachments. All of these are very handy and despite my initial worry that I might not use them much I have been considering surprised with how useful these attachments are. My preparation time in the kitchen has been greatly reduced and this means that I am able to try more complex and time consuming dishes on a regular basis now rather than just when I have a day off to partake in the preparation. I have found the instructions incredibly simple to use and once I have seen how to attach each attachment I have not needed to refer back to this again, besides to check the blades, as I said above. All parts of this food processor should be hand washed and while we have a dishwasher we have not used this to wash them for fear of damaging any parts. The sharpness of the blades seems to be just as good as ever. The holder is ideal for the blades and I tend to store the whisk attachments inside the liquidiser jug and keep the drive shaft, mixing bowl, blade and feeding tubes on to the main base power unit at all times when not in use and so I do not feel that the attachments use an overly large amount of space in my kitchen despite being large in size. The original box that these attachments came in was very large but obviously would be ideal for storing the loose items should you want a way to store them easily. Most importantly of course is how well this food processor works. Food is chopped efficiently, grated quickly and in uniform shapes and sizes (generally) and I am able to juice, liquidize, crush and knead with ease. I have no criticisms at all with this food processor and the quality of its work. It helps me to produce far better results when making pizza dough or bread dough and for this I am extremely grateful! The flex on this unit is not the longest at around 2/3 of a metre but it is more than ample for my workspace, where I have several plug sockets within easy reach. The flex length might be an issue for people who have lots of workspace and limited plug sockets. The main feature that I love about this food processor, besides the time I save, is the safety features. The items all either click or slide in to place and the power will not work until the lid is firmly clicked in properly. On one or two occasions I have tried to use this without the lid clicked in place securely and it's not worked, that is just fantastic for me and ensures that should anyone else use it (ie my husband) that I need not worry about maiming! My top tip also when using a food processor is always ensure that you have the blade or mixing attachment fitted before you add any ingredients otherwise it can be almost impossible to fit the blade in place - trust me I've tried! Despite the short flex and cutting myself on the blade I would have to give this 5/5 definitely! I am thoroughly enjoying using a food processor and would recommend them to anyone who is a fan of cooking or baking. Should my review have swayed you in to buying one or reminded you that you were looking for one then you can currently find this food processor for just £46.99 from Amazon. This is a fantastic price and includes free super saver delivery.
Product Title Kenwood FP580 Food Processor The Producer of the Product Kenwood The Target Audience Not recommended for use by children due to the blades, but suitable for anybody who would like a quality food processor for slicing their vegetables and grinding nuts etc. Cheap price for a quality brand name. Price £50.35 (Amazon Recommended) Is the product for you? If you are after a product which has a various amount of useful attachments for you to use and you would like to try out food processing at a great price then this is the product for you. It is very straight forward to use and if you can't seem to figure something out then just refer to the instructions and it will show you clearly what to do. The product in one Opening up this item and taking it out of the box, you will see what a quality built sturdy unit this is, weighing next to nothing at only 6kg in the box with all the additional items. He additional items which are listed below are simply clip on and off items making this piece of equipment very user friendly. The food processor offer two different speeds as well as a pulse option for a quick blast of the blades. The bowl for the processor allows for a 1.5 Litre working capacity which is about average for a household food processor. Been used in the main processing bowl, and the main reason I bought this appliance is for the slicing and shredding discs. It is quick and easy to set up just simply clip them into the unit and turn on the power. They are great for shredding or slicing all types of cheese, carrots potato and cucumber etc. They usually come out at equal size which is great if you want to make a fancy dinner as it will look great on a plate and look like you've taking more time preparing your meals. Cleaning the blades can sometimes be a stretch but if you just leave them to soak in hot soapy water and come back to them it will make the whole process a lot easier. The liquidiser is another great addition to this unit, it works in exactly the same way as the food processor but it will create a type of liquid for you from whatever you put in there. I've been using it for 5 fruits in the morning and then 5 fruits in the evening to try and keep healthy and it has been absolutely great. A semi downfall is there is no suggestions on what you should be putting in for a healthy drink and for it taste great so occasionally the drink won't be nice at all, but if you're just concentrating on the healthy factor then yes this is good. The liquidiser jug can hold up to 1.5 litres as well and the whole underneath part of the liquidiser can easily be unscrewed giving you easy access for cleaning. The twin beater geared whisk is a simple attachment to use and makes a great accessory. Clipped into a small drive head is the two big whisks which is then fitted on to the units main drive shaft and you then put this inside the main food processor bowl attachment. The whisks can be used for light mixtures only (such as egg whites, cream, evaporated milk etc). Been only made from plastic this will only give you limited use but when they are in top condition then run perfectly. One preferable feature built in to this appliance is it's safety feature which a lot of other food processors do not have. If the lid is not on top and you turn the power on then the processor simply wont come on. This is so that it avoids any injury from any of the pieces of equipment and attachments and keeps it safe for children interested in cooking who are under supervision. The mill is a great little addition to this food processor. It's an incredibly simple little attachment that fits over the liquidiser's blade unit and allows for herbs and nuts etc to be ground up. The little mill pot then has a sprinkler lid which can be screwed on top if required. Also included is a very handy storage box for the slicing and shredding discs (although the blades don't fit all that securely in the box). A plastic spatula is also included. Overall the Kenwood two speed food processor appliance is a very well rounded and extremely handy piece of equipment. The quality of the processor and how it is built is a beneficial factor, the numerous amount of attachments that are included are a beneficial factor, the ease of use is a beneficial factor and the handy compartment that is included to keep all the accessories in is a beneficial factor. It is suitable for many different everyday cooking tasks so if you are looking to buy a food processor then I would highly recommend this product. How does it compare to other Products? Compared to other similar products even those made by Kenwood, I feel this product excels above them due to all of the accessories you are given with it and because of the inexpensive price of this machine Does the Product Achieve its Purpose? The product achieves its purpose in providing a safe, very user friendly appliance for the kitchen been able to do everything perfectly, long lasting and well built possibly a lifetime machine all at a great price. Breaking it down * 1 x Kenwood FP580 Food Processor * 1 x Double-sided fine shredding/slicing discs * 1 x Double-sided coarse shredding/slicing discs * 1 x 1.5 L Liquidiser * 1 x Knife blade * 1 x Maxi blend canopy * 1 x Whisk--twin geared * 1 x Dough tool * 1 x Fine julienne disc * 1 x Mill jar lid * 1 x Registration card * 1 x Full product instructions manual (includes recipes) * 1 x Plug How to Improve There is only one way in which I could think of improving this product, it ticks all the right boxes for me and is a great appliance to use and have around the kitchen but for a slight improvement it would be a great idea to improve the quality of the whisk attatchment to give it a longer life line. Product Rating 4/5 (Thank you for reading my review, if you get chance please take your time to read and rate my other reviews, it will be highly appreciated and I will always go out of my way when I get chance to read through yours and give an honest rating. Many thanks J)
I've always wanted a food processor and when my regular, run of the mill blender finally gave up and went to electronics heaven, I decided to treat myself. To be honest, I wasn't really sure what I was looking for, but this I knew Kenwood was a reliable make and it was reduced massively to around £45. It comes with absolutely loads of attachments: whisk, dough tool, citrus juicer, and a variety of slicing/ chopping blades (plus a few other things). So far I've mainly used it to make soups, but it has done a great job of blitzing chunks of veg down and the different speed settings make it easy to control. I also used it to make pastry and it was so much easier than spending ages rubbing butter and flour into crumbs...a few short blasts with the standard chopping blades and it was done for me! I've also found it pretty easy to clean as the different parts come away easily. I haven't yet used the whisk or dough attachments (partly because I have a hand whisk and partly because I don't have great bread making skills), but what I have used has done the job it's supposed to (which is what I look for in an appliance). Good value for money!
I had wanted a food processor for a while with vague ideas of not having to chop vegetables anymore and it taking away that tedious part of the cooking process. So when my hours at work increased my husband decided to "treat" me to one to make life a bit easier and as this was on a very good offer at the time (they retail at £129.99 but can often be found on offer and he got it for £45 plus cashback which was a fab deal so it's worth shopping around) it was this one that we decided on. As most of my kitchen knowledge comes from my mum and she has never had one of these I didn't really know what I was looking for in a food processor or what I expected from one apart from chopping up veg and maybe blending a few things too, and this one seemed to tick those two boxes. Whilst I wasn't too bothered about what it looked like as I assumed it would spend most of its time in my utility room rather than on display in the kitchen this one (the main unit of it anyway) is an unassuming white plastic contraption which, although it doesn't go with the other mostly silver appliances that I have, doesn't look bad...which can only be a good thing as I soon realised that I use this processor so much that there's no point putting it away between uses and so it stays permanently on my kitchen counter! It's nice and compact, doesn't take up too much counter top, less than a foot squared. The base is white plastic, as mentioned, with a pulse button and a dial for you to select the speed you want to use if running for a while and the jug part on top it a clear, blue tinged plastic, handy for seeing what state and stage the food inside is at. Because there are so few knobs and dials on the processor it is very simple to use and not at all intimidating (as I thought when we first opened it and pulled out piece after piece and started to get a bit panicky about having to use them all!). I'm not really one for pouring over instruction books, I leave that to the husband, I just like to get on with things and mostly I have been able to do that, only having to refer to the booklet provided to see which slicing disc to use for which effect. (As I said, I don't spend long with instruction books but this one seems to be good enough, describing each utensil and how to use them, how to put the thing together, how to care for it all. It's nothing special, only a paper booklet, but it's more than adequate for me!). There is also a little hole in the back where you can store the wire and plug when not in use. There are many many attachments that come with this food processor, some of which I use all the time, others that I'll more than likely never use! These include; 3 slicing discs (thick slice/grate, thin slice/grate and julienne) and a little container to hold them, a juicer, a spice grinder, a blender, dough tools, whisking tools. The main bowl and blender simply twist slide into place, locking securely so there's no chance of it whizzing off mid-process and both have a 1.5litre capacity (around 4-5 medium courgettes grated!). In use the Kenwood is secure and doesn't move around on the counter as I suspected it might, although it does make quite a bit of noise...but I don't mind this, I use it as a way of getting back at our very noisy neighbours at 7am J All told, this food processor really has made a difference to me. It's made my life much easier and has helped me become more adventurous in the kitchen, increasing the number of dishes I now feel I can tackle. Although I love cooking, I don't really like fiddly faffy things so, despite loving crumble and bread, I never made them as rubbing the butter into the flour and kneading the dough wasn't a pleasant part of the process for me. So for me it's great having a machine that can do all the little annoying but necessary jobs! It means making vegetable soup is no longer half an hour of veg preparation, it's a 5 minute job, peeling them then whizzing them through. It means I no longer have to get my hands and worktop covered in flour and soggy dough to make bread. It means I can use fresh breadcrumbs. It means I don't have to get lemon juice in papercuts when juicing them! The list is neverending! Everything comes apart easily to make cleaning it a much nicer process than I was expecting. Obviously you can't submerge the base unit in water, but that wipes clean with a damp cloth, the rest can be washed in warm, soapy water. I struggled with the blender attachment the first time. I'd made salmon pate in it and just could not get it clean. I moaned and groaned to the man who does read the instruction book and he (very patiently!) explained and demonstrated that it actually comes to pieces too! So whereas I'd been trying to get my hand right down into the base and was worried about cutting myself, the base actually unscrews...so even that part is easy to clean! So, anything negative to say? Well, as much as I love it, yes, there are a couple of niggles for me. Whilst I do appreciate all the little gadgets it would have been useful if they'd come with a storage box to keep them all in one place. There is a holder for the 3 sharp cutting discs but everything else is loose and with there being approximately 14 different items they tend to end up everywhere rather than kept neatly together. Another slight issue is that the thick slice disc and the thin slice disc don't seem to be much different and I definitely wouldn't class the veg that's gone through the "thick" slicer as thickly sliced, it's definitely thin! Another point which may be an issue for some people is that the flex on it isn't overly long, maybe 75cm at a guess. This isn't a problem for me as I have plenty of accessible sockets in my kitchen but if you don't this is something to bear in mind. All in all this is a great food processor. I've never used one before so don't really have anything to compare it to, but it definitely does everything and much much more than I ever thought or expected/
Me and my boyfriend phil got engaged and got bought this. I was like brilliant i can now cut onions without crying and also cutting veg for chilli and curry is alot more easier and everything is the same size. Whats included in the big box!! we have -stainless steel chopping blades -stainless steel coarse - fine slicing/shredding discs, -julienne disc, -a twin-geared whisk, -citrus juicer -dough tool -spatula -instruction and recipe book The book itself is useful because only being a beginner at cooking i didnt have a clue what all the tools did but inside this book it says what tool is the best at cutting which fruit or veg you are using. Speed There are two settings for speed which is useful because depending on what your using it for it is brilliant it means you dont get food just sitting at the bottom of the bowl and everything is mixed together smoothly and efficently, your not waiting around for it. Useage I havent used it to make soup yet but i have made dough and it did mix it very well there were no air bubbles and the dough was easy to roll and wasnt sticky. It seems to cut up vegetables such as mushrooms and onions really fine and quickly which i or an amature cook may not be able to do. The bowl capacity is 1.5L and the lead length is 1m which is good if you dont have many sockets in your kitchen, it has a safety lock system which is good and it wont work unless you have put the bowl in the secure lock by twisting it clockwise ( we did have a few problems ) and the instuctions are easy to follow to assemble it and you can sort of work it out :) anyways as i make more things using it i will update you all. i do warn you though when washing up the blades be careful as we nearly lost fingers. When it says sharp it means deadly sharp. We dont have a dishwasher but i presume these tools are dishwasher safe. On a lighter note there is a round shape storage thing which you can put all the sharp tools in so that you dont cut yourself when going through ur kitchen cupboards. to purchase this in comet it is around £79.99 house of frasier and debenams is quoting £65.00 as i say i didnt buy it , it was a gift so not sure what was paid for this one
500w Multi Pro food processor / space saving design / includes 2.9L dishwasher safe food processing bowl / 1.5L liquidiser / mill attachment / stainless steel knife blade / reversible slicing / shredding disks / citrus press / twin geared whisk / recipe book / Short name: Kenwood FP580