A stock picture of a KitchenAid Food Chopper

KitchenAid Food Chopper: This really should be called the “Pestomancer 3000”

Product: KitchenAid Food Chopper

A stock picture of a KitchenAid Food Chopper

I basically wanted something that made pesto but without the bulk of a food processor, mostly due to not wanting to lug something giant out of the cupboard every time I needed it. I came across the food chopper and thought I’d try it and for $139, it was more affordable than a lot of the bigger food processors.

Anyway, it does a great job with pesto, though, you should probably buy pre-grated Parmesan, and it wasn’t overly happy with the giant chunk that I put in there to begin with. I also tried grating cheddar in it, and it kind of turned it into a gross paste that might come out of a can in the US.

Apart from that, I now use it for everything, and the resident Frenchmen is happy that I am using it, since he doesn’t like to actually buy anything.

So:

  • Carrots: great
  • Garlic: gets it to a tiny dice
  • Onions: great
  • Zucchini: great
  • Spring onions: need to cut it into segments first, but, good
  • Ginger: good
  • Not so good with long stalks
  • Bacon: ok, but be careful to not let it go for too long (see previous comment about cheese)
  • Tomatoes: Good for making passata, and pureeing tomatoes in general
  • Pastry:  Excellent for getting to “breadcrumb” stage, but it doesn’t like the adding water or egg stage much.
  • Guacamole: Very good if you like it very smooth
  • Cakes: Good for creaming cold butter and sugar to a pale yellow fluff, but a bit small for the full mix
  • Pizza dough: No
  • Curry pastes: Very, very good
  • Nuts: very good
  • Soup: too small, unless you do it in several batches
  • Turning mince into sausage meat: good in small batches

It is also really easy to wash – not too many nooks and crannies.  And it is small enough to just keep on the bench. Thus saving my lazy knees, back and soul.

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