Product: 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.
- 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.