Have you ever heard the expression, “Slaving away in the kitchen”? There’s a real basis for that saying – cooking can be hard work! Actually, one could argue that standing over the cooker and stirring is the easy part – it’s all the cutting, chopping, slicing, dicing, mixing, prepping, and mashing that takes up valuable time
Luckily, there’s a machine that can make life in the kitchen a whole lot easier. Enter the food processor – a small kitchen appliance that takes the hard work out of cooking, so you can concentrate on the stuff that really matters, like choosing the right ingredients, seasoning them to perfection and enjoying a well-deserved meal.
There’s one brand that stands above the competition – Kenwood. Founded in 1947 by Kenneth Wood, it’s grown to be an award-winning UK brand and the choice of professionals worldwide. And today, we’ve given you an overview of the best Kenwood food processor, for around £200.
Kenwood Multipro Classic Food Processor Features
- Accessories: Sharp serrated stainless-steel knife blades, Reversible grating plus slicing disks, Dough tool, double metal whisk, mini bowl, thermo blender.
- Adjustable pulse and speed for maximum control.
- Large BPA Free 3 litre bowl holds plenty of foods with ease
- Large 1.5 litre blender made from temperature resistant glass
- Powerful, high quality, 1000-watt Kenwood motor
- Built-in digital weighing scales with tare function.
- Beautiful design, robust, lacquered brushed metal body
- Dishwasher friendly.
- Cord storage hides power cord from view.
Kenwood MultiPro Make Meals in No Time Flat
If you’ve ever had to prepare a large quantity of food by hand, you know how strenuous and time-consuming it can be – all that cutting, slicing, chopping, and grating can take hours. It’s hard on your hands and wrists, and there’s always the risk of slipping and cutting yourself. Thank goodness for the Kenwood Food Processor, namely, the MultiPro Classic model FDM790BA – it cuts, grates, kneads, grinds, whisks, and more, saving you time and making cooking a joy. Keep reading to learn more!
It’s hard to appreciate what a food processor like the Kenwood MultiPro Classic FDM790BA can do until you’ve actually used one. Consider soup – that cornerstone of a warm, comforting meal on a cold night (or as a refreshing course when served chilled during summer). The FDM790BA can chop, mix, and blend soup ingredients far faster than would ever be possible by hand.
What about smoothies? They’re a great way to start the day – just add your preferred combination of fruit, milk, yoghurt, protein powder, greens or milk substitute and blend away. You’ll have a delicious, nutrition-packed smoothie in no time, perfect for anyone who’s on the run. And dips, creams, sauces, and purees – excellent served on the side or as a garnish – are just as easy.
Even complicated recipes are a snap with the Kenwood MultiPro Classic – its chopping, mixing, whisking, and blending functions take all the hard work out of making dough, pasta, pizza, stir fry and burgers. And salads and mixed vegetable dishes – arguably some of the most labour-intensive meals to make (on account of all the slicing, dicing, and chopping) are a breeze with the included attachments.
The variable speed and pulse controls give you plenty of control, ensuring your ingredients are perfectly processed. (I’ve tried single-speed food processors in the past, and holding down the button just a few seconds too long can turn food from “chopped” to “pureed”.)
Safe and Easy to Clean
Everyone likes a clean kitchen, but cooking is messy business. Fortunately, the Kenwood FDM790BA Food Processor is easy to keep looking like new – the white and grey high-gloss body can be wiped clean, while all the removable parts are dishwasher safe. The powerful 1000 watt motor adds a lot of weight to the processor, but there’s no need to worry about it falling off of the counter – the non-slip feet keep it securely in place, while the power cord can be stowed out of sight.
How Does It Perform?
In a word, it’s wonderful. I’m always on the lookout for well-made, time-saving appliances that free up valuable counter space in the kitchen, and the Kenwood MultiPro Classic Food Processor fits the bill. Despite its powerful motor, it runs quite quietly, and though the bowl is large (which is appreciated whenever I cook for family and friends), it actually reduces kitchen clutter, as there’s little need for cutting boards, knives of various sizes, graters and extra mixing bowls.
The built-in digital scales are particularly handy, allowing you to weigh foods right in the processor for fast, easy, food preparation.
It’s handled everything thrown at it (or rather, into it) very well.
Though the removable parts can be hand-washed, it’s nice to be able to toss them into the dishwasher and give the processor’s base a quick wipe with a damp cloth. The lacquered metal colour scheme is unobtrusive and should blend into any kitchen’s décor. If you need a well-made, well-priced food processor, I’d highly recommend taking a look at the Kenwood FDM790BA.
Why You Need a Kenwood Food Processor
Whether your recipe calls for two ingredients or ten, a Kenwood food processor will make any prep work both quicker and easier. All that strenuous cutting and slicing, grinding and grating, stirring and shredding – even pureeing, whisking and blending – can be accomplished in a fraction of the time it would take to do by hand.
Suddenly, the task of preparing a large meal or two doesn’t seem so daunting. Food is ready sooner, recipes may turn out better (since a food processor is consistent) and you may even become healthier, as a result of eating more home-cooked meals.
Does Food Processor Size Matter?
It’s a simple case of “bigger is (usually) better”. To chop and cut, slice and dice, grind and mix and blend, a food processor requires a fast, powerful and durable motor. Fast, to spin quickly and grind finer ingredients; powerful, to cut through tough foods like nuts, chewy dried fruit and raw meat; and durable, to withstand the heat generated by the sustained operation. Typically, a larger, high-wattage motor is a better choice – Kenwood always uses the best quality components in their food processors.
Smaller, lighter-weight processors (which may place a too-powerful motor in an insufficiently sturdy base) have an unfortunate habit of shaking, twisting and sometimes vibrating themselves over the edge of a countertop. Look for a model with a wide, weighty base. Non-slip feet, of the texturized rubber variety, or “suction cup” feet, are another feature to consider – they’ll help hold the food processor firmly in place.
Simple is Beautiful
Food processors, for all they can do, are simple machines. Most feature nothing more than an on/off switch, speed control and a single-mode or variable pulse button. Look for controls that are easy to read, reach and operate. Protruding buttons and levers may look nice, but they gather dust and grime quickly. Flat buttons, touchpads and low-profile dials are a better choice.
Similarly, a plainly designed body with smooth, uninterrupted lines, and mixing containers without unnecessary crevices, will be much easier to clean than sharp corners, protrusions and grooves.
Cutting to the Chase
How can a machine with so few controls be so versatile? It all comes down to the blades. A good food processor will include a variety of interchangeable blades. You’ll probably use the one designed for chopping and mincing the most. Others can slice, grate, whisk, and knead dough. Good blades will be sharp, rust-proof and easy to switch out. Look for a processor which includes a complete set of blades – this way, you’ll maximize the machine’s potential.
Don’t Forget About the Bowl
With all this talk of motors and buttons and moving parts, it’s easy to overlook another critical component: the bowl. This is where the action happens, where whole ingredients are transformed. Almost all food processor bowls are made of polycarbonate plastic – transparent, lightweight, quieter than steel and more durable than glass, it’s an ideal material in most regards.
As with the size of the processor’s motor and base, bigger tends to be better. At a minimum, look for a 2-litre bowl, but if you frequently cook for family or friends, 3 litres is preferable. It’s not advisable to put boiling water into plastic, but if possible, try to find a bowl that is heat-resistant.
Put a Lid on it
The lid sits on top of a food processor’s bowl, allowing ingredients to stay contained. As such, a well-designed lid will fit snugly, not coming loose until you remove it. Also, consider the tube through which ingredients are put. Too small a tube means pre-cutting many foods (defeating the purpose of having a food processor). Ideally, the tube will be large enough to accommodate almost everything you’ll put through it, and will include a second, smaller tube through which narrow ingredients like zucchinis, carrots and other root vegetables can be pushed.
To get the most out of your investment, stick with well-reviewed products from reputable brands such as Kenwood that offer a manufacturer’s warranty. We currently rate the Kenwood MultiPro Classic Food Processor as the best pick, and would recommend this product to anyone looking for reliable, high-performance processors at a very affordable price.
Always take your time in determining your needs, read what others have to say, customer reviews, and you’ll end up with a machine that makes cooking a joy.