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Best food processors for quick and easy summer snacks

It’s National Picnic Week, and the weather is due to be glorious, so what better time to rustle up some tasty snacks and head to the great outdoors? If you’re preparing for a picnic, barbecue or summer party, a food processor can cut down your prep time and help you to whip up delicious dishes to delight your fellow diners. The right food processor can make quick work of creating creamy guacamole, sizzling salsas and smooth houmous.

You can also speedily slice carrots, cucumber and other veg – and create sumptuous sweet treats, too. That’s if the food processor is any good. A bad one will leave you wishing you’d done the job by hand.

The worst models we’ve seen are slow to process ingredients and produce uneven or poorly mixed results. They may also be noisy or a hassle to clean. We’ve chopped, sliced, grated, whipped and whisked our way through mountains of carrots, cheese, nuts, herbs, fruit, cream and more to uncover the food processors and mini choppers that won’t let you down in the kitchen.

Find our which recently tested model made our recommendation list by heading to our round-up of Best Buy food processors[1], or read on for more on the latest food processors we’ve tested and how to choose the right one for you.

Food processors put to the test

Models just tested include food processors from Bosch, KitchenAid, Magimix, Nutri Ninja and Tefal – plus a cheaper own-brand option from John Lewis. We’ve picked out a few key models below:

Tefal Double Force Pro DO824H40 – GBP138

This Tefal has nine attachments, including a separate blending jug (pictured above) and can perform 31 kitchen tasks, including slicing, chopping, emulsifying, whipping, grinding, juicing and beating. Its digital control panel has seven preset programs to take the guesswork out of processing.

It sounds like it means business, but can it live up to its name? Find out whether the Double Force Pro turns out glossy meringues, silky smoothies and perfectly whipped cream for your strawberries in the full Tefal Double Force Pro food processor review[2].

John Lewis Food Processor – GBP60

This John Lewis own-brand food processor has two speed settings, a boost button for extra bursts of power, and a pulse function. It’s an inexpensive model, but has some handy features, including a large processing bowl and attachments for chopping, mixing, kneading and fine or coarse grating and slicing.

It also has an emulsifying attachment – handy for making vinaigrettes, mayonnaise and more. This food processor has its plus points, but it’s got some drawbacks, too. To find out what they are – and whether you can live with them for the price – read the full John Lewis Food Processor review[3].

Bosch Multi Talent 3 Compact MCM3100WGB – GBP65

This is another cheapish model that can nonetheless tackle a host of food prep tasks. It comes with attachments for 20 jobs, including shredding, slicing, mixing, grating, grinding, emulsifying, kneading, beating and pureeing. You can neatly store the accessories – which are dishwasher-safe – in the bowl between uses.

Can it chop fresh herbs for salad garnishes and mix up dreamy dips? Find out in the full Bosch Multi Talent 3 Compact MCM3100WGB review[4].

Magimix Le Micro 18112 – GBP60

This compact chopper from Magimix has been around for more than six years. We recently retested it, as it’s still one of the most popular mini choppers around. It’s also available in black (18113), red (18114) and satin grey (18115).

Designed for smaller, quicker jobs, it has just one speed setting and a pulse function. It can chop food either finely or coarsely, as well as pureeing and emulsifying ingredients for dressings or dips. The recipe book contains 60 ideas for sauces, dips and dressings.

You can also access extra recipes through the Magimix app. Find out whether we loved this little chopper second time round in the full Magimix Le Micro 18112 mini chopper review[5].

Food processor or mini chopper – which is right for you?

Food processors are great for chopping, slicing and grating larger batches of food – handy if you want to make your own burgers, prepare a big salad or slaw, or make a quick salsa. Many can tackle sweet tasks as well as savoury ones, which could be good if you want to whip up a party pavlova, Victoria sponge or fruit coulis.

Some can even crush ice for cocktails. Food processors cost anything from GBP30 to around GBP400. Pricier models tend to come with a larger capacity, a wider range of attachments and are made from premium materials.

Mini choppers are designed for quick little tasks – chopping, slicing or pureeing the odd onion, handful of herbs or nuts – or making a simple salad dressing. If you only need to process smaller batches of food, a mini chopper might suit you better than a standard food processor. You can get a cheap and basic model for GBP10, although some go up to GBP80.

Pricier models tend to have a few more advanced functions and larger capacities.

To see all the latest food processor and mini chopper reviews for 2018, and compare models side-by-side, head to our food processor reviews[6].

*Prices correct as of 19 June 2018.

References

  1. ^ Best Buy food processors (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tefal Double Force Pro food processor review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ John Lewis Food Processor review (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Bosch Multi Talent 3 Compact MCM3100WGB review (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Magimix Le Micro 18112 mini chopper review (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ food processor reviews (www.which.co.uk)

Revealed: how often people clean their kitchen appliances

The majority of Brits don’t regularly clean their home appliances, with washing machines, ovens and dishwashers likely to be the least-cleaned, a new survey by AppliancesDirect.co.uk has revealed. Many of us seem to be lacking in hygiene when it comes to cleaning these products. Some 71% of the 1,015 UK adults surveyed admitted they don’t regularly clean their home appliances, with washing machines only cleaned once a year on average.

Worryingly, the survey also reveals that nearly a quarter of Brits have replaced their appliances more frequently as a result of lack of cleaning. On the lookout for a new appliance? Go to our Best Buy washing machines[1].

The least-cleaned appliances in the home

After washing machines, the survey indicates that ovens and dishwashers are the least-cleaned appliances, with the average person cleaning them just two and three times per year respectively.

Fridges and microwaves tend to be cleaned slightly more often, with the average Brit cleaning them eight and 21 times per year respectively. The survey reveals some questionable cleaning habits, but the thought of cleaning your appliances needn’t be something that fills you with fear – as our tips below show.

Clean your washing machine in four simple steps

Don’t put up with a putrid pong coming from your washing machine – follow these four easy steps:

  1. Run a regular service wash – Washing at 40?C or less is a great way to save money on energy bills and is better for the environment. But the lower temperatures mean mould and bacteria can build up, especially if you use liquid detergents, rather than washing powder.

    A service wash is a hot wash run when the machine is empty, ideally performed once a month. This will help kill the build-up of bacteria and should help to stop smells.

  2. Clean the rubber seal – Festering mould and bacteria in the rubber seal around the door hole can also be a source of smells, so cleaning it regularly can help prevent this.
  3. Wash the detergent draw and lint filter – Watch our handy videos on cleaning the detergent drawer[2] and strange noises in your washing machine[3] to help you with this bit.
  4. Leave the door open and drawer open – A simple, but effective way to let air in after your wash and help combat mouldy smells.

Read our guide on how to clean a smelly washing machine[4] for more information and to find out what to do if your machine still smells after you’ve completed all four steps.

Self-cleaning ovens

If you shy away from cleaning your oven, it may be worth buying an oven that cleans itself. Ovens with self-cleaning catalytic liners are increasingly common.

These are rough surfaces inside the oven that are designed to catch, absorb and break down food spills. When the oven is used at 200?C or higher, the food spills simply get burned away. However, some ovens only have liners at the back or on the roof of the oven and the liners don’t clean the shelves for you, so you’ll still need to use some elbow grease.

If you really hate cleaning your oven, you may want to invest in an oven with a pyrolytic cleaning function. This is a superhot cycle designed to reduce any baked-on cooking grime to ash that you can then simply wipe away. These ovens tend to be on the pricier side, but we’ve tested Best Buys ovens[5] with this technology that cost as little as GBP380.

Find out more about self-cleaning ovens[6].

How to clean your dishwasher

A dishwasher cleans your dishes for you, so why would you need to clean it? Well, trapped food debris, blocked spray arms and unpleasant odours – the third most common dishwasher problem reported in our own annual dishwasher reliability survey – are unfortunately all too common. But more often than not, they’re easily fixable with a minimum of effort.

The more often you clean the filter the less unpleasant it is, and running the dishwasher empty and hot every six months is an easy way to help keep your machine running smoothly.

We reveal more top tips in our how to clean a dishwasher[7] guide.

References

  1. ^ Best Buy washing machines (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ cleaning the detergent drawer (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ strange noises in your washing machine (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ how to clean a smelly washing machine (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Best Buys ovens (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Find out more about self-cleaning ovens (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ how to clean a dishwasher (www.which.co.uk)

Lidl to sell cheap air fryer, bread maker and food mixer in spring kitchen deal bonanza

If you’re looking to get your cooking fix on the cheap this spring Lidl and Aldi have got you covered. Both retailers are launching offers on popular kitchen gadgets, available in stores from Thursday 8 March 2018. Lidl is selling a range of countertop appliances under its Silvercrest kitchen brand, including an GBP80 Silvercrest air fryer, a GBP50 bread maker and a GBP90 stand mixer.

Aldi is getting in on the kitchen fever too, with a stylish-looking GBP60 Ambiano food processor. We’ve cast an expert eye over the deals available to help you decide if they are worth making a dash to the supermarket for. Kitchen appliance reviews[1] – see our independent reviews and buying advice for everything from air fryers to blenders.

Lidl Air Fryer – hot competition for the big brands?

Lidl’s budget air fryer looks very similar to models from popular health fryer brand Tefal Actifry[2].

Low-fat fryers such as this use a tiny amount of oil and forced hot air to cook less fat-laden versions of your favourite fried treats, such as chips and fried chicken. This Lidl version uses a base hotplate and top-mounted halogen lamp to heat food, along with a rotating paddle to keep food moving as it cooks. This differs from more conventional air fryers like the Actifry that blow hot air at food to cook it, though the Breville Halo health fryer[3] also uses a halogen lamp.

The Lidl Air Fryer has five pre-set cooking modes, and three user-adjustable options, including temperature. It’s claimed cooking capacity of 2.5 litres is pretty generous too. At GBP80, it’s not the cheapest air fryer we’ve seen, but it is much cheaper than the big brands, and you get a decent capacity to boot.

We’ll have a review of this fryer up on Thursday, so check back to get our first look verdict before you buy.

Air fryer reviews[4] – find out which models excelled in our tough tests – and the ones to avoid

Lidl Bread Maker – tasty bread for not much dough?

At GBP50, the Silvercrest Bread Maker could be a real bargain – it’s much cheaper than models from bread maker giant Panasonic, which start from around GBP100. It even comes with a few interesting features, including 15 presets for everything from white bread to jam, and it can make gluten-free loaves too. There’s a memory function, allowing you to store eight custom recipes, and a 15-hour delay timer for when you want a fresh loaf first thing in the morning.

If you’re just getting started with bread making, it could be worth a punt. But check our bread maker reviews[5] first as we’ve found some good options from GBP55.

Best bread maker brands[6] – see our top-rated brands

Lidl Stand Mixer – easy baking on a budget?

This Silvercrest stand mixer comes in at GBP90, making it much cheaper than big name rivals from Kenwood or KitchenAid. It comes with the standard mixing, whipping and kneading attachments, though these are Teflon-coated for easy cleaning which is a nice extra at this price point.

You also get a larger-than-average 6.3 litre steel mixing bowl, splashguard, and blender accessory for making smoothies and soups. It’s not often you’ll get the blender accessory thrown in when you pay less than GBP100, so if you’re keen on smoothies too this could be a bonus. In our experience, cheaper mixers can sometimes come up trumps and do a decent job of the basics.

However some make a bit of a racket, or struggle with heavier mixes. If you’re keen to get baking, this is a well-priced deal, so could be worth a try. For the best results, check our Best Buy stand mixers[7] page to see which models we recommend.

Aldi Ambiano Premium Food Processor – slicing with style?

This smart-looking Aldi food processor is available in grey or cream with a steel trim.

It comes with all the main accessories you’d expect, including a chopping blade, slicing and grating attachments, and a dough blade, emulsifier and whisk. The 1.2 litre bowl is a decent size compared to similarly-priced rivals, though some others do include a jug blender accessory for speedy smoothie-making. Overall, it’s a decent price for a stylish-looking processor with the standard accessories.

However, before you splash out, it’s worth checking our food processor reviews[8] to see tried-and-tested alternatives – we’ve found some excellent options for a similar price.

How to buy the best food processor[9] – get the lowdown on which features you really need

References

  1. ^ Kitchen appliance reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tefal Actifry (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Breville Halo health fryer (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Air fryer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ bread maker reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Best bread maker brands (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Best Buy stand mixers (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ food processor reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ How to buy the best food processor (www.which.co.uk)

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