36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Pulverizes Your Food - Don't Waste Your Money,
Out of the box, the plastic base was so lightweight, I felt I had to keep my hand on the base when I put in food so it would not topple over. Even my cheaper tiny chopper felt more substantial than this piece of junk. Let me tell you, I could deal with the lightweight construction, IF it performed well, but it doesn't. Instead of chopping or grinding my food, it pulverized it into mush. There are two options on this machine, Chop and Grind which are controlled by your touch. You can press continuously or pulse the buttons.
The box talks about this processor handling chopping, mixing, grinding, pureeing and emulsifying. I think it skipped the first two tasks and went straight to pureeing. The first thing I tried was bell pepper, which I cut into 1 1/2 to 2" pieces. I pressed chopped a few times and in a few seconds I had bell pepper mush. I had to take it out, put it into a towel and squeeze all the liquid out. I had bell pepper soup. I will admit, I did not read the instructions the first go round since I figure a food processor was self explanatory.
My next attempt, I read the instructions...maybe I was doing something wrong. The instructions say to "cut large pieces of food into smaller pieces of even size - about 1/2" to a side..." WHAT?! Half an inch!!! If I chopped it to that small of a size, I might as well finish the chop by hand and not even use a processor. Anyway, I decided to follow the instructions and tried again with red bell pepper. Same problem. Pulverized to a liquid...would be a good juicer, but that is not why I bought this product! I decided to try one more time with onions. That's an easy one that I did all the time with both my small and large food processor. I tried both the Chop option and the Grind option with two different onion sessions. Even though the instruction book says Chop is for chopping "soft, fragile food such as herbs, celery, onions, garlic.." Even with pulsing, it pulverized the onions and did not chop it to a fine consistency, again I had to squeeze out all the juice. Grind actually worked better when I pulsed it, even though the booklet says it is for "grinding spices and for chopping hard food such as seeds, nuts and chocolate."
I have not tried using this for anything hard, most of what I want chopped is considered "soft", but I would definitely not recommend this product, unless you do a lot of pureeing and emulsifying. For chopping and mixing, I give it a 0 (zero) and for pureeing and emulsifying, I'd give it a 3.5. Points taken off because of the cheap base and the need to initially chop items to 1/2". It gets a 1 star because I wanted to use it like a process a medium capacity of food. It did not function in this capacity.
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2011 1:46:21 PM PST
J. Hooper says:
I thought maybe I just wasn't using it right. I bought my from a big warehouse store as well, and it practically vaporized everything I put in it (onions, bell pepper, celery). Fortunately I was making soup, so it wasn't so bad.
Just don't buy this as a chopper. I can see that it would truly excel at making pesto. Keep in mind that it is going to mince at a minimum.
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