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4.0 out of 5 stars It all depends..., January 18, 2003
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This review is from: KitchenAid KFP670 Professional Food Processor, White (Kitchen)
I bought one of these fairly recently. It is well constructed and works well, however whether one of these is right for you or not will depend largely on what you want to do with it.
I bought it because: 1) I have been making bread by hand for several years and am finding it a bit tedious, but am not too keen on bread machines as they can only do one loaf at a time; 2) I periodically make grapefruit marmalade, and cutting up the grapefruit peels is very tedious work that can make your fingers sting (or you can cut yourself); 3) I hate slicing onions as it moves me to tears; 4) a lot of recipes suggest the use of a food processor to slice things quickly.
After some research, this one looked like the one to get. But don't be deceived by the 'Pro' tag on the name, because this thing is way too small to have much professional use.
The first thing I found out is that although this machine is the 11-cup size, it can't really handle more than about 3-4 cups of anything. For example with bread, the largest amount of bread dough it can handle is about 3 1/2 cups, which means you can just about make 1 large loaf. However, it blends the dough very, very quickly once you have figured out the correct proportions of water, so it does not take too long to make 2 loaves one after another, once you have done the measuring etc.
On the marmalade, the machine does a wonderful job of juicing citrus fruit, and is pretty good at chopping up the grapefruit rind, once you figure out which blade to use. Then again, you have to chop the grapefruit by hand into quarters before you can feed it in, and after two grapefruit the work bowl is full, so you have to empty it before you continue. (Makes you wonder about the 'Pro').
It does a great job of slicing onions. Again you and your knife quarter the onions and the Kitchen Aid does the rest. I have found it does help me approach new recipes, for example today I made a squash casserole (more of a souffle, really), and it did a great job of slicing the squash and then blending the other ingredients (with the dough blade).
Yesterday I made a chocolate cheesecake. The machine didn't do such a great job of breaking cookies into crumbs for the base, needing a bit of help from fingers, and I rather think that the old freezer bag and a few whacks with the rolling pin trick is more effective. But it did a wonderful job of blending the ingredients for the filling, which can be tedious by hand, and although I haven't done it yet, I can see it will be great for making pastry and mixing cakes.
So there you have it. Whether it is good for you or not will depend a great deal on what kind of cooking you do. In any case, this is just a power tool with attachments that you may or may not be able to incorporate into your culinary style. There is definitely a learning curve, but if you are a persistent kind of a person, you will probably be able to do some things quicker and some things better with it.
If you want something to peel potatoes or tomatoes, though, you will need a spouse, a lover, or an obedient child.
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