With its myriad d features, this his food processor helped MANFRED THAM make rosti, popiah, pizza, butter cake, meringue and d a smoothie.
Kenwood Multipro Sense FPM810 Food Processor and Blender, $599, from major electrical stores.
The Kenwood Multipro Sense FPM810 is a food processor with a 1,000-armoury attachments julienne disc, a dual whisk, a dough tool, a folding tool and a citrus juicer. It also comes with a heat-resistant glass blender and two shatterproof bowls – a 3.5-litre one, and the other a 1.7-litre.
Grate, slice and dice
The grating-disc attachments, 2mm and 4mm wide respectively, saved me a ton of elbow grease. With the speed on high, the processor grated 1kg of raw potatoes within a minute, with less wastage than if I’d hand-grated the spuds. Slicing was also no issue: The disc finely reduced a whole carrot to thin slivers, although the very last 1cm could not be pressed into the blade from the feed tube.
The julienne attachment was more of a novelty, though. The cucumber that went through it came out in short strips – a functional but not very pretty result – and with lots of juice extracted. The mini bowl and blade were useful for mincing small amounts. The blades made quick work of half an onion, but anything less than three garlic cloves rendered the processor impotent as the cloves simply bounced around whole.
Did it blend well?
I tasked the 1.6-litre glass blender to turn frozen strawberries and fresh bananas into a smoothie, but it didn’t do too well. Even though the blender was only one-third full, it could not properly whizz up all the berries and left chunks unprocessed even after I ran it on high speed for two minutes. Pulsing reduced the chunkiness, but this made the smoothie splatter up the sides of the jug, which meant a lot of scraping to get my drink out.
The dough, though?
The food processor boasts a baker’s suite with a dough tool, whisks and, unexpectedly, a folding tool. The accurate built-in weighing scale takes up to 3kg of ingredients – no more switching bowls just to weigh something. The dough tool was no-nonsense and effective, creating pizza dough in a minute with little wastage.
You can easily modify the recipe by adding ingredients through the feed tube into the bowl as it kneads. The twin whisk tool wasn’t as effective. A good portion of the flour in my cake batter was left at the bottom of the bowl, just out of the whisks’ limited reach. A good chunk of soft butter also wasn’t broken up and incorporated. But it made a quick meringue successfully. The folding tool was my favourite – it gave me airy, fluffy cake batter, and didn’t flatten the meringue.
It delivers on flexibility, speed and convenience, although it is on the noisy side. Every attachment is likely to be useful in some way in any kitchen.