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Initial post: 10 Oct 2010 19:22:41 BDT
P. Hull says:
Hi, could anyone shed some light please?... Food processors and kitchen aids. Are these two completly different appliances? From what i gather one is for chopping, wizzing etc and the other for mixing, stiring and making dough. Is this correct? If so would you recommend that i purchase both or simply invest in one? Advice would be grealy appreciated

Posted on 11 Oct 2010 12:33:33 BDT
You are correct, kitchen aid whisks, kneeds, mixes and stirs. food proccesser chops etc. It would depend on if bake a lot to justify the spend on a kitchen aid. I have a kitchen aid because I make a lot of cakes, especially at christmas, but if you don't bake a lot i think it is an expensive piece of kit, and you'd be better going for a hand whisk. As for food processor, I use it for pastry and whizzing up ingredients that need to be finely chopped, but if I wanted to liquidize something I use a hand blender, because you only have to wash one thing! Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2010 17:21:22 BDT
Yes you are correct. I am a fan of the Kenwood chef, it has blender (liquidiser jug) and food processor attachments as well as being an awesome mixer - so you can have it all (they do juicer, mincer and many others too, I only have the previously mentioned).
Kitchen aid look cool, but I'm not sure about it's attachments....

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2010 23:48:20 BDT
Isotala says:
I bought the Kenwood Prospero, which I think is a smaller version of the Chef, and have to agree that it's brilliant. I use it mainly for mixing cakes and breads but the processor attachment works well too. it's handy for grinding nuts and other bits and pieces I use in my baking but obviously can be used for other conventional processing needs.
It's also much, much cheaper than a Kitchen Aid!!

Posted on 13 Oct 2010 09:26:20 BDT
CDBandCo says:
Yep - get a Kenwood, you get both at once (and more) and it really is a fantastic piece of kit (plus its British, not American like the KA). I am a celebration cake baker and mine is used almost every day - it has never let me down! My late grandmother's Kenwood is now 40+ years and is still going strong for my sister!!!

Posted on 14 Oct 2010 13:20:45 BDT
pip323 says:
No sorry but a food processor is a 'type' of appliance and KitchenAid is a make. For example I have the KitchenAid food processor - which i love and find far more uses for then the KitchenAid mixer. Kenwood etc etc are all makes that MAKE blenders, food processors and mixers etc etc.

Posted on 15 Oct 2010 11:22:22 BDT
CDBandCo says:
You are right pip323, but I think you'll find that most posts are stating that the Kenwood Chef/Prospero already come with FP attachments, whereas the KA stand mixer doesn't. When most people hear KA, the usual deduction is they are talking about the KA stand mixer - just as whomever posted the original question had done. Others (myself included) refer to their Kenwood Chef/Prospero as a Kenwood...

Posted on 21 Oct 2010 20:36:32 BDT
eve says:
But which is better to get, stand alone mixer where you need to get extra parts for slicing, mincing, grating and stuff, or an all-in-one with the bits included for one price food processor, do they near enough do the same job? is the 'fp' just a cheaper, compact version of 'ka'/'sam'? or does the stand alone mixer produce inferior quality outcome rather than just quality made? is there a significance in the quality of the finished food?

Posted on 26 Oct 2010 13:09:54 BDT
martin says:
Buy a Kenwood chef (better than other machines by far) for baking cakes & bread ,making sure you get one with a liquidiser. For chopping small items such as garlic/ginger buy a v. small food processor. Use a good quality knife for chopping larger items such as veg. A food processor take too long to clean & wastes time, & you still need a good knife. I do a lot of cooking & my food processor stands idle, The other items are used every day.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 13:33:05 BDT
Star Bakes says:
I agree with P Hull, I have botyh kitchen Aid and Magimix food processor.
Think about what you really need help with in the kitchen, the food processor is more versatile - ie will make cakes, pastry chop grate slice but if you do a lot of cakes and want more control over mixing then kitchen aid is better. Also kitchen Aid can be purchased with attachments such as mouli/slicer/juicer/grater etc.. which are ok for occasional use and medium to large quantities rather than small uses - (cleaning and set up fiddly until you get used to all the bits).
I have both because on occasions I do fairly large scale catering for friends, if I was just cooking for family - I would just have a food processor and hand mixer and hand blender.
hope this helps.

Posted on 28 Oct 2010 11:03:05 BDT
Syd says:
it's quite simple in my view - a processor will do everything a kitchen aid can do, but not the other way round. But the kitchen aid will do a much better job with dough/cakes/batter etc. so if you want a gadget you can do everything with, get the processor. if you're mainly a baker, get the kitchen aid. if you can afford it, get both! i have, both are money well spent.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2010 09:53:06 BDT
D. Tracey says:
Hi, just saw your reply about kenwood and wonder can you help please. I bought a kw chef and really confused as to whether I use a K beater or the whisk to make a spong mixture. Also how long do you cream your mixture for and at what speed? hope you can help as my mix is not coming out as well as when I used my hand mixer so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks Dee

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2010 15:33:32 BDT

Have a look at this link Dee (copy and paste if it isn't blue)
I have just learnt a few new uses!!! - going to put a flexi beater on my Christmas list... I am a bit of a chuck it in and roll with it cook. I do tend to use the K beater more often, as it sorts out lumpy bits. Timing is a personal thing, you'll have to practice - stop often and check the consistency. The mixture will differ depending quantities and types of ingredients... I'm sorry I can't be of more help...

Posted on 29 Oct 2010 16:27:27 BDT
Loulabelle says:
The Kenwood (be it chef or major) will do all that a food processor can do and more. They are fantastic, you can get extra attachments as and when you need (desire) and can afford them. They last for years and are wonderful. Take a good look at their websites and the reviews that people have put on the web.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2010 16:49:34 BDT
D. Tracey says:
Thanks a mill. Any help is better than none!!! I got a free dvd with the mixer but its of no use so I will check out that web site. Thanks

Posted on 30 Oct 2010 16:14:05 BDT
Loulabelle says:
Tracey I would use the k beater do make a cake sponge. Did you get the flexi beater, the one with silicone on it? Thats the one I use, if not use the metal k beater. I use the whisk for things like cream and meringues. hth :)
The website and utube have alot of helpful things on it.

Posted on 6 Nov 2010 14:21:57 GMT
R. Johnstone says:
I have a Kenwood Chef. It is used at least weekly for cakes, dough, pureeing, blending or soups. It is my favourite piece of kit and if anything ever happened to it, it would have to be replaced IMMEDIATELY!!!

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 22:21:34 GMT
Libs mum says:
BUT... my Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer is a beautiful thing to behold, I am proud to have that on my worktop. KA also do a whole range of attatchments.

Posted on 24 Nov 2010 11:21:48 GMT
As several people have pointed out, they are different beasts although they do overlap in their capabilities, particularly if you have a range of attachments.
I have a Kenwood Chef Major and a Magimix 5000. The Chef is tops for mixing and whipping although the Magimix has a dough blade and an egg whisk.
On the other hand the Magimix will out chop, slice and blend the Chef.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 13:53:13 BDT
Annie says:
Does anyone know if you can use a kitchen Aid food processor to mince. I already have a kitcken Aid mixer and a hand blender and as I do a lot of baking this is fine. However I am considering buying a food processor but I also need a mincer so I could justify the expense if I knew it was capbale of mincing as well as 'processing'.

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 09:44:57 BDT
Bearman says:
Well its a miracle. I made the last payment on my mid-life crisis car in March, and low and behold, I have already paid Aprils mortgage and bills, I've not yet been paid, but I have some money left over in my account - yippee! So naturally I have just been ordering a couple of things on my Amazon wish list including this: Kenwood Pasta Attachment AT936B - for Kenwood Chef and Major. No more clamping the old hand-cranked pasta machine to the work top for me!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2014 14:34:44 BDT
Kenwood is not British made, it was American, now japan I believe. Still excellent pieces of equiptment anyway. I have a Kitchenaid mixer and a Kitchenaid hand blender. I use a magimix food processor which is fabulous. But if given the opportunity to buy a new stand mixer I would go back to a kenwood. Cannot take to my Kitchenaid for some reason. You can also buy all sorts of accessories for it though. Mincer, pasta,sausage maker, ice cream bowl etc etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2014 14:38:30 BDT
The whisk is for egg whites, cream or a whisked sponge. Pastry, cakes and mixing is done with the k blade.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2014 17:51:38 BDT seriously, do your research dude, Kenwood is British, although owned by delonghi now (Italian), but was never American!

Posted on 26 Apr 2014 05:19:50 BDT
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