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How can I get my food processor (Dualit XL1500) to make 'chip' shaped veggies?


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Posted on 11 Jan 2013 18:08:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2013 11:56:12 GMT
John Smith says:
What about creating vegetable stock? I guess when making stock (and/or soups) the pretty small vegetable slices will work just fine.
Any tips about what is the best thickness of blade to use for that would be?

Btw, I also have a new mandoline manual vegetable slicer that might be useful...

J

P.S. Fwiw, this is the mandoline I have: "Zyliss Folding Mandoline"
http://www.johnlewis.com/231633086/Product.aspx
I've only used it a few times so far, but it is
a) slightly easier to clean, taking up less space on the drying rack etc., so long as you do so soon after use. [not much in it, mind you!]
b) Also it can produce much more *precisely* chopped results -if that's important to you. For example you can easily create rather beautiful paper-thin slices of veggies, that would be extremely difficult to produce even with a very sharp carving/kitchen knife. These slices are rather tempting to eat raw... Whereas the Dualit thunders through veggies at very high speed but doing so rather coarsely.

On the down-size, being hand-driven, the mandoline is of course nothing like as fast as a food processor.

PPS. Btw, the other irritation is that I am finding that on most of the blades, because they dont have a vertical lip on the disk to catch them, unprocessed veggies can all too easily slip out past the processing disks ending up in the bowl. Anyone else having that problem?

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 20:00:02 GMT
Lakeland are offering a new mandolin from OXO good grips. No fiddly blades to change you just turn the knob to select the cut you require, a holder for your veg so that your fingers are safe, it's not a cheapie but it looks very sturdy and practical to use..... They are also offering a proper chipper which can also cut cubes. Modern version of an old fashioned gadget but worth a look, Lakeland test their products thoroughly before they take them on for sale.xxxxxx

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 21:25:21 GMT
wobberoo says:
Do they also sell drum kits, at Lakeland, Di A Mond? Such a versatile store, always diversifying. x

Posted on 12 Apr 2013 21:00:11 BDT
John Smith says:
The theory is good. However I have yet to find a mandolin that is useful anything more than very very occasionally. They are good at certain things. Such as if you need to make large numbers of very fine veg slices. Or if it is important to you to make your food be cut into EXACTLY equal sizes i.e. look like it has come out of a machine... but after much experimentation I find that they are very hard to use. Large lump of veg like to twist in the hand. Small lumps of veg require to be stuck onto the guide-spikes thing for fear of doing EXTREME damage to your fingers. Bits often fall off the guide-spikes thing too... And then of course the bl**dy thing needs to be washed up! All rather painful.

But overall knifes arent much better. Although they are obviously dead easy to wash up, what I hate is the way that as you cut each slice of veg, it almost always seems to stick to the knife blade (by surface tension) and then the slices sort of pile up on the blade and (with swift knife action) eventually start flying off in strange directions.

The knives with the little dimples seem to be a slight con - they just dont work very well. I suppose you could us a cheese knife if you REALLY hate that adhesion... but they you lose all that rather nice weight (& momentum) of a nice big kitchen knife.

Finally back to my Dualit. I find it bl**dy awful for slicing veg. Yes it is bearable (and super-fast) if
a) doing huge volumes (e.g. cooking caseroles in bulk)
b) if you dont mind rather fine slices
But if the slices are too thin then everything tastes the same.

All-in-all I'm NOT very pleased with my Dualit food processor. And knives both take time and are faintly irritating. Mankind HAS to be able to find a better faster way of chopping the humble veg.

Meanwhile if anyone has any answers I'd love to hear them !

Posted on 13 Apr 2013 10:05:37 BDT
Poor John, all this time and no real solution to your problems. Sometimes the manufacturers mislead us, or our expectations are too high. I,ve got a magimix, and yes, that,s plastic too!!
To be honest I don,t use it a great deal, there are only two of us now and I prefer a knife for my veggies, as you say it is difficult to get the size and shape you want. I love it for pastry, salsa,s breadcrumbs, and chopping large quantities of veg for coleslaw, ooh, and curry pastes etc ,but that,s about it. I,ve got a chip cutter on mine so that cuts veg to a bigger size, but it also depends on the shape and size of the veg as to what you get finally.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2014 23:20:06 BDT
Leanne says:
Hi. Sorry this is an old thread but I'm looking to buy the Dualit XL1500 and have the same issue of wanting to cut larger 'sticks' of vegetables and potatoes...did the chipping disc work as you wanted? I bought a Kenwood (disaster - don't buy Kenwood - chocolate cake mixture all inside the motor!) partly for cutting veg but like you said it was so thin it was useless for what I wanted and still ended up chopping everything by hand. This time I want to get a food processor that'll do what I want it to!! Any advice would be appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2014 02:57:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jun 2014 03:03:18 BDT
We don't eat many chips these days, but one of my neighbours recently demonstrated to us something that looks exactly like this chipper. She has been using it for the last few years in preference to all the powered machines cluttering her worktops. Her kids are very happy with either sized cut of the chips. It reminded me of the one my daughter used to use in her restaurant.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2014 09:04:47 BDT
John Smith says:
The variable disk that comes with it work fine - not brilliant but OK. The extra fat chipping disk is made out of too thin metal and is a total disaster. I destroyed mine on the very first use just doing straight-forward chipping.

Posted on 9 Jun 2014 11:18:06 BDT
Leanne says:
Do you think the chipping disc would be strong enough to cut softer things like courgettes and peppers? (I am aware though it is called a 'chipping' disc so really ought to be able to cut potatoes as well!) It seems to be about 30 extra to buy it...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2014 12:32:06 BDT
John Smith says:
I wouldn't be sure. One problem is that the machine only has one speed setting and that's FAST. It might well work for a while, however I doubt it would last very well. It was immediately obvious as soon as it arrived that it was under-engineered, but I thought maybe they knew something I didn't and I thought I would just put it through its paces and put some normal potatoes through the thing. It didnt survive for more than 1 minute.

I was tempted to modify it myself with industrial strength glue and/or brazing etc however
a) there things would not fare well in a dish washer
b) they might contaminate the food
c) life is too short (!)
To be honest I have lost all respect for Dualit over this issue. They set themselves up as a premium quality and I did quite a lot of research before buying this product as I am more than happy to pay for genuine quality. However they simply do not know how to do basic engineering. Also I find the basic cutters do not work very well either and quite a lot of over-sized food slips through un-sliced.
I shall not buy Dualit again.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2014 23:19:01 BDT
Leanne says:
Thank you for your honest view. I've already been disappointed once with a food processor so really want to get it right this time and so I'll be following your advice and avoiding! Thank you! I'm thinking I'll go for the Sage kitchen wizz pro. Look it up if you end up going for another one eventually!

Posted on 9 Jun 2014 23:49:44 BDT
John Smith says:
The Dualit is broadly fine - and the adjustable slicer works okay. But that chipper disk is a disaster! Also I would prefer to be able to adjust the speed like you used to be able to on many food processors. For some reason variable speed seems to be out of fashion.
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