138 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well made compact unit
I chose the jamie Oliver food processor as I am short of cupboard & worktop space but needed both a processor & blender. Made by Tefal this is a nice looking bit of kit that is light enough for lifting in & out of a cupboard, though I do have to remove the bowl to get it to fit in. It is a tad noisy as other reviewers have already pointed out but this suggests to me a...
Published on 12 Mar 2010 by Mrs Chegs
123 of 130 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a flaw worth noting and an important safety issue
To start off with some background info that's worth noting. This Jamie Oliver food processor (by Tefal) was an upgrade over my £15 Cookworths model picked up from a high street retailer, and purchased for about £80 six months ago, so much of this review compares this mid price range food processor to a budget one. Furthermore, I don't use any of the attachments to slice...
Published on 16 July 2010 by Tom Po
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138 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well made compact unit,
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This review is from: Jamie Oliver DO250D34 750 Watts Food Processor, 2 Litre, With Blender (Kitchen & Home)I chose the jamie Oliver food processor as I am short of cupboard & worktop space but needed both a processor & blender. Made by Tefal this is a nice looking bit of kit that is light enough for lifting in & out of a cupboard, though I do have to remove the bowl to get it to fit in. It is a tad noisy as other reviewers have already pointed out but this suggests to me a better made motor with metal drive cogs. Apparently, Mrs Housewife wants a quiet machine, so they now put plastic drive cogs in a lot of processors to make them quieter than they would be with metal ones. The issue with that is that they strip & ware down when put under pressure or a full load, like cheese.This seems to cope with this ok along with the chopping of veg etc as the suction cups on the base keep the unit firmly in place. The blade is extremely sharp & sits close to the base of the bowl so nothing gets stuck under it; making light work of foods as it chops quickly & evenly. I'm not a baker so can't report on it's cake/dough making skills but would advise that for this or other family use the bowl may be a little on the small side. It is also made of a very flimsy looking plastic that wouldn't stand up to been accidentally dropped. The blender is made of the same thin plastic but is very powerfull making light work of ice & frozen fruit for smoothies. Again it is a tad on the small size so if you need a blender that copes with more than 2 large portions of anything I'd look elsewere. In summery I'd say if cooking for 2 like myself this is absolutly perfect. It is a great price for a well made direct drive model that copes VERY well with all your chopping, grating & blending needs & it is easy to use & put together. If cooking for a family or making cake and dough mixes I'd look for a model with a larger bowl capacity.
123 of 130 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a flaw worth noting and an important safety issue,
This review is from: Jamie Oliver DO250D34 750 Watts Food Processor, 2 Litre, With Blender (Kitchen & Home)To start off with some background info that's worth noting. This Jamie Oliver food processor (by Tefal) was an upgrade over my £15 Cookworths model picked up from a high street retailer, and purchased for about £80 six months ago, so much of this review compares this mid price range food processor to a budget one. Furthermore, I don't use any of the attachments to slice or grate anything as I personally find it fiddly swapping the attachments around, and I'm comfortable using a grater/knife anyway for those tasks. So this review is only concerned with the main big blade chopper, with the main vegetables I tend to chop/blitz being onions (for curries for example), carrots, and celery (for a fine mirepoix). Depending on what I'm cooking, or how many different items, I might process only a few vegetables (e.g. 2-3 onions), or I might do a bigger batch (10+ onions). If it's a small number of vegetables, I tend to just drop them down the little chute/chimney whilst the processor is running. If it's a bigger batch, I prefer to put them all in the jug, fit the jug onto the base, and then blitz awap.
The budget food processor referred to earlier was a very simple one, very cheap, certainly not pleasing on the eye, but it did the job pretty well. I put vegetables and even meat in it, using the main big blade, and it chopped and mixed things into a pulp if left long enough. Everything was consistently chopped/pulverised as the blade was right up against the inside of the base jug, and that base jug had straight sides, which ensured food would rise up the sides and then fall back into the middle.
The first criticism I have to make of this Jamie Oliver Tefal food processor therefore is that it simply won't consistently chop/pulverise the vegetables all over, especially if I'm using a larger number of vegetables (so not dropping them in one by one down the chute). There are two design flaws prevalent which I didn't notice in the shop that cause this failure to produce consistent chopping using the main large blade.
Firstly, the blades don't actually reach the very edge of the inside walls of the jug. There's a considerable gap between the plastic walls of the jug and the edge of the blade - it might only be half a centimetre, but it's enough to leave a small wall of roughly chopped vegetables that just seem to remain there without ever being brought back into the action so to speak.
Secondly, the jug doesn't have straight sides. It's slightly curved, getting wider as you go up from the bottom. I think what this results in is that food being chopped at the bottom rises to the top on the sides, and because the jug gets wider as the food rises up, it results in a small top layer of larg chunks of vegetable just sitting on the sides, out of reach of the main body of pulp that is being continously. Which means having to get a spatula, spoon the excess chunks back in to the main mixture, and blitzing again (or just living with having different sized chunks in your mixture, which is what I do now).
Another minor criticism for the main chopper is that you can't take the jug out, fill it with vegetables, and then put it back in for blitzing. The reason for this is that the blade is forced upwards by the connection when you try to slot the jug back into the machine, and hence food then falls underneath the blade which then then prevents it from fitting back into the machine. So you basically have to always have the jug fitted to the machine first, and then add food to it. The annoyance here is that this wasn't the case with my earlier model, and so I could take the jug off, scoop my vegetables from the chopping board into the jug, and put it back in. I know this isn't a major deal, but it's one of those little things that can be annoying depending on how you like to cook.
Now, that's the main flaw with the big blade. Beyond that, the chopper is pretty decent. It's very compact, the jug is strong, the blades could sit slightly better in the jug than it does but it's not a real issue for me. Overall, for the price paid, it looks very nice, and in the store the only ones that looked better were the Magimix ones which were three times the price and out of my budget. This is why I give this food processor 3 stars. If the price was more reasonable (let's say £30), it'd be a 4 star processor.
Regarding the important safety issue. In all food processors (and as far as I'm aware, in blenders too), there is a saftey mechanism within the lid that prevents you, or a kid, from turning on unless the lid is attached and locked in place - obviously this ensures you can't stick your hand into the chopper whilst it's on. I have a seperate stand-alone cheapo blender, and it has this safety mechanism in that it wont turn on without the lid attached. This safety feature is of course present with the main chopper jug, as you'd expect, however the lid safety mechanism is NOT present for the blender that comes with this package (in the picture this is the rectangular jug on the right). This blender has a small integrated blade/whisk sitting at the bottom, which is pretty sharp (it has to be of course to blend fruits/vegetables into a smooth liquid pulp). The lid has no mechanism at all for detecting whether it's in place or not, it's just a simple lid that sits on top, and as such you can use the blender jug without any lid at all. Which might be very dangerous if you're going to leave it lying around for children to attach and play with. So just a word of caution regarding the blender, which I have tucked away in a draw as I'd rather use a stand alone blender with better safety features.
104 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, efficient, functional, designed for practicality,
This review is from: Jamie Oliver DO250D34 750 Watts Food Processor, 2 Litre, With Blender (Kitchen & Home)Jamie Oliver Food Processor is fantastic. It functions more efficiently than its predecessor an Antony Worrall Thompson by Breville FP21 Intelligent Food Processor. It also takes up much less space in my kitchen.
It is well built, and beautifully designed for functionality. The fact that it has easy storage for all of the accessories that it comes with is a positive bonus. The appropriate accessories can be added and removed very swiftly, with a minimum of effort.
There is only a very slight difference between the thickness of cut (tried with courgettes and onions) with the slicing tool, and maybe a thicker cut option would have been an nice touch. Similarly, both grades of grater seem to produce very similar results when used on emmental cheese. That being said, the results of both slicing and grating are very even and extremely quick.
Although the packaging claims the liquidiser has a capacity of 1.25 litres - the instructions tell you that you should only liquidize at most 1 litre of anything. Similarly the main bowl is also restricted to a total of 1 litre of product, even though it has a total capacity of 2 litres.
The liquidizer, its stopper, the mixing bowl and the feeder tube are all graduated in a variety of measures. Again this works very well and the asymmetric design seems to produce an excellent result, without stuff at the edges being missed by the blades, unlike the one that comes with the Antony Worrall Thompson by Breville FP21 Intelligent Food Processor.
The emulsifier disk can whisk small or large volumes efficiently - if you want to make meringue from only 2 egg whites, it will do it in a couple of seconds.
The Jamie Oliver Food Processor is dishwasher safe, and unlike the Antony Worrall Thompson by Breville FP21 Intelligent Food Processor, handles stoppers lids and other components have all been designed so that they do not trap water from the dish-washing process. All the components seem to be sturdy.
The manual comes in a wide variety of languages, including Danish and Arabic, but is very basic. It also mentions an optional mini-chopper, but at the time of writing, this doesn't seem to be available.
As with all the food processors that I've owned, I would have liked it even more if the machine came with a second main bowl - to save washing up between processing different ingredients - but then I'm picky and I think that's the most negative comment that I can make about this wonderful machine.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive deal at a fair price!,
It might not be for lesser amounts of food but with 2 litre bowl capacity and 1.25 litre blender capacity a substantial quantity of ingredients can be managed comfortably and the job gets done at once. The 2 speed settings along with the pulse control provides enough speed variations to breakdown and mix the ingredients as per our requirements. I personally like the pulse control. It helps bind ingredients quickly and mixes in air with it which is required in many recipes. I specially find this control helpful in making pizza and naan doughs.
The chopping blade among all others is the most useful for regular items. It should be handled with utmost care due to the "very" sharp edges. Now here is the best part. You dont have to keep the blade in the processor bowl or in one of your drawers. There is a new small storage tray built on the front-side of the processor wherein you can keep its chopping blade and not worry about it injuring anyone's fingers anymore.
These attachments definitely save a lot of everyday cooking time.The other blades are for grating, slicing and shredding which helps to cut the vegetables in various forms as per our need.
Unlike most of the food processors available in the market this one combines a lot more and a gives you some sort of a comprehensive deal. With new safety features like the storage tray combined with its stylish looks and all the important features it provides, I feel this one is makes it a highly desirable product at a fair price!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ok at first,
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect 'blend' of form and function,
As for the function - its pretty difficult to fault. I have so far only used it to make cake mix, and soup. The cakes came out lovely, much softer and lighter than normal.
There are 6 blades in all - a multipurpose, 2 graters, 2 vegetable slicers, and an emulsifier (for mayo, I think). The multipurpose is all I have used so far, and I think it is all I am likely to use. I tend to prefer chopping veg by hand, and the hassle associated with having to pull the processor out and then clean the associated jugs etc is far more hassle than doing it by hand, unless you are chopping tonnes of stuff. The inclusion of a jug for soups, sauces and smoothies is inspired and very helpful too. Another neat touch is the sucker feet, meaning it will stick to your counter top effectively.
In all then, a fairly standard food processor. This is my first such machine, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I can't see any particular strengths or weaknesses over similar sorts of models. It does what it should!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars success,
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent bit of kitchen gadgetry,
That said, so far I'm pretty impressed with it. It does exactly what it says really! It is nice and powerful, makes short work of most veggies and, I'm aware other reviews have stated otherwise, I found it did a fair job on big old hunks of cheese.
The hideaway draw for the different bits and bobs was very welcome - we have a thin galley style kitchen with already overflowing draws so the space saving is a blessing to be honest!
With our oven recently restored to life, I'm looking forward to trying the bits I'd not used yet as soon as possible but thus far I have no complaints with the performance of the machine or of its rather sleek and shiny design.
The minor quibble I have - which has been echoed elsewhere on this page - is that it is not all cleaning friendly. The blades in the jug are blinking sharp and a real pest to clean - as yet I've not mastered it! I stress though, that this is a minor gripe and that overall I'm very happy with my food processor and am glad to reccomend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really a food processor,
The different food processor pieces fit poorly together and I have to use force in order to make them fit.
Apparently the product is so bad that Jamie Oliver does not bother using the product himself in his tv programs.
I can really not endorse this product in any way as it does not perform any functionality i would expect from a food processor.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chunky or fine, rough or smooth, it's your choice,
BUT, I have four quibbles. Two major, the third and fourth are minor.
1. The Processor bowl is right handed with left hand fill, both handle and fill should be at the front - you don't use them at the same time. Then it would not matter if the user is left or right handed. Worse, it is a pain to use, being counter-intuitive; you have to push it away to lock in place, but when holding the handle in the right hand, an anti-clockwise move means you are actually pulling it away from you. Very awkward. We all four agree it is too fiddly, especially compared with all the other blenders we have used.
2. It is much too noisy. The gears grinding away all the time are a pain on the ear. It is by far the noisest of any processor or mixer we have used over the years. "Direct Drive" is a lie if there are gears involved.
3. I miss having a dedicated blunt dough blade, the slicer tends to chop it too much. My old Morphy-Richards fares much better here.
4. The two slicer blades, 'D fine' and 'H thick' are as identical as makes no difference. I even measured them with a vernier caliper to check; 2.4mm lift on each. Chopped carrot slices look identical. A manufacturing error?
The safety interlock on the bowl and lid is ingenious and works well. There is no chance of losing bits of fingers or being splashed with boiling hot liquids. However, it feels a bit fragile, and two of us complained that it felt like they were forcing it, and were worried about breaking bits off it.
I would have liked a variable speed control, (if my electric drill can have one, then why not a food processor?), but the two speeds and pulse work well, and are much the same as on my aged and slowly disintegrating M-R (which has a much more ergonomic bowl and cover system).
The emulsifying disc is new to me, and I look forward to making silky smooth mayonnaise with it.
The grater blades A and C are different, and produce different results as expected; respectively mushy carrot and coarse carrot. Mmm, nice.
The general purpose slicer blade reaches close to the sides of the bowl, and close to the bottom, so not much food will escape its fate. However the ribs on the bowl make it more difficult to extract the last bits of food; we now use our own (softer) spatula for a better result.
The motor unit has four sucker feet to restrain it from walking around the worktop, handy if there is a lump of dough being walloped around in the bowl. I was initally worried about it being top-heavy and potentially unstable, but this does not seem to be a problem.
There is a handy storage drawer on the base of the motor unit where all the sharp tools are kept, and the remaining parts store neatly in the bowl. In a cluttered or bijou kitchen this is a very welcome bonus. But this makes the unit tall, and it just touches the bottom of our wall cupboards.
The blender jug is excellent, with the handle on the front, and it locks in place simply, and unlocks with an intuitively natural movement. You cannot dismantle the blender to clean the blades, but, as the instructions imply, cleaning is simple.
All the components (apart from the motor unit, of course) can be washed safely in a dishwasher.
While first impressions were very good, living with it for the last couple of months is less so. Hence, I have downgraded it from my initial five stars to only four stars, for being so excessively noisy and the processor bowl being awkward to use.
Addendum. 5th Aug 2010.
I notice that I've said no more about the emulsifier disc. It works surprisingly well, and in addition to successfully making mayonnaises and sauces I am able to blend together cheese, butter and milk for a thick cream to pour over macaroni and to layer potato slices.
Nothing has broken yet, and it has survived being shuffled around quite a lot in the last few months. Alas, it is still just as noisy.
Addendum 2. 23rd November 2011
I managed to break it yesterday, permanently, with a dark-brown burnt-toast smell from the motor. I made the mistake of putting too much liquid in the bowl while chopping down the pre-roasted ingredients for a soup, and it seems to have somehow gone down the middle past the spindle into the motor. It did not look overfull, and the spin action should throw liquid away from the centre, and the mounting base looks reasonably spill-resistant.
After taking it apart today to have a better look inside I immediately decided to put it into scrap recycling. Oh well, it was OK while it lasted, but obviously it was not foolproof. This vulnerability has cost it another star.
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