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Old 09-10-2011, 02:34 AM
 
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Hamilton Beach 70610 500-Watt Food Processor, White

Rating: 3 out of 5
  • Currently 3.0/5.0

I purchased this food processor because I cook most meals at home and I wanted to cut some preparation time.

This food processor works well for chopping and pureeing vegetables, fruits and even seeds and nuts. I was particularly pleased with how well it grinds almonds and walnuts for fillings. The results are very evenly grated. It also has a pulse option that works really well for coarsely chopping onions and peppers. It has good power and will easily chop almost any food product.

The pour/slice spout is oblong and I found it much more useful for pouring in oils or creams than as a feed chute for slicing. The marketing photographs show all these lovely slices of cucumber piled up in the container, but in truth, a whole cucumber won't fit in the 1 3/4" by 2 3/4" chute, so you have to cut it in half lengthwise. When I want nice-looking slices, I slice my veggies by hand instead.

Shredding is better because the results don't have to be as as attractive. However, it makes the long, paper thin shreds similar to what you get from a coarse hand grater. I was hoping for shredded carrots more like you buy from the store. The website says you can get more slicing attachments for other styles of slices and shreds, but I haven't been able to find them at any local merchants. Because the results from the shredder/slicer are not as attractive as I'd like, I primarily use this food processor for pureeing and chopping.

The food processor is very easy to clean, however. The bowl, blades, lid/chute and plunger all separate and are dishwasher safe. The machine itself is very smooth and doesn't have a lot of little cracks to accumulate debris, so it's just a matter of wiping it down with soapy water.

Because of the slicing/shredding issue, I'm not sure I would buy this food processor again if I could find one with a larger feed chute in a comparable price range. However, for chopping and pureeing, it was a very good buy on sale for $45.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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