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Mini choppers - recommendations?

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Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby StokeySue » February 8th, 2020, 8:09 pm

My friend has hinted that she would like a mini chopper for her birthday

My first thought was the Lakeland one, but the reviews aren’t amazing



The best reviews seem to be for the Kenwood


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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby slimpersoninside » February 8th, 2020, 9:23 pm

I got a Kenwood one many years ago, when featured by Delia on one of her series. It looks like the one in your second link - just had a look and it is actually a CH180. IMO it works well.

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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby Herbidacious » February 8th, 2020, 9:39 pm

Me too on all of what slimpersoninside just said! I am rather glad they've not seen fit to change a model that clearly works well.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby Suelle » February 8th, 2020, 10:09 pm

I have that Kenwood model, or something very similar, too. It works well, but it it is a very small mini-chopper - it really depends what your friend expects to do with it. 350mls is only a couple of slices of bread if you're making crumbs, or an onion, a bit of ginger, garlic and some spices for a spice marinade. The lid isn't a tight seal either, so you mustn't overfill it if you are making something that's fairly liquid.

I find the larger Braun chopper, part of a set with a hand-blender too, much more useful, but of course, in a higher price range.

There's a Russell Hobbs model with a larger bowl, but not as good reviews as the Kenwood: https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9176320
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby suffolk » February 8th, 2020, 10:18 pm

DD had the Kenwood ... she may still have it ... it’s lasted for years and years and she’s certainly got a lot of use out of it.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby Rainbow » February 9th, 2020, 7:26 am

I have a Braun blender/chopper and find it very good. But as Suelle said, probably a lot more expensive.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby StokeySue » February 9th, 2020, 9:39 am

I think she really does want a mini chopper, it’s to replace an ancient cheap one that has been used a lot, so the Kenwood would be an upgrade
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby liketocook » February 9th, 2020, 11:06 am

I have this Tefal one and couldn't be more happy with it https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tefal-MQ714140 ... 5451&psc=1 I've had it for a few years now and it gets lots of use I haven't found anything yet it can't cope with and I find it gives a more consistent chop than my previous Russell Hobbs one.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby StokeySue » February 9th, 2020, 11:13 am

That’s interesting ltc as it’s the other type of chopper

I find the Amazon entry a bit confusing, how many different blade units are supplied?
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby scullion » February 9th, 2020, 12:27 pm

so, it's only me who thought about the little fireman's axe we have in the outhouse rather than the bigger axe?
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby StokeySue » February 9th, 2020, 1:13 pm

Here comes a candle
To light you to bed
Here comes a chopper
To chop off your head

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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby KC2 » February 9th, 2020, 1:14 pm

I must say, I've often wished I had something to chop herbs. One of the things that has slightly put me off is that they would need to be bone dry to be chopped effectively, whereas when you do it by hand it's not so crucial.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby liketocook » February 9th, 2020, 1:48 pm

KC2 I have a pair of herb scissors like these which are great if you want a shred rather than fine chop https://www.sarahraven.com/home-lifesty ... t=Hardware
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby scullion » February 9th, 2020, 1:53 pm

i use ordinary scissors.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby earthmaiden » February 9th, 2020, 2:07 pm

I once had a mouli herbs (like a mouli grater or legume but for herbs). It was useless, even if herbs are dry on the outside they are living plants and moist inside. The herbs always turned into mush.

I like the look of the scissors but a good knife, if you are lucky enough to have one, still works best! I have never used a mezzaluna.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby Suelle » February 9th, 2020, 4:06 pm

I picked up one of these herb choppers in a charity shop, but as with other gadgets mentioned, it only works well with dry herbs, so you can't wash them just before use:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vegetable-Chop ... 85&sr=1-55
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby PatsyMFagan » February 9th, 2020, 7:26 pm

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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby scullion » February 10th, 2020, 11:57 am

when i was little (it seemed to land on me to use it) we used to have one of those things that by bashing the knob on the top it whacks the zigzag blade down on the items that want chopping (i may have one somewhere even now) - ok if you don't mind the hand and muscle ache - unless you get a child to do it...
not sure it was that efficient though.
i think they are now called 'slap' choppers.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby Pepper Pig » February 10th, 2020, 12:15 pm

I’ve just been to Lidl. They had these in the middle.

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/kitchen-ess ... per/p29392
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby dennispc » February 10th, 2020, 12:45 pm

We've got a pair of those herb scissors, yes they get messy, a knife does for me.

Was given a Cuisinart mini processor - it's fine for turning a slice of bread into bread crumbs and grinding a handful of nuts. Useless for liquid, even following their recipe, as it leaks badly.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby Amber » February 10th, 2020, 11:40 pm

Nobody’s mentioned my favourite Revel. Although it is maybe more of a grinder.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby StokeySue » February 10th, 2020, 11:53 pm

No, I think we are looking more at onions and carrots than spices, I have the Cuisinart equivalents of the Revel an it does a different job
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby PatsyMFagan » February 11th, 2020, 10:35 am

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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby scullion » February 11th, 2020, 11:44 am

more of a simpering smirk, if you ask me.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby PatsyMFagan » February 11th, 2020, 12:34 pm

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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby PatsyMFagan » February 11th, 2020, 8:50 pm

I could do with one of those, if only just to chop onions ... they make my eyes stream, only solved when I bought myself (and our late friend Terri) a pair of glasses with foam round the rims that did the job - but only if you don't already need to wear glasses for everyday. My temporary solution is to get daughter to chop onions for me as she isn't affected at all, whilst I find it so uncomfortable - painful even :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby miss mouse » February 11th, 2020, 9:25 pm

That sounds miserable Patsy. If you have a chopping machine could you do them in bulk and freeze? They freeze very well.
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby StokeySue » February 11th, 2020, 11:24 pm

I don’t think the OXO is quite what we want here, but interesting, also possibly for people with eye problems, though one reviewer mentions needin to cut carrots lengthwise first which is potentially tricky.

You can of course buy bags of frozen diced onions
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Re: Mini choppers - recommendations?

Postby StokeySue » February 12th, 2020, 12:03 am

I use the slicing blades on my food processor a lot, I did carrot, celery, leek and parsnip today. For me quicker, more uniform result , and safer than using a knife
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