Cucumber, please – Miss J, 2
I’ve waxed lyrical before about pricy, top of the range gadgets that grill and top and and whizz and whir and make you a cup of tea afterwards, but for smaller kitchens and simpler jobs, smaller gadgets with smaller price tags make a lot of sense.
The Russell Hobbs Desire Mini Chopper shown above has an RRP of just £24.99 and is great for little chopping jobs like making a quick salsa. The 500ml glass bowl is included and you simply need fit the top section and press the red button to got to work. Be warned, it chops fast, so don’t over fill it or press for too long or you may end up with puree.
Meanwhile, the Russell Hobbs Desire-Slice & Go is slightly more expensive with an RRP of £44.99 although it’s currently on sale for £29.99. It does its job well, slicing disk, coarse shredding and fine shredding/ grating by means of three interchangeable cylinders which store neatly in the back of the machine.
The feeding tube is 56mm wide (not bad for such a compact gadget), there is a pulse and continuous mode, and you can place a bowl or plate directly below the spout to keep your kitchen tidy. Here it is in action:
My verdict? These aren’t designed for heavy duty kitchen work, but they are great little gadgets to have taking up a small amount of space on the counter, especially if you make a lot of salads.
Disclosure: we were sent the gadgets for review.