In my opinion, the best machine for chopping veg at home is, by a long way, the Sage by Heston Blumenthal Kitchen Wizz Pro. It is AMAZING.
It looks rather unassuming, doesn't it? But this little beauty also comes with its own box of blades.
And these blades do everything. Couple them with the main body and you've got a machine that will slice (with precise settings between .5 and 8mm thick), julienne, chip, shred and whisk with easy and to an incredibly high standard. There's also a dough blade, chopping blade and four blade processor which chops at four different levels, which means it chops evenly, rather than turning the bottom of your bowl to mush before it's got to the top parts.
Take a look at this julienne experiment. I chopped a courgette in half and popped it in the generous 14cm chute.
I locked the bowl in place and pressed 'start'.
Less than 2 seconds later, the whole thing had whizzed through into the bowl - it isn't even noisy! And because the blade sits right at the top of the bowl, flush with the chute opening, not a crumb of veg is missed.
Here is the perfectly julienned courgette - each piece is precisely equal in thickness. I can't fault it.
What else can I say about it?
- The large bowl is fully sealed, so it can hold up to 2.5ltrs of liquid
- It's got a smaller bowl that can sit inside the larger one when you have smaller jobs to do
- All of the blades are dishwasher safe
- All the blades are stored away safely in their box, so there's no danger of cut fingers
- It's got a timer so you can be super smug about how quickly it chops things (or use it to make sure you don't over chop when using the processor blades)
The only issue it could present in the average home is the amount of space it takes up - the footprint of the machine itself isn't huge, but the blade box is quite large and will need to live somewhere. Also, with an RRP of £399.99, the Sage Kitchen Wizz Pro isn't the cheapest kitchen device you'll ever own, but it might just be one of the best, and I think that makes it well worthy of consideration.
Check out this video demonstration - I think you'll be convinced.
See why I love it? Follow Sage on twitter.com/sageappliances and facebook.com/SageAppliances for more gadgety goodness. I'll be posting a video recipe using this little beauty very soon.
Disclosure: we were sent the Sage Kitchen Wizz Pro for review.