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Great but not perfect
le 3 mars 2013
I researched this one a lot and hesitated a lot. I had a smaller one which had most of the same features.
I am happy with the purchase, I use this product almost every day and plan on using it for tears to come-- it seems sturdy enough to take it...
All the pluses and great features from the other reviews I read are indeed there. It saves a great time and is very versatile---- do take the time to watch the instructional dvd that comes with it, there are some good tips there.
But it is a pain to clean, and I mean not just washing it.... for smaller batches, it is true what others said that the small bows leaks into the larger ones. And when it does not, you will spill the liquid (sauce, vinaigrette etc) when you take it out.
Drying it is what really puts me off, because all the parts have some whole or deep hollow subparts (!) that take longet to try. I also had a fear for the handle, because water does get in it. My older food processor ended up having I think mold int he handle, as there was only one little whole where things got in, so it was impossible to clean and with the years it became yucky; I know it was inside the handle, but still, you put your food inside that bowl, it is supposed to be clean inside out. anyway, so far I managed to clean it well and it seems to dry well, but it takes a good 12 hours, and now it is winter and it is very very dry indoors. The thing is, it is often not yet dry when I have to assemble and use it again.
The second disappointment came with its blending/puréeing capacity. I used the small bowl for puréeing an avocado for baby food and there were still lumps in it, although it was ripe and soft, this never happened with my old ordinary machine--- enough to make baby choke. And today I used the large bowl for a vegetarian pâté and at the end there were still some quite large bits of carrots. Yes, I had previously cut everything in 1-inch items, and I did take half of the whole content of the bowl out, to make sure it was chopping and puréeing correctly, and still ended up with large chunks of carrots.
I guess I am disappointed because I was expecting a perfect machine. It is not perfect, but I am sure it is the closest to perfect there is put there (at least in this price range). Yes, I would buy it again tomorrow.