Reviewed by Gemma Ingham
I have recently been trying to eat a healthier cleaner diet, but I’ve had one major stumbling block (other than the fact I love unhealthy food so much!) – I absolutely HATE the prep work that goes into cooking. In order to embrace my cleaner way of eating I’ve been cutting down on the amount of processed or pre-prepared foods which has meant I’m cooking most of my meals from scratch using raw ingredients. I am very impatient and there are so many other things I could be doing with the time I’m spending chopping, cutting, dicing and slicing. And I won’t even get started on the amount of washing up I’m creating, my knife block has never been used so much.
I was sent the Russell Hobbs Desire Mini Chopper in Matte Black to test out. Over the years I’ve collected a myriad of kitchen gadgets, most of which have been bulky, cumbersome, hard to take apart to clean, and oddly shaped to store. I’m sure that similar to most people, kitchen cupboard storage is at a premium, and any storage space in my utility room is already taken up with gadgets that were bought with good intentions but are rarely used and have been banished due to being difficult.
So, as the name suggests this chopper is on the petite side. But it’s a nice size, big enough so that the1 litre bowl with 500ml food capacity can hold a decent amount, but small enough to be stored in a cupboard quickly and easily. The bowl is glass and feels very sturdy. You simply insert the stainless-steel blades, pop the top on, and by pressing on the very large one touch button you’re simply chopping away. I have arthritis in my hands, so the fact that there are no fiddly bits, locking mechanisms or small buttons is a major bonus, I can operate the whole thing with just one hand. Due to the heaviness of the glass bowl it doesn’t spin around on the worktop like previous plastic choppers I’ve owned.
And once you’ve finished chopping? Simply lift the top off and use your ingredients. A handy storage lid is included so if you do not need to use your produce straight away you can pop it to one side or in the fridge. All parts are really easy to take apart and wash.
The mini chopper looks very smart on the worktop, the matte black finish being very on trend right now should you not wish to or have room to store it. I trialed the mini chopper with an onion, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person in the world who hates chopping onions right? It was diced in approx. 3 seconds flat turning a usually arduous task into one that was over in the blink of an eye, and without streaming eyes for once!
For a budget and compact chopper I think Russell Hobbs have hit the nail on the head. There are of course more expensive and complicated options should you need an all singing all dancing slicing machine, but to carry out basic chopping with absolutely no drama you really can’t beat this gadget.
For more information or to buy visit russellhobbs.com.