Best Food Processor Guide


Kenwood FDP613 Food Processor

The Kenwood FDP613 Multipro Food Processor, occasionally styled as the Kenwood 0W22010002 Food Processor, is one of the most popular 3 litre food processors sold in the UK, and one of the most popular food processors produced by Kenwood, which has been making electronic goods for the British market since 1947. Its large capacity bowl, variable speeds, 1000 watt motor, and good set of included attachments should allow you to tackle almost anything in the kitchen.

Kenwood FDP613 Food Processor Review

First impression

The FDP613 has a plastic base which is white at the front and on the top, and with grey side panels. All of these surfaces are glossy, making the base easy to wipe clean. Two spaces are moulded into the lower aspect of the side panels which serve as carrying handles. The corners of each panel are rounded and prevent the FDP613’s base from looking boxy and slab-sided, which is a nice touch. Housed in one of the rear corners is an internal cord storage compartment – once you have finished using the food processor, simply push the cable back inside the base. In the centre of the front panel is a white plastic control knob, beneath which is the Kenwood logo. Printed on the front of the bowl and the front of the blender jug are measuring units in millilitres and fluid ounces, allowing you to measure straight into them.

Underneath the food processor are ventilation grills for keeping the motor cool, and four plastic suction feet which keep it steady on the kitchen worktop when in use. They are very effective, especially when the work surface is slightly damp, although this can make it a little trickier to reposition the food processor once it’s been set in place – you can’t simply get away with sliding it along the worktop, as you might be able to do with rubber feet, for example.

Kenwood have designed the FDP613 to take up as little room as possible in the kitchen. The motor is situated directly below the bowl in a base which does not extend much further than the bottom of the bowl itself. The whole device measures 21 x 22 x 40 cm, and weighs 3.6 kg. It’s relatively light in comparison to the smaller, stainless steel 2.1 litre Kenwood FPM250, which weighs 4.1 kg. The only downside in relation to space is that the FDP613’s bowl attachments cannot be stored in the bowl when not in use. Well, some of the can, but you won’t be able to pack all of them in, unlike the Philips HR7761/01.

As one might expect, the FDP613 is designed for larger households. Its 3 litre bowl has a maximum working capacity of 1.5 litres, meaning it will easily make five 300 ml portions of soup in one go, for example. In combination with a 1000 motor, it should easily be able to handle larger families’ food processing needs. At the same time, it’s the obvious choice for the working professional who wants to prepare large quantities of food over the weekend for the freezer, which can then be taken to work or to the gym throughout the week.

In the box

In the box you’ll find the food processor base, the bowl, knife blades, the blender, a geared whisk, a dough tool, and two stainless steel discs for slicing and grating. There’s also a mini bowl and mini blade attachment, and a registration card in order to help you take advantage of the 1 year warranty.

The FDP613 is designed to run on 220-240 volts, and is fitted with a 3 pin British plug, so you will have to buy the relevant adaptor should you ever have to take it abroad.

Attachments

Arguably the cleverest attachment included with the FDP613 is the ‘mini bowl’. This is simply a smaller bowl which fits within the main 3 litre bowl, and comes with its own pair of knife blades. Its size ensures that smaller batches of ingredients will actually come into contact with the blades, instead of bouncing around the 3 litre bowl without being processed properly.

One of the other more useful attachments is the blender, which has a maximum capacity of 1.5 litres and fits onto the base in lieu of the bowl. It has an extra 20% capacity – 300 ml – in comparison to the blender supplied with Kenwood’s mid-range food processors, such as the FPP225. The blender is made of plastic, and therefore cannot accommodate hot soups straight from the pan – they should be left to cool down to room temperature. This is a minor inconvenience, and does not deter from the fact that the blender will make perfectly smooth soups, milkshakes and smoothies.

The geared whisk is an excellent tool, and a significant improvement on the so-called whisking tools, which usually simply consist of a rippled plastic disc. The geared whisk, however, has two interlocking wire whisks which spin together rather like a hand-held electronic whisk. But that’s not all: the entire whisk attachment itself rotates around the inside of the bowl, rather like the planetary mixing action of a Kenwood Chef. This allows the FDP613 to make perfect meringues and whipped cream.

The dough tool consists of a pair of shortened, blunt plastic spurs in much the same shape as the knife blades. The main difference of course is that it incorporates ingredients without slicing into them. Not only can you make pizza and pasta dough, but the larger bowl means that you can easily prepare dough for large loaves of bread, unlike some smaller food processors.

You’ll also find two reversible stainless steel discs in the box – one for thin slicing and thin grating, and another for thick slicing and thick grating. There’s also a rasping disc which can be purchased separately, and will allow you to rasp vegetables, chocolate, and hard cheeses such as parmesan. The great thing about this food processor’s large bowl is that there is plenty of room to accommodate whatever you are slicing or shredding – you won’t have to empty it as frequently as a smaller bowl. Most importantly, the extra room means that ingredients are less likely to compact together after they have been processed.

Where the mini bowl can be used much like a mini chopper, unfortunately there isn’t a grinder attachment for grinding hard spices and coffee means. However, it is possible to buy one separately, and indeed a whole host of attachments are available for the FDP613 and many other Kenwood Multipro food processors. There’s a chipping disc for ‘Julienne’ style vegetables, a folding tool for gently incorporating ingredients into mixtures, a citrus juicer, and a specially-designed storage box for keeping the tools tidy. There’s also a juicer extractor available separately, which pulps fruit and vegetables before using centrifugal force to extract the juice.

Use & Operation

The FDP613 has Kenwood’s patented Dual Drive system, which allows both the blender and bowl attachments to run from the same base. This means the food processor’s footprint on the kitchen worktop is much smaller than older style, large bowl food processors, which tend to have the motor compartment situated at the side of the bowl. Like most food processors, the FDP613 has an interlocking safety mechanism which means that it cannot be switched on unless the lid is securely fastened to the bowl.

Instead of two fixed speed settings, the FDP613 has variable speed settings and a pulse mode, ensuring that you have absolute control over the processing of ingredients in order to reach the desired texture every time. Turn the plastic control knob clockwise to adjust the desired speed; turn it anti-clockwise in order to activate the pulse mode. The pulse mode is engaged for as long as the knob is held in that position. It’s an intuitive system, although arthritic hands may find it a little trickier to operate, as the knob is round and smooth.

Cleaning the FDP613 is very simple – all of the parts are dishwasher safe, and as previously mentioned, the base is easy to clean with a damp cloth. However, do take care when handling the blades and the slicing & grating discs, as the business edges are extremely sharp. Even the slightest accidental contact can break the skin.

What can I make?

The FDP613 can be used to make numerous different dishes. You can chop, slice and grate vegetables for soups, salads and curries, and blitz ingredients for dips, sauces and dressings. The mini bowl is perfect for chopping smaller portions and preparing condiments and side dishes. The geared whisk attachment will allow you to make meringues, mousses, custard, and perfect whipped cream. The blender can be used to make milkshakes, cocktails, and delicious nutritional smoothies.

But that’s not all. There’s lots more dishes you can make, including those which you might not immediately associate with a food processor. Using the knife blades, you can make batter for pancakes/Yorkshire puddings, and cake mix and pastry for delicious home-made cakes, pies and flans. You can also chop meat – the texture won’t be quite the same as a typical mincer or meat grinder, but you’ll still be able to produce your very own burgers and sausages from scratch. And for that intoxicating smell of home-made bread, you can use the dough tool to prepare your very own fresh loaves, as well as the dough for pizza and fresh pasta.

Verdict

The Kenwood FDP613 food processor doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive 3 litre models (which can easily be twice as expensive), but it still comes with a good set of attachments – the geared whisk and mini bowl are particularly welcome additions. Furthermore, additional attachments can be purchased separately, meaning you can buy them later if you so wish, without having to shell out for them upfront at first. If you’re looking for an affordable, no-nonsense 3 litre food processor from a reputable manufacturer of kitchen goods, then the Kenwood FDP613 food processor is an excellent choice.


Posted on April 3rd, 2016. Tags: , , , ,