I’ve had this little manual food processor for at least thirty years. Surprisingly, I still have both the original box and all five of the processing discs, but not the manual – not that it’s needed. It’s only got three parts: the body, the handle, and the disc. This is one of the simplest but effective tools I use in the kitchen.
Today I used it to make just enough carrot-and-broccoli slaw for lunch. It took two minutes, I used up part of the broccoli stems I’d saved from making a stir-fry earlier in the week, and the slaw was, of course, super-fresh and therefore very tasty. Stuffed in a kamut wrap with a bit of sliced sharp cheddar, it was a darned good lunch, along with iced green tea and greek yogurt and blueberries.
Over the years I’ve used it to grate cheese, slice radishes, cucumbers, and just about any other sort of vegetable you can think of, shred potatoes for potato cakes…even grate frozen butter for pastry. It cleans up easily: if I’ve grated cheese, I usually put it in the top shelf of the dishwasher – the whole thing, not just the wheel; if I’ve been doing vegetables, I just hand wash it. The wheels haven’t rusted or significantly discoloured, and they remain sharp.
I went on-line to see if they are still available; there are a few on e-bay (one described as ‘rare, vintage’ (!)) and a similar product by Westmark on Amazon. I no longer remember where mine came from; it might have been a present from my parents, as I know they also had one.
It’s easy to use, does what it’s supposed to, has lasted a very long time, and uses no electricity. Four stars in my book!
What are your favourite kitchen gadgets, the ones you can’t imagine cooking without?