It's amazing! I've never owned a food processor although there has been one on my Christmas list for a few years now. The Speed Serve comes with 4 drums (grating, shredding, slicing & potato) and to be honest it hasn't left my bench top for the last three weeks! I've either been slicing or shredding (which is what I would normally call grating. I will call it shredding in this post to save confusion - does that make sense? It is 1am) almost everyday. Yes, admittedly that is partly due to the novelty of being able to shred a zucchini in 17 seconds. . . and yes, I do have a little helper who get excited with the noise. . . and yes, it is small enough to fit into one of many nooks & crannies in my kitchen cupboards. . . but seriously, how many times do you slice things as part of your dinner preparations? Hundreds! If not more :-) (well, I do anyway)
The first thing I tried was slicing cucumber (for Melbourne Cup sandwiches). I pulled out my trusty old mandolin slicer and shot off a few pieces (on thin setting), then tried with the Speed Serve to see how they compared. As you can see the Speed Serve did a fantastic job! (Manual slices are the oval ones)
Clean up was a little odd, finding a shredded out shell of a zucchini in the machine, but all in all not much waste and no shredded knuckles
While I was at it I thought I'd try shredding an onion. . . this is not recommended. I ended up with an onion mush rather than onion julienne which is what I was hoping for. I tried the potato attachment as well with onion. . . another don't try this at home moment. Very good if you want minced onion, not so much if you want a little texture left.
Also not recommended is using the slicing function for tomatoes. . . Live & learn :-)
Walkerston Country Meats'. . . It worked out well for pizza, but not for nibbles. (You can see some of the sliced mild cheese in the container too)
I gave the mashed potatoes a try too - how could I not after seeing this video. The first time I made them I'd boiled the potatoes, then got caught up with Miss M & they were rather cool (and a bit moist) when I finally got around to processing them. They turned out rubbery and not very pleasant, even after adding butter (which did help a little). Lesson learned, next time I tried I made sure my potatoes were still hot/warm and hadn't been sitting in boiled water for an unreasonable amount of time. OMG! Super quick and so smooth!! I mixed through a little butter, but then stopped. I normally just use butter to lubricate the mashing process, so I moved on to my 'fluffy' step. . .add in a raw egg. Yep, I thought it was crazy the first time my husband let me in on his secret to wonderfully creamy mash, but there you have it. Add a raw egg, but the trick then, is to whisk (with a fork is fine) it in as quickly as you can. The residual heat from the potatoes cooks the eggs & something magical happens to the potatoes. Light & luscious. If you're looking for a way to reduce the fats in your food, this could easily be a help for you.
About this time I began to wonder if I was just trying too hard to find things to use with my new toy, so I decided to have a crack at some of the recipes in the book (since I've prattled on quite a bit already, you'll have to wait until later in the week for the recipes sorry ^-^), but here's a teaser for you anyway. . . .
Carrot cake. . . well, not so much a teaser as you've already seen the finished result in my Frosty post.
And everybody's favourite 'bring-a-dish'. . . Potato bake!
Now the serious part.
* Dishwasher safe (or easy hand wash if you're like me)
* Compact - Bench top friendly
* 17 seconds to shred a zucchini!!!
* Slice/Shred/Grate/Mash directly into a bowl or onto food
* The potato mash is heavenly!
* No more shredded knuckles!!
Loving a little less, but liveable:
* Unfortunately this will not be replacing my mandolin slicer. I do like the julienne piece on my mandolin, & this is one attachment that the Speed Serve doesn't have. Another feature of my mandolin is the large slice option which I use for tomatoes amongst other things. I'm not sure that even if an attachment were available that it would work with tomatoes due to the speed of the machine
* The drums are a little bulky & don't easily stack for storage. I have mine in an overhead cupboard right above where my Speed Serve now lives on the bench
Did I say I'm in love? I don't think we've ever eaten so much shredded carrot in this house before! What used to be a chore is now a pleasure.
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