Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
My area of expertise is electronics. For this reason, my articles generally focus on items such as robotic vacuums, headphones, watches, and webcams. But sometimes, I will review an item that is slightly out of my comfort zone.
A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a fancy new air fryer. I was so impressed by this device that I wrote an enthusiastic article describing how well it worked and how much of my precious time it saved.
Today I am examining another kitchen appliance. While food processors have been available practically forever, I’ve never felt the need to purchase one. However, since the air fryer proved to be so useful, I thought I’d pick up a food processor and run it through its paces.
The base of the Magiccos FP415 is the heaviest component of this food processor, weighing in at slightly under four pounds. It is 7.1 inches high, 6.9 inches wide, and 7.5 inches deep. When this unit’s bowl and cover are installed, the FP415’s height increases to 16 inches. Four suction cups keep this device securely anchored to my kitchen counter.
A knob positioned at the front of the base is used to select any one of five motor speeds. When pushed, this knob temporally increases the rotation rate. A series of LEDs indicate the selected speed.
The motor’s driveshaft leads up to a drive coupling positioned at the top-center of the base. When assembling the food processor, the driver accessory sits directly atop the drive coupling.
This device’s bowl must be aligned with a set of grooves protruding from the top of the base and twisted clockwise. This secures the bowl snugly and depresses a safety interlock switch. The second of the FP415’s interlock switches will be activated when either the food processor’s lid or juicer is installed and properly positioned.
The Magiccos FP415 comes equipped with a chopper blade, a juicer, an emulsifying disk, and a revolving disk that can be equipped with a slicing blade. a wave slicer, or one of two different grating blades.
- Brand: Magiccos
- Name: Food processor
- Model: FP415
- Capacity (Max): 2 liters (8 cups)
- Capacity (liquid) 1.2 liter (5 cups)
- Power: 750 watts
- Speeds: 5 plus pulse
- Voltage: 120 volts
- Base weight: 1.1 kilograms (3.98 pounds)
- Assembled height: 40 centimeters (16 inches)
- Chopper: Yes
- Juicer: Yes
- Grater: Two supplied
- Slicer: Yes
- Emulsifier: Yes
The manufacturer of this appliance is the Shenzhen Kavbao Household Commodity Co.
Uses of a Food Processor
A food processor is a kitchen appliance designed to facilitate repetitive tasks in the preparation of food.
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Unlike its close cousin, the blender, a food processor requires little to no liquid during use.
Food processors are used to blend, chop, dice, and slice, allowing meals to be quickly prepared.
The Juicer Test
I set up the food processor for use as a juicer and cut six oranges in half. Then I turned on the device, setting it to the lowest speed.
As the center cone slowly turned, I pressed an orange half against it. Quickly the pulp, seeds, and juice were extracted from the orange. A series of slits formed within the citrus juicer allowed the orange juice and some pulp to drain into the bowl below. The seeds and the thicker pulp remained trapped within the juicer.
Six oranges provided about three cups (750ml) of very delicious orange juice.
The Onion Test
I rinsed the previously used accessories and replaced the driver and bowl. The next step was to fit the blade adapter and chopper blade. I then peeled an onion, placed it in the bowl, and secured the cover and its pusher.
After running the food processor at the second speed level for about 15 seconds, the onion was nicely chopped.
The Broccoli Test
After removing the chopped onion and rinsing out the accessories, I cut up a stick of broccoli and added three sections to the bowl. I then set the food processor to the second speed level, pressing the pulse button several times.
This was where my inexperience affected the test’s outcome. Three pieces of broccoli were too many. As I waited for the third piece to be cut into sizable chunks, the first two were chopped too finely.
The Cauliflower Test
I removed the chopped vegetables and rinsed my equipment. Then, learning from past mistakes, I added only two pieces of cauliflower to the bowl. In this case, I set the food processor’s speed to zero using the pulse button to chop the vegetables.
While this worked much better, I should note that the easiest method to break apart a piece of cauliflower is to crumble it in your hands.
I was attempting to replicate my mother's tasty broccoli and cauliflower dish throughout these last two tests. Food processors, however, are not intended to cut vegetables into large chunks. They are better used to chop vegetables into tiny pieces that are useful in salads, soups, stews, and meat pies.
The Carrot Test
I snapped the slicing blade into the blade holder and installed it in place of the chopper blade. Then I cut off a chunk of a carrot, placed it vertically through the lid opening, and held it in place with the pusher. The next step was to turn on the food processor and press downward as the blade sliced the carrot into coin-shaped pieces.
Smaller and thinner chunks of carrots cannot be held steady enough for this process. In this case, I would put several thin carrots into the lid opening and apply a slight pressure using the pusher. The blade tended to slice these carrots lengthwise. The finished product didn’t look quite as good but was quite delicious when steamed for a while.
The Dessert Test
After cleaning my equipment, I added three scoops of vanilla ice cream to the food processor and experimented with various speeds until the ice cream was well-whipped. I then added a large handful of mixed berries and pressed the pulse button several times.
Once the berries had been chopped into tiny pieces, I shut down the machine and scooped the whipped concoction into a glass. This experiment produced the best milkshake I have ever tasted.
Next time I will mix the ice cream and berries simultaneously. This, I suspect, will result in a bowl of berry-flavored, soft ice cream. For sure, it will be a fun experiment.
I like this food processor. Sadly, because I usually survive on frozen prepackaged food and Kraft dinners, I will probably not get as much use out of it as I should.
However, those who take the time to prepare wholesome meals for your family will find counter space for this device. With its ability to quickly chop, grate, and blend, the Magiccos FP415 Food Processor will prove indispensable.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Walter Shillington