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Old 13th May 2020, 8:35 pm   #21
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The problem with '80s plastic 'food processors' is that they are 'tat'.
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Take to car boot sale...
Same goes for the "Breville" toasted-sandwich-machines that were briefly a must-have kitchen-utensil in the 70s and 80s. I remember back then my mother had one that came with a bunch of horribly-difficult-to-interchange 'waffle plates' so you could give your toasted-sandwiches different burn-marks.

All thrown into the skip when we did my mother's house-clearance.
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Old 13th May 2020, 9:05 pm   #22
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My Panasonic bread maker is used quite often. I love the smell it gives off whilst in the baking cycle. I have played around with the recipes in the appliance book and can get some really light crusty French type bread out of it as well as some Italian type bread that uses olive oil instead of butter.

I made a really dense loaf once, that was because I forgot to add much water and made a concrete hardened biscuit!!

I have a Kenwood Chef A901 here in full working order with all of its attachments. It was used yesterday to make mashed potato! It is fairly unique as it was one of the engineering prototypes that was given to my dad many years ago. It came with a prototype Thorn microwave oven complete with added thermocouples inside. Was used as the lab experimental and evaluation unit just before domestic microwave ovens were to start taking off. Still going strong!

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Old 13th May 2020, 10:21 pm   #23
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I also have a Panasonic breadmaker, bought for £3 at a car boot sale (it was so cheap, I couldn't say "no"!). It's used every week, and makes lovely bread. All you have to do is measure the ingredients accurately, put them in the tray and press START. It does take 3 hours to produce a finished loaf, but it's fully automatic. After pressing START it can be left unattended so you can go off and do something else while it mixes the dough, allows it to rise then bakes it for you, all by itself. A wonderful invention!
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Old 14th May 2020, 8:17 am   #24
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My Panasonic bread maker takes 6 hours to make a very light crusty french bread. Most of this time is the resting period and the rising time where the heater slowly warms the dough to about 30íC. Faster rise times make a more dense loaf.

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I made a superb door-stop once, Chris, when I forgot to put the yeast in!
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I remember the first one that ever appeared in our shop in the early 80s was called a Magimix .

We never thought in a million years it would sell especially alongside the traditional Kenwood Chef, but hey ho , we couldnt get enough of them !!!

I believe they are still in existence today but more the higher end market .
I could not find any Braun food processors locally so replaced my faulty one with a Magimix. It is built like a battleship but only a single bowl and only one speed. Select switch for pulse or continuous. It came with a good range of accessories.
However it is nowhere near as useful as the two bowl variable speed Braun unit and more messy to clean all the bits! I stand the whole thing on a rubber pad. Blue tack could also be used.
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I beg to differ...

Used this morning to prepare tonight's tea (or dinner for posh people) is the Moulinex 350 that was left to me by my wonderful mother in law Emily, who found it slightly odd that a man enjoyed being in the kitchen!

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"... my wonderful mother in law Emily, who found it slightly odd that a man enjoyed being in the kitchen!"

She would doubtless have seen what Johnnie had to put up with!
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I made a superb door-stop once, Chris, when I forgot to put the yeast in!
My mother used to refer to her mother's bread as "door stop bread". Her mother was from the old country and probably didn't use much yeast.
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It seems that was another fad like the bread machine. I see a lot of those items at the charity shops. I guess the novelty wears off after a while.
A lot of users feel it's more work to clean it up after using.
Dave, USradcoll1 always opinionated.
You could be right about food processors. I don't think the novelty has worn off about bread makers in the UK, in fact, I was thinking about buying one.
I seem to forget that practices are different in GB than in the US.
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"... my wonderful mother in law Emily, who found it slightly odd that a man enjoyed being in the kitchen!"

She would doubtless have seen what Johnnie had to put up with!
My favourite quote of Johnny Cradock was " May all your donuts look like Fanny's".
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My wife still uses the Kenwood Chefette she got in the mid-1970's. A decade ago the variable speed contol became erratic, but a stripdown and cleaning of the wiper contacts fixed that. We now have my late mother's identical model as a back-up. The only other issues have been the precautionary replacement of the disintegrating Rifa capacitors of both.
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Old 17th May 2020, 12:23 am   #33
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I don't think the novelty has worn off about bread makers in the UK, in fact, I was thinking about buying one.
I was given one recently for helping a chap out with a radio repair. His wife had got fed up with him using it and making a mess in the kitchen, so banned its future use. It's in mint condition. I've used it once, but intend to use it again when I get time.

I've got a very old processor from around 1972 up in the loft. It's in very good condition and in its original box - I'll try to retrieve it in the next day or so to give it a run and take a photo.
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I have an early 80s Toshiba food processor inherited from my mother. It does see occasional use, but as Dave said back in #5, it does generate a huge amount of washing up after use, which is a big disincentive to using it.

My breadmaker sees a reasonable amount of use. All the cheap ones seem to be essentially the same, and work equally well. It bakes a decent effort free loaf when I'm in a rush, and can be used to do the hard work of kneading dough before I bake it properly in the oven if I want to make proper bread.
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"... my wonderful mother in law Emily, who found it slightly odd that a man enjoyed being in the kitchen!"

She would doubtless have seen what Johnnie had to put up with!
My favourite quote of Johnny Cradock was " May all your donuts look like Fanny's".
That particular quip was made by Kenneth Horne in a Round The Horne radio show many years ago. They had a character called Fanny Haddock who was played I think by Betty Marsden. She had just given a spoof recipe for making doughnuts. Kenneth Horne summed it up afterwards with something on the lines of.

"Well if all your doughnuts turn out like fannies then you will know who to blame"
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"... my wonderful mother in law Emily, who found it slightly odd that a man enjoyed being in the kitchen!"

She would doubtless have seen what Johnnie had to put up with!
My favourite quote of Johnny Cradock was " May all your donuts look like Fanny's".
That particular quip was made by Kenneth Horne in a Round The Horne radio show many years ago. They had a character called Fanny Haddock who was played I think by Betty Marsden. She had just given a spoof recipe for making doughnuts. Kenneth Horne summed it up afterwards with something on the lines of.

"Well if all your doughnuts turn out like fannies then you will know who to blame"
Apparently an urban myth, unless someone knows differently!

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