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Fast. Versatile. Precise. Exactly how I like my food prep – and exactly how I like the small appliances handling my food prep to perform. Because I am usually time-starved, often caught in a rut, always cooking in batches and mostly dying to get out of the kitchen. What I really need is a sous chef, or something that perfectly – no, precisely – mimics one.
Introducing the Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice.
The Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice is one of the most revolutionary machines I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. It peels, dices, slices, mixes and chops in half the time of doing it by hand – and without any of the hassle. Its extra wide chute is designed for every shape of food, so you no longer need to chop your ingredients into smaller pieces before letting the appliance do the work. (I’ve always felt that pre-cutting foods completely defeats the purpose of using a food processor – wouldn’t you agree?) Aside from saving time and speeding up your meal preparation, the machine’s precise cut leads to even and consistent cooking and perfect textures.
Who needs the Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice? Admittedly, not everyone. The feedback I’ve received from previous small appliance reviews has let me to be very forthright and conscientious when it comes to recommending products. If you live on your own, rarely cook for a crowd and aren’t into canning, preserving or baking, this may be “too much machine” for you. You’ll also have to be open to washing more dishes than say, a simple paring knife. (Most of the removable parts are dishwasher safe.) Finally, I would be remiss to not mention the cost; at a suggested retail price of $699.99, you’ll need to be absolutely sure that you’ll use the small appliance to its full potential.
However, here’s where it becomes worth the investment.
1. Entertaining. If you regularly cook for a crowd, you know just how taxing food prep can be – especially if the dishes require uniform chopping, slicing or dicing. With 8, 12 and 16 mm dicing disc sizes, the dicing attachment works by slicing and then dicing your foods. This two-step process quickly transforms vegetables and fruit into salsas, salads and preserves.
2. Craving Change. If you’re starved for time and tired of the same old/ same old, sometimes all you need is a helping hand and a little inspiration. The Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice can motivate you to try new dishes without added time and frustration because most of the prep work is done for you. In fact, with 10 attachments, every element in all the meals you make can be prepared with ease. Roll pizza dough, mince your own burger patties and create the perfect accompaniments – all in one machine.
3. Cooking from Scratch. Love homemade french fries? Mmm… we all do! And guess what? Peeling doesn’t have to be painful. The peeler disc can peel 7 potatoes in as little as 15 seconds, taking the hard work out of preparing ingredients. Once peeled, simply load the julienne disc and feed the potatoes through the extra large chute. Pro tip: air fry your potatoes in the Breville Smart Oven Air for a delicious snack or side dish with less fat!
We recently put the peel and slice features to the test; considering it normally takes me anywhere from 6-10 minutes to peel and slice potatoes for french fries – haphazardly and grossly mismatched, at that – I decided that if my time could be reduced by at least half, it would win a place in my kitchen.
First, we loaded washed, whole potatoes onto the peeling disc. We set the machine for 25 seconds (the recommended time is 20 to 25 seconds, but honestly I had my doubts) and that’s about it.
Yes, it’s that simple.
When we checked on the potatoes after 25 seconds, I let it pulse for another 10 seconds because I was particular about the tiny spots of skin left behind. Now if I had been making french fries, this would not have bothered me in the slightest. However, since I wanted to show you just how well the potatoes can be peeled, I pressed on until near perfect. Now tell me: when was the last time you peeled four potatoes in 35 seconds?
The best part? No more food waste than peeling potatoes the traditional way; in fact, I’d reckon that I saved even more of the potato flesh with the Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice.
Next, it was time to switch to the Julienne & French Fries Cutter blade. Just as simple, friends, and just as quick! After pushing each potato through the extra large chute, in less than 60 seconds, we had perfect, uniformly cut french fries. To be fair, I’m adding in the time it took to switch blades; perhaps 30 seconds. That means I was able to prep four potatoes into shoestring fries in about two minutes. Sweet (er, savoury) success!
Of course, it doesn’t end there. The Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice can create more than just one pretty dish; the following blades are included with the machine:
Julienne & French Fries Cutter
Love what you see? The Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice is available now on www.breville.ca and at Hudson’s Bay, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Outfitters, William Sonoma, Best Buy, Amazon, and others – including gourmet retailers across Canada.
Plus, you can take advantage of a Special Gift with Purchase Offer! Upon purchasing the Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice, register to receive complimentary dicing kit valued at $179.99. This promotion is only available while quantities last, so don’t delay!
Of course, you can also enter to WIN the Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice right here! Simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck!
This post is sponsored by Breville Canada. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.