The Klarstein Lucia has taken a lot of work out of my cooking!
I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing an electric mixer and meat grinder for some time. So when Hi-Fi Tower asked me to test the Klarstein Lucia Food Processor and Meat Mincer, I jumped at the chance. I made it clear that I was not prepared to write a good review just because I wasn’t being charged for the product. I would never do that. Hi-Fi Tower decided to send me the Klarstein regardless.
I am very happy to say that I love it. Since receiving the food processor last Friday, I have been using it daily. I’ve minced, I’ve mixed, I’ve blended and I’ve even made loads of homemade pasta. On Sunday my kids and I spent hours making bread and 4 kilos of fresh pasta!
The machine did take some getting used to. The Klarstein Lucia is supplied with a short user manual but no recipe suggestions or advice.
Through trial and error, I have ground a leg of lamb, a rabbit, three pheasants and some venison. All of the ground meat went into kebabs which were amazing. I found that it’s best to feed the meat through a little at a time. It’s also best if the meat is quite cold.
This is not an industrial meat grinder so you may still wish to have your butcher do the grinding for you. When it comes to less common cuts such as game birds, rabbit and goat, it’s nice to have on hand.
The mixer works perfectly. So far I’ve made a few loaves of bread and fresh naans to go with those kebabs I was making. After years of doing all the kneading by hand, it was so nice to throw all the ingredients into a good quality metal bowl and let the machine do it’s magic.
The pasta machine took a bit of getting used to. Again, through a bit of experimentation we got there in the end. I have a pasta recipe I’ve been using for years which didn’t go through the machine very well. My son and I decided to add some milk and knead it all again and the pasta dough passed through the machine quickly and easily.
Then we decided to make another batch of dough but this time – though not a wet dough – it was too soft to cut off the pasta tool and we had to add more flour. I think we’ve got it down now and I couldn’t be happier with the pasta we made together.
The blender works really well too. We’ve used it a number of times to make everything from yorgurt lassis to creamy and not so creamy marinades. In short, it does what it’s supposed to do.
The Klarstein Mixer is attractive and available in bright red and silver. I love having it in my kitchen and highly recommend the Klarstein to anyone who loves to cook. It’s a pity there isn’t a good instruction manual but I’ll be using it a lot so feel free to ask me if you purchase one and have any questions.
We’ll be making homemade sausages this weekend and can’t wait!