Why everyone needs a whipping disc: Russell Hobbs Illumina Food Processor

There are some things in life you should never feel guilty about. Never feel guilty about popping a pill when you have a headache. Paracetamol and its ilk are Nature’s Gift. Never feel guilty about getting rid of clothing beyond mending. You will not get round to making a stylish throw. Or dusters. Or sock puppets. You should also never feel guilty about using a small appliance when doing it manually is an option. Personally, I feel there’s no need to attempt to build up Popeye-style muscles in one arm by taking on tasks that could be handled by an appliance. Especially when that arm could be used for something better, like drinking wine. Or making a sock puppet. Or both.

Which is why I have a big crush on Russell Hobbs‘s Illumina Food Processor. Yes, it’s a 850W, rather stylish multipurpose kitchen tool.  Yes, it features a titanium-coated stainless-steel chopping blade and slicing, grating and shredding disks. Plus a dough tool for bread and cakes. But what I’m interested in is the whipping disk.

Whipping disc in place

Whipping disc in place

I’ll admit, it looks innocuous at first glance. But see what it does to cream.

Double cream, being blitzed

Double cream, being blitzed

You’ll also notice that the ring changes colour as you turn the machine up a notch. Not just for a flashy light show either – the colour corresponds to the setting, so you can tell at a glance how fast those blades are spinning. Unlike using a hand blender, you can simply turn the food processor on to the right setting and walk away to come back to perfectly whipped cream:

Cream, whipped to perfection

Cream, whipped to perfection

Then simply pop all the main parts in the dishwasher and get on with making your Eton Mess, eclairs or whatever indulgent creamy dessert you prefer – and enjoy it guilt-free.

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