I used to think I loved my food processor. We purchased it a few years ago to replace a cheap unit that was so unusable that it sat gathering dust in our laundry room. That old food processor did such a terrible job that just about anything looked good in comparison. Yes, I loved my new food processor! Okay, it couldn’t really slice or shred, but it could make a mean puree! And sure, sometimes the puree would leak all over the place, but hey, what can you do, right?
Well, I guess I just had low expectations because after trying the Magimix Food Processor by Robot-Coupe, I realized that it’s actually possible for a food processor to slice, shred, and puree without making a mess all over the countertop. Imagine that! Now when I make potato chips, I don’t have to risk losing a finger with my mandoline slicer. And I can shred cheese without shredding my knuckles on a box grater. (Am I just really accident prone or does that happen to you too?)
If you’re like me, maybe you haven’t heard of the Magimix, or its French manufacturer, Robot-Coupe. Well! Magimix just happens to be the first food processor for the home cook, introduced over 40 years ago. This invention was hailed as “the French Revolution of the 20th century,” by The New York Times. And maybe that sounds like a little bit of a stretch, but you saw those potato slices up there, yes? All Magimix food processors are handmade in Burgundy and Magimix is the only food processor company that manufactures its own motors (which are known for lasting a lifetime).
For this review, I was able to try the Magimix 3200 XL 12-Cup Food Processor. This is big enough for me, although the Magmix also has 14- and 16-Cup models. It comes with a wide range of attachments and accessories (bonus: they’re all in a nice little storage case too):
- 3 different sizes of mixing bowls (and 2 Sabatier blades to accommodate them)
- Dough blade for kneading
- 2 grating discs (2mm and 4mm)
- 2 slicing discs (2mm and 4mm)
- BlenderMix attachment to transform the Magimix into a blender
- Egg whisk
- Spatula, recipe book and instructional DVD
Other accessories are available for purchase, like a Juice Extractor and French Fry Disc.
The Magimix is much quieter and operates more smoothly than my previous food processor. I’ve been using it for over a month and the blade never gets stuck or slowed down. The motor uses some kind of voodoo magic (okay, it’s a power induction motor, but let’s pretend it’s magic!) to sense the amount of power needed for the task at hand and adjusts its output accordingly. So whether you’re pureeing applesauce or crushing ice, the Magimix can handle it.
Since it’s the end of summer and my basil is wanting to bolt, I decided to use some Thai basil (and a little of my Genovese basil too) to make a Thai-inspired pesto with coconut milk and cashews in my Magimix Food Processor. If you like a chunkier pesto, pulse it until it reaches your desired consistency. I wanted my pesto a little bit creamier since I was pairing it with udon noodles and veggies, so I processed it until it was smooth.
Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processors are available in the United States exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
A Thai-inspired spin on classic pesto sauce! Serve with rice or udon noodles or stir fried vegetables.
- 1 c. basil leaves (use Thai if you have them!)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 c. raw cashews
- 1/3 c. coconut milk
- 1 serrano pepper, seeds and stem removed
- salt to taste
- Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.
For a milder pesto, use a jalapeno pepper. If you'd like yours extra spicy, use a Thai chili pepper instead.
Disclaimer: I received a Magimix Food Processor to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own.