I’ve had a few chances to play with the Tefal Fresh Express now, so I feel qualified to put up a review on it. I’ve taken a few videos so you can see it in action. I was too embarrassed to talk on it (who doesn’t hate the sound of their own voice), but you get the idea. I had a few people around for some chicken fajitas so this was the perfect chance to cut up some different things and let everyone see how easy it is.
The first thing you can see here is me setting it up and then grating a carrot. I’ve used the large grating cone (red cone) and it’s no trouble to grate up the carrot.
Here’s the Fresh Express slicing a cucumber. Again, it’s nice and easy. I’ve used the thick slicing cone (dark green cone). You do get a little bit of the skin that seems to wrap around the cone, but it doesn’t stop it slicing and I don’t really miss it on the cucumber.
Again using the thick slicing cone to chop an onion. This works pretty well, but the slices can be a bit uneven as the ends of the onion go through in one thick piece. It’s good enough for every day, but I think if I was having a dinner party I would be using my knife. At the end of the video I’ve shown how you get the cone out after using it. Just a quick turn of the feeder and the cone pops straight out.
Lastly, I’ve grated some cheese. Again, I’ve used the large grating cone. It grates the cheese nice and quick, but there is a little bit left at the end that gets stuck to the cone. You get this leftover bit when grating the traditional way, but with the Fresh Express it’s trickier to snack on it. 😉
I’ve also tested this out on some hard cheese, using the extra fine grater (yellow cone), but found it struggled a bit. It did get through it, but it took a while and I had to push really hard on the pusher.
The manual also says you can grate chocolate, biscuits and nuts, so I’m going to give that a go too. See my results here.
I’ve also got one Tefal Fresh Express to giveaway to Australian readers. Giveaway details here.
I love that all the cones store on the unit itself, so they don’t go missing in the back of the cupboard. It’s bright, funky and compact, so doesn’t look too functional sitting on the kitchen bench.
I think it’s pretty much replaced my hand grater. It’s much quicker and easier to use the Fresh Express than grating by hand and just as easy to clean. All you need to do is rinse the cones and the feeder and then pop them in the dishwasher. If I’ve only grated a carrot or two, then I don’t even put it in the dishwasher, rinsing is enough.
If you had some young kids, it would be a much safer way to get them working in the kitchen than using a hand grater. When the cones are on the machine, there are no sharp parts and the length of the feeding tube means it’s impossible to grate your fingers. I think it would also be a great gimmick to get the kids eating more fruit and vegetables, or at the very least, you can grate them up and hide them in everything.
If I was just slicing one onion, I’d stick to the knife as you need to prep the onion anyway, but for any grating, it’s perfect.
The feeder tube is just wide enough for a large cucumber, but I needed to chop my onion in half to fit it in.
Disclaimer: I was given a Tefal Fresh Express for the purpose of doing a review and giveaway. I received no additional compensation. All opinions are my own.