Presto Pro SaladShooter Slicer Review
The Presto 02970 Pro Saladshooter is one of the most popular user rated electric cheese graters currently available on the market. It comes with a decent retail price, and has the ability to grate and slice a number of different types of foods. Today we are going to have a closer look at the model to see if it is as good as everyone claims. Is it all hype, or is there some substance to the many positive reviews? Keep reading to find out more.
As you may have guessed from the product name, this is a product designed for anyone who wants a quality durable product. The Presto 02970 has a retail price of $69.99 which is a little more than your average model, but this particular model is often for sale for less than $50 which makes it very enticing. Lets begin by taking a look at the design of this model. The model comes in a standard white plastic color, with the logo printed on the side of it. The entire unit is quite light, but at the same time it does feel quite solidly built. There are four cones included with it which include three cones for slicing (regular, thick and wavy) and one cone for shredding. The shredding cone is the one we are interested in as that is the one that is designed for cheese. It is a medium grade shred, and you can also buy a fine grade and a thicker grade shredder as extras if this is needed. These cost around $12 as a bundle, so be sure to keep this in mind if you need to create a variety of different gratings. The cones are made out of a tough plastic, and have a stainless steel head.
So how well does the machine actually operate? To put it to the test we tried a variety of different cheeses, including soft and firm varieties. With a generous chute size, you don’t really need to cut the cheese down too much at all to get it in there. Simply pop your cheese in, put the food guide on top of it and put a little pressure. We should also add that the food guide is adjustable for a small or a large load. After that the motor inside does the rest, and it certainly does a fine job at this. All the varieties of cheese we tested were shredded in seconds, no matter how firm they were. A 2lbs block of cheddar took around 2 minutes to completely shred, which we were very happy with. Other kinds of cheese were no problem at all, and the machine did a sterling job at this. Since the unit is quite light, you can easily hold over whatever you need to cover in cheese which eliminates the need for a bowl. The only very minor complaint we have about this procedure is it is a little noisy, but then that is to be expected from a wired shredder. It is certainly no worse than any other wired shredder we have tested, so this is hardly an issue at all.
Aside from that we did one or two brief tests with the slicer cones. We tried out a cumber using the thin cone – this took around 15 seconds to completely shred, and we were left with some great slices for our salad. After that we tested the wavy slicer with a potato, and again we were very pleased with our cuttings . This took a few seconds to slice up, and we then salted and chucked in the oven to make some nice homemade potato chips.
Once you are done with your slicing or shredding, the machine is quite easy to disassemble. You simple need to unscrew the piece that holds the cone in place, then you can remove the cone. This along with the food guide can be put in the dishwasher as they are dishwasher safe. The main base can be wiped clean with a paper towel, and this is normally all you would need to do.
So that is a quick summary of the Presto Saladshooter. It certainly is a great machine for grating cheese, although it can be used for many other kinds of foods. It works very quickly and efficiently, and is not too difficult to clean afterwards. With a decent price, it is obvious why so many people choose this particular machine. The Presto 02970 Saladshooter comes standard with a two year warranty.
- Comes with four attachments
- Works great
- Easy to clean
- Two year warranty
- Need to purchase additional cones if you want fine or large gratings (roughly $12)
Summary: We were very impressed with the Presto 02970. It slices through cheese in no time without breaking a sweat. It can also be used on all kinds of other foods, so it is a very versatile machine. It has a affordable price, so it is a fine choice for anyone. With over 500 5-star user reviews on Amazon, this is one product that lives up to the hype and is one of the best electric cheese graters we have seen so far. At the time of writing this unit was on sale on Amazon with free shipping which makes it a fantastic deal. You can read some of the many happy user reviews and check to see if it is still on sale at that discounted price over here.