Created to grind, slice, puree, chop and more, food processors are kitchen hard workers that are the closest you can get to food preparation robots ala sci-fi. Until then, however, you can count on a nifty food processor.
But how do you know one when you see one?
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The size or capacity of your food processor should match your recipe requirements. But do remember that a manufacturer’s listed bowl size may not be the exact amount of ingredients you can add simultaneously. Processors often hold one or two cups less, and even less for anything liquid.
The Essentials of Equipment – The Basics
In any case, in the world of food processors, size does make a difference. Too small means the machine will be useless; too big means you’ll have something taking up more counter space than needed. In the market, you will find three types of processors in terms of capacity:
> Mini prep (3-4 cups) – good for tiny individual tasks, like chopping veggies or making sauces
> Mid-size (7-9 cups) – works like the mini-prep type but bigger
> Large (11-13 cups) – enough for an entire family’s needs
> Extra large (14-20) – recommended for caterers and other large scale food prepareres
The motor power of a food processor is the second key consideration you have to make. For an average size machine, look for 400 watts; for anything bigger, power should not be lower than 750 watts.
Bigger jobs naturally need more power. Additionally, a heavy base is a good design element as it means more stability while the machine is on the counter during operation.
Because food processors work very fast, you don’t really more controls than On/Off and Pulse. Small choppers can also come with high-low speeds, while high-end machines can have a “dough” setting.
Other Important Elements
Two great design features worth having are covered touch pads allowing for easier cleaning and wipe-down, and a marking on the mixing bowl to help you with your measurements. Probably most importantly, a wide feeder tube – that chute that lets you pour or push ingredients into the processor – is also convenient.
A bigger chute reduces the need to pre-cut large veggies such as squash or cucumbers. A plastic food pusher, also called a prod, is included as well. You certainly don’t want your fingers as a substitute!
Because sharp, whirring, knife blades are very dangerous, the best food processors don’t start working until the base and lid have been properly locked in place. Therefore, look for locks!
Lastly, a standard S-shaped metal chopping blade typically comes with a food processor, but a more expensive type may include whisks and juicer attachments too, as well as a blunt blade for kneading and a variety of shredding/slicing and specialty cutting discs).