Food processors, like blenders, are an essential in any well equipped kitchen.
Their high quality stainless steel blades
quickly perform tasks such as chopping, grinding,
mixing, and pureeing. Look for models that
feature work bowls made from clear shatter
proof materials mounted on large sturdy bases.
Newer models come in a variety of colors.
The price of food processors
depends on their
size and the accessories that
come with them.
Mini processors can be purchased
than $40, but full size models
list for up
to $350. Cuisinart is the most
manufacturer of food processors,
such as Kitchen Aid also make
The following should be considered
a food processor:
- Mini prep processors are suitable for everyday
preparing of small amounts of food. They
take up very little counter space. Because
they are light weight they can easily be
stored in a cabinet. Most have two speeds
and can handle up to 21 ounces of food. They
will chop and grind but will not come with
the accessories that allow slicing and shredding.
- Full size food processors have 11 to 14 cup
capacities. They should have
large feed tubes
and covered work bowls with
of these models are equipped
with not only
a stainless steel blade but
and shredding discs. Other
and whisks can usually be purchased.
heavy duty motors should be
able to kneed
dough. The best models have
sturdy die cast
metal housings and powerful
- Wand type food processors are handy for mixing
or pureeing food in the pots they have been
cooked in, but they will not chop, slice
or shred without additional equipment. The
bottom of the wand detaches from the top,
which houses the motor, and so can be washed
in the dishwasher.
Manufacturers have recently introduced machines
that combine food processors with blenders.
These have two different bowls that share
the same base, but these models do not have
the capacity of full size processors.