No woman can imagine working in their kitchen without a food processor. It can whip, chop, knead, mince, and puree in a jiffy. It’s a lifesaver when you have unexpected guests, office potlucks, family picnics, or evening barbeques. A food processor other than a good one can ruin your kitchen experience. Below is a small guide that will help you choose the right food processor.
A good food processor should be versatile. It should mince, chop, knead, whip, and puree all ingredients with ease. If you are a professional chef or like cooking, then these five functions cover everything that you need to make your kitchen prep job quick and easy. However, there is no point in spending extra bucks on a five-function food processor when you need it for three.
2. Large vs. Small
Food processors can be large and bulky or small and handy. Which Is better, small or large? The answer to this dilemma lies in the purpose of your purchase. For example, if you want your food processor to work with large amount of ingredients, then large food processor is better for you. Small food processors puree or chop in small amounts. The motor of a large food processor is stronger than that of a small food processor as it works with ingredients in large amounts. If you decide to buy a large food processor, go for the size that fits the countertop or cupboards.
Its worse than a nightmare, if your processor jams every time it crushes a few nuts or chops vegetables. Check for the food processor’s motor wattage. The motors of large food processors should be strong enough to smoothly process ingredients in large amounts. Even for small food processors, the wattage should be enough to deliver a smooth performance.
Large food processors are costlier than small food processors as they are greater in size and efficiency. While small food processors are cheaper due to its size and few other specifications. Buy according to your purpose and budget. Both large and small food processors have wide price ranges. Therefore, buy one that suits your comfort and budget well.
You get two to three bowls of different sizes with a food processor. Some food processors come with a mini bowl that sits inside the main bowl. This mini bowl has it’s own blade, and best comes to use when you want to process nuts, herbs, or any other ingredient in small amount. The bowls should be made up of BPA free plastic instead of an ordinary plastic.
6. Feeding Tube
The mouth of the feeding tube should be wide enough to accommodate an average-size potato. Big food processors often have three-in-one wide mouth that facilitates horizontal and vertical slicing of large items. There are food processors that have a safety feature wherein the appliance will not start unless the pusher is approximately a quarter inch or so down the tube. This feature stops you from overloading the tube, which otherwise can put extra pressure on the appliance.
The discs and blades should be made up of stainless steel. Some discs have an external adjustable slicing control that alters the thickness of the slices while the appliance works. If you often feel too lazy to change blades, then multipurpose blades are best for you. This single blade once fitted inside the bowl can mince, chop, mix, blend, or emulsify ingredients in a jiffy.
8. Extra Accessories
Check for extra accessories such as a storage container, spatula, and cleaning tool.
Even if you are buying a branded food processor, don’t forget to check for online reviews. It is even better, if your go through at least three to four expert and customer reviews.
With so many options available for food processors, it is no surprise that people get confused. Completely relying on another person’s opinion is not an intelligent move. Their needs, purpose, and budget are different than yours. Do your own research and educate yourself so that no other person can mislead you. These nine considerations summarizes all necessary information that will help you make the right choice.