News For This Month: Equipment

What to Consider When Buying a Food Processor Made to slice, chop, grind, puree, and more, food processors are kitchen doers and the nearest thing so far to a sci-fi style food preparation robot. Until then, however, you can count on a nifty food processor. But how do you spot one when you see one? Size/Capacity
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Buy a food processor with a size or capacity that fits your recipe requirements. But do take note that the listed bowl size of a manufacturer is not necessarily the exact amount of ingredients you can add in one go. Processors usually hold a cup or two less, and even less for liquid contents.
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In any case, when it comes to food processors, size does matter. Too small renders the machine useless; too big means it will consume more space on your counter than needed. In the market, you will find three types of processors in terms of capacity: > Mini prep (3-4 cups) – great for minor individual tasks, such as mixing sauces or dicing veggies > Mid-size (7-9 cups) – a larger version of the mini-prep type > Large (11-13 cups) – sufficient for a household’s everyday needs > Extra large (14-20) – best for catering and other large scale food preparations Motor Power 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. Obviously, bigger jobs require more muscle. Furthermore, a heavy base is a helpful design element that helps keep the machine stable on the counter while working. Controls As food processors work quickly, the only controls you actually need may be 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. Perhaps most importantly, you need to find something a wide feeder tube, or that chute where ingredients go down into the machine. A bigger chute reduces the need to pre-cut large veggies such as squash or cucumbers. Also included is a plastic food pusher, otherwise known as a prod. You surely don’t want to use your fingers instead! 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. In other words, 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).