You are excited because you found a groovy recipe for pesto and you are having your new friends over for dinner… and then you see that the recipe tells you that you need a food processor.
It offers no alternative ideas. Huh. You make a mental note to buy a food processor before beginning to research blender recipes for pesto.
A food processor is an indispensable kitchen tool; here are 11 tips to help make sure you fall in love with the food processor you choose. (You are absolutely welcome.)
Food Processor Buying Tips:
1). Size matters. If money is not an issue, if you are willing to spend as much of your funds as it takes to get a first-rate food processor, buy a processor that holds 11 to 14 cups. If money is an issue, you may want to choose a less expensive model that holds about 7 cups.
There is a caveat here. If you often cook for groups of 6, 7, 8 or more, or if you like to cook humungous batches of food so that you have leftovers and can freeze future meals – save up until you can afford the larger model. Seriously.
2). Do you like to cut up vegetables? If you don’t, or do but are too busy to do so, look for a food processor with a wide feeder tube. Why? You can push a carrot or potato through the feeder without chopping it up first. Narrow feeder tubes lead to frustration.
3). Some food processers are loud. Some food processors are almost quiet. Processing food is more pleasant when you are not subjected to a grating noise whilst doing it. It just is. If possible, listen to a food processor before deciding to have it wrapped up for purchase.
4). The motor that powers your food processor matters. Why? You want a food processor that cuts and chops hard nuts, stubborn parsnips and all manner of challenging foods with ease. Look for a food processor that has a solid state motor; you will pay more for such a motor but will be spared the frustration that comes with a processor that cannot do its job.
5). Check out the blades that come with your food processor. Blades with small serrations stay sharper longer than straight blades. If you are a whiz at sharpening blades of all shapes, this will not be an issue.
6). Check out the paddles that come with your food processor. Are you a baker of bread? If so, you’ll want to make sure that a dough paddle comes with your food processor. Buying additional attachments is usually expensive.
7). Pay attention to the shape of the food processors you are considering, a wide, heavy base means a steady machine, one that will not jump around as you are processing that daunting amount of cashews.
8). As you will want your food processor to be easy to clean, you will want controls that are easy to clean. Levers tend to collect dirt while touch pad controls can be easily wiped down.
9). How about the bowl? The most common material for a food processor bowl is polycarbonate plastic – this is very easy to clean and can be thrown in the dishwasher. Polycarbonate plastic does get marked up as time goes on but you can buy a replacement bowl when things get out of hand.
10). You will want a warranty that has you covered should the unexpected happen and your food processor grinds to a halt after only a few months of proudly grinding up carrots and kneading pizza dough. How long should your warranty last? Shoot for 3 years.
11). Remember that food processors are designed to deal with solid foods. Your everyday blender actually works better for liquids. If your goal is to make healthful smoothies every morning, you really want a blender.
Stop yourself from buying a food processor because it looks cool and is on sale. The marketplace offers many food processors that are cheaply made and do not do what you hope they will. Put your research hat on. Check out all 11 factors in the above list and decide which model has the best value within your budget. Now, you have some shopping to do.