How to Buy the Perfect Food Processor
Dinnertime is coming quickly and you’re determined to make fresh, healthy meals for your family. Unfortunately, all of those recipes require lots of laborious chopping to dice the onions and peppers, mince the garlic, and crush up those homemade breadcrumbs. If your wrists just can’t take another chop or you’re tired of spending an hour in the kitchen each night to prepare a healthy meal, it’s time for you to look into purchasing a food processor that can help. Food processors abound when you’re searching for small kitchen appliances, so we’re here to help you figure out which one works best for your needs.
Food processors are indispensible items in a kitchen focused on fixing fresh meals. In just minutes, you can chop up all of the ingredients necessary for your next meal. Whether you need to make a fresh salsa, prepare dinner in a hurry, or create your own pesto, food processors can help you to do all of those tasks more efficiently. They’re great for making entertaining and party planning move faster through the food prep stages.
If you have weak or arthritic wrists, a good food processor will be a huge assistance in still allowing you to create homemade meals. Even if you’re just tired at the end of a long day of work but are still committed to your healthy eating, purchasing a food processor will assist you with your long-term health goals. Food processers make entertaining easy because your food prep is done in a snap. You can skip some of the superfluous time spent slicing and dicing and focus on more important things, like enjoying the rest of the party you worked so hard to plan for.
As you browse around for your new food processer, here are a few things to look out for:
- Capacity: Evaluate what types of items and how many of them you usually need to chop. If you typically cook smaller meals and need a food processor primarily manufactured for rough chopping an onion or making small batches of pesto or vinaigrette, a smaller 3-cup capacity food processor would likely be sufficient. Regular batches of items that require lots of chopping, like salsa, or for things like grating cheese, shredding lettuce, and making dough, you will likely want to spring for a food processor with an 11- to 14-cup capacity.
- Space: How much space do you have to store an additional kitchen appliance? Miniature food processors can fit in smaller cupboards or under the sink, while the full size ones can take up a good bit of space. Many of them will take up approximately eight inches around. The larger, full-size food processors are difficult to fit inside a kitchen cabinet unless you have particularly deep cabinets. You may want to consider whether you would have enough counter space for this appliance to find its permanent home there.
- Noise: Higher end models typically have a motor that will run significantly more quietly than lower end models. Not only does the sound of the motor play a part in the noise factor, but so does that heaviness of the food processor. Lighter units will bounce around more on the countertop while working hard, creating more commotion. Heavier units (which typically also take up more space) will remain relatively stationary for quieter cooking. Be sure to keep in mind the needs of your family in terms of how quiet you might need your food processer to be. Do you regularly chop items up after your children have gone to sleep for the night? Is your hearing particularly sensitive to loud noises? If so, noise is a big factor to consider when making a purchase.
- Cleanliness: How many times have you finished cooking only to look around your kitchen and realize that your work is far from over? Purchasing a food processer that has lots of tiny parts that need to be hand washed separately might be more trouble than its worth. Additionally, you don’t want a machine that has a jar filled with various nooks and crannies that will be difficult to swab out when finished. Buttons that can easily wipe clean after a messy splash of sauce are also great features.
- Features: Depending on whether you’re springing for a high-end professional grade food processor or a smaller capacity food processor mostly designed for occasional chopping, there are a few features you might want to keep an eye out for.
- Speed: Having a food processor with both a high and low speed option is great because it gives you more control over the food process. Many models will also have a pulse option, similar to that on a blender, that allows it to run just briefly.
- Liquid fill line: Save yourself from having to measure how much liquid your food processor can hold by finding a unit with a max liquid fill line indicator. When the machine is filled beyond this point, it can lead to messy leaks, so knowing quickly and easily is great.
- Blades: Larger capacity food processors with more powerful motors may also have the capability of kneading dough for pizza crusts, piecrusts, or regular bread. If you’re interested in using your machine for bread making, make sure it includes a blunt blade specifically for that purpose. You may also find more powerful food processors that come with blades designed for shredding or slicing as you would on a mandolin.
Stop spending hours each night in the kitchen after a long day at work, trying to stick to your healthy eating goals. Create an easier way to entertain guests for dinner parties or backyard barbecues. Give yourself a hand in the kitchen this week, with a little help from your food processer. It’s sure to become your new favorite kitchen appliance with all of the time and energy it saves you while you prepare fresh meals for your family. Take into consideration the features we’ve put together as you head out to see what models are available in your area.