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Considerations for Buying a Food Processor

Created to grind, slice, puree, chop and more, food processors are kitchen hard workers that are the closest you can get to food preparation robots ala sci-fi. But until then, you can rely on a handy 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, in the world of food processors, size does make a difference. Too small means the machine will be useless; too big means you’ll have something taking up more counter space than needed. In the market, you will find three types of processors in terms of capacity:

> Mini prep (3-4 cups) – good for small individual tasks such as chopping nuts, mixing sauces, etc.

> 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) – recommended for caterers and other large scale food prepareres

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.

Bigger jobs naturally need more power. 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. High-low speeds may be available with small choppers, and a “dough” setting with more expensive machines.

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. A plastic food pusher, also called a prod, is included as well. You certainly don’t want your fingers as a substitute!

Considering how dangerous sharp, buzzing knife blades can be, the best food processors will never start working if either the lid or base is not properly locked into position. Therefore, look for locks!

Finally, most food processors come with a standard S-shaped metal chopping blade, but pricier models may offer a blunt blade for kneading dough; slicing/shredding discs and other specialty cutting discs; whisks; and juicer attachments.