And depending on the speed you select, you can coarsely chop/combine, finely mince, or puree smooth.
Fruits and veggies are obvious for a food processor, but you can also use it to grind up meat. Cut well-chilled beef or chicken into chunks then pulse until you get the consistency of ground meat.
What to look for when buying
- Is it direct-drive or belt drive. Direct-drive are the most powerful and can handle heavy duty jobs such as combining thick batters, or chopping raw veggies. Whereas belt-drives (which are considerably cheaper), have much less power and can bog down when you are trying to blend.
- 10-11 cup capacity is ideal for most tasks. Too small and you’ll be processing foods in batches which is time consuming and can get messy.
- As for attachments, the steel blade will be one you use the most, however the grating and slicing discs are very useful when you need to prepare large amounts of veggies like for coleslaw or scalloped potatoes.
- Those with a mini bowl attachment are very useful for chopping herbs, garlic, or nuts, and can eliminate the need for a second mini chopper machine. If your machine does not come with this attachment, small mini choppers are inexpensive and extremely handy to have (I use it more than my large one).
- The feed tube should be large enough to keep pre-chopping to a minimum.
- Minimal gaps between the blade & bowl – this will ensure the most thorough mixing/chopping. As well as minimal space between the feed tube base and the cutting disc attachment – ensuring all food gets sliced/shredded with minimal waste/leftover chunks.
- While those with a variety of speeds is best, the majority of food processors now just come with 3 speeds; high, low and pulse. A chunky salsa can quickly turn into tomato sauce if you’re not careful, so be sure the low speed of the machine you choose is indeed low and slow.
- Easy to clean components and dishwasher safe.
GFC Tried & Tested Recommendations
Mini Food Processor:
Food Processor Cookbook
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