If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you may already be familiar with this compact food prep miracle worker. If not, now is a good time to learn about the all-in-one food processor.
Traveling culinary salesman Pierre Verdun invented the food processor in 1963.
Invented in France, the first food processor model was called Le Magimix.
In addition to slicing, dicing, whisking and pureeing, an all-in-one processor can also serve as a blender and a dough machine. Both all-in-one and standard food processors are electric-powered.
An all-in-one food processor is capable of performing many tasks faster than they can be done by hand. Most models do not have a self-cleaning function and few include a scale.
A minichopper is a small electric food processor.
Due to its cone shape, a blender requires water to be added in order for it to work properly. A food processor, on the other hand, features a flat bottom that allows it to be used for blending without adding water.
Not to be confused with a similarly named four-string musical instrument, a mandoline is a cooking utensil that slices and cuts without the use of a motor.
An S-shaped steel blade is typically used for chopping, mincing and pureeing.
The processor's metal discs are typically used for slicing and grating.
Chrome and stainless steel parts make a food processor more expensive and also less likely to break than plastic parts.
An all-in-one food processor's size is measured by bowl size and stated in cups.
The processor’s blades and discs, which are attached to the stem and rotate and cut the food in the bowl, determine the functions it can perform.
The feed tube is an open slot through which food is generally placed into the processor.
Shoppers should consider the size of a processor’s feed tube. The wider the tube, the less pre-processing prep (slicing, etc) required before using the appliance.
Cuisinart began selling a food processor in the U.S. in 1973.
A typical all-in-one food processor slices, dices, chops, kneads, blends and whisks, but cannot be used to case sausage.
Blades are typically attached to the food processor's blade stem, located in the center of the bowl.
In addition to slicing meat and vegetables, these appliances also steam and puree food into a consistency that's ready for little ones to eat.
Nesting bowls allow you to use the processor for more than one job in a row.
The most important factors to consider are kitchen/counter space and the types of tasks for which you plan to use the appliance.