Knowing the exact ways on how to use a food processor is worth knowing, not only because you want to make sure that you are using the kitchen tool appropriately, but also because you want to make sure of your safety. Furthermore, using your food processor correctly is also the key to make sure that it has a longer life, for you to continue using it, and enjoy a convenient way of cooking.
Here are the simple steps that you have to consider, when using a food processor:
Place your processor on top of a stable and leveled surface, like a kitchen counter top. Make sure that the legs are also gripped tightly to the surface, to prevent movements, during food processing. Try to place it near an electric socket too, since most food processors do not have long cords.
Your food processor might also come with multiple blades. Choose a blade that can perform the right job. For example, there are blades that are specifically designed for hard ingredients like chocolate morsels, nuts, or even ice. On the other hand, there are specially designed blades that can do fine chopping, or do a julienne.
I am just saying this, for you to be aware that the blades are designed to perform certain jobs, so you have to choose the right one, before processing your food.
Once you have chosen a blade, affix it inside the processor, and then pour in the ingredients that you want to chop, dice, or puree. The body of your food processor is transparent, so you can see if the ingredients are blended well already, or not.
Before scooping out the mixture inside your processor, make it a habit to remove the blade first, to prevent injury. Once the blade is removed, you can now remove the contents inside.
Make sure to clean your food processor after using. To make it easier for you, try to get a dish washer safe type of processor, so that clean up will not be a hassle.
These are the very simple ways on how to use a food processor. This kitchen tool is definitely a must have in every home, since it will surely let you experience a different level of cooking, which is more convenient and pleasurable.
NOTE: Your advanced food processor uses and features may differ from one model to another. However, when it comes to the basic features, most of the models are actually similar, so this guide should work, with all types of food processor models.
For many people, a meal will never be complete without a fantastic dessert. However, not many of us are prepared to create desserts from scratch, because we fear that we might not be able to perfect the process, so buying store bought desserts is the option we have left. Good thing there are these food processor dessert recipes that are very easy to follow, and easily accessible online.
A Sample Food Processor Dessert Recipes
Food processors allow many people to create delicious and heartwarming desserts from scratch. Through this single kitchen tool, making desserts can be so much fun, and exciting as well. Not to mention, people who are watching over their diet and weight can benefit from making their own deserts too, since there are a lot of healthy recipes that you can try, like the ones that are low in sugar and calories.
If you have a food processor at home, you can easily create desserts of all kinds. In fact, there are a lot of recipes to try, and a lot of them does not have complicated steps, so you will not have a hard time creating delicious desserts that you can be proud of.
To give you an example, here is a quick and very easy to do pumpkin bread, which is perfect for this Halloween season.
To create this wonderful food processor recipe, what you have to do is to mix all dry ingredients well, and then slowly add the wet ingredients portion by portion. For example, when adding the eggs, do it one egg at a time. The same process goes when it comes to the pumpkin. Add the pureed pumpkin portion by portion, to make sure that it is well blended. Try not to process your ingredients too much, because doing this will just affect the consistency of your batter for the bread.
Once done, get your greased pan, and pour over your mixture. Top it with nuts before baking. Let it bake for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. Poke a toothpick at the center of the bread. If the toothpick is clean after poking, it indicates that your bread is cooked thorough not only in the outside, but in the inside as well.
Let your bread cool on a cooling rack before slicing. You can serve this bread with cream cheese, jam, or anything you want.
When it comes to the recipes using a food processor, you surely want to get a collection of healthy food processor recipes. This allows you to always have healthy foods that you can make quickly for yourself and your family.
There are a number of recipes that you can add to your recipe book that will ensure that you can improve your diet. You can use these on a regular basis since they are all relative quick and easy to make.
Pulse your food processor until you get the consistency that you desire
Place in the refrigerator and chill for approximately one hour
Breakfast Burrito Food Processor Recipes
Breakfast burritos are popular, but they are typically not healthy. Make a healthy one with the following ingredients:
Four egg whites.
One-half of a cored green pepper.
One-half cup of cooked black beans.
5 tablespoons of a Mexican cheese blend.
One-fourth of a small peeled onion.
Olive oil spray.
One whole grain tortilla.
Four tablespoons of fresh salsa.
Use the following directions to make this breakfast burrito:
Put the onion, pepper and egg whites into your food processor in the order listed above.
Chop these up finely.
Put the olive oil in the pan and then turn on the stove to a medium-high heat.
Put the black beans and egg mixture into the pan and cook it fully.
Place the mixture onto a tortilla with your salsa and cheese.
Butternut Squash Blast Recipes Using a Food Processor
Collect the following ingredients to make this healthy shake:
Two and one fourth cups of peeled, oven-roasted and seeded butternut squash.
One-third cup of shelled walnuts.
Three teaspoons of turmeric.
Three-fourth cup of ice.
Two and one fourth cup of unsweetened almond milk.
5 tablespoons of organic maple syrup.
5 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Simply place all of the ingredients into your food processor in the order that they are listed and blend until smooth.
Now you have a number of healthy food processor recipes that you can pull out any time that you need something quick and simple to make. You can make small alterations to these if it will make the food more tasty for you.
Just make sure that if you do choose to make substitutions that you are mindful of the ingredient amounts so that everything turns out okay.
You just got a brand new food processor and it is sitting up on your kitchen counter sparkling and waiting for you to use it. Now comes the big question: What should I make with it first? Well, you are in the right place. Below you will find 25 food processor recipes that will knock your socks off and make you wonder why you didn’t get a food processor sooner.
Sarah, over at Making Thyme For Health, posted this delicious no bake brownie recipe. The recipe is made up of walnuts, dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder and hemp seeds. It is simple to make in your food processor and the end result is delicious and healthy brownie bites. They are a great way to satisfy those late night chocolate cravings with out any refined sugar. As an added bonus, these detectable treats are vegan friendly and gluten free.
Tip: Make a double batch of these and freeze the extras for a later time.
Beth wrote this awesome blog post about how to make a caramel apple cheesecake tart recipe that she found in Southern Living magazine. In this recipe she sliced her apples by hand, but you could save some time by slicing them in your food processor. This recipe encompasses all of those comforting fall flavors that we love so much. The ginger snap & Pecan crust to the caramel apple topping, each bite is a little bit of heaven.
Tip: Keep an eye on your tart crust to get that perfect golden brown color.
Marcia recently posted this star spangled berry hand pie recipe on her blog, Flavor of The Moment. These are so cute and perfect for all of those patriotic holiday parties. While, these little pies still have some sugar, they are packed full of antioxidants from the strawberries and blueberries, so you can feel good about indulging just a little. A food processor makes whipping up the delicious crust for these pies quick and easy. These little pies are perfect for a party or to freeze and throw in lunch boxes on busy mornings.
Tip: Experiment using different types of fruits and berries.
Julie, created this jaw dropping red velvet Oreo truffle recipe and posted it on her blog, The Little Kitchen. The recipe is easy to follow with step by step instructions and a video. To make the inside of the truffle a food processor is used to chop up Oreo cookies & mix in the cream cheese. These are then rolled into balls, covered in rich red velvet cake mix, and dipped into decadent milk chocolate. Talk about decadent! They make a perfect treat for the holidays.
Tip: Use reduced fat cream cheese to save on calories.
Sonja and Alex over at A Couple Cooks blog created this delicious and nutritious garlic rosemary white bean dip recipe. It is perfect to take a long to holiday gatherings as a yummy and healthy alternative to traditional dips. You will want to make sure that you have your food processor on hand and precook your beans. White beans are very healthy. They are full of molybdenum which helps to activate detoxifying enzymes in our bodies. Serve this dip with cup up carrots and celery for a healthy alternative to traditional veggie tray dips.
Brenda cooked this delicious savory squash soup and cranberry relish recipe and wrote about it on her blog, A Farm Girl Dabbles. If you’ve ever been to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, you know that their squash soup is to die for. This recipe came from the Wolfgang Puck website. Not only is this dish beautiful, the taste is extraordinary. This is perfect for a holiday party or a nice fall supper.
Tip: Be sure to discard the seeds prior to roasting the squash.
Jen, over at Beantown Baker made this delicious pumpkin puree recipe using her food processor. This recipe could not be any simpler to make and the results are outstanding. To make this you simply roast the pumpkin and then puree it in your food processor. This puree can be used to make a variety of pumpkin treats such as: pies, cakes, and tarts. It can also be used in fresh fall soups.
Tip: Be sure to use the puree within 1 week to prevent it from spoiling.
Amber showed us how to make this amazing peach raspberry pie on her blog, Bluebonnets and Brownies. The crust is made up of pecans, rolled oat and brown sugar and comes together quickly in the food processor. It is the perfect crust for this great summer pie. The pie filling is made of fresh peaches and strawberries. It is a divine combination of sweet and tart. Amber added some raspberries to her pie, but blueberries or black berries would work just as well, or you could just stick with the peaches and strawberries.
Tip: To cut down on sugar, you can use Splenda or Truvia as a replacement.
Preparation Time: 45 Minutes + 2 Hours of Refrigeration
Brandi, over at Bran Appetit posted this white bean and garlic hummus recipe recently and we are just smitten. Hummus is a great treat snack to have around the house, the kids love it and it make a delicious and healthy snack. Using a food processor, hummus can be made in a very short amount of time with only a few ingredients. This garlic hummus is like heaven for your taste buds, so you will defiantly want to check this recipe out.
Tip: Be sure to rinse your beans and chickpeas prior to adding them to the food processor.
Stephanie posted this fantastic fig pistachio tart recipe on her blog, Desserts For Breakfast not too long ago. These little tarts are delicious and healthy and can be made in a fairly short amount of time when using your food processor. For this recipe, Stephanie uses a ginger jam. It really is the perfect compliment to this decadent tart.
Tip: Make sure to use plump and ripe figs.
Preparation Time: Approximately 60 Minutes + Cooling Time
If you don’t live in the north eastern United States, perfect lobster rolls are hard to come by. Joanne, over at fifteen spatulas really nailed it when she made these delicious fresh lobster rolls with herbed potato chip dust. The herb and potato chip dust really makes the flavor in lobster rolls pop. Making the dust was simple to do with the help of a food processor. The combination of the dust, fresh lobster, celery, lemon and chives is incredible. This one is sure to be a new family favorite.
Tip: Choose the freshest herbs you can find for the best flavor.
Glory, creator of the Glorious Treats blog, posted about her husband’s favorite dessert recipe, cream cheese pie. This pie is fantastic. It is rich, creamy and delicious. Pretty much everything that a cream cheese pie should be! A decadent combination of cream cheese, lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk fill a simple graham cracker crust. Watch out, because this one isn’t really diet friendly, but it is oh so good! It is quick to put together, but it does need to set up for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.
Tip: Use your food processor to make graham cracker crumbs for the crust.
Ali over at Gimme Some Oven recently wrote about this delightful roasted red pepper sauce in her blog. This is simple to make and comes together nicely in the food processor. It keeps well in the fridge for up to a week, so you can defiantly make this ahead and have it on hand for quick week night dinners. Simply boil some pasta and dinner is served.
Tip: Check out your local farmers market for fresh peppers.
Baked Sweet Potato Falafel with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
Shelly at Vegetarian Ventures came up with this fantastic baked sweet potato falafel with cilantro yogurt recipe. This is a great recipe for summer time, when you want to keep things on the lighter side. It also makes a great lunch year round. A food processor make whipping up the cilantro yogurt sauce a breeze. This is a fantastic vegetarian recipe that puts an American twist on the classic falafel.
Tip: Make sure to keep plain Greek yogurt on hand for a variety of different sauces.
This pan fried onion dip that Sarah, over at The Vanilla Bean Blog, made is so amazing. It is perfect for parties, pot lucks or just a quick snack to have on hand. This one is great, because it pleases both vegetarians and carnivores alike. It all comes together in the food processor in no time. Perfect for those days when you are pressed for time.
Tip: Add a bit of cayenne pepper for a spicier version of this dip.
Courtney, over at the Fig Tree Blog posted this fabulous Vegetarian Tourtière. This is a classic Canadian dish that is to die for. Be warned, if you make this one for your family you will be making it often. The recipe combines veggie ground, potatoes and a variety of herbs and spices in a ramekin. It is then topped with a savory pastry pie crust.
Tip: Be sure to chill the pastry dough for 30 minutes
Chickpea, Cauliflower + Old Bay Veggie Burgers W/ Vegan Cashew Lemon Mayo
Laura over at The First Mess posted this chickpea, cauliflower + Old Bay veggie burgers w/ vegan cashew lemon mayo recipe and we are giving it two thumbs up. The Old Bay flavor makes you feel like you are eating a burger on an ocean pier and the vegan cashew lemon mayo add a nice twist on the classic ketchup and mustard.
Tip: Make up your patties ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate until you are ready to use them
The fabulous Ashlae, over at Oh’ Lady Cakes posted this double chocolate almond butter trail cookie recipe that is fantastic to make using a food processor. They are rich, crispy, healthy and overall a great snack or dessert. The almonds provide a fantastic crunch with just a hint of sweetness from the chocolate. These are perfect for packing for a long hike They also make a great addition to any lunch box.
Tip: Keep your food processor blades sharpened for chopping hard nuts.
Valentina wrote about this amazing pumpkin puree soup recipe in her blog, Hortus Cuisine. This simple pumpkin puree soup recipe is so easy to make, Your food processor practicals does all the work for you. There are a variety of ingredients that you can add to dress up the soup including lentils or rice. This classic pumpkin soup is perfect for chilly fall nights.
Tip: Check on the soup often to make sure that all of your liquid hasn’t evaporated.
Sweet Potato and Lentil Gnocchi From the Homemade Flour
Kathryn, over at the London Bakes Blog made this mouth watering, gluten free Sweet Potato and Lentil Gnocchi . We don’t have enough great things to say about it. The delicious sauce is made up of basil, garlig and pine nuts. It all blends up beautifully in the food processor. It can be difficult to find a good gnocchi recipe, but this one has the perfect taste and texture.
Stephanie posted this fantastic round twenty olive oil flat bread recipe in her blog, Girl Versus Dough. The bread melts in your mouth and you will want to eat every bit of it right away. It makes a perfect side, but is also great to make flat bread pizza’s or sandwiches. It is nice and crisp and the flavor is spot on. With the help of the food processor this was very simple to make.
Tip: Oven temperatures vary, so make sure to keep an eye on this flat bread.
This creamy hummus topped with shakshuka recipe was provided by David & Luise in their blog, Green Kitchen Stories. This dish is perfect for breakfast or lunch. In Israel it is often made a a breakfast dish. Their creamy hummus is really some of the best we’ve ever made and the shakshuka is absolutely fantastic. The food processor does most of the work for the hummus, and the rest is very easy. You will fell like you have traveled to a far away land when you eat this dish.
Tip: Make sure to puree your chick peas until they are nice and smooth.
This pumpkin seed pesto recipe is brought to you by Heather at Flourishing Foodie. She really hit the nail on the head with this one. This pesto is packed full of fall flavors and is super nutritious as well. Pesto is great to have on hand for a quick snack with crusty bread or to use in recipes. Did you know that you can freeze pesto as well? Although when we made this one there wasn’t any leftover to freeze!
Ashley over at, Edible Perspective created this amazing lintel rice veggie loaf recipe and we have to say, she did a fantastic job. This meatless veggie loaf is packed full of flavor and nutrition. You’ll want to have your food processor handy for this one, because it just makes chopping all the herbs and veggies easier. Prepare to awaken your taste buds with this flavorful vegetarian veggie loaf.
Tip: Use your coffee grinder to grind dried rosemary.
Annie, created this incredible chocolate truffle tart recipe. This tart is absolutely heavenly. It will be such a hit with your family that we guarantee there will not be any leftovers. It is perfect for celebrations, parties, or just because. Use your food processor to create this delicious chocolate tart shell, and then add the divine chocolate filling. Your family, friend and belly will thank you!
Tip: Do not substitute the heavy cream for milk. The cream is what gives this tart it’s amazingly creamy consistency.
It is quite handy to have a good food processor at home. It is a very useful tool that will help you create instant and quick meals, from start to finish. There are a lot of food processor recipes to try at home.
Actually, if you want to know some of the best recipes right now that you can use with your food processor, what you can do is check out what the internet has for you, because a lot of the recipes are offered for free.
Some Recipes for Food Processor that Can Do Yourself
Baby Food : If you are looking for healthy and rich baby food, and you do not want your baby to be introduced to store bought products that may include harmful ingredients to her, then what you can do is look for food processor recipes for baby food, and follow the instructions on how to create the yummiest, healthiest, and most natural food that you can feed you young.
Sauces : Another example that you can find for the recipes would be pasta sauces. If you love pasta, you will love the food processor, because it will make your life a lot easier when creating all the sauces that you like in just a short amount of time.It can grind beef for meatballs, julienne basil leaves if you want to create the best pesto, and even grate the hardest cheese with ease. You will surely surprise your family and guests with your homemade pasta sauce, because it will definitely look like a pro did it, and it will also taste like how a pro made it.
Pizza Recipe : Then of course, my most favorite of all, the pizza dough! Yes, with a heavy duty food processor that can accommodate a good amount of contents in it, you can create your deliciously homemade pizza dough without the hassle!With this kitchen tool, there is no need for you to move any muscle in your body to make a pizza dough. No kneading, no mixing! All you need to do is to put all of the ingredients that you need inside, and start the pulsing. In just a few minutes, you will already see the ball forming, which is actually the kind of consistency that you need, for a pizza dough.
A food processor can grind, puree, mix, and do all sorts of chopping for you. These are the reasons why it can do all sorts of recipes that are not just delicious, but healthy too, because you are in total control of what to put in your ingredients.
This is something that you do not get, when you choose to buy store bought products. You will never know what is inside your product, and you will never know what can harm you. Fortunately, food processors were invented, because finally, you can create almost a lot of delicious meals with it, in just a short amount of time.
When you have a food processor, you want to have some excellent Ninja food processor recipes ready to go. This ensures that you always have something delicious ready for guests when they drop by and that you always have something good to cook for those last minute dinners.
When you have a Ninja Food Processor, there are a number of quick and easy recipes that you can quickly prepare using your food processor so that you always have something tasty just a short distance away.
Grill the eggplant until it is soft and then scoop the flesh out
Mix all of the ingredients together and then put into a food processor until pureed
Serve with raw vegetables and pita bread
Mexican Black Bean Soup
To make this dish, collect the following ingredients:
One tablespoon of olive oil
Four cloves of peeled garlic
Two cups of water
One-fourth cup of prepared buffalo sauce
One small chopped onion
30 Ounces of undrained black beans
One-half cup of prepared salsa
To make this dish, use the following directions:
Heat the oil and then add the garlic and onions to saute for approximately three minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
Go to a low heat and continue to cook for approximately 10 minutes
Cool half of the soup and then blend it until it is pureed
Stir the puree in with the other half of the soup and then reheat it to serve
Chunky Kale Guacamole
This is a great side dish and it requires the following ingredients:
Two chopped garlic cloves
1.5 cups of kale
Three tablespoons of chopped cilantro
One medium chopped jalapeno pepper
One tablespoon of lime juice
One-half medium chopped shallot
Three tablespoons of olive oil
Three tablespoons of chopped parsley
Three peeled avocados
Pepper and salt
Make this recipe with the following steps:
Put a tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic, kale and shallots into the food processor and puree.
Add in the parsley, cilantro and jalapeno and process until smooth.
Put this all into a mixing bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients.
Hazelnut Chocolate Pumpkin Dip
To make this dish, collect the following ingredients:
One-half cup of chocolate hazelnut spread
Eight ounces of cool whip
One-half cup of pumpkin puree
To make this, put all of the ingredients into your food processor and pulse it about five times. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour. When serving, serve with fresh fruit or a variety of crackers and pretzels.
With these ninja food processor recipes, you can make small substitutions or additions, depending on your preferences and any special dietary needs that you might have. Just be mindful of the amounts and make sure that any substitutions are in the right amounts to make sure that the recipe turns out as it needs to so that it is tasty and so that it cooks properly.
When you purchase any kind of kitchen appliance, you want to get long life and good performance from it. Like any other piece of machinery, you have to take care of a food processor to get the most from it for years to come. This means regular cleaning and maintenance. While it may not require as much maintenance as a car, your food processor does still need regular love and attention to live up to your expectations and make your food preparations easier.
Wash Your Food Processor Immediately
If you are in the habit of letting the dishes sit for a while after you cook, be sure to change that habit, as it pertains to your food processor. The single, most important maintenance task you can perform on your food processor is immediately cleaning the bowl, blades and other parts after you use them.
Allowing food to stick to the food processor parts for long periods of time will shorten the life and lower the performance quicker than anything else. Make sure that you take a few minutes after each use to thoroughly clean the unit and all of its parts.
Be sure to take time to dry your food processor parts after you wash them. Any type of movable machinery, even rust-proof, or plastic pieces will age quicker when they are left moist or wet for a long time. Use a clean, dry cloth to dry your food processor after you clean it. This simple step, alone, will add years of use to your food processor.
Read the Directions
Before you try to process any new foods with your food processor, make sure that you are not using any foods that the directions warn against using. Like any other product, you have to use your food processor in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.
Trying to chop a food that is restricted may destroy your food processor and completely nullify any warranty that you have. Don’t push your food processor to do things it’s not designed to do, and you’ll get plenty of good use out of it over the years.
Avoid Stains by Cleaning the Right Way
Some foods may stain your food processor. While this doesn’t affect how it works, or how foods taste, it can be unsightly. To remove stains, try wiping the pieces with a clean cloth, coated with vegetable oil. Avoid using harsh abrasives, as they may damage the food processor. Stains can be eliminated, but don’t void your warranty by using unapproved cleansers.
Food processors are important kitchen appliances. Make sure that you keep yours clean and dry at all times. If you’re not actively using it, then it should be kept spotless. Be sure to follow all the instructions and read the documentation that came with your food processor to avoid trying to chop any foods that will damage the unit. Keeping these simple cleaning and maintenance tips in mind will keep your food processor running great for years to come.
Mini Food Processors serve the same purposes as standard size food processors. Both types will chop and shred according to the user’s needs. Generally, mini food processors are used for recipes that do not require a large quantity of chopped or processed items. People who choose a mini food processor instead of the standard sized usually do not intend to make large amounts of food.
The kitchen of a couple or single personis a good choice for mini food processors. These kitchen appliances take up considerably less space than standard food processors and store much more easilyin a cabinet, on a shelf or even a deep drawer.
Mini Food Processors can range in size usually from 2 to 6 cup capacity. Smaller versions are often referred to as “Choppers” or “Grinders”. The motor in these compact processors is smaller than their standard sized counterparts so the speed selection is usually less. Most mini processors have 2 speeds but some have more. Mini Food Processors are rarely one foot in height and are usually less than a foot wide. They require very little counter space which makes them a popular choice for people with cramped kitchens and few clear surfaces.
Standard sized food processors usually have the blade attachment at the top of the appliance and the food item is pressed down onto it while the large bowl collects it. Mini processors usually have the blades positioned inside the bowl and cut the item while rotating. Some mini versions have blades more closely resembling those found in Blendersand can perform the same function.
Styles may vary and there are some mini food processors that are designed in the same fashion as standard ones only smaller. There are some mini food processors that are handheld and can shoot the prepared ingredients directly into the serving dish, pot or pan.
Many of the same recipes can be accomplished with the mini food processor as with the larger processors. One exception is the kneading of bread dough. Salsas, salads and dips are ideal for preparation with mini processors. They can chop and shred carrots and potatoes as well as any Other Food Processor. Ingredients for soups and stir-fry dishes can easily be prepared in these Compact Processors as well as nuts and beverages in some models. The parts are almost always Dishwasher Safe and conveniently use less space in the washer.
Any kitchen can benefit from the addition of a good quality food processor. Whether yours is the ultimate bachelor or bachelorette pad or the home of a large, hungry family, a food processor can bring convenience and polish to cooking. When shopping for a food processor to augment the kitchen appliances, size will be an important consideration.
Household food processors are sized by the amount of capacity in the bowls with which they are equipped. The capacity requirements will differ from kitchen to kitchen and depend greatly on the amount of food usually prepared. The perfect mini-food processor for the single person kitchen would be completely inappropriate for the kitchen that feeds a family of five.
Just because a kitchen only feeds one person most of the time does not make a food processor a frivolous purchase. In addition to being prepared to impress guests, a kitchen with a processor can produce small amounts of healthy and tasty food from scratchfor one person that would be wasteful if purchased prepared from the store. The perfect size of food processor for the single or couple’s kitchen depends on the way a person likes to cook and how much at one time they will prepare.
For kitchens that serve 4 – 5 people, food preparation can often be a big hassle. This is especially true if the chef is trying to feed the family healthy, fresh foods. A food processor is almost a must for the busy kitchen. Salads, potatoes and fresh vegetables for cooking are effortlessly handled without losing valuable time to chop and slice. A kitchen serving this many people would be best served by a food processor of 7 – 10 cups.
The largest household food processors are for the serious chefs who need to produce large quantities of food. In addition to quantity, larger food processors can assist with more complex recipes like breads and other dough products. Chefs who routinely bake or cater would be best served by a food processor of 11 – 14 cups. This size of processor will need a permanent home on the counter-top and near an electric outlet because it is the heaviest of the household food processors and should not be moved often or very much in order to use it.
If it were not for electricity, we would still use antique food processors today. The innovations of chefs that made food preparation less arduous and time consuming are just as applicable today as they ever were and have been incorporated in the designs of many commonplace items currently in use. Culinary aficionados covet the relatively ancient inventions and even make use of them in their private kitchens due to their simple efficiency and as a tribute to chefs of the past.
Antique food processors in one form or another can be found dating back as far as the eighteenth centuryalthough many of the designs are evidenced in twentieth century products. The best places to find these antiques are online or antique dealers.
Most of us can remember a grandmother who ground her own beef. It was a common practice in the twentieth century. The design of the meat grinder is the clearest example of one of the original food processors dating back to the 1800s. The Universal Food Chopper was a device that attached to a table or counter by a vice at its base. At the top, it had a chute into which food was pushed down to meet with a cylinder of cutting edges or blades that was rotated by a large crank on the side. The chopped, grated or ground food would come out of a wide hole on the opposite side from the crank.
There are also antique graters made in the same way which our current hand-held cheese graters resemble today. Some current electric food processors maintain the antique principles without the crank and with force enough to project the processed food from the hole.
The nut chopper found on many pantry shelves is another example of an innovation that is still practical. Its design reflects the earliest food processor to incorporate a designated receptacle for the chopped food. The design dates back to the early 1900s. It had a wood handle and the simple design has lasted through the years although it was used for much more important food preparation when it was first created.
The height of cooking luxury in the 1930s was the potato masher. The best way to envision it would be to picture today’s garlic press on a much larger scale. At about 10 inches long and with a sieve basket of 3.5 inches in diameter, it would almost effortlessly mash a boiled potato. Even though we have much easier way to mash potatoes, the design was obviously good enough to alter for the mashing of garlic.