Learning to Cook · Miss Mary

Learning to Cook, Small Appliances – Food Processors

My little Cuisinart 4 Cup Mini-chop Plus
My little Cuisinart 4 Cup Mini-chop Plus

Imagine my delight when the small appliance industry first came out with save-me-some-elbow-grease food processors.  WOW!!!!  It was a kitchen miracle.  Sadly, for me they were way too expensive.  Only years later did I pop for a mini-prep food processor.  I even wonder if I needed it then.

What is the function of a Food Processor?  Wikipedia

  • Slicing/chopping vegetables
  • Grinding items such as nuts, seeds (e.g. spices), meat, or dried fruit
  • Shredding or grating cheese or vegetables
  • Pureeing
  • Mixing and kneading dough

Why do we need them?

Leave it to ze French – “In France, the idea of a machine to process food began when a catering company salesman, Pierre Verdun, observed the large amount of time his clients spent in the kitchen chopping, shredding and mixing. He produced a simple but effective solution, a bowl with a revolving blade in the base. In 1960, this evolved into Robot-Coupe, a company established to manufacture commercial “food processors” for the catering industry. In the late 1960s, a commercial food processor driven by a powerful commercial induction motor was produced. The Magimix food processor arrived from France in the UK in 1974, beginning with the Model 1800.”  Wikipedia

Wiki goes on to note that “Carl Sontheimer introduced the food processor into North America in 1973 under the Cuisinart brand, as America’s first domestic food processor.” Can you imagine all the chefs thinking, “What are the possibilities?”

You could spend a small fortune on this machine and there are many to choose from.  It just depends on your needs and your storage space.

Brands:  Kitchenaid   Cuisinart   Hamilton Beach   Breville   Magimix  Black n Decker

2016 LTC food processors 2

2016 LTC food processors 12016 LTC food processors 4Which one is the best?  The photos were taken at Sur le Table.

TheSweetHome.com suggests that the Cuisinart Custom 14 Cup Food Processor is the best but was discontinued by the manufacturer.   “After spending 25 hours researching food processors, interviewing experts, and conducting nearly two years of long-term testing, we still think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is the best choice for most home cooks.”

Best Reviews does a nice job of laying out good, and bad traits but also best for your buck advice.

Consumer Reports discusses more traits to consider and what features may be important to  you, such as capacity, speed, feed tube, multi-function accessories, dough blade, touchpad controls, liquid “max” line, storage case for the blades.

What can we use these to make?

Ree Drummond’s: Cheddar-Chive Biscuits, or her No Bake Peanut butter Bars, or Grilled Ribeye Sandwich Spread.

Ina Garten’s: Hummus, Perfect Pie Crust, or Vegetable Coleslaw

Smitten Kitchen: Baby’s Applesauce, or Salsa Verde

Odds and Ends: Pesto, or Pretzel Rolls

You make up your mind if you would be using a food process in your kitchen.  You can make some pretty cool things in a few easy steps without killing your elbows.


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