Best Selling Food Processors of 2018
This list pretty much sums up the household/family cooking needs of America, and I’m not kidding here. This is the list of best seller food processors on Amazon, one the most visited online shopping site which has some of the best deals you can find. Maybe you can find your pick here too.
1. Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor
This food processor simply fulfills everyone’s needs by being easy to assemble, use, and clean up. One dial controls the power and pulse; a kid can figure it out. Watch out for the sharp blades!
2. Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini Prep Plus 3-Cup Food Processor
3. Cuisinart DFP-14 Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
You will certainly need some space on the counter top for this giant of a food processor, so make sure you have it because it will be too cumbersome to move it about.
4. Black & Decker HC306 1-1/2-Cup One-Touch Electric Chopper
Nothing fancy, just an electric chopper for small tasks. This might be a nice and inexpensive gift for new couples, for chopping anything from onion to nuts. Just press the button for as long as you want it to chop – quickly for pulses, and a couple of seconds for fine grind.
It is quite basic and a no-brainer to put together and take apart, but take care to place the bowl in the locked position or the chopper won’t start. Safety measures, see? If stuff gets stuck under the blades, you’ll have to use a spatula.
5. Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup Food Processor
If you are looking for power, speed, and the ease with a medium size food processor, this is probably it. This buddy is good value for money as it turns your potatoes, carrots, and whatnot into perfect, even-shaped slices as fast as you can say ‘salad.’ It also makes sauces, pesto and grates cheese well; are you already thinking of a pizza?
Best Mini Food Processors
I like using mini food processors sometimes because they get the small size jobs done without a lot of fuss, plus they are so easy to store away! Here’s a list of the best mini food processors I’ve reviewed, and you can click on the links to read the full reviews. Happy searching for the best mini food processor! 🙂
KitchenAid Mini Food Processors
KitchenAid KFC3100 Chef Series Food Chopper – Best Small Food Processor
KitchenAid KFC3100 is the best food processor for small size jobs. The reverse spiral action of the blade produces uniformed sized meats, nuts, vegetables, fruits or whatever ingredient put in.
Cuisinart Mini Food Processors
Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor
Cuisinart DFP-3 Handy Prep 3-Cup Food Processor
Cuisinart DLC-2 Mini Prep Plus Food Processor
Cuisinart Mini-Prep Food Processor DLC-1BCH
This mini Cuisinart DLC-1BCH food processor works great, but you need to read the instruction to know how to use it properly. Overall, this is one great value mini-prep food processor.
Black & Decker Mini Food Processors
Black & Decker EHC650 3-cup 2-speed Food Chopper
Best Baby Food Processors
Homemade baby food is healthier than those store bought jars of puree that contain preservatives, and we have peace of mind knowing what goes into baby’s mouth.
In any case, baby food is very easy to make by steaming the vegetables until soft and then turning them into a puree. I used to make it for my children with just a steamer and my usual food processor, but my sister wanted a baby food processor (which is a 2-in-1 steamer and processor unit) for those times when she travels.
Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer – Best Value
It is compact – a coffee maker might be bigger – and easy to use with a dial for steaming and pureeing. The convenient bowl is also a large 4-cup size, which means we can prepare a few batches in one go, and keep them in the fridge until baby needs them.
Simply dice the vegetables or fruits (baby loves squash and apples) and put them in the bowl with the right amount of water, then turn the dial to ‘Steam.’ When steaming is done, turn the dial to ‘Chop, ’ and the processor will make a smooth puree. All of this is done in no time. Clean up is easy too!
The bottle warmer is a nice addition which works nicely keeping one bottle warm for baby. We use it to keep a bottle of pureed food warm!
Beaba Babycook Pro Baby Food Processor and Steamer
You can cook and blend a batch of baby food to keep in the freezer, then reheat or defrost it in the Beaba itself. The control is a very simple dial-and-button-in-one, and it only takes about half an hour to prepare a bowl of baby food.
Kidco Electric Food Mill
This food mill simply works by placing the housing on the jar and pressing down to start the motor. The super sharp blades then turn everything into goo, including chicken or ham. After that you just throw the parts into the dishwasher or wash them by hand; it’s really easy. Storing and transporting this appliance is even easier because it is so small.
Best Food Processor – Introduction
Hi, welcome to my Best Food Processor blog! I’m Kristine, and I love to cook for my family. I used to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen preparing ingredients before I found out about the wonders a food processor can do. Now I just pop everything into my best food processor and press a button!
A food processor is a superb kitchen assistant. It can
- Grind nuts, spices, meat
- Shred vegetables
- Grate cheese
- Mix and knead dough
All these functions can be done by just one food processor; you only have to change the attachment or blade for the right work.
Best Food Processor – Food Processor Reviews
Well, how do you choose the best food processor? I will post some tips here on my blog because I have bought so many food processors over the years in search of the best one! I think it’s worth spending the money for a quality food processor. Why should I be grounded in the kitchen mincing meat, cutting vegetables and chopping nuts, when I could be having a fun time out with my children and hubby, don’t you think so?
The best food processor for you should have the right capacity for your family size, a good variety of attachments for different kinds of food processing, a wide feed tube or chute, and quality blades. If you want to know more about how to choose the best food processor and my recommendations for the best food processors, do stay and explore my food processor blog!
Food Processor Attachments and Accessories
Does your food processor come with various attachments and accessories? Make use of them to get the most out of your food processor. Here’s a list of food processor attachments and accessories you might be interested in using, and you can always buy them separately as long as they fit with your food processor model.
Every food processor has this blade to shred, cut, slice and grind food. It has two blades on opposite sides of the center shaft and they curve towards different directions to make an S shape. Metal blades are better than plastic ones because they stay sharp and last longer.
Dough hook or dough blade
Looks like the S-blade but with straighter metal or plastic blades. Mixes dough for bread.
The one with large paddles at the end of two straight arms. This is used for beating eggs, but I don’t use it because the normal whisked egg for cooking can easily be done by hand with an egg whisk without going to all the trouble of washing the food processor, while the beaten eggs for baking cakes should be done with a mixer which will give better results. Maybe one can use this attachment for whipping egg whites for small size desserts like mousses.
The metal disc with a row of narrow teeth that can cut food into long and thin strips.
French fry disc
The metal disc that looks like the Julienne disc but with larger teeth that cut food into fatter strips.
A dome-like attachment to fit on the shaft and juices citrus fruit like oranges, lemons, and grapefruit while it turns on the shaft.
Lets you juice fruits or vegetables by feeding through the feed tube. The juice is strained to the bottom of the bowl while the pulp is kept in the middle.
To alternate between tasks if you don’t want to wash the bowl each time.
For scraping the sides of the bowl.
How to Clean a Food Processor Fast
I’ve gone through it, washing a food processor means taking apart everything, then soaking and cleaning each part under the sink, and then putting them back together, and it takes ages to do. I didn’t like to use the dishwasher for it because that takes a long time as well, and it’s not like I’m only using the food processor once a day. So I’ve devised two very fast and easy ways to clean a food processor.
One is for cleaning after processing the usual food like meat, veggies and so on, while the other is for nut butter.
After Usual Food
What you need: Two small tubs, dish detergent or mild soap, dish cloth or sponge.
- As soon as you’ve finished using the food processor, don’t let it sit around. Immediately take apart all the removable parts (except the base) and place them in a small tub. The parts should be placed loosely and not stacked together too much.
- Take the tub to the bathroom or garden hose and hose down the parts with a strong spray of water to get rid of loose food residue. Try to lose as much residue as possible.
- Move the now less dirty food processor parts into another clean tub. Drain the original tub and fill it with clean water.
- Use the dish cloth or sponge to rub through each part with dish detergent or soap. Be careful with the blades.
- Once you’re done, pour the clean water from the first tub into this tub. The rush of a large amount of water will be able to wash away the rest of the dirt and partly rinse the food processor parts.
- At the end just drain away all water and rinse the parts clean of any detergent or soap.
- Dry the parts with a clean towel or let them air dry if you are not using the food processor immediately afterward.
After Nut Butters
What you need: Paper towel, dish detergent or mild soap, dishcloth or sponge.
- Again, clean the food processor immediately after use. Remove all the parts from the base which needed to be cleaned.
- Use a paper towel (or two) to wipe the parts clean of nut butter. Remove as much residue as possible.
- Use the dishcloth or sponge to rub through each part with dish detergent or soap. Be careful with the blades.
- Rinse the parts clean of detergent or soap. If any of the parts are still dirty, repeat step 3 and 4.
- Dry the parts with a clean towel or let them air dry if you are not using the food processor immediately afterward.
The base cannot be submerged in or poured with water. Just wipe it down with a wet cloth. If there are stubborn stains, use baking soda paste. But there shouldn’t be stubborn stains if you clean your food processor after each use.
Hope my tips are useful for you.
How to Use a Food Processor
A food processor is very useful in the kitchen and saves a lot of food preparation time. You can shred, slice, dice, grind, puree and even mix dough with a food processor. Here’s how to do it:
1. The blades
Most food processors come with a variety of blade attachments, and each of these has a different function. You need to choose the right blade for the right work, or otherwise, the result will differ. Usually, the manual will tell you which does what, but if you’re still unsure, check out my post on Food Processor Attachments and Accessories to read more about them.
Attach the blade you choose to the food processor. Be careful while handling the blades and be sure to attach them correctly to avoid accidents. The edges of food processor blades are very sharp; that’s why they do a good job in shredding and slicing.
2. The food
If it’s vegetables, you want to shred or slice, wash them and get rid of any parts you don’t want. For example, if you only want to cut the stalks, pluck off the leaves first; and if you want to dice potatoes or carrots, peel the skin before putting them in. You get the idea.
Then place the food into the attachment bowl, filling it up until the marked level. Close the lid and place the bowl in the food processor if you haven’t already done so. When the food processor is working, and the food inside has subsided a little, you can add more food inside by pushing them through the feed tube (which is available with most food processors now) with the pusher.
3. The speed
Chop with the pulse button instead of just turning the food processor on, one pulse at a time until the food is at the exact consistency (you should be able to see it through the plastic bowl). If you just turn it on, you might get puree instead.
You can grind nuts to go from big pieces to small pieces, then to thick butter and finally thin butter. Just turn it on and let it grind until it becomes the consistency you want. Keep an eye on it as not to overdo it. You can turn it off just before it’s right and use the pulse button a few times.
Shred cheese with the pulse button. Freezing the cheese for 15 – 20 minutes before shredding will make them easier to shred.
If you’re unsure about which speed to use, or whether to use pulse, just remember that the longer the blades are kept turning, the finer the food will become.
Food Processor vs. Blender: Difference Uncovered
Unlike some people, I do not have the luxury of a big kitchen. Counter top space is valuable, and it is a challenge to find room for my appliances. I constantly find myself lusting over various kitchen appliances but unable to get them all because of space limitation. Bummer!
So, it was a no surprise when I was standing in the kitchen appliance aisle with a blender in one hand and a food processor in the other, weighing which one I could do without. It turns out; I need both. While they do share some similarities, they each are great to use for certain foods and functions.
What are they for?
On lazy days, I substitute my knife with my food processor. I use it to chop, slice, mash, julienne, and slice (to name a few) food. It is also great when I want to make doughs and frozen desserts. With a wider working bowl, you will be able to work with larger, bulkier ingredients. Food processors usually have a liquid limit, make sure you do not overfill it.
Blenders excel when you need to deal with liquids and substances that are high in liquidity. You can easily fill your blender up without worrying that it will leak. Thanks to my blender, I’m able to get the right consistency for my soups, margaritas, and smoothies!
How about the blades?
They usually have serrated blades, making them great for processing tougher ingredients. Additionally, food processors have a wide range of accessories and utilizing your food processor in the manner that you need.
While not serrated, the blades of a blender are designed to aerate the contents. This will also force air into your mixture which can affect the consistency of your mixture.
What is the result like?
Since the food processor’s blade does not rotate as fast, it will not turn your food into mulch as fast, making it great for chopping and slicing. The pulse function of the food processor will also give you more control on the size of your ingredients. In fewer words, if you want your food to be less ‘refined,’ this is the tool for you.
Unlike the food processor, blenders are faster and thus have more power to pulverize food. Blenders usually have different speed settings, so you will be able to gauge how smooth you want the consistency of your food to be. At the highest setting, a blender will be able to process grains or nuts into flour.
If you are on a tight budget, your first instinct will probably be to get the blender over the food processor since they are usually more affordable. With much experimenting, you will probably make do with a blender to chop and dice your food. While the blender is great, I think a food processor is worth to invest in – especially for aspiring cooks who like experimenting in the kitchen. You can now even get a blender/food processor combo but just make sure they are from a good manufacturer to ensure its durability.
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