Food processors are multi-purpose kitchen appliances

The food processor has changed food preparation since its introduction to the domestic market in 1973. Adapted by Carl Sontheimer, the versatile appliance effectively halves the time it takes to prepare a meal and can be found in many a home on the kitchen countertop.

Similar to blenders in many ways, the primary difference between the two is that a food processor uses swappable attachments as opposed to a fixed blade, a broader mixing bowl to accommodate solid or semi-solid foods and requires little to no liquid to do so, unlike a blender.

Food processors outrank blenders as a multi-purpose kitchen appliance. They slice, dice, chop grind, shred, puree, mix and can even knead dough.

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Food processors have enhanced functionality 

Although most processors come equipped with a standard Sabatier [s-shaped] blade, you can enhance this functionality by using additional attachments such as a julienne disc to cut food into long matchstick strips for stir fries; an egg whip for fluffing egg whites or fresh cream and cake batter; a juicer that separates fruit and veggie pulp from the strained juice and a dough blade that can be used to paddle bread and pizza dough.

Before settling on the processor of your dreams, itâ??s wise to consider the capacity, blades, wattage, versatility, warranty and safety features like inter locking and non-slip base that comes with it â?? not to mention the cost!

How to select the best possible food processor

Choose a processor based on the type of long term functionality you would like. If youâ??ll be cooking for a family of three, then you wonâ??t need a capacity of 3 L. Try to go for a bowl not smaller than 1.4 L. Wattage of at least 750W or more is capable of handling most jobs. The higher the wattage, the more powerful the machine and the more costly!

Where blades and versatility are concerned, opt for a machine that comes with as many blades as possible in stainless steel as theyâ??re durable for longer and offer more functionality. Whilst processors that double as juicers and those that allow you to do different tasks simultaneously might be pricier, it would be worth your investment and save you from having to keep buying add-on attachments or accessories.

The home appliance market is not short of reputable brands and in this regard it would be best to choose a model from the range of a trusted manufacturer where youâ??re certain of replacement warranties.

Test the processor in the store, if you donâ??t feel comfortable taking the container on and off the base or struggle to use the lid, donâ??t buy it. The same applies to matching the appliance design and colour to your kitchen scheme. Clear or smoke coloured plastic containers are especially fitting as they allow you to see the development of the food and are a popular choice.