Stand mixers are for most preparation to do with baking – pie crust, bread dough etc. A Food Processor is great for chopping, pureeing, slicing, grinding nuts and coffee, finely chopping herbs…the list is endless. Try to think of the stand mixer as helping with sweet foodstuffs and the Food Processor with savory. Although that ‘rule’ is interchangeable, it helps to see why you would benefit from both.
- Try not to be seduced by a machine with many ‘extras’. These only add to the cost and you may only use them very rarely – or never at all!
- Food Processors that live in cupboards don’t get used! So don’t forget to check how much space the Food Processor will take up on your counter top. When you’re deciding where it will ‘live’, make sure it’s near a power point and that you have enough free space nearby for any rough chopping or peeling etc.
- Check that the parts of the Food Processor are safe in the dishwasher as this can save time on cleanup.
- For a family-sized processor (9 to 11 cups), look for a model that has a motor of at least 600 watts, to minimize the likelihood of the motor burning out.
- Choose a model from a manufacturer who offers service options, a range of additional blades or mixing tools and replacement parts.
- Look for a model with smooth ‘touch’ pad controls rather than raised buttons. This makes it easier to keep clean.
- Food Processors make graham cracker crusts or cheesecake bases a breeze!
- They are ideal for pureeing food for babies. Just cook your regular meal and whizz up a portion for your baby (unless you are having highly spiced food which could upset baby’s stomach!).
- Make your own peanut or almond butter. Simply put shelled nuts into the bowl and grind until it’s the consistency that you desire.
- When shredding Mozzarella cheese, freeze it for 20 minutes first. This will make it shred much more easily and stop it clumping together.