The skinny on food processors

One of the more popular small kitchen appliances, a food processor is designed to eliminate some of the more tedious kitchen chores, like chopping, mixing, or blending. There are hand crank, or manual food processors available, but the speed and ease of food processors powered by electricity are the most popular version of this small appliance.

Food processors are occasionally confused with blenders. Although there are some similarities (the principle of blending itself) food processors are more versatile because of their ability to switch out and exchange different blades for different functions.

Blenders have a single blade that cannot be substituted. Instead, blenders have a selection of buttons, which vary the speed, and frequency of the blade’s rotation. The difference in shape is also notable. Food processors are stout, a form that allows for better mixing.

While many people do incorporate liquids into their food processor recipes, it is not a necessity. Using a blender calls for oil, vinegar, or some other form of liquid to facilitate the movement of the blade with what is being blended.

A food processor works using electricity. A motor is encased within the base of the processor, which spins a vertical shaft. A clear plastic bowl sits on top, with a blade mechanism designed to accommodate several attachments is located at the lowest part of the mixing bowl.

Towards the top, discs used to slice or shred can be fixed to the shaft, and in order to add liquids, safely cut up vegetables, and cut down on any possible mess, a tube is shaped on the upper piece of the plastic mixing bowl along with a lid.

This tube is another feature that sets food processors apart from blenders. Ingredients that be cumbersome to work with otherwise are easy to handle with the tube. Using the lid, fruits, vegetables, and roots can be chopped or sliced to add to other ingredients already in the food processor without the risk of serious injury to fingers and hands. As an added safety feature, most food processors will not allow the machine to function if the bowl and/or the lid are not securely attached and fastened.

The multi-function ability of food processors makes it a very useful small appliance for the kitchen, even better than some of the other more famous machines. From kneading dough to grinding seeds for spices, it fills several roles and reduces the clutter associated with having several appliances needed in order to complete different tasks.

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