Getting the Most Out of Your Food Processor

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Whether you are a pro or new to cooking, it is always important to have appliances that can do the jobs you want to do. However, choosing an appliance that is right for the cooking you want to do is not always easy. You might be confused about what each one does, especially since some can do the jobs of others in a pinch. One such appliance is a food processor.

What a Food Processor is and What it is Designed to Do

A food processor is a machine with blades that spin in a particular way. It is a tool designed to make certain repetitive tasks easier. For example, it can quickly chop vegetables into fairly uniform pieces. In that way, it can somewhat take the place of chopping with a knife, which can be time-consuming. Similarly, it can also knead dough for you, eliminating the need for you to waste time and energy kneading it yourself.

What Food Processors Actually Can Do

Despite that basic definition, food processors can do a whole lot more. You just have to compare them to find one suited for your preferred tasks. For example, some food processors can make dips, some can shred cheeses, and some can even help you make soups. It all depends on the size, construction.

How a Food Processor Stacks Up Against a Blender

With the exception of making smoothies, a food processor can do most things a blender does. However, the same is not true in reverse. For example, a food processor can make dough. A blender cannot. A blender is also not designed for chopping vegetables, but a food processor is. In fact, that is one of its primary functions.

A Juicer Versus a Food Processor

The functions of a food processor are somewhat similar to those of a blender. However, there is no comparison at all between a juicer and a food processor. A food processor does not juice produce. Nor does a juicer chop or dice. They are completely independent tools.

Things a Food Processor Can Make

Other than smoothies, there are few limits to what a food processor can make. It is not designed for mixing beverages of any sort, but it can be used for making certain soups. It is best used for the breaking down of solid or semi-solid materials and the mixing of those materials. Once you understand that, you can use it to your culinary advantage to create all sorts of dough and salads, among many other things.

Say No to Knife Cuts with a Food Processor

Anyone can read a recipe, but following that recipe can be difficult if you lack certain skills, especially knife skills. Unless you want to take a culinary class in knife cuts, you may spend a lot of time and energy chopping. The end result might be less aesthetically pleasing than you would like. The food processor can do those same cutting tasks in a fraction of the time and with much more accuracy.

A Food Processor is a Growth Tool

Ultimately, you want to choose a food processor that is well-constructed so it will grow with you. The food processor lets you easily combine and chop, dice, or mix many ingredients. That makes it perfect when you are first starting out cooking meals. In fact, it is a common choice for college dorm use. However, it is also a tool even professional chefs often turn to to make mundane tasks easier. Therefore, you can use it for years and expand the recipes you make as you learn.

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