Food Processors differ from the blenders that blades and disks can be changed according to the work needed. Blenders are good for preparing liquid based foods and food processors are good for handling harder food ingredients. Food Processors can make food preparation easier by quickening all time consuming and labor-intensive tasks.
Uses of Food Processor :
Food Processor is a multi-purpose kitchen appliance used in a variety of food preparation tasks that usually takes more time and sometimes harder, making us tired especially if more food has to be prepared for many guests. They are very useful in doing the tasks below
- Slicing/chopping vegetables.
- Grinding items such as nuts, seeds (e.g. spices), meat, or dried fruit.
- Shredding or grating cheese or vegetables.
- Mixing and kneading doughs.
Depending on the model a food processor can also used to beat eggs, make juice, preparing cake batters, grinding meat and veetables etc..
Choosing between Food Processor , Blender, Food Chopper :
A blender is more preferred to process small quantity of food ingredients. It is more good in preparing liquid foods like juices, smoothies. soups, milk shakes etc… but not efficient for hard food ingredients like vegetables, grains etc…. Some times a good blender with sharp and strong blade can replace a food processor for same purpose food processor is used, for cooking small amount of food except for hard tasks such as kneading dough, but not always.
A Food chopper is a small appliance can be used to chop, grind and mix in small quantities. Not more than that.
On the other hand a food processor is a large appliance and can do a whole of other things that a blender, chopper or other similar appliances cannot do. And it has more hardware like feeder tube, disks, kneading hook built in to it to do variety of things like slice, shred, grate, knead etc… Leaving liquid foods to the blender, you don’t need to worry about leakage problems in a food processor though you can make all kinds of smoothies, juices, milkshakes etc… You can also make breadcrumbs with the food processor.
A food processor is better when you need to cook for more people where as chopper is enough to cook for one or two persons. Some people buy both to use depending on the number of guests.
Cleaning a food processor is very easy as you can separate all the components like bowl, lid, pusher, blade , easily. You clean them anytime you want by washing them in a warm soap water by sub-merging for few minutes and then cleaning it with a soft cotton cloth or a soft brush.