An Easy Guide to Buying a Food Processor

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you probably have big dreams of making it better than it ever was before. You envision high-tech appliances and modern style. You’ll focus on the main things like new flooring, a change of color scheme, a new refrigerator, and a new range. But what about those other little appliances?

A food processor isn’t the most popular small appliance. Things like toasters and coffeemakers are usually considered more must-haves. But since this is your new, dream kitchen, why not indulge with a new kitchen toy? Food processors can do a lot, and you may find that you have more need for one than you imagined. In order to help you choose the right food processor for you, here’s an easy guide with some tips, suggestions, and things you should know.

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Types

There are two main types of food processors to choose from. There are full-sized food processors, and there are smaller-sized food choppers. Food processors can handle more food and do more than food choppers. For handling smaller amounts, and for things like cutting herbs, a food chopper is more convenient. A food processor, though, will have a lot more capabilities, and as a result it generally offers much better value.

Size

The size you choose will depend on how much food you want to process. If you do a lot of cooking of large batches of food, a larger food processor might be for you. Large food processors typically hold up to 14 cups of dry ingredients. Smaller food processors typically hold about 7 cups of dry ingredients. Other models are available for in-between sizes, too. Food choppers usually hold about 3 to 5 cups of dry ingredients.

Feeder Size

Another consideration to make is on the size of the feeder tube that allows you to add food to the bowl. If you often use larger ingredients, or don’t want to have to cut everything smaller, a larger feeder tube would be good for you. Keep in mind the convenience of the feeder tube size when you’re looking at your options.

Features

Food processors can come with a variety of different features and accessories, and the ones you want will depend again on how you’ll be using the one you buy. Some food processors come with more blade attachments than others, such as shredding discs, slicing discs, and juicer blades. You may also be able to get a dough blade that will allow you to knead dough. If you like making bread or other things with dough, you should get a model that comes with one.
Price

If you are on a tight budget, it’s possible to get a food processor without breaking the bank. Some models cost as little as $20. If you want a higher-quality model, expect to pay up to $100. If you’re a really big spender, elite models can sell for $500 and up. All-in-all, food processers are rather affordable. If you will get a lot of use out of one, it’s worth a purchase.

Stacey Kiddoo is a kitchen master and professional chef who loves to blog about anything from hot new kitchen toys to transitional kitchen design.

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