Food processor is a very useful appliance in a kitchen. It is sometimes rightly called the workhorse of a kitchen because of its utility in so many of the kitchen tasks. Once you get in the habit of incorporating your food processor in most of your recipes, you will not be able to imagine a life without it. It makes work in the kitchen much faster and simpler. Tasks like chopping vegetable which takes several minutes when done by hand, not to mention the energy wasted while doing so, are completed in a matter of seconds using a food processor. Here is a list of tasks it can perform for you:
One of the main purposes of a food processor is chopping vegetables and nuts. The main blade which fits in the work bowl is used for chopping. This blade chops your ingredients into smaller pieces. You can control the size of the pieces by controlling the duration for which the machine runs. The longer you run it, the smaller will be the pieces that you get.
Your food processor can also be used to grind meat. This function is performed by the same S shaped blade that is used for chopping vegetables. Instead of buying minced meat from the store, you can make cheaper and healthier minced meat by using your food processor to grind raw meat. This way you can also control the texture of your minced meat. If you want finer texture, you can run the machine longer. If you want courser texture, you will run it for shorter intervals.
Food processors come with slicing disks which are used to slice vegetables like carrots, onions etc. you can even slice fruits with it. For slicing, you will fit the slicing disk on top of the work bowl and close the lid. Then add the vegetables from the chute at the top of the lid while the machine is running to slice them. Some food processors come with the ability to slice with different thicknesses as well.
The grating disk of the food processor is used for grating a block of cheese. This saves the user from much trouble by saving his time and the risk of cutting his fingers. You can also use this disk for grating vegetables, for example you can grate potatoes to make hash browns.
You can use your food processor to puree food as well. For example you can puree tomatoes to make tomato sauce. You can also puree different fruits and vegetables to make baby food. However, while pureeing food that involves a lot of liquid, you need to be careful not to overfill the bowl or else it will leak resulting in a lot of mess. Most food processors have a fill mark in their bowl to indicate the level up to which you can fill with liquid.
Food processor can be used to knead dough as well. Some food processors come with a dough blade. If not, the normal chopping blade works fine as well. You can make different types of dough to make pizza crust, pie crust, ‘roti’ or bread.
Specifically designed food processors are available for making baby food as well. If you are looking for baby food processors to buy, check out latest Baby Food Processor Reviews & Buyer’s Guide for detailed information.