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Best Food Processor In March 2022

Incorporating a food processor into your kitchen can save you tons of hands-on prep time so you can get to the good stuff–cooking and eating–faster. A food processor equipped with a sharp, multipurpose blade is capable of chopping and grinding almost any ingredient you can think of, from onions for stock, nuts for fresh peanut butter, and graham crackers for a pie crust. They can also be used to mince herbs, puree baby food, and emulsify dressings.

Most food processors also come with attachments that can be used to knead bread and pizza dough, shred blocks of cheese, and slice vegetables in several thicknesses, making them true kitchen workhorses. We did our research, finding and testing the top models for design, usability, performance, ease of cleaning, and more. Here are the best food processors for kitchens of all sizes with price and frequency of use in mind, as well as disc sizes and special features.

Barbara Kingsolver By, Barbara Kingsolver
TOP Choice #2 Robot Coupe CL50 Gourmet Commercial Food Processor
NLP Score:
9.5
Robot Coupe
  • Product 1: Baking with ease: Effortlessly mix thick batters and doughs like breads, pizza, cookies, mashed potatoes and more with a powerful, 300 watt motor.
  • Product 1: Mixing versatility: Includes splash guard, dough hook, whisk and flat beater. Wipe outside of stand mixer with a damp cloth or sponge and dry
  • Product 2: Versatility of a food processor, food chopper and vegetable chopper: Reversible stainless steel disc slices and shreds, while the stainless steel s-blade chops, mixes and purees
  • Product 1: Complete bowl coverage: No scraping necessary. Mix hands-free with excellent results every time. Planetary mixing rotates the beaters around the 4 quart, stainless steel bowl, for even and complete mixing.
  • Product 2: Large feed chute: Can fit large foods like a whole block of cheese for quick, easy processing and less prep time
  • Product 2: 10 cup capacity: The generous 10 cup bowl can handle large volumes of foods without having to stop to empty it
  • Product 2: Bowl scraper attachment: Special attachment scrapes the sides of the bowl to keep ingredients close to the blades for more even results and to save you time when chopping or pureeing — no need to stop and remove the lid to use a spatula
  • Product 1: Same mixing action as KitchenAid stand mixers. This mixer performs better than 2-beater stand mixers, and features the popular tilt-up head design for adding ingredients and changing attachments quickly.
  • Extra-large Feed tube slices whole fruits and vegetables
  • Easy to use and clean, BPA free
  • 14-Cup work bowl
  • Full 5-year motor warranty
  • Powerful enough to Knead bread dough with ease
  • Note:Shredding and slicing blades are not adjustable. Kindly reefer user manual before use
  • High, Low & Pulse speed options allow you to precisely and properly handle soft or hard ingredients with the touch of a button.
  • Model KFP1133 includes 11-Cup Work Bowl, 3-Cup Work Bowl, Adjustable Slicing Disc, Reversible Shredding Disc, Multipurpose Blade, Multipurpose Blade for 3-Cup Work Bowl, Dough Blade, Storage Case.
  • The externally adjustable ExactSlice System features optimized speeds, and an external lever that allows you to go from thick to thin with one slide of the lever.
  • The UltraTight Seal Features a specially designed locking system with leak-resistant ring that allows you to fill the work bowl to capacity with ingredients without worrying about making a mess.
  • The 3-in-1 Wide Mouth Feed Tube lets you accommodate large items—like tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes with very little prep beforehand.
  • QUICK ASSEMBLY: Easily swap disc and blades by placing them on the bowl's center post—whole new functions are seconds away.
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED: 1000-Peak-Watt Motor Base, 9-cup Precision Processor Bowl with Feed Chute Lid and Pusher, Quad Chopping Blade, Dough Blade, Reversible Slicing & Shredding Disc & 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide.
  • SUPERIOR FUNCTION: Cuisinart’s 720-watt motor for our 14-cup large-capacity food processor can handle almost anything. Make any kind of dip, puree soup or sauce including hummus, salsa, guacamole - the possibilities are endless
  • FULL 5-YEAR WARRANTY: On motor with LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY: Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free
  • Bowl scraper attachment: Special attachment scrapes the sides of the bowl to keep ingredients close to the blades for more even results and to save you time when chopping or pureeing — no need to stop and remove the lid to use a spatula
  • Large feed chute: Can fit large foods like a whole block of cheese for quick, easy processing and less prep time
  • Ideal for making dough, slicing vegetables, shredding cheese, mincing garlic and herbs, mixing batters, emulsifying
  • Five-year full motor warranty, three-year limited entire unit warranty
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Can a blender be used as a food processor?

Blenders and food processors have similar functions, but they're not quite the same. As a rule of thumb, a blender should be used when the final product is something you can drink, drizzle, or dip—mostly soft or liquid ingredients. Think soup, smoothies, nut milk, apple sauce, and daiquiris. With blenders, it's best to use at least one liquid ingredient, as exclusively dry ingredients can get caught up in and stuck around the blades without help from juice, milk, water, etc., to draw everything into the spinning vortex.

A food processor should be used when the outcome is to be eaten with a fork or spoon, so solid or semi-solid ingredients work best. You don't necessarily need a liquid element here, either, making it the right choice for crafting bread crumbs, dough, shredded cheese, and chopped, sliced, or diced vegetables. You can use it to make riced cauliflower, chutney, and even minced meat. Food processor blades rotate much slower than blender blades and are shaped differently, giving you greater control and more precise cuts. There's also the feeder tube, which allows you to add as little (or as many) ingredients as you want, which can then be tampered toward the blade with a tool.

Foods including hummus, smooth salsas, salad dressings, pesto, and whipped cream can be made in both a blender and food processor.

Can you make smoothies in a food processor?

Most food processors are capable of making smoothies, but the process is a little different than if you were to use a blender. If you plan to take this route, don't add all the ingredients at once because they probably won't blend evenly and may even erupt from the spout. First, add your greens (if the recipe calls for them), followed by frozen fruit. This will keep your drink icy cold without the addition of ice. Next, add your choice of liquid and sweetener, like honey or agave, if you want. Put the lid on the appliance and blend. You may need to scrape the bottom to mix further, and make sure everything is getting blended as well as possible. When you're done, remove the blade from the processor and pour. Just be careful of messes here, as your processor likely won't have an actual pour spout.

Long story short: You can make a smoothie in a food processor, but it's going to be quicker and easier in a blender.

Can you grind coffee beans in a food processor?

Using a dedicated coffee grinder with a conical burr is the best way to grind coffee beans, but you can get the job done with a food processor, which is essentially a larger version of a blade grinder. Just pour a few scoops in and pulse, tilting the processor occasionally to make sure all the beans move into the blade. Repeat until you have your desired amount of grounds.

 


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Barbara Kingsolver By, Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non-fiction account of her family's attempts to eat locally.