There are many types of food processors available on todays market, and the difference in all the types that are available can make selecting one a difficult experience. We’ve laid out the main types of food processors that are available on the market today, in order to give you a better idea of what they all mean, and what you might use each version for, so that you can make the most informed decision on what you need in your home. Keep in mind, that the phrase ‘food processor’ is very general, so we’ll be trying to narrow things down from a large range for you.
We’re all probably familiar with blenders as one of the most common types of food processors. They are always used for primarily soft or liquid base foods, or they’re used to turn solid foods into liquids. A blender will never allow you to do any chopping, but they will help you crush ice, and make smoothies or sauces too.
You’ve probably seen the famous infomercials, for products where you use a chopper by hand to quickly chop up vegetables, onions, or garlic, in order to get it ready for a recipe. Choppers never have a cord or power, and their usage is pretty limited in scope. They’re good at what they do, but they’re not a big machine that’s going to be able to do a lot of things that some bigger food processors will.
Grinders are sort of an extinct breed of food processor for the most part, however you still find them here and there, but mostly for people who cook specialty items. Coffee grinders, are obviously a motorized version of a grinder that is used more often on a day to day basis for people, but there’s also meat grinders which are popular choices for making sausages or custom meat products. Once again, these are very specific machines that do one task well, but only the one task.
Once again, targeted use, effective at doing it. We’ve all seen a juicer before, and the name is pretty indicitive of what it does. Many larger food processors can also accommodate the functionality of a juicer, but with many further options.
Mini Food Processors
This area is the first venture into multipurpose, electrical motor powered food processors that have a whole variety of uses and options. These devices usually range in the area of about 1-4 cups in terms of what they’re capable of holding in their work bowls. These units are great for chopping nuts, chopping garlic, chopping onions (without the tears, which every one can get behind) and doing a rough chop of basically anything you could think to put in it.
However, they also have an extended functionality, in terms of liquids. Many people will use their mini food processors for sauces, salad dressings, custom olive oils and more. Outside of these functionalities, however, there aren’t many things else that a mini food processor can really do to your day to day kitchen. If you’re looking for a home counter top appliance that will slice vegetables, shred things, or have a type of cutting disc, you’ll have to dip into the larger range commercial food processors. Also, keep in mind that most mini food processors, just have a lock in lid, so you won’t (for the most part) be able to add ingredients to your bowl while the blade is moving. This is an important functionality and feature difference between mini food processors, and their larger counterparts.
Large Food Processors
This is the most common electrical countertop home appliance in this range of food processors, and it’s also the most efficient addition to your home, as it has a multitude of smart functionalities that can make your cooking process a breeze. It’s also really the main topic of this site, and the type of food processor that we try to focus on, as they are the most varied version of food processor, and can thus be confusing or difficult to go about the buying process for.
More often than not, these food processors have a variety of bowl sizes to match your needs. You can either select one version, or some of the nicer and more expensive brands, will actually give you a set of nesting work bowls, which will accommodate three respective cup sizes of bowl to handle different ingredients and different recipe sizes.
Large food processors also generally come with a ton of different blade options for your unit, which allows you to prepare food in a lot of different ways. Sometimes accessories can be a bad thing, and they might potentially mask the fact that a food processor isn’t exactly the best choice, and the company is trying to compensate for that with a list of bells and whistles. However, if you are going to purchase a large food processor, you’re going to want to know which blades you might be using. There are dough blades, slicing blades, shredding blades, general mixing blades, and more. You might not use all of them, so consider what you want in advance if you’re going to go this route, so that you don’t pay more than you have to, and so you don’t get too little out of your machine, than you wanted.
For the most part, buying a food processor should be a fun experience. You’re going to be adding an appliance to your home that, in one way or another, is going to be helpful and add efficiency to what you’re doing. When you’re starting out the process, take into consideration all of the options out there, and at the end of the day, you’ll find the type of food processor that best fits your needs. Keep in mind that between the mini food processor and the large food processor, these units can often accomplish all the things, the previous versions can, and there’s bound to be one in your price range.