Food Processor

How to Make the Best Use of Your Food Processor

Using a food processor is an easy way to slice and dice your way through your recipes. Food processors generally come with a variety of blades to allow for a large variety of different cooking methods. For example, you can dice your vegetables or you can puree fruit. Many people have both a blender and a food processor, though they are similar machines, because a food processor will literally process your food into any size or portion that you would like. Here are some hints to help you make the most of your food processor:

Understand Your Blades

There are a variety of blades that accompany a food processor. These blades are designed to help you slice the food, dice the food and simply cut the food. Depending on what dish you are preparing, your recipe will call for a different blade or set of blades for each item. Therefor, read through the entire recipe before choosing one blade or another. You will want to be sure that you do, in fact, have those blades available.

Optimize Your Time

Many chefs use food processors because they help to optimize the time it takes to prepare vegetables. When a chef has to spend a day cutting up tomatoes, his time is wasted. However, if he has a food processor that he can use to cut the vegetables quickly and effortlessly, then he can focus his attention on the finer aspects of his dish. On the contrary, if you are an at-home chef and do not have your food processor readily available, you could waste more time getting the food processor prepared than you could if you were to just slice and dice on your own. Therefore, be sure to accurately gauge your time constraints in your unique situation.

Take Care of Your Machine

Your food processor should be taken care of to make sure that it lasts for a long time. For many people, a food processor is a sizable investment - even larger if you guy a large food processor. Therefore, make sure that you clean it after each use and store it properly. Keep in mind that the base of the food processor should never be cleaned in water or in the dishwasher because it is an electrical device. You will want to clean the blades individually though.

Using a food processor will greatly reduce the amount of time that you need to dedicate towards preparing food for a meal. Food processors are easy to use. They are not, however, easy to store. Therefore, you will want to be sure to buy a food processor that fits within the storage constraints of your home. Make sure that you know how to use your food processor, including each of the blades, prior to turning it on. When it comes down to it, your food processor will go a long way to simplifying your life if you let it.

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