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Explore New Textures with A Food Processor

A food processor is a modern essential for your kitchen. If you love to cook, this compact machine is here to help you get interesting new textures, while chopping, mincing, grinding and more. With a wide variety of processors available, choosing the one that's right for you is a matter of how you'd like to use it. Home cooks like you use theirs to make hummus, pestos, veggie noodles, potato chips, salsas, incredibly fresh burgers, tantalizing spice blends and much, much more.

What Is A Food Processor?

A food processor is a small countertop kitchen electric that is used to blend, puree, grind or otherwise process foods into other base ingredients, dips, soups or other dishes.

  • Food processors consist of large, bowl-like containers with a flat bottom. Most come with an attachment that has two blades that rotate in order to process your ingredients.
  • Depending on your chosen attachments, you may have other choices for how to process the food. For instance, you could use a grater attachment to make hash browns or slice carrots into thin pennies for a baked dish.
  • Other food processors have kits you can select that do even more, like dicing or other cuts. Choose a Cuisinart food processor and you can spiralize to create curlicue garnishes or pasta-inspired dishes with their kit.

Other Kitchen Appliances for Processing

While classic processors are usually the bowl-and-blade kind, there are many other ways you can work with your food's texture while cooking to create unique, impressive meals for yourself and your family.

  • If your family loves when you go to the butcher or the deli, go the extra mile to make your own ground meat or deli slices with a meat grinder or meat slicer that you use with large, homemade roasts.
  • Many people use their blenders for food processing, but it's actually ideal to use these two appliances for separate purposes. Blenders are best for smoothies or other mixed beverages.
  • If you like lots of different cuts and shapes, you can shop for a variety of single-use kitchen tools. Many people like having exactly the right tool for the job on hand at all times, but you can also select food processing kits for a more streamlined operation.

How To Select The Right Appliances for You

Be sure you get the processor that's best for you. For instance, if you have large batches of dips you like to make, a Magimix food processor can help you prepare for parties or a big family gathering. A KitchenAid food processor may be quieter than the older one you have at home right now.

Consider counter space, how much volume you'll be processing and which attachments you need to make the right choice for you.

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