As much as we want to treat our family with decent homemade meals, most parents, especially moms, nowaday opt for having careers rather than staying at home, cooking time has become very limited. Considering amount of time and labor spent when using the traditional methods of chopping, grating, mincing and kneading, it has become very difficult for modern parent to find time preparing meals every night like our grandma used to. The repetitive action of chopping, slicing, mincing is enough to make any working person run off to the nearest fast food restaurant.

The food processor has virtually eliminited all the labor involved and has cut down on the preparation time. The appliance has become such a necessity in our modern kitchen that no cook can do without.

How do you select a good food processor?

1. Make sure that the processor has the blades that you will use most frequently for your style of cooking.
What are your most repetitive tasks that you do in the kitchen? Check the included accessories to make sure which ones come with the food processor that interests you. Usually, common processor blades are:
- Sabatier blade: the S shaped blade, usually made of metal
- Shredding disc: to shred vegetables and fruits
- Slicing disc: slicing fruits and vegetables
- Julienne disc: julienning long thin vegetables and fruits
- Dough blade: processing dough
- French fry disc: cutting chips for frying
- Puree or juicer blades

2. Look for safety lock. Is it difficult to use, is it easy to break? The safety lock feature is complicated and expensive to fix if it breaks

3. Cup Size. How many cups do you need? Do you process it every night or can you process some and store it for usage next day. You want to find the right size for your family, do not overdo it, especially meat, you will cook your ingredients in the processor and the result will not every pleasant.

4. Prefer a more expensive model if you use a food processor frequently. For your extra money, you will get a strong and more durable motor and gears, it is also quieter and more stable with frequent heavy usage. Otherwise, if you are an infrequent user of a food processor, the lower end of the range will serve you as well.

Below are some top food processors:

1.

Reviewers say the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011 performs very well at chopping, slicing, shredding, kneading and pureeing with some Pros and Cons:
Pros: Consistent performer
Wide-mouth feed tube
Two speeds
10-year motor warranty
Three-year parts warranty
Cons: Blade-safety design
Smaller work bowl than some
Customer service concerns
2.

For smaller families (or smaller budgets), experts praise the 7-cup KitchenAid KFP715, a more compact food processor with some Pros and Cons below:
Pros:
Compact
Excellent at slicing
Quiet
Two speeds and pulse
Cons:
Additional accessory blades not available
Some difficulty with kneading
3.

If you don’t want to invest much in a food processor, your choice gets tricky. Some inexpensive models get terrible reviews. An exception in this price class is the 10-cup Hamilton Beach Chef Prep 70610, costs less than $50.
Pros: Value
10-cup capacity
Two speeds plus pulse
Better ratings than other budget machines
Cons: No dough blade
Inconsistent shredding
4.

If you only need to slice and dice small amounts of food, a mini chopper may be all you really need. Reviewers say the Black & Decker Ergo EHC650 performs just as well as other mini choppers at half the price.
Pros:
Purees well
Two speeds
Compact design
Easy to use
Cons: Difficult to clean the blade
Underperforms at chopping nuts

If you don’t own one for your kitchen, get one now. It’s a well worth investment.

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