How to Properly Use a Food Processor
Food processors are very helpful kitchen tools that come in handy for a wide variety of kitchen tasks. From chopping, slicing, grating, pureeing, mixing and kneading, there is not much left in the kitchen that a food processor can’t help you out with. It comes with a variety of different attachments including blades and disk, all of which are specially designed for performing a specific task. You will not be able to use it to its fullest potential unless you understand how to use a food processor. Don’t worry, since modern food processors have a user-friendly design which is easy to understand and use. Keep reading and you will learn how to use each of its attachments for performing different kitchen tasks.
Step 1: Assembling the food processor
Every model is unique and you will have to read the manual to understand exactly how it works. However, most food processors brands have assembled them using a similar technique. First you need to fix the food processor container to the motor base. The next step is to select a suitable blade or disk for your processing task and fix it onto the vertical shaft in the center of the container. If you are using one of the blades, you may add the ingredients and then lock the lid. In case you are using one of the disks, you will have to lock the lid first and add the contents from the feed chute while the machine is running.
Step 2: Processing Food
Since there are a number of different food processing tasks, let’s take a look at each of these tasks separately:
Pureeing and Chopping:
Attach the S blade (also called the multi-purpose blade) for all your chopping, mixing and pureeing tasks. Next, add the ingredients and secure the lid. A standard food processor usually has ‘on/off’ and pulse controls. To blend ingredients into a smooth puree, you need to use the ‘on’ button. Select the ‘pulse’ button for chopping ingredients or for coarse blending results. More advanced models will feature additional control options and/or multiple speeds. You will have to consult the manual to understand how to use it.
If you need to slice vegetables and fruits into circular slices, mount the slicing disk on top of the vertical shaft. Some food processors include adjustable slicing disks to slice variable thicknesses from paper thin to thick. You can utilize it for a wide variety of tasks like preparing garden-fresh salads, slicing potatoes for potato chips or slicing fruits for a juicy fruit salad.
A grating disk is similar to the slicing disk and is attached in a similar way. It may come in a variety of different shapes for grating fine to coarse. This attachment comes in use when you wish to grate a block of cheese, shred cabbage to make coleslaw or shred potatoes to create beautiful hash browns for a Sunday breakfast.
Most of the good quality food processors include a plastic or metal dough blade to cut down on the time and efforts required to knead dough by hand. The dough blade is attached in the same way and in the same position as the S blade. It is quite helpful when you want to make homemade pie crust, pizza crust, pasta or bread.
Step 3: Cleaning and Storage
After the work is done, you will need to transfer the processed food to a separate bowl or dish and clean the parts by hand or dishwasher if the processor is dishwasher safe. Leave everything to dry for a while after which you can secure everything back into place and store it.
Now that you understand how to use this marvelous machine, you can use it to create gourmet-style dishes that you have been watching on your favorite cooking shows for so long.