Food Processor Use
First step: read the manual. As with any kitchen appliance, it is important to read the food processor’s accompanying manual to ensure proper assembly and use.
Be sure that the food processor is placed firmly on a stable surface. Ensure that there is not anything around that could fall due to vibrations from the base unit where the motor is located.
Make sure that there aren’t any pre-existing issues, such as store damage. Pay particular attention to the plastic bowl and the blades.
Before Using a Food Processor
The first thing that should be said about using a food processor is that you should be mindful of the blades. That goes for when you’re feeding in ingredients, washing the blades, or just any time you are handling the blades, as they are very sharp.
As a note, many food processors will only work if all of the pieces—bowl, lid, blades, etc.—are all correctly assembled and locked in place. This helps to prevent the chance of injury due to improper use or loose components.
The locking feature also helps you keep your kitchen ceiling from looking like a volcano science project gone wrong. It keeps what you feed into the bowl in there.
How Small to Cut Food for Food Processor
Once you’ve chosen your desired blade and correctly installed it into the food processor, you’ll want to make sure that the food you are going to be feeding into the machine is going to fit in the chute.
For instance, you wouldn’t have to manually chop up any sort of nuts before putting them in the food processor. This is because they are already a manageable size. They will likely bounce around a little (another good reason for the cover), but they should begin to break up.
Another type of food that generally would not have to be cut would be carrots. While they can be lengthy, they are narrow enough to fit down the chute, using the plunger to keep them from popping up.
On the other hand, something like an apple or cucumber should be quartered and cored before sending it down the chute. A good rule of thumb is to remove the seeds if you wouldn’t normally consume them, or if they could interfere with the intended texture of a dish.
As far as peels on fruits and vegetables, it really depends on the type of peel and the intended texture of the finished dish. For example, while it would be acceptable to not peel an apple or cucumber before sending it through the processor, not everyone likes the toughness of the peels.
In the end, the size of the food fed into the food processor falls to the discretion of the user. That and anything stated about the food size in the user manual.
Depending on the model, some food processors do have multiple size chutes to feed ingredients into, but not always.
Operating a Food Processor
Once the food to be fed into the food processor is a manageable size, make sure the machine is properly plugged in. Then, it is time to start.
For simpler machines, press the on button and then begin inserting food and guiding it down the chute with the help of the plunger. Repeat until all intended food has gone through the machine.
For more intricate models, the user can then choose the speed of the blade. In some cases, they can use a pulse button that helps ensure the exact consistency that you are looking to have.
There are a few models that require the user to constantly hold down the desired button.
A quick note: for some models, there will be a small chunk or narrow strip of food left that wasn’t pulled in when using the slicer or shredding plate. This is normal. It is the bit of the food that fit in the narrow space between the blade and the lid of the food processor.
Turn the machine off before attempting to remove the lid. Pour the contents into a bowl, pan, or whatever you want. Again, be mindful of the blade. To scrape the sides of the food processor bowl, use a spatula or remove the blade before scooping contents out with your hands.
Cleaning a Food Processor
If you want to continue using the food processor for other ingredients, simply rinse it out by swooshing the water around the bowl and carefully rinsing off the blade. Wipe out or let dry as necessary.
For complete cleaning, follow the specific instructions for the model you are using. Some food processor bowls and blades can go through a dishwasher. Some of them do have to be hand washed and set out to dry on a towel or drying mat.
Food processors are versatile little kitchen appliances. Like most appliances, proper use and storage iareimportant. For safety reasons and to prevent the blades from dulling, store blades within the food processor bowl with the lid on.