Food Processor Perfection: 75 Amazing Ways to Use the Most Powerful Tool in Your Kitchen by Americas Test KitchenAmericas Test Kitchen unleashes the potential of what a food processor can do with an eye-opening collection of 75 kitchen-tested recipes to make your cooking easier, faster, and better.
Your food processor is a powerful tool but is often relegated to only a handful of tasks. We have always felt the food processor was underutilized and so weve set out to create a book that harnesses this appliances capabilities as never before, from almost-no-bowl baking to multi-step dishes like stir-fries where all the slicing and chopping happens in the food processor. The result is a book of 75 smart ideas where the food processor is the star of every recipe. It will transform how you use this appliance, streamline everyday cooking and baking, and open doors to projects you would never have considered tackling by hand.
The Best Food Processor
When I was a kid, my mother owned a Farberware food processor that must've cost a pretty penny. The powerful motor made a soothing whirr, and it was so well-built that it's still chopping away, still making that lovely sound. Once I left my parents' home though, I didn't really use a quality food processor for 20 years. I never really thought I was missing out on anything, but that might just be because every time I encountered a food processor, it was a piece of junk. For the last several years, my wife Elisabeth and I have used her old Cuisinart PowerBlend Duet, a light, loud and underpowered thing that also doubles as an underpowered blender. Every once in a while if I push it a little too hard, it starts to smell like burning electrical equipment.
After spending 50 hours researching food processors, interviewing experts, and conducting nearly four years of long-term testing, we still think the Cuisinart Custom Cup Food Processor is the best choice for most home cooks. Its simple, pared-down design makes it easier to use and clean than models with more settings or multiple bowls, and we found it to be built more solidly than other processors at this price range. In our tests, the Cuisinart Custom Cup Food Processor tackled a multitude of chopping and shredding tasks exceptionally well. It also has a straightforward interface with just two buttons and one bowl. If you want a mini food processor to make small batches of mayonnaise or mirepoix, we recommend the affordably priced KitchenAid 3. It chopped vegetables more evenly than the other mini models we tested.
Our conclusion? The Waring is nice; a souped-up version of our winning model, the Cuisinart Custom 14, made by its sister company. However, its performance in a few key areas, including chopping and slicing, actually fell short of our winner. The KitchenAid ProLine is a space-hogging behemoth at more than 16 pounds, 18 inches high, and 12 inches wide, and includes an equally enormous accessories box including a successful dicing attachment. Like the Waring, its motor was powerful and quiet, but its performance also fell short of the top average-priced models. CHOPPING: Testers chopped onion, carrot, and celery into mirepoix; ground whole almonds; minced fresh parsley; and ground beef chunks and butter into hamburger. This category was weighted most highly in our ratings.
We still recommend the Cuisinart Custom 14 Cup Food Processor—a powerful, affordable workhorse that produces steller results every time. For the past 2.
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The Best Standard Food Processor
A food processor should deliver consistent, professional-quality results when it comes to chopping, slicing, and shredding. Here are the food processors in three different categories that passed all of our tests. We put each model through 21 tests, measuring their performance on a range of tasks, all while comparing construction and user-friendliness. We assessed which of these were actually useful and which were just window dressing. In the end, one food processor prevailed: the Cuisinart Custom 14 Food Processor. With a powerful, quiet motor; responsive pulsing action; sharp blades; and a simple, pared-down-to-basics design, our old favorite aced every test, surprising us time and again by outshining pricier, more feature-filled competitors. While we consider a food processor indispensable, standard food processors tend to be big and pricey.