What is a food processor?
Need a hand in the kitchen? A food processor is simply that. Quick, practical and makes very little mess.
They'll save you time prepping all those delicious meals.
And help them taste even better!
What are you looking for?
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A handheld appliance with a small blade. Perfect for little kitchens and used for soups, sauces or puréeing baby food.
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More suited to liquids and soft foods. Making smoothies, shakes or puréeing baby food. Available in a variety of sizes depending on your needs.
Features to think about
Top features for your food processor...
Measured in litres, bowl capacity is how much food can be blended, whisked or chopped at once. Pick 1-2 litres for single use or 4-5 litres for larger families.
You can get a little more with attachments, such as jugs for smoothies or additional blades for baking. Compare models to find a food processor that covers all your needs.
Most models come with interchangeable blades, allowing you to shred, slice and grind different ingredients. They're usually detachable too, making cleaning easy.
SPEED / POWER
Slow speeds and low wattage help you slice, dice and chop softer vegetables. Higher wattage means a more powerful motor, which can process tougher ingredients such as nuts.
...or feeding tube. This allows you to safely add ingredients while it's being used. Some detachable caps can also be used as a small measuring cup.
All food processor controls include on, off and pulse (short bursts of optimum speed). But for recipes such as bread, you may need a food processor with more specific settings.
What can you do with a food processor?
...lots of things! But here are a few starter points:
- Slice, cut or chop fruits and vegetables into even slices
- Purée tomatoes and beans for dips, salsas or sauces
- Grate cheese
- Grind herbs and spices
- Whip dairy products for creams, mousses or spreads
- Dice or purée ingredients for soups
- Chop or grind nuts
- Turn bread into homemade bread crumbs
- Mince meat for multiple recipes.
Food processor recipe
Looking for inspiration? Try this homemade soup to get your tummies rumbling.
Winter Warmer Vegetable Soup
What you need:
- Vegetable Oil 2 tbsp
- 1 Onion
- ½ Fennel Bulb
- 2 Celery Sticks
- 1 Leek
- 2 Carrots
- ½ Swede
- 300g Potatoes
- Sage 2 tbsp
- Thyme 1 tbsp
- Rosemary 1 tbsp
- 750ml Vegetable Stock
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 50ml Double Cream
- Seasoning to taste
- With your food processor, slice the onions, fennel, celery, leek and carrot and remove from the bowl.
- Next, slice the potato and swede.
- Heat the oil in a saucepan. Then add the onion, fennel, celery, leek, carrot and seasoning to the saucepan and cook until soft.
- Add the swede, potatoes, herbs and stock to the saucepan.
- Bring the soup to a simmer and gently cook until the vegetables have softened.
- Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Remove the bay leaves.
- Use your food processor to purée.
- Reheat and serve with a swirl of double cream.