Brought to you by Tomer Cohen of Chashmal 1/2 Chinam
Food processors are fairly ubiquitous these days. Although not an appliance that everyone has, their ease of use and ability to shorten prep time immensely makes them hugely popular, and to many cooks, indispensable. A food processor allows you to experience an entirely different gastronomic experience, with chopping, pureeing and other functions that you simply can’t do by hand available with the touch of a button.
While almost all food processors perform the same functions, there are vast differences between models. The two main differences are motor size and capacity. Motor size dictates how powerful your machine is. The more powerful, the stronger it will perform and the better the results. Lower wattage might work for pureeing soup, but it would be difficult to grind meat, for example. The higher the wattage the more likely the machine will last you a long time with no problems. Capacity is important so that you can fit everything you need all at once. Especially for households that keep Shabbat, have large families and often have guests, large capacity is an important feature; even with the larger models, you have to split your potatoes for your kugel into several batches.
Beyond these, the differences are either in form or function. In form, every food processor has a different shape–some have straight sides while others are sloped. Some have the buttons under the bowl, while others have them on the side. This is mostly a personal concern, although straight sides may make for more even processing. Also, check the bowl to see if it will leak liquid. Some bowls have a hole in the middle and liquid can leak out of them fairly easily, something that won’t be fun for you to clean up.
In terms of function, food processors come with different blades that achieve different results. The standard blade is the s-blade, which is two curved blades in the shape of the letter “s” that grind and chop. Every mini-version has this. Other standard blades are large slicing and shredding. Beyond that, you might have to invest in a more expensive version if you want more options. Some stores sell models that are ordered with the famous “kugel blade” to achieve perfect potato kugel consistency. With a large brand you can order various other size shredding, grinding and slicing blades, which of course come at a price.
One last thing to keep in mind is the company itself. A large, well-known company is often able to send you replacement parts if, for example, your bowls breaks. A no-name, cheaper brand won’t be able to do that.
With food processors, if definitely makes sense to buy the best you can afford. As a small appliance, even the expensive ones are not prohibitive and can last a long time.
Chashmal 1/2 Chinam is a home appliance store located on 9 Yitzchak Rabin Street, Beit Shemesh