If you need a helping hand in the kitchen, want to expand your portfolio of recipes further or cook for a crowd with ease, it might be time to invest in a food processor.
These multi-tasking kitchen gadgets quite simply take all the work out of food preparation; whether you’re a seasoned pro or an amateur cook, food processors let you mix, blend, slice, chop, mince and emulsify with the press of a few buttons.
As you prepare to buy a food processor for the first time, it’s important to consider what key tasks you’ll be needing the most help with. Be it whisking or kneading, you need to pick one with the appropriate attachments. For example, if you’re keen to whip up smoothies and soups, a jug attachment would be useful.
The number of portions or the number of people you’ll be preparing food for is also a factor, so make sure to select the size of both the bowl and the feeding tube that makes sense for you.
A food processor can carry out most prepping tasks, but if you only need an appliance for a bit of light chopping or puréeing, you might consider a smaller, simpler and cheaper ‘mini chopper’ or handheld processor. They tend to be cheaper and portable, but less versatile.