Food Processors – What is on the market and what purpose do they serve
It is important to understand the benefits of owning a food processor. This is especially important because there is such a wide selection on the market. A wide selection is great, but it can prove to be confusing when shopping for the perfect one. In order to obtain a better understanding, here is an overview of the features to consider before purchasing a food processor. This guide will provide you with all the helpful tips that will help you to become an everyday head chef!
How do you choose from all the models?
There are two main types of mixers: There are stand mixers with a bowl, often used for baking and left on your kitchen’s worktop; and multi-function food processors which come with a large range of accessories. As the latter option is more bulky and used for homemade dishes or special occasions, we often leave it in the cupboard.
1. The stand mixer with bowl
This mixer has been popularized in a short amount of time largely due to the popularisation of cooking shows in recent years. The mixer is made up of a vertical beater, which goes down into a bowl. Its main advantage is that it allows you to have your hands free to prepare other things. This device is recommended for small weekly preparations and is perfect for preparing cakes and pastries. It normally comes equipped with three accessories:
– The traditional wire whisk: This is used to beat egg whites, whip cream and make mayonnaise.
– The dough hook: The dough hook can knead pasta dough, pizza dough and choux pastry (without getting tired like we do!).
– The flat beater: The flat beater is ideal for preparing sponge cakes, cookies, muffins and crumbles. You can additionally use it to prepare icing.
Some tips about the bowl
Bowl capacity: Desired bowl capacity depends on the number of people you are cooking for and the amount of cakes and pastries you want to make. Generally the recommended size is between 3 and 7 liters, so 5L is a nice medium!
Bowl material: When choosing a bowl it’s important to remember where you will be using it. Be sure to choose a bowl that will fit into and is suitable for a refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.
The stand mixer is very convenient for small daily preparations and was specifically designed to be used frequently. Because of this, much attention has been focused on the design. These food processors were designed to be pleasing to the eye and harmonious with decor. The edges of the appliance have been softened to give it a more “curvy” look and are available in a variety of different colours. All of these features give it a versatile and contemporary look. It’s a part of a generation of devices that we hope are just as useful as they are pleasing to the eye.
The Top Products and Price Range:
The budget for a stand mixer varies between £85 and £900. Popular appliance brands all have their own ranges, but it is KitchenAid that has the most choice. The KitchenAid 7L is available for £800, however if this is too expensive, try the Bosch 550 W Kitchen Machine 4 Speed Food Mixer (around £200). The Morphy Richards Folding Stand Mixer is one of the least expensive options, available for £100.
2. The Multifunction Food Processor
This device has existed for decades, adding new features over the years and with the release of new models. Always being very robust and manageable, the biggest challengehas been to combine as many accessories into 1 device – and to get rid of all of those small utensils in your kitchen drawers! Today we can perform a wide variety of tasks, with high-tech versions being able to cook the dish itself.
They come equipped with a motor that powers various accessories, with the most common being: choppers, slicer, graters, blenders and juicers. It’s the Swiss army knife of the kitchen! A bowl with a funnel on the lid allows you to add more ingredients or easily pour mixtures.
The main difference between a stand mixer and multifunction food processors is that the latter offers many more possibilities: grate cheese, slice vegetables, mince meat, blend soup etc. Stand mixers on the other hand are more for mixing, as well as being your assistant cook!
When it comes to power, it is preferable to use an induction motor with a normal engine. On the one hand they are more robust, but they also adapt their speed to the attachment and according to the function you require. Multifunction robot’s power ranges from 300W for small models to over 1000W for more elaborate models.
What models are available at what price?
The price for a multifunction food processor ranges from a small Kenwood FP120 for only £40, to high-tech devices such as the KitchenAid Artisan Blender (£150) and the Robot Coupe Food Processor range, starting from £1000.
Note that if you want to get a well-priced food processor now, you can always buy extra accessories, such as a pasta press, later on (ranging from £40 to £200).
How should I choose?
It is important to be realistic about what you will be using your food processor for. You may be tempted to choose something that has a lot of accessories, but it is in your best interest to choose a device that will help you with things that are part of your regular cooking routine.
If you prefer cakes, pies and desserts, opt for the stand mixer. In terms of power, go for a model where the motor is set at the same level as the arm, rather than at the base. The closer the motor is to the accessories, the better it works.
If you love to cook all kinds of dishes and prepare meals yourself, choose a multifunction food processor. This can be used for mashed potatoes, minced meat, juices and sauces while also being able to make pastries. You will be able work wonders with one of these all-in-one machines!