| Small appliances
can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food
processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh
smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless.
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reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact
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Food processors are typically the most expensive small appliance for your kitchen. If you are a serious cook or planning to be one, a food processor is a must. They are capable of slicing, grating, chopping, pureeing and even kneading. They can vary from a very small (mini) food processors to machines with a 16 cups capacity that can handle all the food preparation for a large dinner party. There are few factors to consider when choosing a food processor:
Power: Power is measured in watts and ranges from 500 to 1200 watts. The more powerful the machine is the more expensive it becomes. But usually more power will give you better results.
Attachments: Food processors are supplied with a set of attachments for shredding, slicing, whisking, blending, citrus juicing, mixing dough or grinding. Usually price dictates what (and how many) attachments will come with the unit. Many models come with a storage case which you can store all the attachments. Also, they might include a spatula and the recipe book. Make sure you will use all the attachments because if you dont, they will just add clutter in your drawer.
Bowl Sizes: Bowl sizes range from 4 to 16 cups. They can be made from a plastic material, which tends to be cheaper or they can be made from stainless steel, which lasts much longer, but its also little pricier. Some food processors come with more then one bowl size. This can be a very nice feature especially if you are making something smaller and you dont want to clean the big bowl.
Safety Lock: Most food processors have this function. This function ensures that the processing cannot start unless the lid is locked on properly which prevents any kind of accidents.
Choose a model thats large enough for your needs and a design where the various bowls and attachments fit together easily. This will encourage you to get the most from your food processor.