Considered a basic necessity for every home, a food processor is an electric kitchen appliance that chops, blends, shreds and slices different foods. Food processors make cooking simpler and faster and can be used to prepare a variety of recipes. Pierre Verdan, a catering company salesman, introduced the first basic food processing device, involving a bowl with a revolving blade at the bottom. In the late 1960s, this simple appliance evolved into a motor-driven food processor used by the commercial catering industry. Adapting the design of Robot Coupe’s industrial processor, Carl Sontheimer developed the Cusinart, the first home food processor for the US market. In the UK, the first domestic food processor iwas introduced in 1972 by Magimix.
While a blender performs several culinary tasks, its uses are limited due to having a single fixed blade. In contrast, food processors have a combination of interchangeable blades that are driven by an electric motor. Food processors have several different attachments such as a dough blade, an egg whip, a julienne disc, a French fry disc and a citrus juicer, and can perform different tasks including chopping, slicing, shredding, grating, mixing and kneading.
There are a wide range of brands and models of food processors on the market. These vary in the attachments they offer, but also differ in, for example, power, speed and bowl size. Food processors usually come in one of three bowl sizes: mini, compact or full. You can also opt for processors that have variable speeds or pulse settings. These can be operated with buttons or via a touchpad panel. A heavier base provides greater stability while the processor is turned on and most processors have a safety mechanism that prevents the motor from operating if the bowl is not properly fixed on the base. Before purchasing a new food processor you need to consider your cooking needs and ensure the processor has the most appropriate features.