Understanding How The Food Processor Works

Have you ever wondered how a food processor does what it does?  It’s really quite simple when you think of the overall process and in order to understand that process you need to understand the steps that are involved when you processor your fruits, vegetables, nuts, or whatever it is that you are processing.  This article will describe the steps that are taken to reach the end results that we are all looking for when we use the food processor.

Before we can begin to explain the process that takes place when you use the food processor, we must describe the basic components that are found on the food processor.  The main component that holds it all together is called the base.  This is where the controls are located that power the other components of the processor and where the bowl sits that holds the vegetables, fruits, nuts, or whatever it is you are processing.  The bowl, usually clear plastic, is where the food is placed and where it remains through the entire process.  The size of the bowl depends on the type of processor you are buy.  Bowls can typically hold 4 to 5 cups of food and may hold as little as 1 cup and up to 10 cups or more.  During the process, food can be fed into the working bowl through a feed tube which is located on the cap of the bowl.  Inside the bowl you will find blades that make the whole food processing task possible.  There are in most cases many types of blades that can be used for slicing, shredding, and chopping.

The food processing takes place when the food is fed through the feeding tube into the working bowl while the processor is running.  The blades are turned by the motor which in the case of a manual process is you, and in the case of an electric processor is the motor found within the base.  As the blades rotate, the food contents are shredded, sliced, or chopped and pressed down.  When you feed more food into the processor, the cycle is repeated and more food is shredded, sliced, or chopped.  In the end you have consistently shredded, sliced, or chopped food.

The rate at which the food processing takes place and the volume of processed food that is produced depends on the type of processor that you have.  If you have a manual processor, then you will not be able to process as much food than if you have an electric processor.  Because the electric processor rotates the blades at higher RPMs, it is able to process much more food when compared to a manual processor which runs at much lower RPMs.  

The food processor is a wonderful tool to have in your kitchen and now that you understand a little bit about how the food processor works, you’ll be able to use that knowledge when purchasing your own for your home.  In the end, you’ll enjoy the benefits provided by this simple process that occurs when you run your food processor.