Cooking show chefs are masters of illusion. We feel like we are watching someone quickly and easily prepare a meal, yet the preparation between each step is edited out for a seamless experience without any of the tedium of slicing and chopping. The closest us home chefs can get to TV magic is a good food processor, which grinds, chops, peels, grates, and purees ingredients in a jiffy. Here are some high-quality options on the market now.
For smaller kitchens and households. Amazon
Chop, grind, and blend your way to homemade salad dressings, hummus, baby food, and more with this small food processor. It’s perfect if you occasionally add more complex recipes to your weekly meals, but don’t want to spend a lot or take up too much counter space. The work bowl holds up to three cups and is BPA-free, with dishwasher-safe parts for easy cleaning. Note: you will have to cut your food into ½-inch chunks before processing.
You’ll be grateful you have this. Amazon
A two-in-one feeding tube (with a opening to drizzle oil into your concoction as desired) and 5-cup capacity make this processor an excellent choice for daily use across many functions. Shred carrots and cheese for salads and sauces in no time, and minimize pre-chopping your veggies by feeding large pieces through the tube. While the brilliant red color makes no difference to the function of this appliance, it will look great in your kitchen. Clean it after each use by quickly blending water and detergent in the work bowl, or disassemble and throw the bowl and blade in the dishwasher.
You’re too much of a chef to just use a chef’s knife. Amazon
If you cook a lot and love searching food blogs for fresh ideas, this quality processor is a good buy. It holds 9 cups of liquid, 12 cups for solids, and comes with seven different blades. In addition to chopping, grating, and slicing, you can whip cream and knead dough at variable speeds. Despite its powerful 600-watt motor, this is a quiet machine. There’s even a citrus press attachment so you can serve up fresh squeezed orange juice with your superb quiche.
Professionally a-peeling. Amazon
The standout feature of this high-end food processor is its power to peel potatoes and beets. It’s powered by a 1200-watt induction motor, and includes both a 16-cup work bowl and a smaller 2.5 cup mini-bowl perfect for chopping nuts. Three feed chutes accommodate a wide variety of food items, and the dicing attachment slices your vegetable first before dicing them to produce uniform cubes. The s-blade system and a slicing disc with 24 settings (slices as thin as .3 mm!) will help you build culinary skills at home that rival any neighborhood restaurant.