Any New Year brings with it millions of resolutions for a healthier lifestyle. This year, why not try making a physical commitment to your dreams of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with a brand new food processor?
For budding gourmet chefs and cooking amateurs alike, a fantastic food processor can make getting dinner on the table a much quicker and easier proposition. Furthermore, eliminating the tedious steps of chopping, slicing and dicing veggies to prepare them will encourage you to add more to your recipes. Here are some shiny new food processors to get you in the right mindset for heading into a healthier new year.
Cuisinart BFP-10CH PowerBlend Duet Blender/ Food Processor
When it comes to blending and food processing versatility, Cuisinart’s powerful two-in one PowerBlend Duet is a tough combination to beat. Eliminating culinary clutter by combining two similar products into one very capable unit, the PowerBlend Duet offers 500 powerful watts of chopping and blending performance to handle just about any kitchen fare, from crushed ice to fruit smoothies in moments.
This sleek item is constructed of stainless steel, plastic and glass and fits into a very compact space, measuring only 8 inches wide, 15 inches tall and 6 inches deep. The extra large glass jar can hold up to 56 ounces and the food processor glass top is made of one solid piece for easy pouring. This item features 7 pre-programmed speeds, is dishwasher safe and comes with a feed tube and pusher, slicing/shredding disc, and chopping blade.
Hamilton Beach 14- Cup 70590 Big Mouth Food Processor
Home cooks who are often pressed for time will appreciate the prep-time reducing features of the 14-Cup Big Mouth Food Processor from Hamilton Beach. With its extra large adjustable feed tube, the Big Mouth eliminates any pre chopping and can handle just about anything you can throw at it, boasting a powerful 450 watt motor.
This super-helpful appliance features 4 pre-set speeds and a pulse function and can mix, chop, slice, puree or knead just about anything. Its easy-lock bowl is dishwasher safe for simple clean up and holds up to 14 cups of food, so you can prepare a week’s worth of food at one go or prepare enough for a banquet. This item features stainless steel store-in-bowl blades and measures 14 inches wide, 10 inches deep and 18 inches high.
Better Chef Multi-PRO Food Processor/ Blender/ Mixer
Home chefs who are a bit cramped in terms of space will flip over Better Chef’s ultra-compact Multi-PRO unit, which combines the capabilities and features of a food processor, blender and mixer into one tiny package. Measuring only 6 inches around and 13 inches tall, the Multi-PRO takes up only about the space of a bottle of wine, but offers a high-torque 300-watt motor that can chop ice for fantastic homemade drinks in ten seconds flat.
In addition to delicious smoothies and other drinks, this unit can chop nuts, grate cheese, and chop up salsas in mere moments. The Multi-PRO comes complete with a recipe booklet, several cups and jars, two re-sealable airtight lids and two stainless steel blade assemblies: one for grating and chopping, one for blending and mixing.
Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Masticating Juicer
For the truly serious home chef, not many appliances can boast the versatility and power of the J8005 Nutrition Center Masticating Juicer by Omega. This endlessly handy unit can act as a juicer, food processor, pasta extruder, homogenizer and grinder and handles each job impeccably. Its impressive range of functions is owing partly to its incredibly powerful 1/3 horsepower single-phase induction motor.
The J8005 takes advantage of all that power by offering the uniquely low speed of 85 revolutions per minute, eliminating the foaming, clogging and heat buildup that can plague other food processors.
The J8005 is an extremely high-yield juicer when used for that, using a dual-phase system the extracts the very most vitamins, minerals and enzymes from fruits and vegetables. It also has an automatic pulp-ejection function for continuous use.
This machine can handle jobs you wouldn’t normally expect to accomplish at home like making your own peanut butter and baby foods, grinding coffee beans, milling grain into flour and even extruding homemade pasta including spaghetti and linguini with included pasta nozzles. A serious appliances for serious chefs, the J8005 by Omega is truly top-of-the-line.
When it comes to food preparation and involved recipes, there’s no question that a fantastic food processor can make life in the kitchen a whole lot simpler and faster. Take some of these incredible choppers, dicers and blenders as your cue to spicing up your diet and your body with more fresh, delicious vegetables this year. Your kitchen’s newest gadget is only a mouse click away.
Matt Hawking is a freelance writer who writes about food processors.