Tips on food processors
By  priyaa  Date Posted: Jun. 26, 2012  Hits: 869   Rating:  (3.0) votes 106  Word Count: 335
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Food processors are a boon for avid cooks and bakers, as they significantly cut down preparation time in many recipes. The appliances have containers ranging from 2- to 14-cup capacities and, depending on size and model, a range of blades for slicing, shredding, chopping and mixing. Some styles have several sizes of feeder tubes to control and direct food insertion, as well as lids to protect foods stored in the containers. There are various tips that will help you use a food processor to your best advantage.

Food temperature

All the metal blades and discs of food processors are razor-sharp and work best on firm or hard food. To avoid pulverizing soft foods and gumming up the cutting attachments, partially freeze foods before processing. Use the fine or medium shredding or slicing discs on semi-frozen soft cheese. To uniformly chop dried fruits, meat, poultry or chocolate, partially freeze them, attach the flat metal S-shaped blade in the bottom of the work bowl and process the food with on-and-off pulses until you attain the desired consistency.

Power considerations

Never underestimate the force of a food processor. It is much more powerful than a blender or stand mixer. If you simply turn on the processor with the metal blade attachment installed, chances are the food in the container will over-process and form an unusable gummy ball, so always start processing with on-and-off pulses. While a food processor is a helpful tool to mix yeast doughs and pie crusts, do not use it to make quick breads or pancakes, as they will over-mix and produce tough, leathery results



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