What do homemadepesto, creamy hummusand fresh-ground spices have in common? Besides making us salivate for a tasty Mediterranean feast, these palate pleasers are easily made using the onetool your kitchen is probably missing.
Food processors are often viewed as the underrated step-child of the blender, but they are so much more than a pint-sized smoothie maker. (Though, sure, they can be used for that,too).
So,when should you use a blender versus a food processor? Blenders are better for puréeing liquids and frozen foods like soups, frozen berries and ice. Food processors, on the other hand, make quick work out of chopping rough foods like nuts and spices, and are better when dealing with smaller quantities of food like garlic and herbs for sauces, dressings, dips, and homemade flours.
Plus,the blades of a food processor are easy to removefrom the base of the bowl, which means you’re less likely to lose a few scoops of your mixture to the bottom of the blades. If you’ve ever made homemade pesto, you know that every drop counts.
Still on the fence about whether or not you should get a food processor? We’ve culled throughAmazon’s selection of food processorsto find the highest-rated ones so you can read for yourself why these tiny tools are causing such a stir in the kitchen.
Here are 7 of the highest-rated food processors on Amazon.
Shark Ninja Master Prep Professional Chopper, Blender and Food Processor
Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor, ChefPrep with 525 Watts
Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor
Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor, with Bowl Scraper
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor
Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor
Oster Pro 1200 Blender 3-in-1 with Food Processor
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