Food processor selection
Choosing a food processor is a serious matter. So much so that many refuse to buy this kitchen assistant, believing that it is easier to do everything with your hands than to deal with such a complex technique. For clarification, we turned to the administrator of the household appliance department of the Atrium store of the Party and Domino chain of stores.
A specialist in household appliances, Alexei Stanovov, answers questions.
Choosing a food processor is a serious matter. For clarification, we turned to the administrator of the household appliance department of the Atrium store of the Party and Domino chain of stores.
Question: Why, in your opinion, some housewives do not want to use the combine?Answer: “There are so many nozzles - where is all this to be stored?”, “Too difficult to use” - these are the main reasons that stop a person from buying. In modern units, all these problems have already been solved: there are models with a special box for nozzles installed under the housing or directly in it. Other manufacturers assemble all the small nozzles inside the bowl so that it is convenient to assemble and store them. The nozzles in the latest generation food processors are easy to install: they simply cannot be put in the wrong way - the food processor simply will not turn on. In addition, the parts of the combine are designed so that you just intuitively do the right thing. The same can be said about control - you either press the buttons or turn the knobs, not to mention the “smart” control panels. In my opinion, the main thing here is to choose the model that would be useful for you, and then the food processor will give you many pleasant minutes of time saved, a sense of confidence from handling modern technology and will please the eye with a pleasant design.
Question: What technical and other characteristics should I look for when buying a combine?Answer: First of all, determine the necessary set of nozzles. If you need, for example, to chop and grind a lot, then you can choose a model without some attachments, but it will be much more compact. Another important factor is power. Modern models have a power consumption of 400 to 1000 watts. High power is good, but only relevant when using certain operations, such as chopping meat or kneading thick dough. Therefore, if you buy a small unit for shredding salads or whipping cocktails - 400 watts is enough for this. Everything is provided here - manufacturers declare power according to the number and type of nozzles. You are unlikely to find a combine with a meat grinder with a capacity of 300 watts. Next, you need to pay attention to the volume of the bowl. Using this parameter, you can actually determine the purpose of the machine: small, with a volume of 1.5 liters for one or two people, standard (2−2.5 liters) for an average family, where sometimes it is necessary to cook a sufficiently large volume of products, and, finally, semi-professional harvesters with bowls of 3.5 liters or more. Please note that large combines are not able to process small volumes of products. A mill is specially attached to some of these models.
Question: Which bowl is better - glass, plastic or metal? Answer: The bowls of the vast majority of combines are made of plastic. They are absolutely harmless, light and at the same time durable - they can be filled with hot liquids, can be refrigerated, almost all plastic parts of food processors can be washed in a dishwasher. Metal is mainly used in semi-professional technology due to its increased resistance to stress. A metal bowl in a household appliance is only a plus. Glass in modern devices is rarely used due to fragility and noise during operation. On the other hand, a combine blender is just desirable for a glass blender, especially if ice needs to be crushed.
Question: What designs and materials are preferred for nozzles?Answer: For cutting, grater and shredding, nozzles in the form of an all-metal round disc are convenient. Such nozzles are better balanced and usually bilateral: on each side there are holes of different diameters. By simply turning the blade over, you can achieve various cutting results. If you are going to process a lot of dough, then the main principle here is a lot of metal. A metal hook for thick batter is preferable to a plastic dough mixer, which, however, can be used for liquid pancake batter. The same applies to the mixer nozzle. I would also like to say about a meat grinder. Some people call a meat grinder a chopper knife, with the help of which a mass is obtained, the consistency similar, rather, to a paste. If you need real minced meat - look for models with the usual, so-called auger meat grinder.
Question: What qualities provide a modern combine with a high level of safety?Answer: A modern kitchen machine is a completely safe appliance regardless of price. There is a lock on when improperly installed nozzles or their absence, automatic shutdown when overheating and a smooth increase in speed when turned on. A modern harvester is safer than a toothbrush.
- Pay attention to the useful nuances of a particular model. Each company is trying to add some kind of innovation to its new model. For example, a nozzle with adjustable slicing thickness, winding the cord inside the appliance (like a vacuum cleaner), variable bowl volume (using a special spacer), nozzle recognition function and setting the optimal power, various nozzle storage systems and much more.
- Please note that for many models, additional nozzles are sold in stores or technical centers.
PHILIPSThe new Philips Essence Smart Chief has as many as 37 functions, and this is the most complete set for the demanding housewife. You can easily whip the cream, knead the dough, chop the meat, cut into small or large pieces, froth, grate, squeeze and filter the juice, mash. The “Intelligent control” function guarantees high accuracy: the smart machine “knows” what speed is needed depending on the hardness of the products and the mode. For example, the chopping mode starts with four pulses, so that the herbs or onions will not be chopped too finely. The MultiStore system allows you to store nozzles inside the bowl.
UNITUsing the new UNIT UFP-3335 food processor, you can prepare any sauce, cream or cocktail, grind a large number of ingredients, prepare a salad or baby food, beat the mousse and knead the dough. Its power will allow you to cope with this work most easily and quickly. The creators of this modern universal machine made sure that the storage of nozzles became as convenient as possible: a special drawer directly in the combine harvester will save space in the kitchen.
MOULINEXOn the ODACIO 3 DUO SUPER MAXIPRESS case from Moulinex there is an electronic menu in Russian. All combine operation modes are programmed - from setting the nozzles to the required speed, each operation is calculated in seconds, after the required time the process automatically ends. And that is not all! The memory of the harvester contains recipes for dishes that can be prepared with its help - from snacks to desserts and pastries. Of the advantages of this model is the ability to remove handles from the bowl and blender, it is more convenient to wash and store parts of the combine. The machine performs 30 functions.
BraunThe versatile and powerful Braun Multisystem K 3000 turns home cooking into a mini-restaurant. Three systems in one device allow you to do a lot: knead the dough of various densities - for homemade pies and pizzas, grate or cut vegetables into beautiful slices, then mix them, prepare hot soup puree, chop nuts, herbs, onions, make homemade mayonnaise, mix a cocktail. Bowls of the most various volumes from various materials give the chance of processing any products in any quantity. The kit includes a special container for storing the combine.
BinatoneThe Binatone FP-650 is versatile and compact. This is a combine for those who value their own time, love light salads, cocktails, mashed air and are not averse to making a “quick” pie for Sunday tea. The device does not take up much space on the kitchen table, and you can use it every day. The optimal set of nozzles allows you to perform basic functions: cutting, shredding, grinding, mixing, whipping. The harvester is equipped with a plastic pusher with a measuring cup.
ZepterWeighing 818 grams, Zepter MixSy performs almost all the basic functions of a food processor: it grinds vegetables for soups and baby food, mixes dough, sauce or mayonnaise, whips cream, cream and a milkshake, prepares mashed potatoes, grinds nuts, spices, coffee beans , chocolate, cheese and breadcrumbs for breading, crush ice cubes. MixSy is comfortable to hold in your hand. All nozzles and the rod are made of non-oxidizable metal, which makes cooking safe.
From the history
The first food processor appeared in 1940. Naturally, this “antique” unit was very bulky and noisy, but it could grate vegetables, squeeze citrus juice, the kit also included a device for slicing noodles, a blender for chopping food and making mashed potatoes, and a nozzle for kneading dough.