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Make your food processor friendly

How do you whip up a storm and still enjoy the bash? Simple: use a food processor. Rochelle Pinto tells more...

india Updated: Jan 13, 2009 18:05 IST
Rochelle Pinto
Rochelle Pinto
Hindustan Times

If you're planning to cook a three-course meal for your monthly dinner party, you're in for a lot of work. So how do you whip up a storm and still enjoy the bash? Simple: use food processor. A saviour for tired hands everywhere, it is easily the most versatile gadget in the kitchen.

Food processors are easy to operate. The detachable part usually is a motor which is attached to a rotating arm. A cylindrical container is fitted to the motor and the unprocessed food fed into it.

The blades on the rotating shaft are changed depending on the function they need to perform — be it chopping, shredding, grating or slicing. Getting perfectly shaped French fries was never this easy.

The processor also has thicker blades to grind or crush nuts efficiently. And if you’re a chapati lover, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to knead the dough.

Making juices and purees is a lot less cumbersome as the in-built blender squashes juicy vegetables and fruits in minutes.

Easy usage
The popularity of the food processor is compounded by the fact that it has numerous safety features to ensure easy usage. Most models won’t operate if the container isn’t placed properly or if the blades aren’t attached properly.

There is also a pusher to stuff food through the chute on top of the container to avoid nasty mishaps.

The downside is maintenance. Due to the innumerable detachable parts, cleaning is a tedious affair. One should ensure that the processor is completely dry before using it again.
So, once you’ve figured out how to use this kitchen marvel, dishing up a three-course meal is as easy as flipping a switch.

First Published: Jan 13, 2009 17:32 IST