Help Kitchens Get Creative — and Save Time — With the Right Food Processor 

No matter the type of operation or cuisine, selecting the right food processor for a commercial kitchen can save time and labor while enhancing recipes

Whether you’re designing or specifying a kitchen that will be chopping fruits or vegetables or mixing up a purée, the right food processor can help add a personal touch to recipes. It also supports experimenting with fresh ingredient combinations, all while saving time and improving the look and quality of the finished product.

So how do you know which food processor is the best fit? Learn about two popular options.

Continuous feed food processors

A continuous feed food processor (main photo) can consistently slice, dice, grate or shred many ingredients — from nuts and vegetables to cheese. This type of machine is well-suited for jobs that require prepping ingredients in volume. But no matter the size of the kitchen, continuous food processors are great time and labor savers.

Some machines are designed for optimal cutting performance, which helps maintain nutritional value by preventing liquid from being pressed out during processing. This also contributes to a higher quality finished product.

Look for a model with heavy-duty metal construction to meet the demands of continuous feed food processing. Also, be sure to choose a model with an assortment of high-quality cutting tool options, which last longer and offer greater versatility to do more jobs.

Bowl-style food processors

A compact, countertop, bowl-style food processor can chop, mince, mix and emulsify. It’s easy to whip up aromatic butter, make a batch of hummus or mix ingredients for cheesecake — just select the ingredients and decide the flavors, and the preparation time determines the texture.

A machine with multiple processing speeds offers greater versatility, so you are in control of processing the food. In a two-speed machine, the higher speed can emulsify, while the lower speed can incorporate and mix ingredients. A jog or pulse feature allows for personalizing creations.

Some models let you add ingredients through the lid without stopping the action, which saves time. A built-in scraper ensures that all ingredients are consistently mixed — so it’s possible to get the perfect purée or ganache with just the right consistency.

A machine with a two-knife system that utilizes serrated cutting blades and turning blades in tandem helps force the food into the cutting blades. This speeds up the process while maintaining accuracy. A serrated knife also maintains sharpness even when cutting tougher foods like raisins and nuts.

Tasty tips

No matter which of these two types of food processors you choose to specify, both allow for experimenting with ingredient combinations to create different textures and flavors for a personalized flair to any recipe.

When choosing a food processor, first consider what’s going to be made in the kitchen — and how much will be produced — to select the right style. It’s a tool that can save time and money while helping create fresh, high-quality foods.

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