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What Is a Multi Food Processor?

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  • Written By: Wanda Marie Thibodeaux
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  • Last Modified Date: 20 July 2017
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A multi food processor, also known as a multi-purpose or multi-function food processor, is a kitchen tool designed to perform multiple cutting functions or to work with many different types of foods. Good models can prepare anything from pastry dough to salsa or hamburger meat. Coming in a range of sizes, they are made so the user easily can adjust how the processor cuts, slices, grates or otherwise processes the food. Durability is key because the device has to accommodate various textures, densities and volumes of food during operation. Both manual and electric models are available to consumers.

The primary benefit of a multi food processor is that a chef can prepare more foods in different ways without the need for a variety of devices, saving both counter space in the kitchen and money. Similar to any other food processor, a multi processor reduces the time it takes to slice, chop, mince or crush and mix ingredients. It also reduces physical effort, particularly if the multi food processor is electric.

To handle a variety of foods or cuts, a multi food processor needs multiple blades or settings. With manual versions, this can mean having many different lids or crank mechanisms. This works, but each part takes up additional storage space. Electric models don't have additional lids or cranks. Instead, the individual adjusts the speed, positioning and function of a blade set with just the touch of a button. Despite this benefit, some people still prefer a manual multi food processor because the device doesn't need an electrical outlet and thus is somewhat more portable.

People have different culinary needs in terms of how many people they need to feed, so these processors come in different sizes. The smallest process only about 1 U.S. cup (240 milliliters) of food and are designed for personal use. The largest are big enough to process up to 20 cups (4.5 kilograms) and are suitable for items such as whole heads of cabbage.

Any multi food processor, whether manual or electric, has to withstand the physical stress of working through food. They also have to be easy to wash. Subsequently, manufacturers lean toward heavy duty plastics and durable, corrosion-resistant metals such as stainless steel in their designs. They may opt to provide a warranty that covers replacement parts or repair, with this being more common the more features the processor has or the more expensive it is.

Even though manufacturers intend a person to use a multi food processor for different styles of cutting or multiple foods, the devices are not suitable for all items. For instance, a grinder is a better option for items such as coffee because such fine processing of the bean is required. Depending on the quality of the blades and strength of the motor if present, some processors cannot work with extremely hard items such as ice or raw potatoes.

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