Just throw in some veggies and turn it on -- simple, right? Just how much do you know about the pulsing, chopping, blending and pureeing that your food processor can do? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of this versatile kitchen appliance.
A food processor is a kitchen appliance that help you prepare foods in many ways. It can slice, chop, shred, grind and more.
The food processor was introduced to the North American market in 1973, having been adapted from a French industrial blender.
Engineer Carl Sontheimer started a revolution in cooking by inventing the home food processor.
The sizes are customarily known as mini, compact and full, but their basic components are the same: a motor, a bowl with a lid and attachments.
A heavy base ensures that the appliance is stable and doesn't move around while it is operating -- but let's hope thieves won't steal it anyway!
Food processers with a full-size bowl usually have a capacity of 9-13 cups (2-3 liters). Some models can accommodate different size bowls on the same base.
The sabatier blade is comprised of two small curved blades that rotate at the bottom of the bowl. This S-shaped blade is standard in all food processors.
The shredding and slicing discs operate at the top of the bowl. You can select different discs, depending on how fine or coarse you want your food to be.
A julienne disc has a row of short, sharp protruding teeth that cut food into long, thin sticks.
A french fry disc makes larger, fatter pieces than a julienne disc. Not coincidentally, this size is perfect for making fries.
The egg whip attachment has two straight arms and large open paddles; it's used for creating fluffy egg whites and whipped cream.
Using the pulse feature of the food processor turns the motor on and off quickly, grinding the food for brief moments.
Pulsing allows you to pay close attention to the texture of your food, so it can be exactly the way you want it.
Adding a little liquid helps food to move around easier within the bowl, and when the motor is off, you can use a small spatula to scrape food toward the blades.
The shredding disc efficiently grates cheese, carrots, potatoes and countless other ingredients. For juicing oranges and lemons, you'll find the citrus juicer attachment more appropriate, and pureeing is best done using the S-shaped blade.