Food processors are useful kitchen tools. They can make quick work of chopping and mincing ingredients, create smooth dips and sauces (such as hummus or pesto), and mix bread and cookie doughs. Follow the tips and techniques below to help you make the most of your food processor.
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The blade in a food processor is VERY sharp. Ask an adult for help when putting the blade into the food processor or taking it out. Always lock the lid into place before pulsing or processing. (Most food processors won’t turn on unless the lid is properly locked.) And don’t overfill the processor bowl—it will overflow or leak when you turn it on! Most food processors have a liquid fill line marked on the bowl to let you know how much liquid can be added.
There are two basic ways to use a food processor: You can pulse ingredients or process ingredients. What’s the difference?
Whether you are pulsing or processing, food often gets stuck to the sides of the processor bowl. Scraping down the sides of the bowl once in a while helps make sure that all the ingredients get evenly processed.
Some recipes ask you to slowly add liquid ingredients to the processor while it’s running. This helps the liquid ingredients evenly mix with the rest of the ingredients.
Try this easy—and fun!—way to clean your food processor.