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Food Processors

Asked by shuaib206. Answered on 4th June 2012

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I am thinking of buying a food processor and I was wondering which one Nigella uses? Thank you. Sumayya

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When buying electrical items for the kitchen you should always ask yourself exactly what you will be using it for before making a decision on which to buy. Food processors are generally seen as quite versatile as you can finely chop items like nuts and breadcrumbs as well as making cake batters and recipes such as pesto or hummus. However if you are making only smoothies and soups then a blender (or a hand blender/immersion blender) may be a better option for you as a blender will give a smoother texture than a food processor.

With a food processor there are many different styles available and you should again look at which will suit you best. Storage space should also be considered as most food processors are quite bulky. We would always go for a model that has both an "on" button and a "pulse" button. Nigella has a Kitchen Aid processor. Some food processors have large capacity bowls which are great if you make large cakes but smaller capaity bowls may be more suitable if you use the processor for other things and if you are mostly making smaller mixtures then you may want to look at models which have a smaller bowl that can be inserted into the main bowl. Also if you use the food processor a lot for slicing and grating then you may think about whether you need one with a wider funnel for feeding vegetables into.

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