America’s Test Kitchen Food Processor

America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

About Food Processor Perfection America’s Test Kitchen unleashes the potential of what a food processor can do with an eye-opening collection of 75 kitchen-tested recipes to make your cooking easier, faster, and better. Your food processor is a powerful tool but is often relegated to only a handful of tasks. We have always felt the food processor was underutilized and so we’ve set out to create a book that harnesses this appliance’s capabilities as never before, from almost-no-bowl baking to multi-step dishes like stir-fries where all the slicing and chopping happens in the food processor. The result is a book of 75 smart ideas where the food processor is the star of every recipe. It will transform how you use this appliance, streamline everyday cooking and baking, and open doors to projects you would never have considered tackling by hand. About Food Processor Perfection America’s Test Kitchen unleashes the potential of what a food processor can do with an eye-opening collection of 75 kitchen-tested recipes to make your cooking easier, faster, and better. Your food processor is a powerful tool but is often relegated to only a handful of tasks. We have always felt the food processor was underutilized and so we’ve set out to create a book that harnesses this appliance’s capabilities as never before, from almost-no-bowl baking to multi-step dishes like stir-fries where all the slicing and chopping happens in the food processor. The result is a book of 75 smart ideas where the food processor is the star of every recipe. It will transform how you use this appliance, streamline everyday cooking and baking, and open doors to projects you would never have considered tackling by hand.
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America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

About Food Processor Perfection America’s Test Kitchen unleashes the potential of what a food processor can do with an eye-opening collection of 75 kitchen-tested recipes to make your cooking easier, faster, and better. Your food processor is a powerful tool but is often relegated to only a handful of tasks. We have always felt the food processor was underutilized and so we’ve set out to create a book that harnesses this appliance’s capabilities as never before, from almost-no-bowl baking to multi-step dishes like stir-fries where all the slicing and chopping happens in the food processor. The result is a book of 75 smart ideas where the food processor is the star of every recipe. It will transform how you use this appliance, streamline everyday cooking and baking, and open doors to projects you would never have considered tackling by hand.
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America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

America’s Test Kitchen unleashes the potential of what a food processor can do with an eye-opening collection of 75 kitchen-tested recipes to make your cooking easier, faster, and better. Your food processor is a powerful tool but is often relegated to only a handful of tasks. We have always felt the food processor was underutilized and so we’ve set out to create a book that harnesses this appliance’s capabilities as never before, from almost-no-bowl baking to multi-step dishes like stir-fries where all the slicing and chopping happens in the food processor. The result is a book of 75 smart ideas where the food processor is the star of every recipe. It will transform how you use this appliance, streamline everyday cooking and baking, and open doors to projects you would never have considered tackling by hand.
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America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

PrintAmerica’s Test Kitchen Food Processor Perfection Cookbook Home-Ground Beef Chili Recipe Ingredients2.5 pounds boneless beef chuck-eye roast, pulled apart at seams, trimmed, and cut into 1/2 in pieces 6 dried ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded, and torn into 1-in pieces (1.5 c) 3/4 t baking soda 1/4 c tortilla chips, crushed 2 T ground cumin 1 T paprika 1 T garlic powder 1 T ground coriander 2 t dried oregano 1/2 t dried thyme salt and pepper 1 onion, cut into 1-n pieces 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1 (14.5 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes 1 T vegetable oil 1 t minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce 2 c water 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans 2 t sugar 2 T cider vinegarInstructionsArrange beef in single layer in rimmed baking sheet and freeze until very firm and starting to harden around edges but still pliable, about 35 minutes. Meanwhile, place anchos in Dutch oven set over medium-high heat and toast, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes, reducing heat if anchos begin to smoke; set aside. Sprinkle baking soda evenly over meat. Working in 6 batches, pulse beef in food processor until finely ground into 1/16-in pieces, about 20 pulses, stopping to redistribute meat as needed; transfer to bowl. Add anchos, tortilla chips, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, coriander, oregano, thyme, 11/2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper to now-empty processor and process until finely ground, about 2 minutes; set aside. Pulse onion and garlic in again-empty processor until finely chopped, about 8 pulses; set aside. Process tomatoes and their juice in again-empty processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 275 degrees. Heat oil in now-empty pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add beef and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until browned and fond begins to form on pot bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Add ancho mixture and chipotle and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in water, beans and their liquid, sugar, and tomatoes. Bring to boil, scraping bottom of pot to loosen any browned bits. Cover, transfer pot to oven, and cook until meat is tender and chili is slightly thickened, 11/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove chili from oven and let sit, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in any fat that has risen to top of chili, then add vinegar and season with salt to taste. Serve. 3.1
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America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

In a Serious Eats article, J. Kenji López-Alt says that a food processor surpassed a standing mixer at kneading pizza dough. His dough came together in a food processor in a fraction of the time it took in a standing mixer, and rose nearly twice as much—indicating that the food processor made dough with better gluten formation.
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America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

Our testers found the base of the VonShef Food Processor to be too large for a mini-chopper. For the amount of space it takes up, you’re better off buying a full-size food processor. The biggest problem with this processor is the wide gap between the top of the slicing/grating disc and the bottom of the feed tube, which caused onions and cheese to roll around and create irregular slices. This model couldn’t make mayo; the gap between the blade and the bowl was too large to create an effective emulsion.
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America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

The Mini-Prep Plus looks almost identical to a full-size processor, except that it has only the two pulse buttons for chopping and grinding. The chop button moves the blade counterclockwise so that the sharp edge of the blade hits the food; the grind button turns the blade clockwise so that the dull side contacts the food. Its blades are less sharp than those on a full-size processor, which are usually slightly serrated. And, of course, the Mini-Prep Plus is quite a bit smaller and easier to move around than bigger machines. While the 18-pound Cuisinart Custom processor measures 15½ inches tall and has a 7½-by-9¾-inch footprint, the 2¼-pound Mini-Prep Plus reaches only 9½ inches tall and has a 5-by-7½-inch footprint.
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America's Test Kitchen Food Processor

To suss out the features to look for in a great food processor, we turned to two best-selling authors of food processing cookbooks: Jean Anderson, the James Beard Award-winning author of Process This, and Norene Gilletz, author of The New Food Processor Bible. Both women were early adopters, purchasing their first Cuisinarts shortly after the company introduced the appliances in the 1970s. Combined, they’ve logged thousands of hours on many machines.
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The Cuisinart Custom is a great value for the amount of performance it offers, but if you plan to use your food processor several times a week, need a more powerful machine to cook for large groups, or use a scale for most recipes, consider investing in the 16-cup Breville Sous Chef. Its 1,200-watt motor and its smart design save you time in use and cleaning; in fact, despite its many accessories, it was the easiest to clean of all the models we tested. That said, if you use a food processor only occasionally, the Breville’s high cost probably outweighs its benefits. And given that it’s huge—over 18 inches tall and nearly 20 pounds—you’d need a big kitchen if you want to keep it on the counter.
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Update: February 2016 Our winning food processor by Cuisinart has a new model number, DFP-14BCNY, and a newly redesigned S-shaped chopping blade. As we noted earlier, we found that the older blade sometimes cracked under heavy usage. (In the new blade, the metal arms are built into the plastic housing; the older blade was fastened on with metal bolts, where cracking began if the blade was under stress.) We have tried the new blade and still highly recommend this food processor. The manufacturer’s list price has also increased to $199.