Food Processor Safety Tips
The food processor is one of the greatest kitchen inventions ever because it is useful in so many different ways. A food processor is heavier duty than a blender and can be used to make sauces like pesto or salsa and even heavy dips like hummus. It can also grind nuts for many recipes, including to make homemade almond milk (do not try to do that in your blender!) A food processor makes dough and pie-crust blending a snap, and you can even shred meat with this handy machine. As exciting as all this sounds, it’s just the basics of what a processor can do. Safety, however, is paramount when using a food processor, especially as it has several more parts than a blender. Here is what you need to know to be safe with this fantastic machine.
Parts of the Machine
A food processor has a base in which the motor sits, a large bowl (sometimes called a cup) with a lid and a locking mechanism to secure it to the base when in use, a pusher to place items into the bowl, blades, interchangeable cutting discs and numerous possible attachments including juicers, extra blades and discs for certain types of cuts, grain mills for grinding meat and more.
The Basics of Safety
- Unplug the machine before changing blades or discs.
- Always use the machine on a stable and flat surface.
- Adult supervision is necessary at all times when the machine is plugged in.
- While the parts of the machine are dishwasher safe, remember the base is electric and should only be wiped down with a damp cloth. Also be careful when adding liquid to the bowl to ensure you do not spill on the cord or close to the outlet.
- Maintain your machine and take note if it is in disrepair or needs to be replaced.
Precautions to Take
Besides the basics above there are several other things you should know and precautions you should take for safe use. It all starts with selecting your machine. A heavier and wider base is preferable to ensure the machine is stable when in use. The quality of blades also makes a difference and you should look for stainless steel. While stainless steel blades will be sharper, they will also hold up longer and will not warp or risk damage in the dishwasher.
- Use the pusher to add ingredients to the bowl rather than your hands.
- Handle the blades and discs by their dull edge.
- Pay attention when changing blades and cutting discs and exercise caution with them as they are very sharp. You do not want to drop them or be careless.
- Ensure the blades and discs are secure before placing any food in the bowl.
- Always ensure the bowl is secure – properly locked onto the base and lid closed – before turning the machine on.
- Ensure the machine is completely stopped before putting any utensil or your hand inside the bowl. Remember the machine runs at a high speed so the sharpness of the blades is magnified.
- Never put your hand inside the bowl while there is food in it as you may not be able to see how close you are to the blades
- Remove the bowl first before attempting to remove blades or discs.
Many of these things seem like common sense, but distractions or a momentary lapse in judgment can be devastating. Accidents are preventable with care and preparation. As mentioned previously, always opt for a branded and reputable manufacturer when choosing a food processor. A good place to start is reading our food processor reviews.
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