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Top Of The Best Open Vegetable Bowls Reviewed In 2018Last Updated February 1, 2018
№1 – Lenox Federal Platinum Bone China Open Vegetable Bowl
№2 – Lenox Opal Innocence Platinum-Banded Bone China Open Vegetable Bowl
№3 – Lenox Holiday Open Vegetable Bowl
Food processors are generally quite large in size but smaller than a stand mixer, and are available in different size capacities. They’re easy to use: simply feed food through the opening at the top of the machine and choose your speed setting.
Ideal for: chopping and slicing vegetables, particularly into small pieces for soups and sauces. A stand mixer may be more suitable if you’re looking to buy an appliance for mainly baking tasks.
Basic, cheaper hand blenders will only include the chopping blade while more advanced models may come with attachments for tasks such as whisking, chopping and mashing.
Ideal for: blending soup, sauces, smoothies and baby food. Whisk attachment can be used for whipping cream and beating egg while chopper blades are useful for shredding herbs, garlic, vegetables and nuts. Smaller than food processors and greater control when blending.
A hand mixer is a compact handheld appliance for mixing, whipping or whisking. It features twin beaters, and sometimes a dough hook and balloon whisk, which rotate to blend, stir, knead and whip ingredients.
They’re usually quite lightweight, easy to store away and relatively inexpensive compared to stand mixers.
Ideal for: gentle baking jobs like whipping cream, whisking egg whites and blending cake ingredients.
Jug blender and smoothie maker
Some blenders have a larger capacity, around 1.5-litres, making them an ideal choice for families. Personal blenders feature a smaller blending jug for one or two portions, which can also be used as a drinking cup when you’re on-the-go. These blenders may also have the ability to blend seeds, nuts and stalks as well as crushing ice.
Prices differ depending on power, speed and material and typically range from £20-£300. Plastic jugs are lighter for lifting and storing away, whilst glass jugs are heavier, more solid and less likely to get scratched. Blenders and smoothie makers take up less room than food processors and are generally easy to store away, if you don’t want to keep it on show.
If your current machine’s motor base is so lightweight that the appliance stutters across the counter when in use, you should consider upgrading to model with a heavier build.
A food processor is the best tool for quickly performing a variety of chopping, slicing, and shredding tasks—such as chopping nuts, slicing vegetables, and shredding cheese—that would be more tedious and time consuming by hand. Food processors are also handy for blending wet ingredients (like tomatoes for pasta sauce) or for preparing homemade mayonnaise and vinaigrettes. However, if you want to puree velvety soups or to crush ice for smoothies, you’ll need a blender. (For details on the differences between blenders, processors, and mixers, we’ve covered the subject in some depth.)
For processing small batches of ingredients, you might want to consider getting a mini food processor—even if you have a full-size version. A mini model will process smaller quantities more efficiently, and its diminutive size means it’s easier to move around a counter, store, and clean.
If you have an older machine that still works well, stick with it. But if your current machine’s motor base is so lightweight that the appliance stutters across the counter when in use, you should consider upgrading to model with a heavier build. And if your processor is 1cups or smaller but you cook for more than two people, you might want to switch to a model with a larger bowl for blending wet ingredients or making bigger batches of shredded veggies or grated cheese.
How we picked and tested
After testing food processors over the past four years, we still think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup (pictured fourth from the left) is the best for most people.
At its most basic, a food processor consists of a work bowl that sits on a motorized drive shaft. The bowl’s lid has a feed tube for inserting food to be chopped, diced, sliced, ground, or even kneaded (in the case of dough). Most food processors come with S-shaped blades and various disks for grating and slicing, but a host of other attachments—such as julienne disks and citrus juicers—are also available.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
We read a few reviews that dislike how the Cuisinart Custom’s lid locks with the feed tube in the back rather in the front (standard for most models). However, we think it’s actually easier to see the ingredients in the bowl when the feed tube is positioned in the back of the lid.
The Cuisinart Custom’s shredding disk isn’t adjustable like Breville Sous Chef’s, which has multiple settings similar to a mandoline. That said, you can still buy additional slicing disks through Cuisinart. The included slicing disk makes approximately five-millimeter slices, which is fine for most tasks, but you’d probably want the mm slicing disk for making homemade potato chips.
The only task the Cuisinart Custom didn’t excel at was chopping nuts. Most were evenly chopped, but there were a handful of nuts that remained in large pieces. But since the Cuisinart Custom mastered every other task, we don’t think this is a dealbreaker.
Long-term test notes
After four years of long-term testing, we’ve consistently liked using the Cuisinart Custom. We’ve made slaws, grated cheese, blended dips, and kneaded pizza dough in it, and it has worked well. The 14-cup bowl doesn’t leak, and the controls are exactly what you need.
The bowl has scratched a bit (because we’ve stored the sharp blades inside the bowl). We’ve also noticed on other Cuisinart models that the plastic on the S-blade attachment discolors slightly with prolonged use. However, we haven’t tested the Cuisinart Custom long enough for this to happen. Overall, we still really like using this machine.
We were impressed by the KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor, which proved to be a workhorse in our tests.
KitchenAid 3.Cup Mini Food Processor
The KitchenAid produced more even textures than the other mini processors we tested and did so quickly. It chopped onions better than our former pick, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. (We recommend cutting a whole onion into eighths prior to pulsing for best results.) It also chopped a quartered tomato very evenly; we had to cut a tomato into smaller pieces to get the same results using the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. The KitchenAid also cleanly cut parsley, whereas the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus tore it, causing it to oxidize faster.
Both the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus and the KitchenAid Mini Food Processor made perfect batches of mayonnaise. However, the KitchenAid excelled at dicing carrots while the Cuisinart struggled to chop a tough jumbo carrot and took nearly three times as long. The residual carrot juice also dyed the white plastic parts on the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus and discolored the bowl. Neither model excelled at chopping whole almonds, however; we think full-sized processors are best for this task.
The Mini Food Processor looks almost identical to a full-size processor, except that it has a knob that can be adjusted for chopping and pureeing. The chop setting moves the blade at a slower rpm, while the puree button operates at a faster rpm.
And, of course, the KitchenAid 3.Mini Processor is quite a bit smaller and easier to move around than bigger machines. Most mini choppers don’t have hefty bases like a full-size processor, and the KitchenAid is no exception. However, at just under pounds, it has a slightly heavier base compared to our previous pick, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. We didn’t notice any straining or stuttering of the KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor’s 240-watt motor, even when chopping a tough jumbo carrot. Since you won’t use it for heavy tasks such as making bread dough, we don’t think there’s much risk of burning out the motor.
The KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor excels at emulsifications. In fact, of all the food processors, blenders, and immersion blenders we’ve tested for various guides, we found making mayo easiest in a mini food processor. That’s because its lid has a small indent to hold oil and a small hole that allows the oil to pour directly onto the blades so you have a consistent, measured stream. With this method, the mayonnaise comes together without your having to control the flow of oil.
Making mayonnaise in the KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Mini Food Processor is exceptionally easy due to a small well and hole in the lid for adding oil.
Our testers preferred the handle on the bowl of the KitchenAid 3.Cup Mini Processor. Other mini models, such as those sold by KitchenAid and Farberware, lack this feature. We struggled to remove the bowl on models that didn’t have a handle, especially when working with greasy hands. We also love the push-button activation on the KitchenAid, where the lid meets the handle. We found it easier to operate than holding down buttons on the base of the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. The plastic ring around the lid can also be removed for easy cleaning.
Our testers liked the placement of the push-button activation on the KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Mini Food Processor where the lid meets the handle.
The KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor comes with a one-year warranty. If you experience problems under normal household use, contact KitchenAid for support.
The Breville Sous Chef performed best overall in our tests, but it’s far larger and has more attachments than most people need.
Full-size food processors
The Breville BFP660SIL Sous Chef 1Food Processor did well in our tests, but it didn’t outperform the 16-cup Breville Sous Chef or our top pick, the Cuisinart Custom. In our tests, the Breville BFP660SIL Sous Chef wasn’t able to chop tomatoes or almonds as evenly as the 16-cup Breville Sous Chef. Its smaller 12-cup capacity was also more limiting than the Cuisinart Custom’s 14-cup bowl.
We were not impressed with the Magimix by Robot-Coupe 14-Cup Food Processor. In our tests, it wasn’t able to produce as even a chop as the Breville Sous Chef or Cuisinart Custom. The feed tube on the Magimix is very wide, so thin items like carrots fall to the side and produce an uneven grate. The rounded lid also creates a wide gap around the perimeter of the slicing blade, which allows large pieces of food to slip through into the bowl. The machine also seized up while preparing pizza dough and was noisier than other models we tested.
The Cuisinart FP-13DGM Elemental 1Cup Food Processor and Dicing Kit was not able to chop as evenly as our picks. Our testers were impressed with the dicing kit, which chopped firm vegetables like potatoes and carrots into even cubes. However, since this was the only task it excelled at, we don’t think it’s best for most people. The motor on this model was noisy and the base is very lightweight.
We decided not to test the Braun FP3020 12-Cup Food Processor since it’s the same price as our top pick with a smaller capacity. We can’t justify paying more for a smaller machine. The Braun FP3020 is also only 600 watts versus the 720 watts of our main pick.
In our tests, the Cuisinart Prep 1Plus didn’t mix big batches of dough as well as the Cuisinart Custom due to its smaller bowl. It also struggled to grind bread crumbs and leaked around the shank at the center of the bowl when processing wet ingredients.
The KitchenAid 13-Cup ExactSlice was our least favorite of the large processors. The base shook and the motor eventually seized when processing pizza dough.
The Cuisinart Elite FP-12DCN performed well in our tests, but it comes with a gasket on the lid that frequently trapped flour and sticky ingredients. Our testers also preferred the Cuisinart Custom Pro’s 14-cup capacity over the Elite’s 12-cup capacity.
In our tests, we found that a 14-cup capacity food processor bowl is ideal for most people. For this reason, and based on other reviews on the web, we were able to rule out many models from Cuisinart, Breville, Braun, Hamilton Beach, Magimix, Procter Silex, KitchenAid, Oster, and Black+Decker with bowls under 1cups.
Additionally, we looked into blender/food processor hybrids by Cuisinart, De’Longhi, and Ninja. We like the idea that you could get two machines in one, but according to reviews, they don’t stack up to our top picks in food-processing ability alone.
Mini food processors
The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus was our former mini chopper pick. We still think it’s a powerful machine, considering its diminutive size, but it wasn’t able to chop as evenly as the KitchenAid 3.Cup Mini Food Processor. In our tests, it moved across the counter as it struggled to chop a tough jumbo carrot. It also tore the parsley we chopped, whereas the KitchenAid produced a clean, even cut.
The Farberware 3-Cup Mini Chopper lacks a handle on the bowl, which made it difficult to remove from the base, especially when working with greasy hands. Also, this chopper left behind an entire piece of onion after pulsing and produced the most unevenly chopped almonds out of all the models we tested. And it doesn’t have holes in the lid for making mayo.
Our testers found the base of the VonShef Food Processor to be too large for a mini-chopper. However, the biggest problem with this processor is the wide gap between the top of the slicing/grating disk and the bottom of the feed tube, which caused onions and cheese to roll around and create irregular slices. Also, 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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Ninja Express Chop
Whether you are a homeowner or renter, odds are you have used a Black+Decker appliance. From wood cutting tools to home cleaning accessories, Black+Decker is a reputable brand known for producing quality goods among many different types of markets. Knowing this, I was not surprised by the results of the FP1600B while preparing a person meal with my cousin.
The B+D processor comes complete with a stainless steel chopping blade and a reversible slicing/shredding disc, perfect for versatility in the kitchen. This allows the machine to perform a veggie chopping or grating duty efficiently with optimal results. When you are finished grating cabbage, simply flip the disc and shred a carrot, what an easy way to make coleslaw! If you need to chop tomatoes for a salsa, switch the disc for the chopping blade and off you go. The change out is quick and easy as these blades spin on a metal shaft in the center of the working bowl, allowing the cook to lift out the used hardware and replace with ease.
Fear not, for these blades will not move until the top of the unit is secured into the safety lock. Growing up working in restaurants I have seen many cut fingers at the first aid kit. Naturally, I had to point out this products interlocking safety system ensuring the blades will not spin until the work bowl is secured. Perfect for chopping veggies and not fingers! In order to assure your processor does not go flying across the kitchen during the slicing and dicing, this unit suction cups onto the counter. After using this product once you will understand why.
Need a mirepoix for stocks or stews? Switch out the slicing/shredding disk for the chopping blade and toss in your carrots, onions and celery for a mirepoix processing party. In no time, you will have the perfect base set and ready to go. In order to get the desired results, I use the pulse option for chopping up a mirepoix base versus continuous operation.
You can also take advantage of the continuous operation of the chopping blade to whip up a smooth hummus, pesto or even peanut butter. If you are mid-hummus creation and decide you want to add more olive oil or those roasted red peppers you’ve been meaning to get rid of, toss them down the chute and in minutes you’ll have your tasty creation. The best part about the FP1600B, you can throw it all in the dishwasher after you are done, an easy clean-up. Who really wants to clean the kitchen after creating a huge meal anyway?
Grill Friends Silicone Brush
Silicone brushes are the best thing to happen to barbecue since the charcoal briquet. I long ago relegated my natural and nylon bristle brushes to cleaning computer keyboards. Silicone brushes load up with lots of sauce, deliver it evenly, and are easy to clean and decontaminate. They are dishwasher safe. We have three: One for barbecue, one my wife uses for egg washes and other baking, and one for whatever. There are many brands on the market. Meathead
There are pros and cons to using a cover.
Pros. They keep rain, snow, wasps, birds, and other vermin out. If you have a shinyt stainless steel rig, it will keep it shinier. An expensive grill under cover will attract fewer thieves.
Cons. They are a bit of a pain because you have to wait til the grill cools and they gather rain when left off. But they can also trap moisture and humidity underneath and actually encourage rust and mold growth. For these reasons I cover only my grills and smokers that can collect water on the inside like my Weber Smokey Mountain, my Hasty Bake, and my pellet smoker (if the pellets ever melt and then dry out, getting your smoker up and running is an all day sucker).
Cheapo covers last only a year or two. A good cover will last five years or more. All the plastic or vinyl ones I’ve tried cracked and fell apart in two to three years. The canvas covers rotted in a few years. The best were canvas laminated or impregnated with polyurethane or PVC. Meathead
Weber’s Grill Pan Sears and Allows Smoke Through
Another favorite grill topper is the Weber Style Grill Pan, and I was pleased to see the folks at Cooks Illustrated agree. It has plenty of slots for smoke to travel through, and plenty of surface to brown things like salmon cakes. Meathead
Lodge Logic Pro Cast Iron Griddle Can Put a Gorgeous Sear on Salmon, Steak, or Use It For Pancakes And Eggs
You need a good cast iron griddle. Especially if you like fish, burgers, grilled sandwiches, home fries, or pancakes. Coat the flat side with oil, and you can sear fish so it is golden and crispy on the outside just like that great pan-seared fish you get in restaurants. Throw some dried herbs onto the flame, and you’ll get a whisp of smoke in the meat.
You can even bring it indoors and it will straddle two burners. Use the flat side for pancakes. Flip it over and you get grill marks and conduction cooking from the ridges on steaks, burgers, or asparagus, and the fats and juices drip into the grooves where they vaporize and flavor the meat and cook by radiation.
This is a very handy tool. One word of caution. You may need two. If you use it for fish a lot, the flavor will remain on the surface, even after cleaning, so you won’t be able to use it for pancakes.
I have two of them by Lodge, known for quality cast iron, and I use the ridged sides of both, one on top and one on the bottom, for making paninis. And my spatchcocked (butterflied) Cornish game hens pressed between the flat sides are unbelievably crisp and juicy in only 20 minutes. It is 20″ x 7/16″. Meathead
Lodge Cast Iron Panini Press Makes World Class Paninis And Grilled Cheese
These flat weights are great for making grilled cheese sandwiches and other paninis, and even bacon. When I make sandwiches I preheat the press on high on the side burner, and then put the sandwich on the grill grates and the hot press on top so I can cook both sides at once. You can use them for keeping bacon from curling up on the grill with these, too. The Lodge model is preseasoned. Although the handle is supposed to provide heat protection, wear a glove. Meathead
Thermoworks Timestick Is The Best Cook’s Stopwatch And Alarm
I keep a cooking diary. In it I write down vital info about every cook so I can learn what works and what doesn’t. OK. So I’m anal. But being anal got me this gig. The two most important variables to track in any cook are time and temp. So I used to wear a stopwatch around my neck when I cooked. Click when I fire up. Click when it is up to temp. Click when the meat goes on. Click when I add more wood or charcoal. Click when I turn. Click when I sauce. Click when I take it off. But have you seen the new digital stopwatches? They are a real pain with faaaar too many features and bells and whistles. My last one sat in my desk between cooks and beeped every hour and the only way I could make it shut up was with a hammer. True story. Now I use the very sinple user friendly Timestick.
It can count down or up and when a count down alarm sounds, the count up timer starts so you can see how much time has elapsed since your alarm. It’s range is 9hours 9minutes and 9seconds, there is a keypad lock so you don’t accidentally screw things up, there’s a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck, it comes in nine colors, it’s splash proof, and it has a magnet on back so I can stick it to my grill, fridge, or oven. Operates between 3and 104°F. Best of all, you won’t need to read the manual. Love it. Meathead
Knob Where You Need It Makes Grilling Safer And Easier
You’re supposed to turn off the propane tank between cooks to prevent expensive leaks and more expensive explosions. But many grills don’t have easy access to the tanks, and it sure is easy to forget. Knob Where You Need It makes it easy to turn off the gas and easy ti remember. There are no instructions in the box so you need to go to their website. I suggest printing them. Installation is easy for most people (I made a dumb mistake). Please note: You need to drill a 1/2″ hole in your grill. Watch the video below to see the installation process. – Greg Rempe
Lafuma Futura Zero Gravity Chair, Black Steel Frame, Cedre
The famous French recliner by Lafuma. I own two of them, and, man, are they comfortable. Park it next to the cooler, pour a cold one into your stein, set your remote temperature monitor on top of the cooler, and relaxxxxxx. There are cheaper knockoffs, but I haven’t tried them yet. Meathead
Most kamado smokers have an airflow control/chimney at the top that is very good at controlling the oven temp. They have one innate flaw: When it rains, water gets into the cooking chamber! If you have a Big Green Egg, Primo, or Kamado Joe, or any other leaky kamado, here’s the solution. Made from aluminum, it is simple and effective. Meathead
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer
The best way to store food more than a week is in the freezer. Foods lose few nutirents and little quality when frozen. But if they are kept for longer than a few weeks, meats can oxidize, fats can get rancid, and the surface can harden from freezer burn. Especially pork and seafood. Oxygen is the enemy. So I pack food for storage is with a vacuum sealer like the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer. You put the food in a plastic bag, insert it into the machine and it sucks out the air and seals the bag. Make sure you mark the date on the bag. It is a great way to store cooked foods too. Put your pulled pork in the bag, add a little sauce and seal. When it is time to serve, place the bag into a pot of simmering water. It reheats rapidly and tastes almost as good as when it came out of the smoker. Meathead
Use a Grill Grabber to lift your hot and dirty grill grates, even if there’s the food still on them. I use mine when I need to add coals, wood, water to water pans, or to rescue food that has dropped through the grates. This may seem like a frivolity, but it is a thoroughly useful tool. Meathead
OXO Good Grips Tongs
Dishwasher safe stainless steel with OXO’s popular nonslip rubber handles, they are the winner of the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award. They are spring loaded and the ends are scalloped for better gripping. There is a loop for hanging and a mechanism that locks them in closed position for storing (which has failed after several years on all three pairs that I have). Regardless, they are still my faves. I just store them with a cardboard toilet paper core over the ends.
The 18″ tongs don’t have the locking mechanism, but they are necessary if you have a deep pit. But be warned, the longer the tongs, the less leverage you have and the harder it is to get a grip. I also recommend their nylon tipped tongs for use on non-stick cookware.
LamsonSharp Fish Tongs
A jumbo hybrid of tongs and spatulas, this is the proper tool for flipping fish, burgers, and other crumbly foods. Rosewood handle protects you against the heat, and there is a leather loop for hanging. They come with a lifetime warranty. I find them to be indispensable. Meathead
Stiff Metal Spatula
Spatulae come in slotted and solid, and I recommend the solid with a good insulated sturdy handle. The solid is best for pressing things down on a griddle, like when you are making Diner Burgers on a griddle or in a frying pan. I like the Weber Style 644Professional-Grade Fish Turner. Meathead
Double Pie Iron
Here’s how to make two perfectly toasted panini style grilled sandwiches at once. Use this old fashioned double pie iron, originally designed for filled pies, for everything from Grilled Cheese to Pulled Pork.
Just butter your sandwich on the outside, open up the hinged mold, insert the sandwiches and put it over the coals, campfire, or gas grill. This Old Mountain cast iron double square pie iron is 1/2″ x 1/4″ and is pre-seasoned and ready to use. The long handle allows you to grill in comfort away from a camp fire. – Meathead
My wife hasn’t noticed the burn hole yet. It’s pretty substantial. For the life of me I don’t understand why the deck didn’t go up in flames and take the house with it. Must be some sort of flame retardant in the wood. But a hunk of charcoal somehow jumped from my grill and tried to escape before I caught it. But not before it burned a serious hole. Meathead
Bayou Classic 8.Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Forget the fancy high end pricey Le Cruset French Oven, this is the one you want for cowboy cooking and camping, and it comes in handy around the house. It’s perfect for whole chickens or slow braising in the oven or in the grill.
You can even sit it on top of coals and shovel more coals on top of the flat lid with a raised rim, and you can cook classic chili, baked beans, cornbread, casseroles, and even cobblers. It is 13″ wide x 7″ high, weighs 2pounds and includes a perforated aluminum basket for steaming, frying, or boiling. Meathead
You want good stiff scissors for cutting a chicken apart, for snipping herbs, cutting pizza, butcher string, opening packages, and many other tasks. Get sturdy stainless blades so you can cut through the ribs of chickens. The best models come apart at the hinge so they can go in the dishwasher and you can get them really clean. Meathead
When a recipe calls for garlic to be crushed, minced, or pressed, I use a garlic press. A good garlic press releases more oils and flavors than mincing with a knife and pressed garlic coats the food more evenly than mincing.
A good garlic press is an important kitchen tool. Get one that is sturdily built, that is easy to grip, that is easy to clean, and has a large hopper to hold big cloves. Avoid non-stick models. I have a well-used Trudeau Garlic Press Meathead
Digital kitchen scale
I don’t know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. It is so important. Look at salt for example, cup of table salt has almost twice as much salinity as a cup of Morton’s kosher salt because Morton’s kosher salt has more air space between the grains. But a pound of all salts contain exactly the same amount of sodium chloride.
Without a scale, making a brine requires a calculator. Flour and sugar have the same problem. Packed brown sugar or loose brown sugar. Big diff. Ever try to measure a tablespoon of honey? Did you get it all into the bowl or leave a lot of it on the spoon. There are plenty of conversion tables out there that help you convert. My favorite is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display. It can weight accurately up to 1pounds as well as fractions of an ounce. Push a button and it converts to metric. Put the bowl on the scale and push a button and it zeros out so the bowl’s weight is not included. The top comes off for easy cleaning. It will significantly improve your cooking. Meathead
Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover
I first heard about this from a competition cook. To say I was skeptical is an understatement. A spot remover that will remove the grease stains on almost all my shirts is something I considered to be as elusive as unicorns and perpetual motion machines. So I bought a ounce bottle and tried it on one of my t-shirts.
The instructions say that all you need is just a drop. Sure. I used three drops. My shirt came out so clean I could not find where the stain had been originally. So I tried it on a dress shirt, but fearful it would ruin it, I used only one drop. Again, the grease was gone! So I hauled out all my saucy and greasy shirt, 1in all, put Grandma to work, tossed them all into one tub, and before long, I had a new wardrobe. Utterly amazing stuff. And just for the record, I have been doing my own laundry since I went away to college, even through 40 years of marriage. May be a contributing factor to our longevity.
Even my wife is impressed with Grandma. She has used it on some of her finery including her Mom’s table cloth with ancient spaghetti stains, stains that Oxi-Clean, her go to remover, couldn’t handle.
The label says it is good for “oil, grease, paint, makeup, grass, inks, blood, baby formula, tar, spaghetti sauce, coffee, rust, beadine, tumeric, fabric bleed, and pet stains”. The only caveat on the label is to “check garment for colorfastness.” Meathead
Choosing the Right Commercial Food Processor
A commercial food processor is one of the most versatile tools you can have in the kitchen, giving you the ability to slice, chop, grind, shred, purée, grate, and dice – all in one piece of equipment. The food processor is a relatively new kitchen innovation, first appearing in commercial kitchens in Sweden in the 1940s and France in the 1950s before being introduced in the United States.
The most important rating to take into consideration when purchasing a food processor is its horsepower. Equipment with higher horsepower has a motor capable of powering through more food and thicker mixes, and can work for longer periods of time without overheating, allowing you to produce higher volumes of processed food. The RPM, or rotations per minute, measures how many times the blade rotates around the shaft in one minute. While a higher RPM may mean the unit can work faster, if it has a low horsepower rating, it may have trouble maintaining that RPM rate for hard ingredients or thick mixes.
Attachments and Accessories
While there are many models available that are specifically bowl-type or continuous-feed, many commercial food processor models are combination models. This means that most companies sell the batch bowls, continuous feed assemblies, and pushers as accessories. Most processors that come with a bowl also include an s-shaped blade that allows you to purée. These and continuous-feed processers often come with one or more discs, which may include those for slicing, grating, shredding, waffle cuts, crimping, or whipping. Dicing kits are also available in multiple sizes, and require both a disc and a grid to dice ingredients properly. These discs and kits can be purchased separately if the model you choose does not come with what you need, and some brands have more disc and blade options than others.
It is not clear who invented the first food processor, but it is known that Electrolux produced an early iteration with its Assistent model that debuted in 1940.
The company now offers two commercial food processor lines.
The Multi Green Vegetable Cutter series can function with a bowl or a continuous feed attachment. Depending on the model, the bowl is made of either durable stainless steel or polycarbonate. The controls make the unit easy to operate, with red and green on/off buttons, but this also limits the flexibility of the processor, as it only has one speed. The hoppers on these models are dual-sized, with one small round hopper for long, thin vegetables like carrots and cucumbers, and one larger oval hopper for ingredients like tomatoes and potatoes. These hoppers are both vertical. Each processer in the Multi Green line comes with four cutter discs: two slicing discs, one grater, and one shredder.
Electrolux’s Heavy Duty Vegetable Cutters are able to process 400 meals for table service or 800 meals for catering per day. Each part of the equipment that comes in contact with food is removable without tools for cleaning. Like the Multi Green series, these feature easy operation but have two speeds to allow for a little more flexibility in food prep. These feature round and oval hoppers that are angled toward the user and a waterproof control panel to ensure reliability.
Hobart has been serving commercial kitchens for more than a hundred years. The company produced its first food processor in 198and currently makes bowl, continuous feed, and combination models. Bowl models, which have a gasket to prevent leaking, feature see-through covers to allow chefs to see their ingredients. The triple-interlock safety features protect operators, and the controls for on, off, and pulse functions are easy to operate while providing close control over the contents of the bowl. One of the biggest benefits of a Hobart bowl food processor is the company’s patented COOLCUTTER knives. The COOLCUTTER system consists of two turning knives that push ingredients into the path of the two serrated cutting knives, to reduce how much time is required to process each batch.
Hobart’s continuous feed industrial food processors are available with either half-size or full-size hoppers, which are tilted toward the user to make operation comfortable and convenient. These units have double safety interlocks that prevent them from operating if the pusher plate has been swung away or if the hopper is open. These models are easy to operate, with red and green on/off buttons.
In all of Tsukiji, Kitsuneya is the most attention-grabbing stall. This is for two reasons: the rich aroma of beef stew wafting from its open-air cauldron, and the famously irascible elderly woman who usually oversees it. The menu runs to three items: horumon-don (offal stew over rice), gyūdon (simmered beef and onions over rice), and nikudofu (tofu and beef; no rice). The miso-enriched horumon-don, flecked with bits of konyakku (yam cake) and garnished with a pile of sliced negi greens, is Kitsuneya’s signature dish and particularly unique among Tsukiji’s many offerings.
Chuka Soba Inoue
A couple stalls down from Kitsuneya is Chuka Soba Inuoe, where a ramen master and his lieutenant turn out bowls of a light shoyu chicken broth ramen, layered with slices of lean pork. You should always expect to wait in line at Inuoe, but it’s worth it to watch the two-man team stack and fill bowls in a process that is as quick and efficient as it is fluidly choreographed. +803540620 no website
It’s hard to walk 1feet in the outer market without running into a street-snack opportunity, whether it be tamagoyaki (rolled omelet), broiled scallop in its shell, or a jumbo-sized onigiri rice ball. Among the less common snacks in the outer market are the various fish cakes for sale at Ajino-Hamato, a shop that’s been around for more than 80 years and does especially great things with minced seafood and frying oil. The corn fritter is one of its most popular offerings, and the fried fish cake stuffed between slices of renkon (lotus root) is also an excellent choice.
4-11-Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, TokyoTEL: +803542273no website
Don’t let the name mislead you: Nobody in the know squeezes into Tonkatsu Yachiyo for the tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet). Rather — as befits a stall in the world’s largest fish market — Yachiyo is renowned for fried seafood. If you’re overwhelmed by the wealth of choices, you can’t go wrong with the dai kuruma ebi (large tiger shrimp), hotate (scallop), and aji (horse mackerel) set.
5-2-Tsukiji, Chuo-ko, TokyoTEL: +803546762no website
Tempura Tenfusa is a small, beloved fried seafood stall that, unlike many of its neighbors, has a few tiny tables in addition to its wall-hugging counter. Combined with the measured pace at which the chef prepares each order, it’s one of the less rushed-feeling dining options in the extremely rushed-feeling inner market. The tendon bowl, a mixed daily selection of battered seafood and vegetables served over rice, offers the best variety, and their anago tempura (a personal favorite of Tsukiji aficionado Yukari Sakamoto) and shrimp tempura are popular choices.
Nutrition: 22calories, 10.g fat, 1.g sat fat, 29.g carbs, g fiber, 13.g sugar, 6.g protein (calculated without toppings)
In a survey conducted by Subway only a measly 1% of participants said they eat vegetables as part of their morning meal, and this is the perfect smoothie bowl to change that. Pear is sweet enough to offset the bitterness of spicy arugula, and a creamy spoonful of almond butter adds vital protein in this recipe. If it weren’t for the brilliant verdant green color, you’d have a hard time knowing the bowl packs three different leafy greens. And don’t doubt the romaine, lettuce makes our list of the superfoods you should eat every day.
WHAT Invite Sesame Street’s most adorable resident to be a part of dinner since Elmo makes everything more fun! The BPA-free specially-molded ergonomic Elmo handles are great for little fingers to grip, while rounded fork tines pick up food, yet won’t prick your peewee’s fingers. The spoon is perfect for scooping up toddler-sized portions.
PARENTS SAY “My 2-year-old absolutely loves this set. He asks for it every evening during dinner. He plays with Elmo and eats at the same time. It’s also very light, so we can bring it for meals on the go,” says mum-of-one Gloria Tseng.
WHAT Make this award-winning product your mini-me‘s BFF soonest because it’s both a placemat and a serving plate. Thanks to suction, it attaches to any surface, while different sections let you serve a variety of dishes in age-appropriate proportions to your peewee. The colourful mat designs with smiley faces will add to your tyke’s positive dining experience. There is also a version featuring a bowl. Both are microwave and oven safe.
PARENTS SAY “My daughter tries to yank this mat off but it’s so strong it always stays in place. I also like that it’s two-in-one so I only have one thing to wash!” says mum-of-three Shivani Rai.
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WHAT Form meets function in these cute BPA-free bottles that pack a punch. The thick, plastic straw makes the transition from sippy cup to a “big girl/boy bottle” that’s easy to hold much easier. The leak-proof bottle cap stays secure, but is simple enough for little hands to open. Each bottle also features a small velcro strap that can be attached to anything. The best part: It comes in 1adorable zoo-themed designs and colours.
PARENTS SAY “The parts are easy to take apart and wash thoroughly, so that no grime is left behind. My little boy also loves the different designs and it is light enough for him to carry it himself,” says Tseng.
Unless bubba is on baby-led weaning ― you’re offering solid foods instead of purées — at six months, you’ll soon realise that mealtimes are going to be very different once junior reaches toddlerhood. This is the stage when your little one learns that he is his own person and loves exerting his new-found independence. With this comes the desire to be in control, especially during mealtimes. He is more intrigued with self feeding and less interested in having you spoon food into his mouth. Encourage such behaviour as it will do wonders for his self-esteem. At the same time, recognise that you’ll need fabulous feeding gets to support his self-feeding efforts.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Open Vegetable Bowls wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Open Vegetable Bowls
- №1 — Lenox Federal Platinum Bone China Open Vegetable Bowl
- №2 — Lenox Opal Innocence Platinum-Banded Bone China Open Vegetable Bowl
- №3 — Lenox Holiday Open Vegetable Bowl