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Toss Out Your Old Grater and Use a Food Processor To Make Sauces, Latkes, and Dips the Easy Way

Top Pick: Hamilton Beach 70730 | $85 | Amazon

A food processor was one of the kitchen appliances that I just couldn’t bring myself to buy for years. It just seemed like such a waste! You could just use a grater right? Wrong. Getting the best food processor opened a world of new opportunities. Now I can easily make sauces, grate potatoes, conjure up dips, and even chop vegetables. Don’t take my word for it! The experts in this article all rely on their food processors to make magic in their kitchens.

Best Overall: Hamilton Beach 70730

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“I own and use the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper with Bowl Scraper. This is my favorite because it was powerful enough to process anything I put inside! It also saves me a lot of time on pureeing and chopping. Unlike most processors, you don’t need to start and stop it to stir. It has a built-in scraper that lets you keep it running, reaching my desired texture faster. The blades and slicers also make it suitable for a large range of foods! From herbs to nuts, garlic, and even black pepper. This processor is also easy to clean - a bonus that everyone is sure to love!” - Mike Allen, The Healthy Treehouse

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Best for Baby Food: EVLA’s Baby Food Maker

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“Steams, blends, reheats, defrosts and sterilizes.... Evla’s is our winner out of all the baby food makers.... The water tank has a wide mouth, making it easy to clean out and preventing mold from growing. And the steaming and mixing cup can self-rinse and sterilize, making cleanup effortless. It is also dishwasher safe if you encounter some more challenging stains. Evla’s baby food blender can steam and blend almost any kind of food from start to finish within 15 minutes. The control panel allows you to choose the consistency. For little ones, it makes purees. As they get older, you can add in some lumps. And when they’re ready for it, it’s an easy way to steam veggies for them.” - Katie Green, Green Active Family

Best Small: Cuisinart DLC-2ABC

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“For the home chef who only needs to chop small amounts of ingredients, I recommend the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor. It’s smaller than bulky larger models and can hold 3 cups of food. Perfect for making sauces or dicing onions for a meal. It’s a budget choice for small kitchens or college students to use in their dorms. My favorite things to make are chimichurri sauce and hummus.” - Stephanie Mantilla, Plant Prosperous

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Best Large Food Processor: Breville BFP800XL

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“My favorite food processor is the Breville Sous Chef. It’s amazing! It has so many different blades and it is sturdy and easy to clean. It was an investment but I’ve had it already for 4 years and I hope to use it for many more years. I make everything from pizza dough to energy balls to slicing sweet potatoes for sweet potato chips in it.” - Carrie Forrest, Clean Eating Kitchen

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This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 01/12/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 02/08/2021.

Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, freelance writer, and empowerment speaker who's made it her mission to engage and empower people in her community and beyond.

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