How do I choose a Food Processor?

If there's one kitchen appliance that helps make mealfwattasgetimes and food prep easier, it's a food processor. From grinding nuts, pureeing vegetables and whizzing up cauliflower rice, to chopping herbs and blending up chickpeas to make delicious hummus, a food processor is a very nifty tool to have to hand. It can truly help you take your culinary skills to the next level and expand on the range of recipes you can make. A food processor can work with both wet and dry ingredients, which goes beyond the functionality of appliances such as blenders (where liquid is required) and hand mixers. A strong food processor will also be able to handle hard substances such as nuts and ice. Food processors are ideal for anyone who is aiming to follow a healthy lifestyle as they let you prepare healthy snacks such as fresh fruit (chopping or in smoothies) and vegetables quickly and easily. Similarly, anyone who follows a vegetarian or vegan diet would do well to have a food processor in their arsenal. Even better if it's a refurbished food processor!

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How do I choose a Food Processor?

There are a few factors to consider when choosing a food processor. These appliances can be expensive and shopping for a refurbished food processor online is a great way to find a bargain on a high-end model.

Firstly, consider what you will use the food processor for and which recipes you will be making. Will it be the likes of almond pesto for pasta dishes and beetroot hummus? You'll need a refurbished food processor with a powerful motor and a strong blade that can handle root vegetables. Would you like to add smoothies into the mix? Then a blender attachment is crucial, like the one on the Kenwood FPM910 MULTI PRO EXCEL. Do you just want something for chopping small foods like onions, garlic and chilli? A small, handheld food processor or mixer like the Mini Chopper 3-in-1 Moulinex AT714G32 would be ideal. Quickly chopping root vegetables for a warming soup? Look for a strong food processor with a nice big capacity, a powerful wattage, and a blade that can handle squash and carrots.

Secondly, focus on the following key specifications:

  • Size / Capacity - most food processors come with a mixing jug or bowl with a 3 L capacity as standard. Small models may have a teeny tiny 0.5 L capacity while large ones may be as much as 4- 5 L
  • Functionality - the basic tasks that every food processor should perform are chop, mix and slice, while more advanced and elaborate food processors can perform a selection of tasks such as mixing, pureeing, blending, chopping and weighing
  • Power / Strength - most domestic food processors have a 1000 - 1500 watt power. A super-powerful food processor (2000 watt or more) will provide a very smooth, creamy consistency when it comes to making sauces and dips - definitely worth the investment if you have the budget
  • Price - prices start at 50 quid for a refurbished food processor and may be as much as 350 quid or above. Prices for refurbished food processors are significantly lower than for new models
  • Dishwasher-safe parts - keep an eye out for food processors with parts that can be washed in the dishwasher because honestly, they can be cumbersome and annoying to clean by hand

Food processors can be pricey. High-end brands such as MAGIMIX and Kenwood can set you back up to a grand when shopping for a new model. Buying a refurbished food processor is a great way to invest in a durable, high-quality device that won't completely break the bank.

If you are on a budget, a device like the Hand Blender Bosch ErgoMixx MSM67170 can be picked up for fifty quid refurbished and can be used to whizz, chop, whisk and mix. It has a small capacity so is not ideal for a medium family home, for example, where there are many mouths to feed - but for a single or two -person household, it's a great option.

A model like the Kenwood FPM910 MULTI PRO EXCEL comes at a mid-range price point and includes a vast array of attachments including a blender. New, it costs well over 400 quid, but a refurbished food processor from this range can be picked for for around 380 on backmarket.co.uk, leaving you with extra pounds in the bank. The Proline KM11 Food processor is also a great all-rounder. It can blend, juice, mix (even tough substances like dough) and whisk. If you are looking for a refurbished food processor for under 100 quid, the Proline KM11 is well worth checking out.

Standard blenders are cheaper than food processors, however, they can only perform one task. A well-rounded food processor with a blender attachment will offer far better value for money. If you don't need the full range of functionality that a refurbished food processor offers, perhaps a refurbished blender will suffice, for instance, the Blender Proline BLSS600 - but note it can only blend fruit and nuts with water or milk to make smoothies - you won't be making any hummus with this guy.

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When you choose to buy a refurbished food processor, or any refurbished product for that matter, you are not only saving money - you are saving tons in environmental waste and giving a perfectly good device a second life. A refurbished Magimix 18904 Cook Expert for example - which is the king of food processors and one of the best on the market - will save a massive 11,000g of electronic waste - so not only are you helping to save the environment by buying a refurbished food processor, you'll save a whopping 26% compared with the total price of a new model.

The UK is the second largest producer of electronic waste per capita in the world. If ever there was a time to purchase a refurbished appliance like a refurbished food processor, it's now. Each refurbished food processor on backmarket.co.uk has been examined and restored by experts. They also come with a minimum 12-month warranty and their condition is listed on the purchase page.

The Best Things to Make with a Food Processor

If this is your first time buying a food processor, check out Jamie Oliver's top tips for using a food processor to help get you started. Otherwise, here are some of our favourite recipes:

  • Hummus - the stuff of dreams! Whether it's regular hummus with a simple mix of chickpeas, garlic, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, or a beetroot or red pepper hummus, it's hard to beat fresh, creamy hummus and crackers any day of the week.
  • Vegan Sausage Rolls - made with kidney beans and spices like black pepper and smoked paprika all whizzed up in a food processor, these are completely and utterly delicious - just try them!
  • Homemade falafel - the avant garde vegan does a great recipe! For this you'll need a powerful, 900 watt food processor like the MAGIMIX.
  • Dips - the likes of spicy roasted carrot dip and cool, tangy baba ghanoush will elevate any homemade antipasti.
  • Pesto - homemade pesto really is the best-o. Whether you prefer a cashew pesto situation or regular basil pesto made with freshly grated parmesan, using a food processor to make this delicious pasta sauce is a great way to create the perfect texture and balance the flavours to your personal preference.

If you are a student, don't forget you can get an additional 5% off any refurbished food processor and all products on backmarket.co.uk.

By Brian, Marketing Manager Back Market UK

When not talking about the latest eco-friendly tech and reducing our carbon footprint, Brian enjoys the odd game of football, a classic horror (book or film) or just to kick back with a beer or a proper Scottish whisky. Slàinte Mhath!

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