12 Types Of Food Processor Blades And How To Use Them
A food processor is a kitchen appliance that has many functions. It’s a great way to make cooking easier and more efficient, but what are the different types of blades? This blog post will cover 12 types of food processor blades in detail.
Different food processors have different blades. The blade is an important part of any food processor because it can determine how well the food gets blended or chopped.
We all have a go-to appliance in our kitchen. Maybe it’s your oven or your microwave, or maybe you’re more of a slow cooker type person. But no matter what food processor you use on the regular, there are different blade types that are perfect for different jobs. Some blades will do anything from chopping nuts to slicing vegetables to shredding cheese!
So here’s the lowdown on 12 types of blades and how each one works best:
12 Types Of Food Processor Blades:
Using a food processor for ingredients like thinly sliced vegetables and grated or shredded cheese can save you time and energy. There are numerous types of food processor blades available to help you chop, slice, grate, shred, whisk, beat and puree all those different foods. Knowing how each blade will perform the task at hand is essential for efficient cooking as well as safety in using your food processor like Ninja Food Processor.
1. S-shaped Blades:
The first two blades that come with most processors are an S-shaped blade and a multipurpose blade. Use this S-shaped blade to make pie crusts or cookie dough by pulsing the ingredients together rather than long processing sessions. You can also use it to mix wet ingredients or whip cream with the S-shaped blade.
2. Julienne Blades:
A julienne blade is used for chopping vegetables into fine strips. The size of the food pieces is uniform and small, which helps when you need to prepare a specific type of vegetable or fruit for a recipe, such as carrots or zucchini. To use this blade, put the food in a long line across the top of your food processor bowl and pulse until desired consistency is achieved.
3. Serrated Blades:
The serrated blades are perfect for slicing bread and pastries while also producing even slices, so they cook at the same rate on all sides of your bread or pastry dough. Use these blades to slice tomatoes evenly without damaging them so that they are able to hold their shape, or use them to slice fruit pies.
4. Slicing Blades:
The slicing blade allows you to achieve even slices of many fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes. You can define the thickness of your slices using this blade by adjusting the thickness control dial on your food processor. This type of food processor blade is especially handy for making a large batch of evenly sliced potatoes for French fries or a platter full of sandwiches with equal-sized bread slices.
Put the food in line with the center post and push downwards while processing so that it cuts towards you from left to right instead of from the top down directly over the blades. This will reduce the damage done to delicate foods, such as tomatoes, which may get crushed if pushed down directly onto the blades.
5. Perforated Blades:
Perforated blades are perfect for shredding potatoes and other root vegetables, so you can make hash browns or soups without having to spend a lot of time using a grater by hand. These blades allow you to get these foods shredded quickly and easily while leaving them with an even consistency that does not require much additional cooking after processing is complete.
6. Shredding and Grating Blades:
These food processor blades are great for home cooks who like to frequently make their own cheese, such as cheddar or Parmesan, from scratch. They produce more finely shredded cheeses than the perforated blade, which makes for a more professional-looking cheese.
7. Dicing Blades:
Use the dicing blade on your food processor if you need to chop up vegetables or fruit into small, even diced pieces for recipes such as shepherd’s pie or stir-fry. Place the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor and process until desired consistency is reached. If you want smaller pieces, pulse 10 to 15 times; longer pulses will result in larger pieces. Be sure to follow specific safety precautions that come with this type of food processing blade since it can be dangerous if mishandled.
8. French Fry Cone-Shaped Blade:
A French fry-shaped food processing blade comes with a cone shape at one end, which allows you to make perfect French fries or other spiraled foods. This blade is much easier to use than a knife or the popular spiralizer when it comes to making healthy French fries or other spiraled vegetables. The food must be kept in line with the cone for this food processing blade to work properly.
9. Whipping Disc Blade:
Some food processors come with a whipping disc that can whisk eggs and cream into stiff, fluffy peaks or whip cream into a whipped topping that you can pipe onto desserts. This type of food processing blade turns your mixer into a stand mixer, allowing you to do all your mixing tasks without having to purchase additional attachments separately.
10. Brunoise Blades:
Brunoise blades produce small, equally cut cubes, which are ideal for garnishing certain dishes such as consommé and broth. You can also use this blade to create diced vegetables or any other foods that need to be cut into small, even pieces.
11. Gaufrette Blades:
Gaufrette blades produce fine cuts of shortbread, which you can sprinkle over pies such as strawberry rhubarb for a tasty garnish or serve with coffee as an afternoon treat. These blades are perfect for cutting delicate foods into very thin slices that will not crush easily when handled.
12. Dough Blade:
A dough blade is ideal if you frequently make homemade bread, pizza dough, pie crusts, cookies, biscuit dough, etc. It helps knead the dough quickly without crushing the food particles while still mixing everything together thoroughly for the best results possible. However, it is important to note that this blade should not be used to process food that can become gummy or mushy while processing.
How Do You Clean A Food Processor Blade?
The blade of a food processor is one of the hardest cleaning jobs to do since it seems like almost everything sticks to it. However, there are several things that can be done in order to get your food processor blades squeaky clean and sanitized.
The easiest way to make sure that your food processors’ top and bottom blades are effectively cleaned involves using bleach and water. First, mix 1 cup bleach with 3 cups cold water in a spray bottle. Then, soak the top blade for about five minutes while holding the button down so that the cutting side faces up before rinsing off with hot water or an entire dishwasher cycle available. Next, repeat on the other food processor blade.
Alternatively, fill a bucket with hot water and sprinkle some salt inside the food processor’s bowl. Then, submerge both blades in the bucket until bubbles stop rising to the top of the water. After that, scrape off any food chunks using a plastic spatula or putty knife before rinsing off thoroughly with running water.
To remove even more grime from all surfaces of your food processors blades, soak them overnight in hydrogen peroxide mixed with cold water. Use one part peroxide to one part cold water for this cleaning method by filling your food processor bowl halfway full with the solution before letting it sit on an open countertop overnight. Then, simply wash away any residue left behind during first use.
One last option takes a little more effort, but it effectively removes even the most stubborn bits of stuck food particles from your food processor blades. It involves using vinegar and boiling hot water to loosen anything that has been collected on top or bottom surfaces.
First, fill your dishwasher’s silverware tray halfway with vinegar before running the dishwasher cycle without any dishes loaded inside. After that, fill both food processor bowls halfway full with boiling water before setting them aside to cool for about an hour or two. Then, run both bowls through their complete dishwasher cycles until they are squeaky clean again.
Many modern food processors now utilize self-cleaning functions to make cleaning as easy as possible for you, and all of these methods can be applied to the base too!
It is important to know the different types of blades and how they work so, you can choose which one will be best for your needs. The food processors we carry at our store come with a variety of blade options, from high-powered standard or wide slicing discs to grating discs that give uniform slices perfect for salads and sandwiches. If you’re looking for more information on what type of blade may be right for your kitchen, stop by any time!
Blenders and food processors are different in many ways, but they do have one thing in common. They both need the blade to be able to work properly. Which type of blade is your favorite? Let us know! We’re always looking for feedback on how we can help make cooking easier and more efficient. What other kitchen gadgets would you like a blog post about?