Many people are hesitant about buying new kitchen gadgets, and for good reason. What if it’s just another thing that ends up just sitting, unused, on the countertop (until being relegated to the bottom cabinet with the egg and muffin maker)? A food processor, however, is not one of these items. Ask vegan chef and actress Tabitha Brown the one gadget she recommends everyone have in their kitchen, and she’ll tell you that “a food processor will save your life.” We know this because we hopped on a Zoom call with her ahead of the announcement that she would be lending her voice to a sleep story on Calm, and we just had to ask her that very question.
“I use my food processor so much,” Brown tells Well+Good. “You know, I can take pecans and turn them into meat,” she says. A food processor is key in how she makes her go-to vegan taco meat mimics the ground turkey or ground beef you find in non-vegan tacos. (Her vegan taco meat is also delicious in chili.) Brown utilizes her food processor in a variety of other recipes, like this one for a chickpea breakfast scramble and this one for her famous vegan deviled eggs.
When Tabitha Brown recommends you get a food processor, you get a food processor. Shop Well+Good’s picks below.
This bad boy is equipped with four pre-sets: chop, puree, dough, and disk (which you can use to make your very own shredded cheese!). It’s dishwasher safe, but thankfully for those of us who are dishwasher-less it is also easy to clean by hand. It can hold up to nine cups, and can make two pounds of dough in less than a minute.
Shop now: Ninja Professional Plus Food Processor, $90
2. Cuisinart 7-Cup Food Processor, $120
This processor has an “extra-large feed tube” which is not, to my disappointment, a way of getting food into your mouth. But it does mean that you can put whole fruits and veggies into it, which is also cool I guess. It also comes with two pushers to push said fruits and veggies down into the processor safely, plus a cookbook full of recipes.
Shop now: Cuisinart 7 Cup Food Processor, $120
This one has a “large feed shoot” which is, like the tube, not a method of transporting food from point A to point my mouth. It also has an attachment that scrapes the bowl as the processor is running, so you don’t have to stop it sporadically to scrape it with a spatula.
Shop now: Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor, $45
If you want to buy a food processor, are generally into saving space, and/or already have a Vitamix blender , this processor could be the one for you. It works with the U.S. and Canada models of the brand’s Ascent and Venturist motor bases, and it doesn’t come with a base so it doesn’t add another heavy, bulky cube to you countertop.
Shop now: Vitamix 12-Cup Food Processor Attachment with Self-Detect, $200
This one is for people who could use a new blender in addition to a food processor. It’s smaller than the others, only holding three cups, but holds its own when it comes to wattage. It has seven speeds, including one to crush ice (which is objectively the most delicious form of ice).
Shop now: Cuisinart Smart Power Duet Blender/Food Processor, $70
While it’s the most expensive option on this list, it comes with a lot of nifty functions that you don’t get with some of the other ones. One such feature is it has both a small and a large feed chute; we’ve already established what a large feed chute is good for, but the benefit of also having a small one is that it’s easier to keep thin items, like carrots and celery, from falling over sideways once they hit the end of the chute. It also boasts a 1,200 watt motor—which is almost three times that of the Hamilton Beach one—and eight different disks and blades, one of which can be set to 24 difference sizes of slices.
Shop now: Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro Food Processor, $400
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