Mini food processors are a favorite kitchen tool of most home cooks and even chefs. They are sometimes even more useful than a regular sized food processor because of their expertise in processing smaller quantities, compact size and convenience of use and cleaning. The simplicity in design and mechanism allows you to take it out even for the simplest of the kitchen tasks without worrying about any complex setup or cleanup. If you have decided to buy a mini food processor for your home, there are some things you need to keep in your mind when you are making your selection:
Although mini food processors are designed for smaller tasks and smaller quantities so they are not going to be as powerful as the regular sized food processors but a minimum of 250 watts is a must if you don’t want it overheating every time you run the machine for chopping some nuts or garlic. The power will mostly depend on the quality of the food processor and the size of the work bowl. If the work bowl is comparatively larger for example 4 to 5 cups, the power should also be greater.
Unlike with larger appliances, size is not much of an issue here since a mini food processor is supposed to be small. Nevertheless, consider the capacity that you will be requiring for the tasks you are meaning to buy the food processor for. You also need to consider the amount of storage space you have in your kitchen. Look for a compact design if you are worried about shortage of your counter space.
One of the most important questions you need to ask is whether the appliance that you are going to buy is easy to clean. The best models are always dishwasher safe and do not have a lot of parts that require cleanup. Most of them will only have lid, blades and bowl that require cleaning. Also check to see that the design of the detachable parts and the base should not have any tiny places where the food might get stuck.
A sturdy base is important to keep the machine stationary while you are processing food inside it. The preferred material for the work bowl is usually transparent plastic which lets you monitor the food being processed inside and does not break too easily. The material should be BPA-free especially if you are planning to use it for making baby food.