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Food Processor Blades: More Than Chopping

If you own a food processor, chances are that you’re familiar with its power and functionality. The magic of this kitchen helper are the discs and accessories that transform your processor from chopping, mixing and pureeing to a mini powerhouse that can shred, slice and even knead dough. Use this guide to help familiarize yourself with the different food processor blades and how you can take advantage of their capabilities to elevate your recipes.

 

Most food processors come with a multipurpose S-blade and at least one disc that can be added to your food processor to broaden its versatility. There are sometimes also a number of other blades and kits that can be used to expand the scope of tasks that a food processor can do–like a french fry disc, a dicing kit, and a dough blade, among others. KitchenAid® food processors, for instance, typically come equipped with at least one multipurpose blade and reversible shredder/slicer disc. Select models also come with additional discs and accessories, like a dough blade or dicing kit.

SLICER/SHREDDER DISC

A standard accessory for most food processors, the slicer/shredder disc can be reversible like the ones that come with KitchenAid® food processors, or a single-function blade. You’ll be able to slice a variety of ingredients, including zucchini, potatoes for Loaded Potato Slices, jalapenos and even cheese.  Some food processor models, like the KitchenAid® 9 Cup Food Processor, come with multiple slicing discs featuring different thicknesses for even more control and precision.

Like the slicing disc, the shredding blades give you the versatility to shred anything from cabbage to root vegetables and fresh fruits among other ingredients. Use your food processor’s shredding disc in recipes like a simple yet deliciously flavorful Shaved Brussels Sprout Saute for a quick weeknight side dish.

Multi-purpose or “S” blade

The S blade, also known as the sabatier blade, consists of two angled blades facing opposite of each other, forming an S-shape. This is your multipurpose blade, and you can use it for just about any recipe to chop, mix and puree your ingredients for delicious creations like this Cinnamon Apple Crostata, or even this Vegan Hawaiian Poke Bowl with Teriyaki Sauce

Most, if not all food processors will come with this type of blade or similar, even if it doesn’t come with other discs or accessories.This blade works best when used with the Low or Pulse function, which makes it ideal for making salsas and nut butters.

DOUGH BLADE

While it may come as a surprise to some, you can actually use a food processor to knead dough. Some models may come with a dough blade attachment, like the 13 Cup Food Processor from KitchenAid. It’s shaped similar to the S blade, except it’s made out of plastic and has dull edges meant to turn and pull dough as opposed to cutting into it. You can use it to make fresh breads, pastry crust and pizza dough. Or, you can even go as far as making your own homemade Food Processor Pasta that would pair nicely with this Fettuccine Bolognese.

HOW TO USE KITCHENAID® FOOD PROCESSOR BLADE ACCESSORIES

Learn how to use in-bowl blades and discs for the KitchenAid® 7 and 9 Cup Food Processors. Easy to use, clean and store, these food processors feature an innovative design with a one-click, twist-free, bowl assembly and latched lid. The blades and discs fit inside the bowl to make storage easy. Chop, puree, shred, slice and even knead with select models.

For even more versatility and capacity, opt for the KitchenAid® 13 Cup Food Processor with Dicing Kit.  Chop, shred, precision slice, dice, knead, mix and puree everything from fresh veggies to cheeses, doughs, sauces, salsa and so much more. The 3-in-1 feed tube reduces prep time, allowing you to process a variety of ingredient shapes and sizes—tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and more. In addition to being easy to use, all of the accessories fit nice and neat in the included storage caddy, which nestles directly inside the 13 cup bowl. Or store ingredients for later use, directly in the work bowl, with the refrigerator lid.

HOW DO YOU CLEAN A FOOD PROCESSOR BLADE

Make sure to keep your food processor blades, discs and accessories in good condition by rinsing them as soon as you’re done using them to avoid food sticking to the blades that could be difficult to remove.

DISHWASHER 

  • First, make sure your food processor blades are dishwasher-safe by checking your owner’s manual.
  • Remove the food processor blades from the work bowl carefully, making sure to avoid the sharp edges.

  • Rinse if needed, then place them on the top rack of the dishwasher. Use the Regular or Gentle cycle, and avoid using hot water, since it may cause damage to the food processor blades and other parts. 

  • Dry thoroughly before putting away. 

HAND WASH

  • Like using the dishwasher, carefully remove the blades, discs or accessories from the work bowl.

  • Use warm soapy water and a soft sponge, starting from the center and moving toward the outer edges. 

  • If there are any particles stuck in the middle of the multipurpose blade, use a small brush to remove any leftover food. 

  • Let the food processor blades and parts dry completely before putting them away. 

Food processor being cleaned with soapy water

RUN THE PROCESSOR WITH DISH WASHING LIQUID

Select KitchenAid® food processors feature a sealed, leak resistant work bowl which provides a great way to quickly clean the interior and blades.  You can simply fill the bowl ⅓ full, add a few drops of dish washing liquid and run the food processor on high for 30 seconds.

 

HOW TO STORE FOOD PROCESSOR BLADES

Storing your food processor blades is fast and simple. Select KitchenAid® food processors let you store the multi-purpose blade, discs and dough blade within the work bowl for all-in-one storage. Otherwise, you can store your blades where it’s convenient and safe for you to reach. Colanders, tupperware or lid racks are all popular options for storing blades, but avoid storing them next to other metal utensils that could potentially contact the blades and dull them.

 

 

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