Finding a food processor up to the task of prepping food for a family of 6 is tough. Especially when you also need it to be affordable (And by affordable, I mean cheap!). Everything seems to be either too small (6 cups, really?) or over $100. Or gets crappy reviews.
After multiple google searches and a few hours reading reviews, I took the plunge and ordered this one (or, rather, sent my mom the link a few weeks before my anniversary) from Amazon. This is an Amazon affiliate link, which means if you decide to buy this one after reading my review, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you that helps pay the expenses of this blog. Thanks!
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor
So, about this little machine. I have used it a LOT. Especially with Whole30. I have made mayo, "ice cream," ketchup, biscuit dough, cauliflower rice, and more with mine. It comes with a shredder/slicer blade, and the usual assortment of features.
Now, honestly, I don't really notice much difference between the first 2 buttons. There pretty much seems to be one speed - fast. The last button is for pulsing, which means it turns on when you press that one and off when you release the button. Very handy for quick jobs when you don't want to over pulse.
When I took these photos, I was making Whole30 Mayo using this recipe from The Movement Menu.
Homemade mayo is a pain in the butt, in my opinion, but pretty essential for Whole30. You can use it for salad dressings, ranch dip, even deviled eggs. It adds a lot of options back into your Whole30 that would be off the table otherwise. So, you'll probably want to give it a go, and you'll need something like a food processor or an immersion blender.
This food processor is large, so I always did a double batch of mayo. Honestly, one egg and 1/2 cup of oil in the bottom probably wouldn't reach the lowest blade, so I felt like it might not work. But since we were using the mayo quite a bit, the double batch was never a problem.
To make the mayo, you have to pour the oil in REALLY slowly. There is a removable "plunger" on the top that allows for this while still keeping the lid in place (in fact, the processor won't run if the lid isn't securely in place, which is good. Because toddlers. And moms without sleep. Ahem.)
One of the things I don't like about this model is that the black piece that fits in the opening there (through which I am drizzling the oil) actually has holes, or openings, on each side of the center hole. I have on a few occasions, dripped oil in those spaces when the toddler screamed or something. Or maybe it was because I was making mayo without coffee. either way, it's really not fun to clean it out of those spaces, which don't drain anywhere and are too small for a dishcloth. I think a lot of models have that though, so if there's a purpose for them that I am missing please let me know.
As you can see from this next photo, this machine has quite a bit of power and will gladly spray the entire lid with whatever is in there (if it's liquid enough). When making cauliflower rice, the cauliflower tends to bounce around quite energetically and even come back up out of the opening while I am trying to add more. This can cause quite a mess.
- Handles large amounts of food and doubling recipes.
- Runs for longer periods of time without getting hot.
- Does a decent job shredding and slicing.
- Does a nice job blending and pureeing without leaving large chunks.
- Is large and inexpensive.
- Doesn't allow for much speed control, other then pulsing.
- Tends to throw the food back up to the top and out of the spout.
- Has a few hard-to-clean spaces.
The bottom line, though, is that this food processor (currently priced at $44.67) can get the job done. It can run for a long time without getting hot, and so it works well for mayo and other heat-sensitive recipes. It can handle a large batch of biscuit dough, and cuts the butter in quite well (thank God I don't have to do that by hand any more!). For a large family, or large batches of things, I'd call it money well spent.
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