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Buying Guide: 5 Tips for Buying Food Processors

Considered a “must have” piece of commercial restaurant equipment, food processors came on the scene in the early 1960s. The first food processor was introduced by Robot Coupe (say Ro-Bo-Koo). Robot Coupe is ROB-R2DICE-2still a Best in Class food processor manufacturer today and sold by Burkett Restaurant Equipment.

The food processor has virtually eliminated most labor intensive tasks in the kitchen and has cut down on food preparation time. Chopping, mincing, grinding, pureeing, slicing and shredding are all made easier with a food processor, in commercial and home kitchens.

How does it work?

A food processor is an electrical appliance that is made up of a mixing bowl and a range of blades and disks. All food processors are required to have safety features that only allow the machine to start processing once the bowl and lid are locked.

Generally speaking, food processors come with two types of blades: s-shaped stainless steel blades and plastic blades. Stainless steel blades fit at the bottom of the bowl and chop, shred and grate vegetables and meat. The plastic blade is great for mixing bread and pizza dough.

What Should You Look for in a Food Processor?

  1. Look for a powerful food processor that can process food quickly and consistently. A heavy chassis will keep the food processor from “walking” during heavy-duty processing tasks.
  2. A large bowl capacity, at least 2.5-3.0 quarts. Keep in mind, if you are processing liquid ingredients, the bowl capacity is just about cut in half.
  3. A wide feed tube. A wider tube lets you push larger pieces of food through while processing.
  4. Simple controls. Many models offer a wide array of speeds, but make sure you have a Pulse option, which is great for making bread and pizza dough without over mixing.
  5. Bonus features like a citrus press for juicing oranges, limes and lemons; or an egg whip that can be used during baking.

Ready to shop? Take a look at our selection of New and Used foodservice equipment and supplies!

The Vita-Prep… This One is for Food!

With the ability to chop, grind, puree or blend dense ingredients at the exact speed, the Vita-Prep offers unparalleled commercial kitchen versatility. That’s right, the Vita-Prep’s 2 peak output HP motor allows you to whip up amazing guacamole, salsa, bisque’s and more with the simple flick of a button. Variable speed control also allows for flexibility and creativity while maintaining the integrity of your ingredients and a patented accelerator tool allows for easy control and processing of dense ingredients.

Vitamix also offers the Vita-Prep 3. From chopping delicate ingredients to blending tough purees this food preparation machine  is the only tool you’re kitchen will need to perfectly chop, grind and blend it all. The Vita-Prep 3 contains an advanced cooling fan for optimum reliability during peak hours of operation so that you do not burn out your motor.

The third food preparation blender is the Vitamix XL Variable Speed. Maximize your kitchen’s possibilities with this heavy-duty unit, that will reduce prep-time, improve staff efficiency and allow you to expand your menu capabilities. Its large blending capacity, allows for up to 24 8 oz. servings in a

Vitamix XL Variable Speed

Warranties are always important selling points when investing in expensive commercial equipment. The Vita-Prep and XL comes with a standard three-year limited warranty on motor and base parts and a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor of the full unit.

Vita-Prep Features & Benefits

  • 2 HP Variable speed
  • 2.0 liter high-impact container
  • Polycarbonate container with wet blade
  • 54 page recipe and technique guide.

Vita-Prep 3 Features & Benefits

  • 3 HP Variable speed
  • (2.0 liter) high-impact container
  • Polycarbonate container w/ wet blade
  • 54 page recipe and technique guide
Vitamix XL Variable Speed Features & Benefits
  • 4.2 peak output HP.
  • Extra large 1.5 gal. container with lid
  • Extra blending capacity for both hot and cold ingredients.
  • Pulse function and variable speed control allows for flexibility and creativity.

When volume, consistency and quality are essential, Vita-Prep is perfect in even the busiest of kitchens.

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