Today we’ll talk about the Hamilton Beach food processor.
We’ll see how well the Hamilton Beach food processor slices, shreds and chop.
What is Hamilton Beach food processor
Hamilton Beach food processor is one of the best budget food processors that you can currently get on the market.
It costs 3 – 4 times less than other food processors this size (12 cups). If you’re not to picky about the shape and consistency of the slice, then Hamilton Beach food processor might just be your pick.
The characteristics of Hamilton Beach food processor are:
- 16.25 inches tall, 9.5 inches wide and 8.7 inches deep,
- the unit weighs 6.5 pounds,
- the cord length is 25 inches,
- it has suction feet so it doesn’t move around when processing,
- control panel buttons: on/off button, slice/shred, puree/mix and pulse/chop,
- the bowl holds 12 cups,
- it comes with an S blade for chopping and a reversible disc for slicing and shredding.
Note to yourself, you cannot use Hamilton Beach food processor to grind coffee beans or spices, knead dough or crush ice. It’s only for veggies, nuts and seeds, fruits and herbs.
Hamilton Beach food processor in action
If you want to chop or mix, use the chopping blade, also called the S blade. To slice or shred, use the reversible disc.
Chopping and mixing
The S blade, is used to chop smaller ingredients like, herbs, seeds and nuts, onions, beans and pulses, etc.
I found that for best results, food, for example onions, should be cut into fourths prior to processing, and to use pulse option on the control panel for better control over the chop.
Also, a little tip, when you’re processing small foods and you want them to come out processed finely, like garlic cloves, seeds and nuts, it’s best to turn the machine on and then put the ingredients through the chute.
So you can see that the chop is pretty chunky and uneven. For a more even chop, you’d need to chop ingredients separately with pulse and then, once they’re chopped combine them with pulse.
For slicing use reversible disc. One slide is for slicing and one for shredding.
I found that the chute is not as wide as I’d won’t it, so to fit the ingredient down the chute you have to cut it prior.. and then put the food to be sliced in the chute.
There is a “max fill” line so for safety reasons, your food should not go above the line. To push the ingredients towards the disc, se the chute foot, never ever your fingers. Ever.
The slices are pretty even, but they’re different shapes (square and round), which means that the vegetable moved in the chute.
For hollow vegetables like capsicum, slices are less even. About 75% slices look even and the way you would want them to look, while other 25% of slices is a wide array of shapes. The thickness is consistent, which is good.
In this case, the small chute would be ideal and there is a small chute on the lid as well. But, it’s only big enough to fit a carrot. If you have a cucumber, a leek or even a big carrot, small chute is useless – thus either you cut slim veggies in even slimmer ones or use a regular sized chute. The small chute, would, however, give you a more even slice, giving you round shaped slices only.
I found that shredding works much better than slicing.
Hard ingredients such as potatoes, beets and carrots will get shredded in seconds and very evenly.
Softer ingredients like leek, cheese or eggplant may get squeezed and pushed around the sides of the chute. This means you’ll end up with a larger amount of unprocessed food.
In case of cheese, most food processor manufacturers recommend that you freeze it for at least 30min it prior to processing. In case of veggies, you can freeze it as well or just go with the flow and do some cutting at the end of your shredding.
Cleaning Hamilton Beach food processor
The bowl, S blade, reversible disc and chute foot are all dishwasher safe. All the parts are dishwasher safe except the base. I recommend you don’t use a too high temperature for your washing cycle, because it can eventually dull the blade and disc. The base can be wiped down with a damp cloth and dried.
One thing that bothers me when it comes to cleaning is the space between the chute and the handle. That is where the food might get stuck and it is somewhat challenging to get it out. You’ll probably need to use a toothpick to pick it out. Or try to rinse it out from the top.
Pros and cons of Hamilton Beach food processor
Although Hamilton Beach food processor isn’t perfect and has some cons like small chute and food getting stuck, it is a good value for it’s size and price point.
If you plan to use it mostly for processing vegetables and you don’t mind doing a bit of additional cutting, then yes, Hamilton Beach food processor is a solid decision. I would also recommend it for people who are new to food processing scene, it’s a great basic and affordable machine.
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