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How to operate a food processor effectively

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Get the most from your food processor by knowing how to use it!

Use it to puree, shred, slice, chop fruit and vegetables, blend to make sauces, dips, mix and knead dough, grind to make nut butters, grate cheese, and many more.

Before using it, make sure it is clean and place on a dry place with controls facing you. Do not plug it in until it’s fully assembled.

1.      Select blade

food processor blade
food processor blade

Select the blade that you want to use and put it into the working bowl of your food processor. There are different of blades that can be used with your food processor. They include the following;

-S blade

-Dough blade

-Chopping blade

-Shredding disc

-Slicing blade

The blades and discs are sharp, handle them with care.

They rapidly cut, slice or chop vegetables, fruits, hard cheese and knead dough. They will process carrots, onions, cabbages, beetroots, just to name a few.

Please note: before operating any food preparation kitchen appliance, first read its operating and safety instructions.

Set the work bowl onto the base and use its handle to lock it.  

2. Add in the ingredients


There are recipes that require you to mix all food instead of adding them one by one. In this case, put the ingredients in the processor.

-When adding liquids, be careful not to exceed the fill line.

-Do not put hot food in the food processor.

Most of these machines have 3 controls, on, off and pulse.

Lastly, twist the lid until it locks into place before switching it on. Many food processors like these reviewed here, only operate when the lid is tightly fixed in position

3.Process your food           

how to use your food processor
Hamilton beach food processor

Plug in the housing base. You are now ready to operate your food processor.

-The “on” switch process food uninterruptedly until you press the off button

-The “pulse” switch is normally used for controlling the chopping. Hold the pulse button for a few seconds and then release. Repeat this until you achieve your desired texture.

-Read the manufacturer’s instructions if your processor has more than two buttons.

4. If there are any more ingredients, add them

There are recipes that requires you to gradually add ingredients instead of processing them all together.  You can add ingredients if the machine has a feed tube on the cover.

If your machine does not have a feeding tube, switch it off and add ingredients.

 Press the off button when finished

  Operating and safety instructions of a food processor           

Keep out of reach of children

-Make sure cover, feed tube and bowl are securely locked in place before using the food processor

-Clean and dry the machine before using it because water can cause electric shock

-The base of a food processors houses the motor hence should never be immersed in water. Wiping it with a damp cloth is enough.

-Do not operate this kitchen machine when under the influence of alcohol

-If it feels too hot to touch, do not operate it again

– If the cover is not securely in position, the processor may not start

-Avoid coming into contact with moving parts. While processing food, the processor should be completely covered.

-Before removing cover of the machine, first stop its motor

-Power cord and socket should always stay dry

-Turn it off when not in use

-Never push food down with hand when slicing or chopping food; always use a pusher. Use it when you have stopped the motor

Cleaning your processor

As soon as you finish preparing your food, remove the cover, bowl and blades and wash them using soap and water. Wipe the electrical components with a wet cloth and remove any dirt of food or liquids.

Allow the parts to dry then reassemble your food processor.

Do not immerse the electrical part in water, particularly when connected to power. This will destroy the food processor and possibly cause an electric shock.

Do not touch the sharp parts of processing blades.

Using Different blades

Some of these food preparation machines come with a confusing array of attachments. They include a dough blade, a blender, a chopping blade, a slicing blade, a juicer attachment, a shredding or grating disc, and even a spiralizer.

Chopping blade

Place the blade over the work bowl accessory adapter. Fully assemble the processor.  Remove any seeds from your fruits or vegetables and add them to work bowl. Cover it and plug in the housing base.

You can pulse the food to chop or can use high or low speed to run the machine continuously.

Press the off button when finished

Slicing disk

 The slicing disk slices fruits and vegetables to small, round pieces.

Shredding or grating disc

The shredding disk is placed close to the cover of the food processor

Use this bade to grate large quantities of cabbages, potatoes, zucchini, carrots and cheese.  It mostly shreds most firm and hard cheeses.

Put in the S-Blade

Every food processor has an S-Blade (standard blade for processing food.)With this blade, you can chop, slice, shred and even grind ingredients to powder form.

Troubleshooting when processing your food

1.The motor slowed down when processing food

This occur due to heavy load of food. This will cause the motor to work harder. Try to reposition the food and try again.

2.      Blade does not incorporate ingredients

Professionals’ advice that you drizzle liquids which will allow the ingredients to absorb it.

3.      Motor shuts off during operation

Check if the cover is securely locked. A motor may shut off to prevent it from overheating. If that’s the case, give it like 20 minutes to cool off before processing food again.

4.      The motor does not start

The machine is not assembled properly. Many motors are designed with a safety feature to prevent it from starting if the whole processor is not assembled correctly.

5.      The food processor vibrated during the operation

This is normal if there is a heavier load of food making the motor to work extra hard.  Do not exceed maximum load capacity.

Foods that you can make with your food processor

mayonnaise by food processor


-Pea nut butter


-Dill butter

-Vegetable cream cheese

-Tahini dressing

-Basic Vinaigrette

-Sauce for your chicken recipes and many more

easy chicken recipe ideas

FAQs on how to use a food processor

1.      What is the function of a Pulse button

A pulse button is one of the controls of a food processor. Its purpose is to control chopping, shredding or slicing.  When you press the button, the machine starts to work and when you release it, it stops working.

It provides more accurate control of frequency of processing.

2. Can you wash the removable components in the dishwasher?

It is safe to wash all removable parts of a food processor excluding the base that houses the motor

3. Can any blade be used in kneading dough?

I would recommend to use a dough blade that is either made of plastic or metal. It is ideal for kneading dough for pizza, cakes, and biscuits, just to name a few.

In conclusion

A food processor can also be used:

  • In processing mayonnaise
  • To grind nuts
  • In making  nut butter
  • For processing Bread crumbs and Cookie Crumbs
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