For many people, commercial food processors are synonymous with commercial blenders. However, this is a mistaken notion held by many people. A commercial food processor shares several things in common with a blender. However, the two items of commercial food equipment are certainly not the same.
On top of the base of the food processor, lies a transparent bowl (usually made of plastic). The cook affixes the bowl to the base, thereby connecting the bowl to the shaft. The shaft contains an assortment of blades used for food processing. Operating the food processor is a breeze too. All a cook needs to do is to place the food requiring processing inside the processor. Then, the cook presses a button after covering the container. Within minutes, the processor will do its work and enable the cook to move to the next stage of food preparation. Some processors come with a feed tube or a lid with an opening at the top as well. This enables the cook to introduce several ingredients to the food inside the processor.
Cooks in commercial kitchens use a commercial food processor for carrying out various monotonous tasks associated with preparing food. These processors performed certain routine tasks very effectively. Thus, they reduced the amount of time cooks would otherwise spend on executing these tasks. Some of the basic functions of a food processor include:Chopping or slicing vegetables
- Grating or shredding cheese
Mixing and kneading the dough
Grinding meat, nuts, seeds and other similar items
Making purees and,
Other activities such as whipping, churning, cutting, dicing etc.
Handling tasks like these manually would consume a lot of time. If cooks spent their time doing these tasks for each order, it would increase the time taken to serve the order. Bear in mind that an order could comprise various dishes as well. Therefore, if customers found that they had to wait for inordinately long periods for their food, they would naturally, end up going elsewhere.