How to Take Care of Food Processor

Food processor or as some people like to call it, ‘workhorse of the kitchen’ is a very useful piece of kitchen tool which helps you perform repetitive tasks a lot quicker and without much effort. Imagine laborious tasks like chopping vegetables, kneading dough or shredding a block of cheese, instead of doing these by hand the conventional way, use a food processor. Your food processor will perform these tasks for you in a matter of seconds with the click of just one button. With the assistance of a food processor, you will be able to save much of your time and energy spent in the kitchen. When you have such a useful appliance in your kitchen, you would naturally want to care for it to keep it functional and increase its life. Here are some tips you can follow to care for your best food processor and to keep it clean.

  1.    Before adding an ingredient to the food processor bowl, be aware which food can and which cannot be used. For example some food processors especially those working on lower wattage cannot be used to knead dough or chop nuts. If you still add these ingredients to it, you are risking your food processor to burning of its motors.
  2.    Cut the vegetables into small pieces before putting them in your food processor. This will ensure that the motor runs smoothly.
  3.    For smooth running of the motors and for better results of your blending and chopping, it is important that you don’t fill the food processor to maximum capacity. Leave some empty space.
  4.    If your food processor starts smelling bad, mix some baking soda in water and pour it in the food processor bowl. Leave it there for about 10 minutes before washing the bowl.
  5.   You need to clean your food processor properly after each use. Take the food processor apart. Wash all the removable parts with warm water and mild dish soap.
  6.    Do not soak the blades in water. Just wipe them clean to remove any moisture from then and any food stuck between the blades. Oiling them can enhance their functionality.
  7.    Be careful with the base of your food processor because this is the area where its motor is. It must not be submerged in water. You will just have to wipe it with a damp cloth and then dry it. If you want to remove stubborn stains, wipe it with some mild dish soap.
  8.    Once your food processor is clean. Dry it with a clean cloth and assemble it back together. If your food processor is not completely dry and you have assembled the parts you will be risking your food processor of bacterial growth.

With proper use of a food processor and taking good care of it, you can increase its life and keep its functionality up to mark.

Mistakes to Avoid While doing Juicing

These days more and more people are opting for juicing as a lifestyle because of the health benefits the juices offer and also because they are just so delicious. If you have a good juicer, juicing does not seem like much of a work at all. With the wide feed chute they offer, you do not even have to cut up the fruits before adding them to the juicer and the simple cleanup they offer motivates you to make fresh homemade juices every single day. The newest cold press juicers make sure that maximum nutrients and healthy enzymes are extracted from the fruits and vegetables and the juice is as nutritious and delicious as possible.  Although juicing is not that hard and anybody can do it with a little experience, there are a few common mistakes which you must avoid while juicing:

Too much sweetness:

Juicing is an excellent way to get most of the essential nutrients directly into your bloodstream but the fruits you add are also a direct source of sugars.  Lot of fructose from the fruits can elevate your blood sugar levels. You need to limit the amount of fructose in your juices and therefore limit the amount of fruits that you add. Instead you can add just a little bit of fruits for enhancing the flavor and rest can be healthy vegetables.

Not using greens:

Another mistake that most people make is to avoid the addition of green vegetables to the juices they make. Try adding green vegetables to your juices since they offer many health benefits. After a while you will get used to the flavor and even start to enjoy green juices. These vegetables are packed with useful nutrients and rich in chlorophyll which helps supply oxygen to your body and cleans it of impurities and toxins. They also help improve your blood circulation and boost your energy levels.

Not consuming it while it’s fresh:

This is another common mistake which most people make. You should not save some of the juice for consuming later on since it will not stay fresh for long and thus be unsuitable for consumption. Exposure to air and light will start destroying most of the healthy nutrients and antioxidants with each passing minute. Even if you cannot consume it right away, you should place it in an opaque airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. Even in the refrigerator, you should consume if before 24 hours.

Not using a cold press juicer:

If you have a traditional juicer at home, chances are that it is a centrifugal juicer and not a Cold Press Juicer. You need to invest in one of the latest juicer varieties that are available in the market by the name of cold press juicer since they use a special technique of slow juicing to make sure that most of the nutrients and healthy enzymes are retained in the juice drink. Your old centrifugal variety destroys most of these nutrients through the excessive heat that it produces.