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In the world of food processors, there are only so many options for movement. Basically, you’re asking some sort of blade or grater to go in a circle. How many controls do you need? Most processors have on, off and pulse. Some of them even use the same button for pulse and off. It’s not confusing, I promise.
On my search for the food processor of my dreams, I started looking at other options. I couldn’t really think of any other features you would need on a food processor, but I figured there had to be others. Technology spices everything up, right? The question is, how much do we actually need it?
Now, the Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor has the standard on, off and pulse, as well as 8 distinct chopping tools so you can get your chop on without doing a whole lot of work. I’m really interested in what those other settings could possibly do.
Slice It However You Like It
This machine lets you have serious control. With 3 blades and 5 discs, it doesn’t matter if you want teeny tiny pieces, massive chunks, or several sizes inbetween — you can get it all. I can’t even believe how much flexibility this thing has. I love to cook, but I use my kitchen appliances for similar stuff all the time. I’m thinking of all the possibilities I could explore if I had a food processor with all those options. I might not ever need to wield a knife in the kitchen again!
How Low Can You Not Go?
Whether you need to add additional ingredients after you’ve already started, or if you prefer to load the ingredients with the lid already in place, you’re probably not used to a mouth large enough to put chunks of anything into the bowl. I rely on either making small pieces to begin with, or starting with the lid off. The BFP800XL has a 5.5 inch chute on the lid which lets you add ingredients in large, un-chopped quantities without having to wrestle the lid off. I have spent a lot of time cutting things small enough to go into my food processor. With this thing, that would become an issue of the past.
Big and Small
Have you ever seen a full-sized product come with a mini-version of itself? Well, now I have. You get the full-sized processor bowl with the lid, which you would expect to be included in the box. In addition, you get a smaller processing bowl that works with the same system, so if you only need to get a little of something worked up, you don’t need to use the full-size bowl. How cool is that? Even though it’s a little pricey, the BFP800XL gives you a lot of bang for your buck. You get a bowl big enough to process 16 cups of whatever you’re making, and you get the 2.5 cup bowl you can use with the same motor. That’s a pretty good deal.
Time It Out
Kitchen timers have been around since when? The beginning of time? Okay, maybe not that long, but timers aren’t a new thing. I don’t know why putting a timer on an appliance like this gets me so excited, but it does. It’s such a simple innovation, but it does so much for keeping things cohesive and keeping me on task. I also appreciate when my appliances yell at me if I should fall victim to shiny object syndrome, which has been known to happen while I’m cooking.
High On The Price Spectrum
This guy has a powerful 1200 Watt engine, a huge bowl, so many different slicing and chopping options, AND a smaller alternative which is great if you aren’t cooking for an entire army. There are so many options, but yes, you’re going to pay for them. The Breville is almost 4 times the price of a smaller unit from one of the more consumer-oriented brands. But this is one situation where you can count on gettimg what you pay for. Breville has very few, if any, rivals in the field, and people seem to really love this food processor. You can expect it to provide dependable service for decades, if not longer. According to some diehard fans of this machine, as long as you’re cooking, it’s cooking right there beside you.
The more I hear about chemicals ending up in our food without us even realizing it, the more I try to think about the products I buy. The bowl on this processor is BPA free, which means I don’t have to worry about harmful stuff getting into my food just by existing alongside it. The plastic is safe for my kids and me, too, and that’s something a lot of food processors can’t brag about.
One of the few things I don’t like about this processor is that it’s not made to be dishwasher safe. Not that I was about to throw the base with all the electrical connections into the tub of water, but I would like to be able to put the bowls and blades in there when I’m not using them. Having to scrub everything by hand afterwards is no fun and it’s time I could be using for other things.
Sous Chef, But Only Really
This may not be a perfect machine, but it’s very very close. The price is high, but the Sous Chef really can be your second in command. It appears to be able to do everything a food processor should do, and then do even more. People really love it, and I’m impressed by it on the whole. You have to prepare for sticker shock, but if you’re with me in wanting a proper second in command, Breville is your best choice.