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There is one food in this world that I love more than all other foods. I will forego eating all other foods for this one, and the more toppings you can toss on it, the better. French fries have my heart, and I have to eat them in moderation or they’ll have my arteries as well.
When I hit a certain age and realized I couldn’t eat french fries all the time and still stay healthy and not have a heart attack, I had to get creative with how I was going to get my fry fix. I started making all different kinds of fries at home, testing different recipes and vegatable replacements to see what kind of delicious concoctions I could make that would have the same consistency and still be amazing with chili and cheese.
One of the biggest issues I ran into was chopping up all the potatoes or potato substitutes. It took forever, especially if I found a recipe I really loved and wanted to share with my whole family. I’m a perfectionist, so chopping up a whole bunch of french fries takes me a lot of time I don’t really have to spare. A food processor that would do all chopping for me and make the fries look the way I really want would be all kinds of amazing.
It Slices, It Dices…
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 14-Cup food processor with French Fry Blade promises to do just that. I saw the words “french fry blade” and got so excited. It’s designed to make the pieces I want just the way I want them so I can get my healthy or unhealthy fix of salty, delicious goodness.
All you have to do is put in the special disc, and then a whole potato. That’s right, this 14-cup monster can handle vegetables without any pre-cutting. The lid has openings for big ingredients, and before you know it, you have a bunch of deliciously uniform pieces ready for the fryer, the oven, or the pan if you’ve figured out how to make pan-fried fries (which are time consuming but oh, so good).
Get It All For Not That Much
I am always interested in the features a food processor has, but one of the most important things for me is what I’m going to get from those features. I have lived a decent number of years, all without the quirky bells and whistles, so if they won’t revolutionize the way I do something I don’t really need to spend extra money for them. Even with its special french fry fanciness, this processor goes for just $55 which is half the price of a lot of similar units. It makes me wonder what I’m missing on the “features that work well” front, but if this one wants to do everything for such a great price, you won’t hear me complain.
Three Speed And A Lot Of Motor
Many of the more standard machines come with processing speeds of on, off and pulse. That’s what I expect, at least. This Hamilton Beach comes with three speed in addition to the pulse setting, so you can get a little extra movement or a little more control, depending on what you’re after. Also, the motor boasts 525 watts, which is a lot of power.
While the design of the french fry blade is stellar, this processor does have a fairly significant design flaw. Food processor bowls have a hole in the middle which allows the motor to connect to the chopping arm and work through whatever you’ve got in there. That hole is usually raised through a tube to make sure everything you make stays in the bowl when you pour it from one container to another. Regrettably, the hole in this one is not at all well-covered, so if you use the processor to finely chop, mince, or basically make big things really little, the little things can easily spill out from the bottom.
The unfortunate design flaw, however, means it’s basically good for slicing and chopping things into smaller, but fairly large pieces.
French Fry Love – To Be or Not To Be?
I was really excited about this processor and its french fry fanciness. I thought I would be able to get all the pieces and parts to make my favorite food and enjoy the laziness that comes with automation. I admit there is a serious design flaw here, but if you need a processor for slicing rather than dicing, this could be the ticket.