I would really like to believe I don’t have to spend top dollar to get a good food processor that will do everything I want. It might not bring me my slippers or ask me about my day, but it will get all the vegetables ready for me to make my salsa.
So, I’ve found plenty of expensive machines that will fulfill all my food processor desires, but I’m having trouble finding a mid-range option that will do what I need it to without having to pay for a bunch of features I don’t need. I need a motor that will last, I need a bowl big enough to make enough salsa for my whole family, and I need blades that won’t get gross or break after just a few uses. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?
The Hamilton Beach 70725A 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor has the right price and plenty of room to get my tomatoes just right. It has a 12-cup operation, which means I won’t have to do the chopping and mixing more than one time, and I have access to a few extra tools to make things a little easier. I’m intrigued, Hamilton Beach.
Snap To It
Have you ever been in the middle of cooking something while your food processor was working in the background and realized it was time to move the contents? When that happens, you have to try to get the lid off the machine with hands that are likely wet or covered in some kind of food goo. At least, that’s what happens to me, and trying to get the lid off the processing bowl with non-dry hands is really quite a challenge.
The 70725A is designed to make that a thing of the past. The lid is easy to take off without coming off by itself, so you don’t have to worry about wrestling with it when you have other things going on. That’s a feature I could live with.
You Got A Big Mouth
Maybe you don’t, but this processor does. It’s got a mouth big enough for a whole tomato to be put in without it being chopped up first. That’s pretty impressive. I’ve spent a lot of time making things smaller just so I could use a food processor to make them really small. Now, if this processor could do all the onion chopping for me, too, that would really be awesome.
See It. Do It.
If you’re not familiar with the tools that come with a food processor, they can look weird. They aren’t knives, they don’t exactly look like graters, some of them look too small to do much of anything… so how do they work? And how fast do you need everything to move to make it all happen? That’s where the handy dandy guide that’s included with this beastie comes in. You can use the pictures and instructions to find out exactly what button to push and what the results will be, depending on the settings you choose. You can’t really ask for more control than that.
In some cases, you’ll find you can get a lot of use from your processor beyond, you know, processing. Sometimes it can stand in for a stand mixer or a blender. This one doesn’t have the power to stand in for a stand mixer, but it can really hold its liquid. The lid isn’t liquid-tight, but if you keep the level a bit lower (as you should, anyway), it definitely handles liquids a lot better than most food processors on the market.
Makes An Effort
The Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap is a basic, starter level processor that does what it’s supposed to and makes some things easier than with most food processors. You shouldn’t expect miracles with this machine, but you’ll get much much more than you’d expect for the price.