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I am not in college any more. I’ve grown up, gotten married, gotten divorced, gotten married again, gotten a big kid job, gotten a bigger kid job, yadda yadda yadda. Those are all big changes. Life kind of came and went in those situations, and I acclimated pretty quickly. I feel like I’ve changed the most when I realize little things about my existence that may not have been the case five or ten years ago.
In this case, I realized I don’t eat Ramen and drink soda for dinner every night anymore. Not everything I eat comes from a box. I even eat vegetables!
What all this grown-up-ed-ness means is that I’ve learned to cook, and I need the tools to do it. It’s not a desire, it’s an actual need. I have a recipe for pico de gallo that I love to make, but there is no way in blue anything I’m chopping up all those vegetables by hand. Nope, not happening.
So, I’m on the hunt for some kitchen tools and, in some cases, kitchen tools better than the ones I have. I don’t want to spend a million dollars, though. So that’s where a goodie like the Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor comes in.
Piece-O De Gallo
When I cook, I cook a lot. And that usually means a lot of tomatoes to chop. I wanted a food processor that would make everything just the right size without smooshing up my beautiful vegetables. You have to respect the integrity of the food. The Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor is supposed to do all that while keeping my food delicious and making my life easier.
It’s not expensive, but it also isn’t small. This is not a pocket sized appliance made for small batches of food. The Hamilton Beach can handle up to 10 cups of whatever you throw in there. That’s a lot of veggies. Or, you know, whatever it is you want to chop and process.
Pick Your Poison. I Mean, Your Speed.
While it’s not the most versatile appliance in the world, it does offer 2 speeds for processing as well as a chopping blade and the disc that goes at the bottom and shreds up the food. It’s pretty important to keep in mind that the shredding disc is also a blade, even though it doesn’t look like it, and it will shred up your fingers if you’re not careful. I’m just sayin’.
Side Scraping So You Don’t Have To
Here’s the thing – I’m lazy. I’m lazy, but I’m not clever, and that’s not a good combination. There are people in this world who know how to manage to scrape the sides of a food processor bowl by doing the smart thing and turning the machine off before they do it. I’m not one of those people. I know I’m supposed to, but that doesn’t mean I do it.
Rather than making me risk losing a hand trying to do things my way, this processor actually scrapes the sides of the bowl so I don’t have to. Thanks to this handy dandy feature, the spatula, or whatever I (or you) might try to use make sure everything gets mixed in and isn’t sticking to the sides, can be a thing of the past.
Add It On Top
If your recipe calls for more of this or the late addition of that, or you just don’t think you have enough chopped up, this appliance lets you add more as it’s mixing without making a big mess. That’s a pretty sweet addition, and it makes it easier to fix or increase the size of your dish without having to stop and take everything apart.
If you’re a cheese lover, which I am, you’ll be happy to learn that you can process a 2 pound block of cheese in this bad boy without a second thought. While that might not be your goal, and that is actually quite a bit of cheese, it is a pretty good illustration of what you can make happen with this machine without a lot of effort.
Not A Bad Following
Considering the low price on this machine, I didn’t expect it to have much of a following, but it has received a ton of great reviews. I always believed you get what you pay for, and you don’t pay very much for this processor. The theory is probably still a good one, but it doesn’t mean all low-priced items are total garbage. In fact, this one does a really good job of holding its own among some pretty expensive heavy hitters, and it’s great for a starter kitchen or someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money.
Maybe The Master
Overall, I’m pretty impressed. This processor does a really good job for a very small price, and there are very few reports of problems even considering its entry level nature. It’s totally on my short list of food processors to consider, and it might be a good option to have even if I also opt to buy a more expensive one for big meals. If you’re with me and like the idea of value and performance, you’re certainly in the right place.