The History of the Food Processor

Food Processor

In the process of preparation of food, a food processor is a kitchen appliance used to facilitate various repetitive tasks. Today, although there are some manual devices also referred to as “food processors the term almost always refers to an electric-motor-driven appliance”.

Its Functions Normally Consist Of:

  • Slicing/chopping vegetables.
  • Grinding items such as nuts, seeds spices, meat, or dried fruit.
  • Shredding or grating cheese or vegetables.
  • Pureeing.
  • Mixing and kneading doughs.

History Of Food Processor

When a French catering company salesman, Pierre Verdan, observed a large amount of time his clients spent in the kitchen chopping, shredding and mixing, the idea of a machine to process food began. And then he came with a produced a simple but effective solution, a bowl with a revolving blade in the base.

This evolved into Robot Coupe and a company established to manufacture the first “food processor” for the catering industry in 1960. And after that in the late 1960s, a food processor driven by a powerful commercial induction motor was produced. But until 1972 the domestic market had to wait for a food processor. In the UK the Magimix processor arrived in 1974, beginning with the R1, 1800, Magimix processor. See the first patent of this machine.

In the early 1970s, Carl Sontheimer developed a food processor in America, adapting the design from the Robot Coupe industrial blender. This first home food processor was introduced in North America as the Cuisinart In 1973.

Design And Operation

The base of the food processor houses a motor which turns a vertical shaft. And there is a bowl, usually made of transparent plastic, fits around the shaft. Cutting blades of this machine can be attached to the shaft; these fit to operate near the bottom of the bowl. These machines shredding or slicing disks can be attached instead; these spin near the top of the bowl. A lid with a “feed tube” is then fitted onto the bowl.

While chopping, grinding or pureeing the feed tube allows ingredients to be added. This machine also serves as a chute through which items are introduced to shredding or slicing disks. A “pusher” is provided, sized to slide through the feed tube, protecting fingers.

And in almost all of the modern food processors have safety devices that prevent the motor from operating if the food processor bowl isn’t properly affixed to the base or if the lid isn’t properly affixed to the bowl.

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