When you're looking for that second pair of hands, look no further than a commercial food processor. These (relatively) small pieces of restaurant equipment pack a powerful punch, literally shredding your prep time from several hours down to just minutes. Whether you're shredding potatoes for breakfast hash browns, slicing tomatoes for burgers or churning out freshly-made pizza dough, your commercial food processor is up to the task. And while the time savings is an obvious benefit to food processors, consider this: consistent, equal portions of food means you're better able to control portions which means you'll save that much more in your food costs. At Tundra Restaurant Supply, we sell commercial food processors from the industry's leading brands like Robot Coupe, Waring, Sammic and more!
Types of Commercial Food Processors
Don't be fooled into thinking that just because you have a blender you don't need a food processor. Though blenders are great for emulsifying liquids, they're not recommended for blending dry ingredients. That's because blenders feature a narrow, vertical container whereas a food processor is wider, creating a larger surface area for the blade to do more work. Plus, bakers prefer using food processors when it comes to making pie or pastry dough because there isn't as much air incorporated into the dough.
There are options when it comes to commercial food processors, and the key is to finding the right unit for your specific needs. You'll find that many food processors are designated as batch bowl or continuous feed, with a select few featuring a combination of the both. Bath bowl food processors are the ones you often see at home, and feature a single bowl for you to slice, dice, shred chop and head product in. Continuous feed food processors, on the other hand, dispense food into a separate container. Continuous feed food processors are ideal for slicing, dicing and shredding in bulk directly into food storage containers; though these food processors work well for those making salsas or shredded potatoes for hash browns, you'll find they lack the versatility of a batch bowl food processor which can puree, emulsify and knead dough as well.
Of course, why choose? Pick yourself up a combination unit and you'll get the best of both worlds.
Commercial Food Processor Attachments
When it comes to commercial food processors, it's all about the accessories. Food processors often come with a variety of interchangeable discs to switch between tasks like dicing, slicing, shredding and more. These discs are easy and quick to switch out, and save you hours of prep time when it comes to dicing vegetables for your pico de gallo, or slicing tomatoes for your sandwiches. Plus, tired of grating cheese for hours? There's a disc for that too. Some units even feature French fry and Waffle fry discs so you can quickly prepare your own house made French fries.
If you anticipate dabbling in house made desserts, consider a food processor that includes a whipping disc. Unlike using an immersion blender, with a food processor you simply deposit the contents of cream into your bowl and walk away—you'll have perfectly made whipped cream each time! Not only that, a whipping disc can also be used for house made butters, which can really elevate your menu offerings in a simple, easy way.
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