Beyond the Chop: Mastering your Food Processor

So you’ve purchased your new Hamilton Beach food processor and now you’re combing your favorite food blogs, Pinterest boards, and Instagram accounts for recipe inspo. While you’ll have no problem finding tasty hummus and pesto recipes online, take one step back and learn a little more about your food processor before putting your culinary skills to the test.

Your food processor comes with different discs and blades that serve different purposes – depending on what you’re preparing . Whether you want to slice, shred, chop, or mix, you’ll need to choose the right one. Here’s a helpful guide you can follow before trying out all of those recipes you’ve pinned.

Most food processors come with these standard blades – the chopping/mixing blade and the slicing/shredding disc.

Use the chopping/mixing blade – also known as the S blade – to coarsely chop, grate, mince, mix, or puree food.

S Blade

Chop nuts, meat, garlic, onions, peppers, celery, herbs, bread (for homemade bread crumbs), and crackers with ease. You can also use this blade to make homemade pasta dough.

Chopped peppers

Mix together everything from salad dressings to smoothies to homemade hummus.

Hummus in the food processor

Use the reversible slicing/shredding disc to shred or to slice a variety of foods.

Food Processor Slicing Disc

Shred cabbage for coleslaw, potatoes for homemade hashbrowns, carrots for carrot slaw, and chilled cheese for Taco Tuesday toppings.

Food Processor Shredded Cheese

Slice cucumbers, apples, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, pepperoni, peppers, or radishes. It’s the perfect tool when throwing together a summer salad.

Food Processor Sliced Cucumbers

Click here to read about other ways you can use the chopping/mixing blade and the slicing/shredding disc. And if you’re still in need of some recipe inspiration, find 8 of our favorite food processor recipes here.



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    Augustine Rhodes

    I have a blade with different types of chopping and slicing options. However, I am not sure how to turn the blade so that it will slice for me instead of shredding the vegetables. Please advise.

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    I would like to see a demonstration of the mini chopping for o lions, peppers, potatoes and more like restaurants make for salads. I have a 13 Cup kitchen aid food processor, and need to know which blade and how it is used. Thanks

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    Can the 10 cup f99d processor be used to mix butter in with flour mixtures for scones biscuits etc. Thank you for an answer

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    I just got a new food processor so this was an amazing tutorial! thank you so much!!

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    This is a very helpful article for a first time food processor user. With so many different parts it will become confusing for which food which blade can be used etc.

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    food processor uses with different discs and blades that serve for different purposes. Before trying out all those recipes must follow all steps for food processors.

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    Please send recipe for Spicy bread and butter pickles to my email. [email protected]

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    Kristine Chambers

    Great info
    Thank you
    Keep up the Tips !

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