Breville Sous Chef Food Processor
Great for power users
We think Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor machine is more than enough for most people, but if you need more power or a larger mixing bowl, or if you do not mind paying twice the price for the features more beautiful, the Breville Sous Chef strongest in our testing. It chopped vegetables, bread to the ground, pureed hummus and sliced mozzarella on Custom and did, and it excelled in slicing. The Sous Chef entire source through a russet potato in less than a second, noticeably faster than any of the other models. And despite its power, it is the quietest of the bunch in the dough.
Although we are not huge fans of the small bowls on most major processors, we liked the dishes Sous Chef 2½ better than those of the Cuisinart Elite and KitchenAid ExactSlice. Deeper than others, the design of this bowl seems to make it easier to mince fresh parsley uniform.
“That’s thoughtful design Sous Chef that really sold us.”
That’s thoughtful design Sous Chef that really sold us. We like the way the bowl matching apartments on the basis of the engine because it lets you put it on a scale, if you cook the ratio. Instead of the standard you set foot bowl with work on other models, Sous Chef has a flat attachment, with legs attached to the inside of the bowl working. This design means that you can measure the ingredients into the bowl with the blade attached and then continuously connected to the base of the bowl of the engine. If you’ve ever struggled to fit a blade on a pile of dough in a bowl of the processor, you will appreciate this feature.
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We also liked how the work bowl with removable lid attached; the KitchenAid Cuisinart Elite ExactSlice and also this handy feature, but most of the models (including Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Custom and Cuisinart) require you to loosen the lid before removing the bowl.
Breville obviously put a lot of thought into the other design elements. For one thing, easy to press buttons. The Sous Chef is also the only model we tested with an LCD timer (which counts up and down), and it contains retractable wire. In addition to the standard blade, Sous Chef comes with a shredding disk and a disk reverse adjustable cut that goes from a 0.33 mm thin whisper to a generous 8 mm. It is a real alternative to using a mandoline. We have not tried the french fry machine’s disk, julienne disc, or emulsifying disc attachments, but handy cleaning brush did a wonderful job of bits stuck out slicing disc. Seamless food pushers of the machine also makes cleanup easier, because they do not have to eat the trap openings. The presses are not dishwasher safe (water may be trapped inside them), but they are easy enough to wash in the sink.
The Sous Chef is the first choice in the rating from Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. Illustrated Cook also proposed this model and say, “excelled at cutting board, sliced and chopped.” When cutting carrots, celery, and onion, we found it is difficult not to make puree using the “on” setting. In a second test, however, we use the pulse button, and Sous Chef to cut everything uniform in size in a matter of seconds. It has an average grade of 4.8 stars (out of five) in more than 550 Amazon user reviews.
The Sous Chef comes with a warranty of one year product warranty and 25 years on the engine by far the longest of any of the models we tested.
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For many tasks, a food processor can replace an upright mixer. According to Jean Anderson, you usually need to use specific recipes developed for a food processor. In her bookProcess This, Anderson employs a variety of techniques for making quick breads, yeasted breads, cookies, and cakes. In one recipe she even allows a yeasted bread dough to rise in the work bowl and then “punches” it down by pulsing the blade.
In a Serious Eats article, J. Kenji López-Alt says that a food processor surpassed a standing mixer at kneading pizza dough. His dough came together in a food processor in a fraction of the time it took in a standing mixer, and rose nearly twice as much—indicating that the food processor made dough with better gluten formation.