If you’re lucky enough to own a dishwasher, cleaning your food processor is just a matter of giving the parts a good rinse and popping them into the dishwasher for a thorough, hands-off clean.
But the high heat, salts, and detergents can take their toll on the plastic components, and with some Kenwood food processors, and other premium brands costing several hundred pounds, you want those parts to last the lifespan of the food processor itself.
And what’s more, dishwashers don’t always get into those nooks and crannies where foods can hide. You really need to get into those tiny, tight spaces by hand to clean properly, as anything left in there could rot and smell.
The hardest part about cleaning a food processor? Finding a tool that’s slender to get inside the handle and under the blades.
A cleaning kit for water bottles works well, as their brushes of various shapes and sizes are ideal for navigating around plastic parts.
Best of all: No matter how big the mess in your food processor is, with the right tools the food processor will be sparkling clean again in less than five minutes. That’s what you’ll need:
Food Processor Cleaning Equipment
- Sink filled with warm water
- Washing-up liquid
- Non-abrasive scrubbing brush or a soft cloth
- Cleaning set for water bottles or similar
- Some white vinegar
- Dry Dishtowls
- Disassemble the food processor: Remove the Universal Stand Mixer bowl from the motor base and separate all components. What remains are the bowl, the lid, the buttons and the blades.
- Pre clean: Soak all parts – except the motor base of course – in a sink with warm soapy water and wash them with a soft cloth or soft brush. Make sure it is a non-abrasive brush to avoid scratching the plastic.
- Check nooks and crannies: Take a close look at the small, narrow areas of your food processor – especially inside the blade and handle. These are areas that are difficult to reach with normal cleaning.
- Use brushes: Use the small brush in your kit to scrub the inside of the blade, the inside of the handle, and any other small neglected corners. Normal soiling can usually be removed with soapy water.
For more stubborn residues, depending on the foods you’ve been prepping in the food processor, will have strong odours, and when dried in, are tough to remove. In this case, use white vinegar to help soften and remove everything completely. Pay special attention to the cracks in the handle, the locking mechanism, and the inside of the cutting knife. The best way to get rid of leftover food is to move the device up and down.
- Rinse and dry: That was it! Finally, rinse all parts thoroughly with water, let them dry and enjoy a food processor that looks like new.
Regular Food Processor Cleaning
If you do not wash your food processor after use, tough streaks of stains will appear and cleaning will turn into an absolute nightmare. Additionally, odours can develop over time which could signal the growth of bacteria inside the food processor. Do you want to prepare unhygienic and even potentially harmful food for your kids simply because it’s difficult to clean your food processor after every use?
Regularly cleaning can prevent these catastrophes, prolongs the life of the food processor, and makes the whole process of cleaning much easier.
Make sure to take an extra 30 minutes every time you cut up carrots, mix dough (e.g. by using a food processor for bread dough ) or blend hummus into a puree to wash the container of the food processor using detergent and water.
Make sure to wipe off the exterior of your food processor using a soft cloth, especially in the case of a stainless-steel food processor. In the end, your preferred multi-functional kitchen appliance must not just be spotless however, it should also look like it.
If you follow these easy steps, it’s generally enough to do the deep cleaning steps described above each month. These few minutes will be well worth the effort to take care of the food processor in your kitchen. If the machine runs longer and is more efficient you will not only save time, but as well, you save money and will be doing something beneficial to the health of your family.