The food processor is one of the best electronic kitchen assistant you can have. The most basic models are already great with chopping, mixing, blending, and even pureeing. Can anything make it greater? How about if it came with a grater attachment? Pun intended.
Shredding and grating have been used interchangeably in the kitchen. The loose use of these terms is partly because the same tool is usually used to achieve both although the intended product look significantly different. In the world of food processors, that’s also why the grating disc is also sometimes referred to as the shredding disc.
Some food processor models combine the grating attachment with another feature in a reversible disc, usually with slicing or coarser shredding. If so, you will have to make sure to position the disc accordingly to use the intended feature. You may also purchase a separate attachment for finer grating. Here are some of the best food processors that come with shredding/grating attachment.
The Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY has been consistently ranked as the best food processor, considering both performance and price. This model offers great value for money with its flexibility, power, and sturdiness. Its disc and blade attachments include a stainless-steel slicing disc, a shredding/grating disc, and a chopping blade. This large-capacity (14-cup) food processor comes with a powerful 720-watt motor, perfect for the kitchen of a serious cook.
If you’re looking for a food processor for smaller portions, then you can check out Cuisinart’s DFP-3 Handy Prep 3-Cup Food Processor. It may be small, but it still packs many nifty features. This unit comes with a 2-mm slicing disc, a medium shredding/grating disc, and a stainless-steel chopping/mixing blade. It also features a special chute attachment for efficient and continuous processing.
At 7-cup capacity, the Cuisinart DLC-10SY is perfect for regular home cooking needs. It comes with a medium slicing disc, a shredding/grating disc, and a stainless steel chopping blade, ensuring versatility to assist you in most of your food preparation tasks. It is armed with a motor powerful enough to knead bread dough with ease.
Other Cuisinart Models
A number of other Cuisinart models, with varying capacities and features, capable of grating are available in the market. Some examples are the Cuisinart FP-8SV Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor, which is powered with a 350-Watt motor and comes with reversible shredding and slicing discs, and the Cuisinart DLC-8SBCY Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor which comes with a chopping blade and three slicing/shredding discs.
You may also purchase additional disc attachment to extend your choice of grating size such as the Cuisinart DLC-835TXAMZ Fine Grater Disc, which fits 7- and 11-cup processors in the DLC-8 and DLC-10 series food processors. This disc is ideal for grating cheeses, nuts, coconut. You can also go for the Cuisinart DLC-093 3-Piece Specialty Disc Set, which fits the 14-cup models and includes fruit/vegetable french fry cut, fine-grating, and thick-slicing disks.
You definitely get what you pay for with the the Breville Sous Chef. It certainly doesn’t come cheap but its impressive features justify the hefty price. First off, it comes with 5 multi-function discs and 3 blades, which include:
- a reversible shredding/grating disc, which allows for coarse shredding on one side and fine shredding on the other;
- an adjustable slicer disc, which allows you to customise the thickness of slices;
- micro-serrated universal S blade, to chop, mince, mix, blend, puree;
- other discs and blades such as a dough blade, a julienne disc, a French fry cutting disc, whisking disc, and a mini blade for use with the mini-bowl.
All of these attachments are encased in a convenient storage. Its other features: a powerful 1200-Watt motor, a super-wide feed chute with small and large food pusher, plus two bowls (a 16-cup and a 2.5-cup processing bowls for convenient processing of different proportions ), and various safety features in place, only add to its awesomeness. If you’re looking to splurge on a highly versatile food processor which befits professional level cooking, then this one may be for you.
For a slightly toned down version, you may also check the Breville BSB530XL the All In One Processing Station, which comes with a 6 cup processing bowl, reversible shredding disc, variable slicing disc and a standard S Blade. Other features include an ergonomic control grip for increased stability and control, adjustable 15-speed control, and ice crushing blade.
Another product from Breville is the Breville Pro-Kitchen Food Processor that features a 1 litre processor bowl, 1.2 Litre blending jug, a powerful 500w motor and 2-speed dial. Attachments include two separate discs for fine and coarse shredding.
Hamilton is known to produce powerful albeit inexpensive food processors. If you’re looking for a model that doesn’t break the budget, consider one of the following.
This model comes with a reversible slicing/shredding disc and a stainless-steel chopping blade. It has 2 speed plus pulse options, an oversized feed chute, and a powerful 500-watt motor.
A similar model is the Hamilton Beach 70670 Food Processor, ChefPrep, which comes with a slightly a 525-watt motor, 2 reversible slicing/shredding discs and a stainless-steel chopping blade. For a model designed for convenient storage, check out the Hamilton Beach 70760 Food Processor which has a lid that flips over for compact storage.
For a more pleasant clean up experience, the Hamilton Beach 70730 Food Processor model is equipped with a built-in bowl scraper, which works whether the processor is on or off.
This model comes takes versatility to a whole new level. It comes with a 6-cup, 12-cup and 16-cup BPA-free mixing bowls so you can conveniently process different proportions of food. It has 2 metal blades — one for the small bowl and one for the large bowl, a dough blade, 2 grating discs (2 mm and 4 mm) and 2 slicing discs (2 mm and 4 mm). Plus, it comes complete with a BlenderMix® attachment, a citrus press, and an egg whisk. You literally couldn’t ask for more
The Black&Decker FP1600B is another option for an inexpensive food processor. With its 450-watt motor and stainless-steel chopping blade and reversible slicing/shredding disc, it is perfect for your slicing, dicing, chopping, mincing, and grating needs.KitchenAid KFP0711CU 7 Cup Food Processor
The model comes with an internal adjustable slicing disc, reversible shredding disc and multipurpose blade, allowing you to chop, mix, slice, shred and grate with ease. The 7-cup capacity is ideal for most home cooking needs. Plus it offers a high, low and pulse speed options for increased precision in processing different ingredients.
These are all really good options that you have to choose from. However you have to decide what your budget is and what you are going to use it for. The Hamilton food processors come with everything you need at a fraction of the cost of some of the others. If you do no care about the cost then I would go with the Breville, this machine is a beast and comes with a great warrantee that the company stands behind.