Food processors are quickly growing in popularity, to the point where almost any kitchen would benefit from having one around. They have a wide array of uses, from grinding up meats, nuts, fruits and veggies, to blending up and mixing dips, and so much more! With certain attachments, some food processors are even capable of making fine julienne slices, or even thick, well-cut French fries! With so many uses and so much versatility, it’s easy to see why so many people, of all types of skill levels and tastes, are choosing to make them a part of their regular cooking.
However, a lot of these food processors can be quite bulky, and take up a lot of valuable space on your counter that you may not be willing to give up, or that you may not even have to spare! It’s very important to have all of the tools you need to be able to cook any kind of dish you might like, and luckily, you don’t have to be limited by the space on your counter any longer! Now, you have more choices to pick from than just the traditional, bulky machines that many people use. Today, there is a large selection of hand-held food processors that are small, lightweight, and require no electricity, so you don’t need to worry about plugging them in anywhere, you can just throw whatever you’re preparing into it and use it manually! They’re ideal for small kitchens, or for people who already have so many things crammed onto their countertops, because these models can just easily fit inside of a cupboard or shelf, allowing for fast and easy storage almost anywhere. These hand-held processors are also very easy to clean because of their smaller size.
You’ll find most, if not all, of the food processors on this list are powered by a string system. The way these machines work is that on the top of the machine, there is a handle attached to a string. When you grab on the handle and pull, it causes the string attached to the blades inside the machine to spin around. You have to keep repeating this pulling motion until your food is processed to your satisfaction. Quite the workout, but you still get results!
So, if you’re looking for a convenient way to still be able to process food with a hand-held machine you could fit inside a cupboard to shelf instead of having to decide which spot on your counter you want to sacrifice, let’s take a look at a few of your options!
This is a small manual food processor made by Gourmia, a small, but still reliable kitchenware company that typically sells cheap, durable products. This particular model is no exception to that, being made of durable, BPA-free, food-grade plastics, making it both resistant and lightweight, more than other electric models which are made partially from metal or heavier plastics. This processor runs off of that same string and pulley system I described above, so its operation is quite simple. Grab the handle at the top, give it a yank, and keep doing that until your food is sufficiently ground up.
This model comes in a lot of different varieties to suit whatever you might need. They have the Small version, which is a robust two cups, the Large four cup version, and the ‘Twin’ sized version, which give it a spacious six cup capacity. It still operates exactly the same way throughout all of these sizes, the only difference between them is the bowl size. They also carry the very versatile Chopper and Grater set, which comes with not only the Twin sized manual processor, but also with Gourmia’s special tools that you can use to slice, grate, dice and blend your fruits and veggies!
And they’re all fairly inexpensive, too. The Chopper and Grater set comes up to $15.99, and just the food processors and even cheaper than that, especially as you go down in size. This option is perfect for those on a budget!
- BPA-Free, food-grade plastic
- If you pull too hard on the handle, it could break
- Blades may need to eventually be replaced or sharpened
- Repeatedly having to pull a handle may be difficult for the elderly or those suffering from wrist pains
This particular processor is brought to you by Jevolve. It’s also a lesser-known brand for kitchen tools, but is still a great option for you nonetheless. This model of processor also gives you a nice option to choose your machine to have a pink, green or white lid, which could add a nice splash of color to any kitchen! This particular model comes with two blades inside the bowl, and operates using the same handle and pulley mechanism on the top that we’ve already discussed extensively. It uses three blades inside the bowl to ensure that all of your ingredients get nicely processed and chopped. These are made of food-grade stainless steel, and are quite good quality when you get it out of the box.
The plastic is also durable and BPA-free, and makes an excellent storage container for chopped food, if you don’t end up eating all of the food you’ve chopped! So, if you make too much salsa, guacamole, or anything else, you can take what you need and put the rest into your fridge for later, with no need to even take it out of the processor! These only come in a robust three cup capacity, but that should be plenty of space for most of your purposes! And, at only a little more than $10, this option is also as economical for your wallet as it is for your kitchen space!
- Robust and compact
- BPA-Free plastic
- Three stainless steel food-grade blades
- Comes in a variety of colors for any kitchen theme
- Can be stored in the fridge
- As said, the handle may not be ideal for people who have joint pains
- Cannot be ordered in a larger size
- The handle may break if pulled too hard
Are These for Me?
That’s for you to decide! If you don’t want to get a slightly more cumbersome machine that you have to plug in and possibly reserve some counterspace for, then these could definitely be for you! They’re inexpensive, yet still effective, and with a bit of hard work and elbow grease, you can produce great results! Just make sure you know your own strength and don’t rip the handle off the string! But, if you’re not up to that for whatever reason, be it joint pain or anything else, and don’t mind spending a little more of your money to get it, then a regular, electricity-powered Food Processor might be up your alley! No matter what you choose in the end, happy cooking!