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A food processor is a great device that can accomplish many repetitive tasks for you. Once you learn how to use this appliance, you'll be able to chop, slice, knead, and dice various foods quickly.
Fortunately, we can make that process easier for you. We've checked manuals and read instructions for Kitchenaid food processors so that we can tell you exactly how to dice with these machines!
Follow these steps to dice:
- Install the dicing kit base, blade, and cover onto your appliance.
- Align the dicing kit cover with the feed shoot. Then, put the work bowl cover onto the work bowl.
- Select the small or medium feed tube. Then, insert food to be diced.
- Remove, and clean blades once finished, and allow them to dry.
You'll need a special blade to dice using a food processor to get the uniform cuts necessary for dicing. Luckily, Kitchenaid has a large food processor with this handy kit. With all that covered, let's dive right into this post!
Using A Kitchenaid Food Processor For Dicing
The 13-cup capacity Kitchenaid food processor can dice certain foods when you use the dicing kit attachment. The accessory is included for the KFP1319 and KFP132 places. You can also buy kits for the KFP1333 and KFP1444 models.
Before dicing, set up your food processor. Place the base on a level surface, within reach of an outlet, and with the controls facing out. Place the work bowl onto the base. Then, place the drive adapter onto the drive pin.
The drive adapter is used to hold the various attachments for the appliance. Once you've reached this point, you can install the dicing kit.
Look at this post, "What Are The Parts Of A Food Processor? [5 Main Sections]," for more in-depth information about this appliance!
1. Install Dicing Kit
The dicing kit includes four separate pieces. Three pieces are used to dice food, and the final piece is for cleaning the device.
Kitchenaid recommends removing the work bowl from the base before installing accessories. Once this is done or unplugging the machine, you can fit the dicing kit into the work bowl.
You'll start with the dicing kit base, the dicing blade, and the dicing cover.
There is only one way these pieces will fit into the bowl. If you're having trouble fitting it in, double-check your pieces—the dicing blade ha,s writing on it which should be facing up.
The cover piece has larger handles and an image printed on it. You'll slide this part on top of the other two pieces and turn to lock it into place.
2. Align And Cover
If you removed the work bowl from the base, you should now replace it. With this done, you can install the work bowl cover to the work bowl.
If you can't get your work bowl cover to lock closed, then there's a problem with how you installed the dicing kit—double-check to ensure each piece is facing the correct way.
You should also ensure that the dicing kit cover aligns with the feed shoot. Once the cover is locked, it's time to begin dicing.
3. Dice Food
You should only use your dicing kit with a low-speed setting. Additionally, you should be using the small or medium feed tube. The large will be too big and needs to be avoided.
Select the food you want to dice and turn your food processor on low speed. Make sure that your food will fit through the feeding tube and feed it in.
You can dice different fruits, vegetables, potatoes, and cheeses in your food processor. Just be careful not to overfill your work bowl. You should also stop occasionally to shake the bowl.
This helps redistribute food, so it's level in the container.
When you're done dicing, you should turn off the machine. You can do this in one of two ways.
The first method is pressing the same button you used to turn it on. In this case, the low setting. You can also press "Off/Pulse" to turn the machine off.
Once the machine is off, you should wait for the blades to stop before unplugging or removing the work bowl completely.
4. Remove And Clean
After the blade stops spinning, you can disassemble the machine for cleaning. You can unplug the base and remove the work bowl cover from the bowl.
With the cover removed, you can remove the dicing kit. Twist the dicing lid to unlock it. Then, carefully remove the cover, blade, and dicing base. Remove the drive adapter and move the food into a different container.
You can clean some food processor parts in a dishwasher, but some pieces should be hand-washed. The base and cord should be wiped down by hand. It should then be thoroughly dried.
It's important not to submerge the base of this appliance.
The parts of the processor are all top-rack dishwasher safe. Be careful to avoid high-temperature cleaning cycles and avoid keeping the bowl on its side.
If you decide to hand-wash, then avoid scouring pads or abrasive cleaners.
Take a look at this video if you want to see a demonstration of installing the dicing kit:
What Else Can The Kitchenaid Food Processor Do?
At the minimum, the Kitchenaid food processor can chop, mill, mix, slice, shred, and knead various foods. Some appliances can also make french fry cuts and dice certain foods.
If you're looking to chop or mince food, there are a lot of foods suitable for your food processor. Try this appliance to chop or mince cheese, chocolate, herbs, and nuts.
You can also slice fruits, tomatoes, and soft vegetables. However, if you switch to a high-blade setting, then you can also cut hard vegetables, fruit, and cheeses.
Your Kitchenaid processor can also shred foods to a fine or medium cut. Try using this feature for cabbage, cheese, potatoes, fruits, or vegetables.
You can also mix with this food processor! Stir pestos, salsas, batters, and pasta sauces in this appliance on the low setting.
Curious about other mixes your food processor is capable of? Check out this post, "Can You Blend Soup In A Food Processor?".
What Kitchen Tools Can You Use For Dicing?
The most basic tool you can use to dice food is the knife. Knives that are good for dicing include the chefs and paring knives. The chef's knife is a versatile knife that you can use for dicing, cutting, and chopping.
The paring knife is smaller and is better suited for more precise tasks. In addition to dicing, you can use this knife for peeling and deseeding fruits and vegetables.
There are also special tools for dicing foods. You can get attachments for food processors and stand mixers. You can also choose a more simple dicing machine.
These types of dicers typically contain a container and lid with narrow knives.
To Wrap Up
A food processor is a convenient tool. It can easily slice, chop, mix, mince, and knead many different foods. You can quickly dice your fruits and vegetables with an additional dicing kit!
Remember that this capability is mainly geared towards larger appliances. So, you'll need at least a 13-cup capacity processor.
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