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Robot Coupe – A Powerful Leader in Food Processors

Robot CoupeEvery professional chef knows the name Robot Coupe.  Pronounced “roh-boh coo,” the company hails from France and specializes in food prep equipment.  If you’ve been saying “robot coop” all these years, don’t worry—we won’t tell. Robot Coupe U.S.A. was founded in Jackson, Mississippi over 30 years ago, and it’s clear that Robot Coupe is an industry favorite amongst professional chefs worldwide.

So why do most chefs choose Robot Coupe?  The truth is really in the details.  Robot Coupe’s long line of food processors were specifically designed for the commercial kitchen, delivering immense power to withstand regular, heavy use.  But don’t confuse durability with ease-of-use; you’ll find Robot Coupe is both simple and safe to put together and take apart.  You can feel safe knowing that when you use a Robot Coupe, every part of the machine that touches food can be safely removed for cleaning; that means more speed and less hassle when it comes to finishing that mile long prep list.

Robot Coupe mastered the design of the durable, easy-to-use food processor years ago, and has since moved on to create amazing immersion blenders, juicers, and combination processing units.

What is a combination processing unit?  It pretty much is what it sounds like:  Robot Coupe has created a food processor that combines two of their most popular appliances – the cutter and the blender-mixer.  It’s basically meant to expedite the liquefying of raw or cooked foods for nursing homes and hospitals, but because it can also chop, grind, emulsify and puree…we think it easily fits into any professional kitchen.

Robot Coupe - BLIXER6 - 2 Speed Blixer with 7 Qt Bowl

Robot Coupe – BLIXER6 – 2 Speed Blixer with 7 Qt Bowl

Enter The Robot Coupe Blixer.

Designed with a fine serrated edge blade, leak-proof lid,  and an internal scraper arm, the Blixer was intended to simplify the process of preparing mixed liquid or semi liquid foods, but it can also do all the other food processing tasks mentioned above.   Because it emulsifies vegetables and fruits, the Blixer completely breaks down your product while keeping the original nutritional value and flavor.  This is great for juice bars needing a quick way to break down product before pressing into a juice.  It also works well for pulsing flour and butter into the perfect consistency for those scones or biscuits you make every morning.  We’ve even seen pharmaceutical and environmental companies use the Blixer to completely break down vegetables and proteins needed for analytical use.

Beyond the Blixer and other professional food processors, Robot Coupe uses the same powerful design in their immersion blenders and juicers.  So whether you need to chop onion and tomato for pico de gallo, grind herbs for a compound butter, or emulsify chocolate and cream for ganache – Robot Coupe has the solution.

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Commercial Food Processors: Know What To Buy

Food processors and mixers have evolved considerably in the past decade to become more versatile and more powerful; meaning, they can satisfy a growing number of food preparation tasks in greater capacities.

A food processor has a central motor, usually self contained, that drives a shaft to which a blade or other cutting implement is affixed.

Food is either processed in a bowl for sauces, soups, or finely diced vegetables, or through a continuous feed chute that allows sliced or shredded vegetables to be ejected quickly into bins.

What to Look For When Purchasing a Food Processor

  • Be sure to size your new food processor to the task. If you overwork the processor by constantly pushing its capacity, you could shorten its lifespan and effectiveness. Manufacturers usually list this information for each model.
  • Some units have more than one bowl size, allowing you to change the capacity according to what you are processing.  This is especially useful if you have medium and small size processing tasks.
  • Variable speed units are more versatile and can handle foods of different densities.
  • Look for units that come with multiple attachments. The more attachments a unit has, the more food preparation tasks it can perform in your commercial kitchen or restaurant.
  • Safety features that prevent kitchen staff injury, especially with new or untrained help. The most common is an automatic shut-off feature.

Types of Food Processors

Robot Coupe R2B CLR

Robot Coupe R2B CLR

The most important factor in choosing the correct food processor is to select a machine that is right for the type and quantity of food you want to process.

  • For maximum versatility, a Blixer, or combination mixer and blender, is ideal, with emulsifying and liquefying options that can blend sauces and soups without too much aeration plus the normal chopping and grinding features of a food processor.
  • Bowl mixers chop or grind relatively small amounts of core ingredients like garlic, shallots, or basil.
  • Combination models feature a variety of cutting blades and can perform multiple tasks, such as slicing, shredding, kneading dough, and julienne, plus normal chopping and grinding functions.
  • Vegetable prep models have a continuous feed chute that allows you to chop, dice, shred, grate, or julienne large amounts of vegetables at a time.
  • Heavy duty floor blixers and food processors are designed for large operations and can mix, blend, or process up to 1,200 lbs. per hour.
  • Vertical cutter mixers feature a continuous feed chute and a large capacity stainless steel bowl, have a variety of blade attachments, and can process larger volumes than a standard bowl mixer.

Caring For Your Food Processor

Food processors should last seven to ten years if used and maintained properly.  Typically, a food processor does not require much maintenance, since the motor is usually a sealed unit.

However, a few basic steps can be taken to maximize your food processor’s life:

  • Wash food processor bowls, attachments, blades, covers, and pushers regularly.  Most are dishwasher safe.
  • Always use the food pusher that comes with your unit to guide food into the processor.  Not only is it unsafe to use other objects or hands, but damage to the unit could also result.
  • Don’t overload the machine. It’s important to size the processor according to the types and quantities of foods you wish to process.  Too small of a machine or one without enough horsepower for more dense foods will not last as long or work as efficiently as a larger one.
  • Blades and attachments become dull over time and should be replaced.

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