- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
Making great sauces, dips, dressings and chopping yummy veggies or crumble bread and other foods, rather than buying them already made, is fun and satisfactory, but, as usual, the less pleasant part is when it's time to clean up.
How can you keep a food processor, chopper or dicer clean and ready to be used again?
First of all it's important to take apart the whole of the machine, separating all the smaller parts so to clean them thoroughly and remove food residues. They should all be washed with warm water and soap and not scrubbed too hard.
The blades should not be soaked in water, rather be gently washed and wiped down right after usage, to preserve them. Another way for cleaning the blades without cutting yourself is by using nylon brushes.
Most removable parts can also be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher.
To clean the base or motor part, all you need is a damp cloth to wipe it down and remove stains. If done right after use the stains shouldn't resist. If they do, a baking soda paste should do the job, or a bit of soap wiped on the stain and removed with the cloth or a damp paper towel.
After all the parts are clean and dry you can reassemble the machine and store it away. Make sure that all the parts are throughly dried to prevent bacteria growth or damage.
So what if your processor/chopper/dicer is smelly? An easy solution for a smelly machine is to mix baking soda and water at a 1 to 1 ratio and leave it in the bowl of the machine for 10-15 minutes. This will absorb odors and leave your machine smelling clean again.
You should be able to do a search for your particular manufacturer and model food processor using one of the search engines. For example if you are looking for a Cuisinart model CH-4-DC chopper blade enter the search terms Cuisinart Model CH-4-DC chopper blade replacement in your search engine. Amazon is usually a pretty good place to start.
The manufacturer's website does not provide any information that would suggest that there is a release or a particular technique for removing.
If you were forced to leave in place after using it is possible that food residue has dried and is contributing to the problem. Suggest you try adding some warm soapy water to the bowl and let soak for 10 - 15 minutes.
Pour off the soapy water and then while wearing a protective glove see if you are able to remove the blade with some careful wiggling and twisting.
The following resources may be useful references in the future.
I had the same problem. With other tips from this site I was able to find the solution. The cause? A cherry pit. Yes, a cherry pit broke the chopper assembly, a small food processor looking blade that chops the food before it hits the filter. With the broken blade the filter clogged quickly and didn't allow sufficient water pressure to clean the upper rack as well as the lower rack. You may have a broken chopper assembly or the filter is just clogged. Good Luck!
Using one of the bowls, filled it with hot water up to the shaft and where the paddle is hooked up. Using a cotton cloth, wrap it around the paddle and shaft, let it soak for 30 to 40 min. After 30 min, twist the paddle back and forth to loosen up whatever got stuck inside the shaft and paddle. Put a little of mineral oil so that the paddle will be easily remove and it will just slide out from the shaft.