How to Use a Hamilton Beach Food Processor

Hamilton Beach Food Processors are sturdy and reliable machines that are meant to chop, dice, puree and assist with any other number of food preparations.

Using this unit will save preparation time for you, reduce possible mess, and allow you options in processing that are difficult to do, or to do well, by hand. Another of these machines' benefits includes the possibility to create food mixtures that you might never have considered trying in your own home.

Unpack the box and wash all of the parts in warm, soapy water. Allow them to dry thoroughly before reinstalling them on the main unit.

Ensure that the speed control is turned to Off. Add the blade you need to work with at this point by sliding it onto the shaft of the motor in the middle of the bowl, and rotate the blade until it drops into its place.

Place the bowl into the base and turn it clockwise, that is, to the right, until it clicks in.

Cut up the food that you want to process into pieces that will fit into the processor's entry chute.

Add the lid and turn it in the clockwise direction. Make sure that the bowl's handle is directly fronting the machine's control switch, and that the guidance marks on the bowl, its lid, and the handle all match up.

Insert the machine's plug into a nearby electrical socket.

Select your speed by rotating the knob between the Low and the High settings. Choose the speed based on the type of food you will be processing and how much control you need. Opt for Pulse if you want the processor to turn on and off.

Flip the operating switch to On and slowly add the food pieces by pushing them into the chute with the Food Pusher tool to better protect your fingers.

Turn off the machine when you have processed the food. After the blade has ceased rotating, remove the bowl by turning it counterclockwise, that is, to the left.

Wash and let dry all of the removable pieces, and wipe down the rest of the machine with a damp cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Hamilton Beach Food Processor
  • Food to process
  • Chopping knives
  • Chopping board
  • Containers to store processed food
  • Damp cloth


  • Adding a drop of vegetable oil to the screws once a month will help keep the food processor's parts running smoothly.
  • To maintain the food chute place a drop of vegetable oil on each screw once a month.


  • Hamilton Beach reminds you to refrain from processing certain foods if you wish to maintain your machine. These include unground grain, coffee beans, or spices. Nor should you slice frozen meat or crush ice with this processor.
  • Be careful not to overfill the bowl so that the food can move around and blend more easily.
  • Avoid operating the processor for longer than one-minute periods. If you must process a large amount of food, run the machine for one minute and then let it rest for one minute, and then repeat.

About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Michelle Raphael has been writing computer and technology articles since 1997. Her work has appeared in “Mac World” magazine and “PC Connections” magazine. Raphael received the George M. Lilly Literary Award in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University.