I was at a dinner party the other day and my dear friend made the most mouth watering home cooked meal that I have had in ages. As I was helping to clean up in the kitchen she showed me the new toy that she had just got, her new food processor. She was telling me that it now gives her an excuse to cook more with everything that it can do. Then it got me to thinking that I need to do some more cooking as I probably do not take full advantage of the model that I already own. If you do not have one of these, then you are really limiting yourself and your recipes.
Popular Ways To Use a Food Processor
Food processors really are extremely versatile tools for anyone that likes to bake or cook. Below are just some of the different ways that you can make use of one of these machines in your kitchen.
Chopped or Ground Nuts
You can chop nuts into big or small pieces or can keep the motor running to prepare our own nut butters. The blades on these machines can usually take the beating of harder nuts without any problems.
Most processors feature a shredding and slicing blade. This tears even the hard cheeses and is exceptional for shredding vegetables including potatoes for making hash browns, cabbage for preparing coleslaw, carrots and zucchini for baked items and salads.
Dough and Crusts
Mixing up and kneading the dough for pie-crust, pizza and homemade bread could be easily and quickly done in the food processor. While the pre-packaged crusts are convenient, there is nothing better than making the perfect homemade pie crust. Pasta lovers could make their own noodles at home with this processor.
Ground or Shredded Meats
You can chop the raw meat into medium-sized portions and put in the freezer till firm and have to be careful not to process for too much time, as we will end up getting meat paste. For dishes that require shredded meat, such as enchiladas, you can easily run the cooked meat with the food processor just for few seconds.
It is possible to process the heavy cream in the processor and in a few minutes you can have a rich and tasty butter.
Salad Dressings and Dips
Food processors are already praised for their capacity to make mayo from the beginning. In the top of the feed tube, there is a tiny hole. If we put the oil through that hole, it moves into the eggs at just the correct pace to be absorbed and convert everything into mayonnaise. This method also is effective like a charm when when preparing mustards and creamy salad dressings like Caesar, or oil based dips or pesto.
Easy and simple cookie recipes that are not weighed down using a lot of butter and flour could be whizzed in a food processor to save you a good amount of time.
Turning graham party crackers and dried up bread into crumbs to use as toppings, fillers and crusts are possible with processor.
Making a smoothie is effortless with the proper food processor. As they are so simple to create, you can also try to be a little more creative.
Food Processor Recommendations
Luckily, finding a quality home food processing machine does not have to cost you and arm and a leg. If you have been reading reviews it is clear to see that Cuisinart food processors are highly rated and are some of the most popular models on the market. They typically are extremely reliable, offer great food prep performance, and they have excellent customer reviews. I own one of these, and I love it and recommend it. If you are on a tight budget, then Hamilton Beach also makes very good budget food processors that can get the job done.
Owning a food processor unwraps a whole new world of delightful and healthy treats. You can prepare various recipes easily, eat healthful desserts and spend more time with our family and less amount of time in the kitchen. Once we explore the amazing ways we can use the magical multi tasking food processor it’s difficult to imagine life before its use as it takes all the trouble out of our cooking preparation.