by Daisy Dao
Food processors can take your food preparation to a whole new level and most food processors these days come complete with recipes for food processors just to get you started. You can of course find lots of recipe books by yourself as well but even so, just using your imagination together with the instruction manual will give you an excellent idea of how to use a food processor as well as the different things you can make with the attachments which come with it. Food preparation is fast and will save you a lot of precious time as well.
You can do this with one of the blade attachments and it is really good for shredding cheese. If you use recipes which use shredded cheese, making your own will make those recipes taste a whole lot better. Freshly shredded cheese tastes better than store bought shredded cheese and it only takes a few seconds to shred your own. Try using your own shredded cheese on pizza or lasagna. You can also shred left over meats and use them in other recipes as well.
This is probably one of the better known uses for a food processor and it is fast. If you are accustomed to spending a lot of time chopping up food to use in recipes, you might be surprised at how much time you can save. All you need to do is feed large chunks of vegetables or fruits into the processor and in a few seconds they will be perfectly and evenly chopped. You can save a lot of wear and tear on your knives as well.
You use one of the blade attachments for this and simply feed large pieces into the processor and in a matter of seconds you can have enough potato slices for example, to make a large potato bake. You can do the same with apples and they are instantly chopped and ready for making a pie or cooking up ready for making into homemade apple sauce.
If you place your cooked and cooled apple slices into the processor, you can puree them into apple sauce in seconds, adding a little liquid through the lid to reach the perfect consistency. You can do this with cooked chick peas too, and add some minced garlic and lemon juice through the lid, to bring your humus to the correct consistency too.
You can mix dry ingredients too, such as you would do with a cake and add in the wet ingredients slowly through the lid of the processor for the best cake batter consistency. You can start out on a low speed and then beat the mix on a higher speed for the best results.
Grating potatoes, carrots, apples or anything else for that matter is very time consuming when you do it by hand. However, when you set up your food processor with the correct blade, it is done in the blink of an eye. Cooking becomes a pleasure when the preparation is this fast.
Part of what food processors do includes turning all the vegetables in your soup into a perfectly blended puree, to which you can then add the cooled liquid. When processed, you will have a perfectly smooth soup, full of nutrients and no chewy bits, which is great for fussy children.
In addition to the apple sauce we mentioned above, you can also do things like make your own salad dressings and mayonnaise. There are thousands of recipes, just those from most Asian cookery covers hundreds if not thousands.
This attachment is perfect for whipping cream and making scrambled eggs. You might be starting to realize by now that having a food processor can actually replace several other kitchen appliances. Though it could look a little bulkier some actually replaces some if not all other cooking appliances for most modern kitchen
This is one of my favorites and the food processor does a beautiful job of mixing and kneading. The oven does the rest. You can make dough for pizza too and then use your own homemade tomato sauce and shredded cheese, as well as chopped vegetables and meats you have processed in your food processor as well.
Another favorite, you need to have fresh fruit and freeze it, like bananas, strawberries or mangoes etc. You put the frozen fruit pieces in the food processor and pulse until it is all broken down, then add in a few dollops of natural yogurt and puree it. Instant, soft serve, natural fruit ice-cream is yours for the eating.
I hope this has given you an idea of how to use a food processor and the various things you can make with it. You should always check the best food processor reviews to make sure the processor you are considering has the features and attachments to make the things you love the most.
About Daisy Dao
Daisy grew up on the beautiful Honolulu island where she often found herself spending most of her day enjoying the ocean scent in sea waves. As such, Daisy came to appreciate the art of cooking seafood. She has experimented with baking, roasting, broiling, poaching, grilling (and every other cooking technique you can think of); and with all kinds of spices too. Now she is ready to present her experience: the art of cooking healthy food without any pre-packaged ingredients; food product recommendations for people who need a bit more guidance on what goes into their bodies; how to maintain an active lifestyle without having to give up your favorite foods!