When you take into consideration the time it takes to follow through with traditional methods of food preparation, the convenience provide by having a food processor just makes sense. Unhealthy fast food choices have sadly taken over certain households, with so many working parents not having adequate time to cook for their families.
Thankfully, the modern food processor has eliminated the boring, labor-intensive task of slicing, chopping, shredding, and pureeing, making it the go-to appliance for the mom and dad on the go. Almost every television chef can be seen with one of these handy devices – proving, once again that a food processor is something that no kitchen should be without. Below are the top five uses for a food processor.
A food processor makes chopping quick and easy when preparing things like soups, large salads, and coleslaw. Be sure to slice vegetables into large chunks prior to placing them in the processor. Also, be careful to not overfill the processor, as the vegetables will not be properly chopped.
Common foods that need to be ground up are meats, certain cheeses, coffee beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and spices. When using a processor for meat grinding, it’s recommended that the meat is chopped into 1-inch cubes, and then placed into the freezer until partially frozen. Once the meat is partially frozen, you can grind up the meat into batches. Place no more than 8-ounces of meat cubes into the processor at a time, grinding the meat in 8-10 1-second pulses.
Preparing whipped cream, butter, and frosting is easy with a food processor, and you don’t have to worry about food flying across your kitchen like you would with an uncovered bowl and electric beater. Whipping sometimes requires that a whipping insert be placed into the processor. Check your recipe prior to whipping, to determine whether or not the whipping insert should be used.
If your food processor does not include a juicing insert, then it is probably outdated, and should be replaced. The insert looks like a typical manual juicer that has strainer for separating seeds.
New moms who want to make their own preservative-free healthy baby food should never be without a good food processor. Meats, fruits, and vegetables are typically chopped and cooked prior to the pureeing process. The “Puree” or “Liquify” buttons are mostly used for younger babies, while the “Chop” and “Mix” buttons are typically used for older babies.