I don’t know how anyone makes anything in the kitchen without a food processor! Most of these bad boys will shred, slice and puree just about anything. I use mine for a little of everything, including…
Stuff you can do with a food processor
- Shredding all the things. It may not shred a guitar like Eddy Van Halen, but when it comes to work in the kitchen, a food processor can be your best friend. It’ll shred cheese, lettuce, cauliflower… you name it! It’s cheaper to buy cheese by the block and shred it yourself, and usually healthier because you know you’re getting real, actual cheese and not “cheese product”. There are a boatload of good recipes that call for something to be shredded, and we’ll be posting all those ones we can think of.
- Making hummus and other dips and sauces. Tzatziki sauce anyone? I bet you’ve never shredded a cucumber faster!
- Pie crusts and the occasional pizza dough. You can make regular pizza dough of any of the crazy paleo, low carb/keto doughs out there too. We’ll discuss some of those later. Rebecca and I have been trying out keto recently and I’ve been getting pretty creative with some recipes. My food processor has thrown a lot of fuel on the fire of innovation!
- Smoothies: True, there are better tools to use for this, but if you have to decide between a smoothie maker and a food processor, just remember, a food processor can do both. A smoothie machine may only be able to make you a drink.
- My favorite thing to make in my food processor is nut butter. At this point, I’ve pretty much tried turning every nut I could get my hands on into butter! I’m told that you can turn pumpkin seeds into butter; an experiment I intend to try soon! You can bet your sweet macaroons I’ll post the results of that. I can’t wait!
- Speaking of butter, do you make biscuits? You know the part where you cut your butter into the flour? Try freezing your stick of butter and running it through the grating attachment on a food processor. If that doesn’t speed up your biscuit-making time then you may need to back off on the morning wine a little.
good one, the perfect one, the right one
There are food processors of every shape and size out there. They come in various sizes, have different attachments, and are offered with a wide range of price tags. Getting the right food processor for you will be determined by a few things.
- What will you be using it for? Home use? Small catering needs? Restaurant?
- What types of foods will you be making?
- Do you have room for it? Some of these come with so many attachments, bowls and accessories, you need another whole kitchen just to store them in!
- What kind of budget do you have?
Once you have the answers to those questions in mind, here are couple pointers to help pick the processor that’s right for you:
- Get one with a heavy motor. According to Tim Allen, more power is always better! But a heavier motor means it will last longer too. Obviously, you can’t pick up the box and feel how heavy the machine is if you buy it online, so make sure to look at the weight. Amazon and other retailers usually list it, but a quick google search should lead you to that information For example, we found two units that have the same sized mixing bowls. One of them weighs 18lbs, while the other one weighs in at just over 6lbs. The heavier one is more expensive, of course, but it will also do a much better job and will last a lot longer because of the sturdier, more powerful motor. If you’re going to invest in something like that, you may as well spend the extra money up front and get something that will last you several years and have the power you need to take care of business.
- Notes on Power:
- Read the reviews! See what other people are saying about the machine you’re considering. I mostly read the 3 star reviews on things because those tend to have a balanced list of pros and cons.
- Check out the attachments and accessories. Do you absolutely need to shred, chop and/or puree everything in your kitchen? Make sure your processor comes with the attachments you need. Do you need your food processor to be fabulous?! Learn to accessorize, girlfriend! Ehm…. sorry, I don’t know where that came from.
- Get it big enough to suit your needs: Food processors are measured by how many cups the mixing bowl will hold. There’s nothing worse than needing 10 cups of dip for that party you’re hosting and only having an 8 cup food processor. The result is a horrible temptation to over fill the thing and the next thing you know, you’re cleaning yummy dip off the counter, out of your hair, off the ceiling, floor, living room couch, back porch… the point is, it’s a mess and food can get every-damn-where if you over fill! I mean, so I’ve been told… *ahem
Seriously though, if you overfill them, they don’t do as good a job processing the food as you might wish. Just don’t over fill it and make sure you have the right sized tool for the job.
Here are a couple of the food processors that we have used in the past, or currently own ourselves, and gladly recommend.