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The food processor can help you tremendously in your cooking endeavours. You can use this kitchen appliance for more than just making smoothies!
It cuts, blends, and chops many different types of foods used in any meal of every day of our lives.
However, most people have this appliance in their kitchens, but they might not know how to use it to its full potential.
If you find yourself in this category, this article is for you!This blog post will discuss how to use a food processor: tips, ideas, and recipes!
How to Use A food Processor In 10 Amazing Ways
Are you asking: what can you do with a food processor? Well, there's no limit to the uses of this kitchen gadget. In essence, you'll have to get creative when using your food processor.
With some practice, you will soon see the many ways that this machine adds value to your daily life.
Cauliflower & Broccoli Rice
To make cauliflower rice or broccoli rice, place cauliflower and broccoli in the food processor pulse until it becomes a rice-like texture. This is an excellent substitute for regular rice if you are trying to eat healthier. It also absorbs flavours very well!
Make Healthy Hummus
Hummus is a popular dip/spread made from chickpeas. It typically includes tahini, lemon juice, and garlic.
But you can customize it depending on your preference.
Here's a tip: add small amounts of chilli powder or paprika and cayenne pepper for extra heat. Or try adding spinach or sun-dried tomatoes for colour. Blend all these together with 1 cup of cooked garbanzo beans.
Chop Vegetables, Herbs, And Spices
Get all those fresh veggies ready by simply slicing or julienning them. Then chop into smaller pieces if necessary.
For example, when preparing a salad, mix lettuce with carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomato, mushrooms, onions—whatever gets you excited!
If a recipe calls for chopped onion, you should definitely add that to your list before buying it at the grocery store!
Make Homemade Pizza Crust
Once you master the art of kneading dough, which requires a good amount of elbow grease, you can now make a crispy-chewy pizza crust right out of your food processor.
A simple way to take your cheese consumption up a notch is by creating tasty, creamy dressings for it. Just blend cheese chunks with milk, vinegar, salt, pepper, and other desired flavours. You can also do the same thing with cream cheese.
You can use your food processor to grind meat into hamburger or ground meat.
Try adding a few tablespoons of vegetable oil, chopped onions, and minced garlic if you're making a burger. Also, add the chopped vegetables that you want to your burger. You can use vegetables like cauliflower flakes, carrots, celery, and mushrooms.
Bread crumbs are used in many recipes like pizza or chicken nuggets, or chicken tenders to give them a crunchy texture.
To make bread crumbs with your food processor, slice the bread using a knife and put it in the food processor. Pulse the bread slices until they form crumbs of your desired size.
Salsa Or Pesto
You can use your food processor to make salsa and pesto:
- Salsa is made from chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers, herbs, and spices.
- Pesto is made from basil leaves, pine nuts/almonds, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil.
Ice Cream Or Yogurt
Using frozen bananas, you can use your food processor to make ice cream in one minute flat!
You just add vanilla extract or any other flavours you want in the ice cream.
You can use your food processor to make yogurt too. Add plain yogurt and fruit in the food processor and process until smooth.
Soups, Stews & Casseroles
You can use your food processor to make soups, stews, and casseroles. Add all of your spices and seasonings into the food processor and pulse them until they are evenly dispersed throughout the soup or ingredients.
Make sure that you keep the lid on while processing to release the steam.
Food Processor Safety Tips
Always clean the food processor thoroughly before and after each use. Furthermore, it is good practice to ensure the blades are sharp and clean.
To prevent bacteria from growing in your food processor, always wash it thoroughly. Also, always remove the blade before putting the food processor in storage to avoid dirt or mould collecting on it.
The best food processors in Canada are designed for food processing and certified by credible bodies. This ensures that the blades will be food-safe, making your food safer for consumption.
You want to store your food processor in its original box or bowl to prevent damage from dropping it on the floor or getting it wet.
What features to look for in a food processor?
Look for a food processor that is easy to clean, has a large work bowl, and comes with a sharp and durable blade. Also, the processor should have safety features like locking mechanisms and suction cups on the feet to ensure that it does not move when processing.
Can I use my food processor for chopping instead of making dough?
Yes! You can use your food processor to chop your ingredients into small pieces.
What can you do with a food processor?
You can use a food processor to make bread, ice cream, pesto, mayonnaise, and many other sauces. It can also be used for grinding meat into hamburger or ground meat.
How much does a food processor cost?
A decent food processor costs around $50-$100.
In addition, some of them even come with additional accessories like pasta/dough cutting blades and choppers as well.
There you have it—how to use a food processor for amazing homemade meals. As you can see, food processors are a smart investment. Using the tips above, you can enjoy the full benefits of your food processor. Don't forget to get creative; you can do a lot more with your machine!
If you try any of these tips and recipes, feel free in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
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