Top of the morning to you people. It’s Jay, back again with some… things to share – things that are not 100% relevant to all of you, yet 100% useful sooner or later.
Today’s topic is food processors and things we can do with them, or in other words how to use food processors. And in case you’re not that familiar with the appliance and can’t tell if they’re different from blenders, slide into our food processor review for a better understanding.
I’m pretty sure by now pretty much everyone has a food processor at home, judging not only by the fact that most of the people I know have one, but also by the increasing sales of the appliance. However, I’m not certain that all of us know how to exploit them to the fullest, how to optimize their abilities in the kitchen.
Now certainly, there are users that are quite experienced already, meaning they know all the tricks and tips. And that’s great. Still, for those who are beginners or just curious about what the machine can do (you know, so they can decide whether to buy one), this read might prove to be much of use.
And to you folks that are used to these processors, you should stick around too. Take a quick scan over the content, who knows you might find something interesting.
How to use food processor
Unlike vegetables, meat has a much tougher and more rubbery texture. Cutting up or mincing meat is always a messy and trying task, at least for the novices.
But none of that matters when it comes to the food processor. All you have to do is toss the “protein chunks” in and PULSE! With minimal mess and minimal effort, the ground results will be perfect for whatever you’re making.
Most food processors above 8 cups can handle meat with ease. However, the smaller ones – the mini units, have weaker motors so it can be a little more difficult. Here’s a little tip that can go a long way: cut the meat into small chunks, refrigerate them till firm then bring them to grind. It’s much easier that way.
Chopping/shredding/slicing/grating cheese, vegetables and fruit.
Unbelievably easy is what this is. Your only job while using a food processor is to make sure that the machine has all the proper conditions in order to function, i.e. space, power source, command of operation and required extensions.
Do keep in mind that only medium to large size processors have the disc set for the aforementioned tasks. Mini choppers, due to the lack of attachments, are not as capable. That said, they can still do quite a fine job at chopping up produce.
Different models offer different extensions. Ascertain that the product of your choice has the tools for the job.
There are a few tricks to further ease the prepping steps with a food processor. The feed chute, as handy as it is, certainly has certain curbs. Take a look at how to shred cabbage to get a firm grasp on the matter. You should certainly find the information to be helpful in the future.
Making salads & dressings
“Bliss”. That’s how I often describe making salads and dressings with a food processor, especially with coleslaws and the like.
Simply use the discs that come with your unit and, within seconds, the veggies and fruit will be all cut down to small and even slices. Sometimes, you won’t even need a knife and cutting board.
Dressings are even more effortless. Just put on the S blade, add everything in and PULSE! It’s fast and minimal monitoring is required as there is not much to be concerned about. You’ll be surprised at how much time can be saved.
The only catch here is not all salads are made faster with food processors; as you can imagine, sometimes one is better off with a knife. That being said, you can rarely do wrong using a food processor when making dressings.
Making sauce, dips and others.
Similar to dressings, any type of sauce or dip is no trouble at all. Let’s think back a bit. Without a food processor, the main steps of making are mostly chopping, dicing and mincing.
And what do food processors do best? Just that!
In a matter of a few minutes, we can whip up a dip as refreshing as salsa or a sauce as delicious as tomato sauce (save for the cooking part). I know I’ve said this a lot already, but just PULSE! Pulse your way to delicious. It is the very purpose for which food processors are built.
Here’s what you must absolutely have in order to make dough with a food processor: electricity (which really goes without saying), flour, water and about 1 to 2 minutes of your life.
Yep – that’s how quick and non-demanding it is.
You need only worry about pre-applying a thin layer of cooking oil or spray, and maintaining slow and even water input. The rest can be entrusted to the machine.
On a side note, dealing with fibrous material, namely fruit or vegetables, doesn’t have the motor running continuously. Making dough, on the other hand, does. The process can strain the motor and force it to shut down as dough is pretty sticky. Therefore, avoid adding more flour than half of the work bowl capacity to prevent overloading.
Making nut butter
How extraordinarily little the amount of work required to make nut butter and dough is one of the main reasons that food processors are acquired. You can see how foolproof it is to churn a dough ball in a processor unit, right?
Now, I’m telling you that it is even more unchallenging to make nut butters.
Take peanut butter for example. Here are all the things that you need: roasted peanuts. And that’s it!
Put the peanut in the work bowl, pulse a few times, then push the button that keeps the machine running on for about 30 seconds. That’s when it gets a bit oily. Then run it again till it begins to turn into the regular peanut butter completely (another 30 seconds). Season to your own taste with salt or sugar.
This one is obviously straightforward, isn’t it? What could be better than a food processor in crushing dried bread or oreo into little particles? The S blade that is exclusive to the appliance is what makes it better than other appliances in reducing food to fine bits.
Throw in the bread, cookies, crackers… You name it! The sole thing that stands between them and delicious, versatile crumbs is time. A very, very limited period of time. I’m talking under 1 minute, no more.