I try to show love to all my handy helpers in the kitchen, but let’s just say my food processor gets a little extra attention. In my own personal humble opinion, I think investing in a food processor is a smart thing to do if you would like to eat healthier by cooking more from scratch or making homemade versions of store-bought favorites. You might be thinking:
I already have a blender, why would I want a food processor too?
Great question. Let’s talk about the different blades that can come with food processors to demonstrate this:
The ‘S’ Blade – this is used to chop, dice, crumble, and puree the contents you place in the prep bowl. Great for chopping nuts and dicing veggies.
The Dough Blade – kind of self-explanatory; used to make dough (homemade bread, pie, pasta or pizza what! what!) I love this because you can make these delicious foods using all whole ingredients!
The Shredder – easily shreds things like cheese, beets, cabbage, zucchini, carrots and other tough vegetables
The Slicer – Want to make homemade chips in a jiffy? You’re going to want to use this guy! This is used to make slices of foods like potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beets, peppers, etc.
Depending on what blender you have, you may or may not see the perks of a food processor being all that special. If you have a very expensive blender like a Vitamix, you can do many of the things a food processor can do as far as blending foods into a smooth mixture and other things done using the ‘S’ blade. However, you can’t really do much besides a consistently smooth mixture with most blenders. I’ll say that blenders are better for smoothies and you should leave liquid stuff for the blenders, but because of the other blades, food processors can be used for so many more things. Additionally, the cheaper your blender is, the wider the gap gets between things you can do with your blender and the things you can do with a food processor.
Because of the way food processors are designed as opposed to blenders, they can take on many different kinds of jobs because of a bigger blade and wider container, which also happens to make it easier to scrape stuff down the bowl if you need to help it along. You also don’t need to add as much liquid like you do with blenders so foods you make in a blender can have a thicker consistency when made in a food processor.
Which one I recommend:
The only one I’ve really had experience using a lot and appreciate more than ever is my Cuisinart Prep 9-cup processor. My mom has an 11-cup one, which is really nice for a family. It’s not only affordable, but the quality for the price is not something to be overlooked. I have three words for this processor: durable, reliable, and efficient! Durable in the sense that it isn’t prone to breaking, reliable because it takes on every job without hesitating and efficient because you don’t have to spend time monkeying with something that does half the job. Think of a junky blender. You sit there starting and stopping the thing about 12 times to get it to blend something. NOT efficient, am I right?
You skip any sort of hassle like that with this processor because of its design; sharp blades and a great powerful motor. You will not be frustrated with the performance of this blender for all your food needs! If you don’t have a lot of extra money, I highly recommend waiting until you can save up and get a food processor like this or better because cheaper ones can sometimes be a hit or miss. My boyfriend got a Cuisinart Blender and Food processor all-in-one, and the food processor is pretty awful and so loud! You can also get little ones for only like $50, but in my opinion, I would just wait and get the larger one so it can be used for so much more.
What are some of the delicious things I can make with a food processor?
Homemade Banana Ice Cream – This is one of my favorite things to make! In a nutshell, straight frozen bananas are processed into an ice cream, and this takes a hefty processor to take on that job! Mine hasn’t failed me yet, and that’s why I love it so much!
Applesauce – You can make this raw. The nice thing about using a processor over a blender for this is that you don’t have to add as much water or lemon juice to get it to blend
Flour – You can process oats or almonds into a finer meal/flour
Shredding and Slicing – add veggies to any meal quickly by shredding or slicing them in the food processor! Great for salads, homemade pizza, pasta with veggies, sautéed vegetables, veggies to scramble with eggs, homemade chips, homemade coleslaw, sliced vegetables for snacking and dipping
Nut/Date Crusts and Crumbles – these are perfect for making raw treats and crumbles to put on things like cobblers and pies
Whipped Cream – You can either use organic heavy whipping cream or full fat coconut milk – I’ve used both and they’re so easy and tasty with a little vanilla extract and maple syrup added
Fruit, Nut and Seed Bites/Bars – like these sesame bars, PB & J bars, apricot cashew, chocolate berry superfood, goji energy, blueberry nut & seed and salted almond chocolate are a few good ones! You can also make a nut/fruit/seed mixture and stuff it in some pitted dates (as shown in the picture at the beginning of this post!)
Salsa – There are so many recipes out there; anything from black bean and corn to original to mango – you name it
Hummus – Check out an entire beginner’s guide here
‘It seems great to have, but I still can’t afford it right now’
I get it. I get it. Trust me. I wanted one of these babies for quite a while before I actually got it. And guess how I got it? For Christmas! It was perfect. I was so thrilled that the present fit me so well and that I fell in love with it so much.
Soooo ask for it as a gift! Holidays, birthdays, showers, whenever it’s your time to be blessed, don’t be afraid to ask for something that would help you immensely on your journey to healthier living. Using a food processor helps facilitate the use of fresh, whole foods into your diet – and what a great little gift that is! 🙂
Now over to you – have you ever thought about getting a food processor? What would be your favorite thing to make?
Happy Fourth to you all!