Every food processor is a little different – find out what yours can or can not do before you start.
Although all food processors probably make life a little easier for you, they are not all created equal. Some are really small and are better for small jobs; some are big enough to prepare food for a crowd. Some have higher powers that can run for long without exhausting the engine, others can only mix for a few minutes before they run out of steam. And some are sold with accessories to grate finely and evenly cheese, vegetables, fruits, etc., while others can only perform the most superficial cut.
There are two types of food processors: mini and real size.
Mini options are sold in sizes ranging from one to three cups and are ideal for basic cutting tasks because they can not handle a lot of food at a time. With my mini food processor, I usually have to divide what I cut into two batches so I do not overwhelm the machine by throwing everything at the same time. If I tried to put too many ingredients in my food processor, he might not be able to transform anything at all. It's about the same when you put too much stuff in a blender – the machine displays. The big food processors are sold in sizes that can handle 5 to 20 cups and they can handle a large amount one ingredient at a time. If you need to grate a ton of cheese, chop a pound of Brussels sprouts or make a big batch of homemade nut butter, a complete food processor is the perfect tool. You do not need to buy the biggest food processor you can find. First of all, they are more expensive and unless you work in a restaurant, you probably do not need a 20 cup food processor. Save your money and swing for a 7 to 10 cup model, which should be more than enough for home use.
And they can have an output power between 400 and 1200 watts.
The higher the power of your food processor, the better it is. For heavy jobs or recipes that require the motor for a long time (such as cutting thick vegetables or making nut butter), it should be at least 600 watts to avoid burning the motor. If its power is lower, keep it for tasks that require less maintenance. For example, soft dishes like hummus or sauces like mayo are perfect for preparing them in a low-power food processor.
Most full-size kitchen robots are equipped with slicing, grating and shredding accessories, as well as an opening on the top that allows you to add ingredients when the motor is running and a push to push the ingredients into the robot without keeping your hand away from the blades.
The aperture at the top (also called feed tube) is particularly interesting for oil-based recipes like salad dressings, mayonnaise and pesto. Instead of putting all your oil in the food processor at the same time, you can use the feed tube to gradually add it to your other ingredients as the machine rotates, creating a smoother end product. and more silky.As for accessories, most large food processors are sold with grating tools, slicing and shredding in the form of a disc. When you are ready to use one of these discs, place it at the base of the feeding tube. Then push your ingredients across the disc into the food processor's bowl and watch them go from one unprepared state to another in no time.
Unfortunately, most mini-food processors do not have the same additional functions.
Household mini-robots are generally not sold with accessories or equipped with power tubes similar to their larger counterparts. This means you have to empty all your ingredients in the food processor bowl before starting the engine, which is not great for things like pesto that require the progressive use of the oil. Instead, they are better for basic chopping and mixing tasks, like making salsa. Of course, there is one exception: the 3.5-cup Kitchen-Aid Food Processor has a small well at the top to add things like oil when you mix.
Now that you know, here are all the things you can do with your brand new food processor.
You will need a food processor with a high wattage to make walnut butter because walnuts need 10 to 15 minutes in the machine to completely decompose and get that consistency of butter. It is not impossible to make nut butter with a lower power option, but you may need to pause the machine every few minutes to avoid burning the engine. Get the recipe right here.
This hummus mixes with any food processor in minutes. Get the recipe right here.
When it comes to things like pesto, you can not add all the oil at the same time, as this will not fit properly into the rest of the ingredients. Be sure to use a food processor with an opening at the top to be able to add oil while the machine is running. Get the recipe right here.
Grating cheese by hand is a good workout if you feel like it, but if you do not use it, use your new food processor instead.
If you are not already a believer in salsa, your new food processor will probably transform you. Get the recipe right here.
Making dough by hand is very tricky – making dough with your food processor is not it. Get the recipe right here.
If you can not find the chopped chicken you were looking for at the supermarket, do not worry, you can use your food processor to grind it yourself. And beef, lamb and pork, from elsewhere.
Using a food processor to shred, grate or cut difficult-to-handle vegetables (such as Brussels sprouts) will reduce your preparation time by half.
Cutting nuts is a lot less frustrating when you have a machine to do it for you.
Ice without churn
You can make ice cream by simply mixing frozen bananas in a food processor with all the other ingredients of your choice. Try this pumpkin and spice recipe right here.