7 Ways to Use Your Food Processor

7 Ways to Use Your Food Processor

Start using your food processor to it’s fullest potential with our 7 tips.


By: Amanda Formaro

We all have one of those appliances we just aren’t sure what to do with, like the food processor.

Believe it or not, the food processor is a handy item and can go from a “What do I do with it?” to a “I can’t live without it!” appliance once you discover its capabilities. Here are seven great ways to use your food processor.

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  1. Homemade Salsas, Hummus and Pesto: Use fresh ingredients to make your own salsas, dips, hummusand pesto in seconds.

  2. Chopped or Ground Nuts: Chop nuts into large or small pieces or keep the motor running to make your own nut butters!

  3. Shredding: Most processors come with a slicing and shredding blade. This tears through hard cheeses and is excellent for shredded vegetables like potatoes for hash browns, cabbage for coleslaw, and zucchini and carrots for baked goods and salads.

  4. Making Dough and Crust: Mixing up dough for piecrust, pizza and even homemade bread can be quickly and easy mixed in your food processor. Pasta fanatics can make their own noodles at home with this as well.

  5. Ground Meat: Chop raw meatinto medium (2-inch) sized chunks and place in the freezer until firm — the edges will be stiff. Pulse the partially frozen meat in the processor bowl until you reach the consistency you want. Be careful not to process for too long, however, or you’ll end up with meat paste.

  6. Shredded Meat: For recipes that call for shredded meat, like enchiladas, run cooked meat through the food processor for just a few seconds.

  7. Homemade Butter: Process heavy cream in this appliance and, within minutes, you’ll have homemade butter.

Do you have any recipes for your food processor? Share them in the comments section below!



Amanda is a mother of four, craft designer and recipe developer who also runs several sites, including Crafts by Amanda, Cooking with Amanda and the Secret Recipe Club. Her work has appeared on SheKnows.com and Family.com as well as in Parents, Redbook and Mixing Bowl magazines among others.

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debyan

debyan

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i never thought about butter or pie dough great ideas

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Thanks for the list. I have had a food processor in the pantry, on the floor, collecting dust and I feel so guilty because I HAD to have one. I will start with #1, making crumbs, and go on from there.

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Vivisue

Vivisue

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Ooooo, I really needed this list. It could be called a "list of things I've forgotten about my food processor" for me. And, my daughter just bought 25lbs of whole white grain, so now we know what to do with it! Wooohoooo!

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NeenAnn

NeenAnn

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Artisan butter, too. 2 cups of heavy cream in the processor bowl. spin! past whipped cream. Past whipped cream and a half. Once it starts throwing whey, spin a little longer until it forms a "blob". Then pull it out of the bowl, put it in some cheese cloth over a strainer over a bowl. you can press, or hand to drip. you can add garlic and herbs if you wish. delicious and salt free, if you choose.

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