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Then one day a friend came over to my kitchen with her processor and made hummus. When I saw the way it worked I realized that it WAS different than a blender. Intrigued, I began to look up what else it could make besides just hummus. Eventually, I bought one and gave it a home on my precious countertop.
Here are five reasons why YOU need a food processor:
- Grinding solid food. The sharp serrated blades grind down solid food in a snap even without adding liquid. This is ideal for textured thick dips, nut butter, or doughs that are NOT liquid. A blender is meant for combining liquids with solids to create a completely liquid substance, like smoothies, so you wouldn’t want to use that on something like a minced onion.
- Pesto loves a processor. I’ve tried using a blender for pestos but usually, the blades of a blender aren’t quite sharp enough for shredding delicate leaves. Sounds funny, but you need really sharp blades or else the leaves just spin around and around without getting much of a chop. A food processor whips around so fast and with sharp enough blades that it catches the leaves and can shred them into the tiniest pieces – perfect for a basil pine nut pesto!
- It’s a time saver, seriously. Imagine throwing together several ingredients at once, pulsing them a few times, and BAM – recipe complete. Whether you’d be chopping, crumbling, or mixing by hand, a food processor saves you time by doing those tasks quickly and effortlessly. I’m a busy mom, guys. This reason alone is worth your consideration.
- Pie crust has never been easier. Maybe you haven’t gone all out “Martha Stewart” yet but if you’ve thought about giving homemade pie crust a whirl, let me save you the trouble of doing it strictly by hand and insist you use a food processor for it. Pastry dough, whether you’re using chilled butter or shortening, gets sticky. Literally. Using a food processor to quickly combine your ingredients before the chill wears off makes a potentially time-wasting mess a non-issue.
- Multiple jobs with easy cleanup. Most food processors come with a couple different blades that perform different jobs. Go beyond pureeing and easily slice whole onions into strips and grate carrots! A whole dinner can be prepped with this one appliance and then tossed into the dishwasher. Easy-as-pie.
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As a busy mom, I need help in the kitchen wherever I can find it. But I also want to enjoy the role of home cook without sacrificing time and effort. That’s what makes this kitchen appliance valuable to me. Whipping up deliciousness without a fancy restaurant price tag is an added bonus!
Keep the blender but try out a food processor. The kitchen appliance world is a fascinating place to explore. If you’re new at the whole kitchen thing, fear not! Have a look at what every home cook needs to know.