Surprising Things You Can Do With A Food Processor

Many students earning culinary certificates may think that their food processors’ only uses are limited to sauces and dressings. However, this cooking appliance and its attachments are definitely some of the most underrated and underused devices in the kitchen. There are a slew of items you can whip up in the kitchen with a food processor. Here are just a few ideas:

Pasta dough
Have you ever tried dried and fresh pasta side by side? There really is no comparison. Fortunately, you can really wow your guests by making your own dough in the food processor. As an added bonus, you won’t have a giant, floury mess!

Baby food
You can save a fortune by skipping the mainstream brands and making your own wholesome baby food straight from the device. You can even get creative with your own mix of veggies and other ingredients.

Bread crumbs
Got a loaf of bread that is going stale? You can use the metal blade attachment and make your own bread crumbs that will come in handy next time you want to make eggplant Parmesan.

Grated Parmesan
Speaking of Parmesan, you can also save money by buying the cheese in bulk and grating it yourself. This is especially beneficial when you are making lasagna or other pasta recipes that may call for a ½ cup of grated Parmesan or more.

Mincing herbs
Fresh herbs can make a dish really shine, but chopping certain varieties like parsley can be time-consuming. Since herbs are so lightweight and watery, you can whip up quite a lot of them in no time.

Peanut butter
With a food processor, you won’t ever have to purchase plastic containers of peanut butter for your kids’ lunches again. With a metal blade attachment, fresh peanut butter can made right in your kitchen in about two to three minutes.

Cookie dough
Recipes you’ve learned in your chef courses that don’t have a lot of flour and butter – like macaroons – are perfectly fine to mix up in the food processor. This also saves a lot of space in your dishwasher when it comes time to clean up.

Jams and jellies
A short plastic dough blade, some canning jars and some fresh fruits like plums, cherries and grapes are all you need to make your own jams and jellies. This device makes it easy to juice the essential fruits that make these tasty, sweet spreads.

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