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Food Processor

Food Processor

The food processor is a core clean kitchen tool because of its versatility. It can chop, slice, shred, puree and grind fruits, vegetables and meats. It will also chop some nuts and seeds, but they generally need to be soaked first. Some models come with special attachments for kneading bread and pizza dough.

How to use it

Follow machine directions for assembling the bowl and inner blade or special attachment (ie the shredder). Add your foods – never above the fill line, especially wet ingredients – top with the lid and lock it into place. Press the pulse knob for brief bursts, as to crush whole tomatoes, or press puree for steady processing.

The motor will not run unless the lid is securely locked in place. If you need to add ingredients while the motor is running, as in emulsifying a dressing or moistening a batter, remove the plunger from the tube in the lid to pour in a stream of liquid or add solid ingredients. If you are using the shredding attachment, you will add the pieces of food (cut down to the size of the spout opening) by gently pressing them through to the blade with the plunger – never, ever with your fingers.

The food processor is an indispensable tool for making raw sauces and purees, such as pestos and raw red sauce. It is also a decent mixing tool for almond flour baking.

Tips

  • Stop the pureeing from time to time during heavy duty jobs to scrape the material down the sides and back into the bottom of the bowl for more even pureeing.
  • If you want to puree coarse ingredients such as dates or cashews into a very smooth paste, soak them first. For maximum creaminess, dates should soak for an hour and cashews for 2 hours. (Don’t forget to pit your dates before adding to the food processor!)
  • If your food processor has a kneading attachment, it works beautifully for tenderizing raw kale for a salad. Add the stemmed and chopped leaves, a good sprinkle of salt, drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon or cider vinegar and let the machine “knead” the leaves into a tender consistency that tastes like you steamed it.

Where to find it

Choose a full size model for the most versatility, at least 9 cups.

  • Cuisinart Prep Plus Food Processor, 9-cup model from Amazon or Bed Bath and Beyond with a discount coupon

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