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Title: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: jpcher on April 27, 2013, 09:41:51 AM
I have a food processor and the only time I use it, anymore, is once a year to make my horseradish.

I've tried using it for chopping/slicing veggies for salad or some such thing, but it seems to be easier to do that with a knife instead of the clean-up involved with a food processor.

The DDs use it to make smoothies (our blender is on the blink) but one smoothie mixing is pretty small in that large bowl.

I'm thinking about buying a mini-processor. I think I might use it more often (for pestos, sauces, chopping daily veggies, etc.) . . .



What do you use your food processor for?* Do you have a mini? Do you think a mini has it's benefits?



*any recipes would be appreciated! ;D
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Bethalize on April 27, 2013, 09:49:14 AM
I have a Kmix so the food processor is an attachment that goes on the end of the immersion blender. I use it for crumble topping (one part sugar, one part fat, two parts flour), pastry, making my own nut butters, grating cheese when I need a lot, making my protein baked goods (generally sloppy and needing mixing in a blender), making fish patÚ, making bean patÚs

I find 1litre is quite enough for my needs.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on April 27, 2013, 09:54:34 AM
I have a food processor that I only have because it was my mothers.  I don't use it very much - mainly for shredding zucchini, making hummus and for making bread crumbs.  I also use it for blending my squash soup, since it is too thick for the blender to work well and I can't get it smooth enough with just a hand blender.

I have a little mini chopper that attaches to my hand blender that I use for grinding nuts for cookie baking.  I also use if for grinding sugar and/or salt finer for baking.

For chopping veggies for a salad or pizza or onions for anything, I prefer a 'Slap Chop' type device - I have a Pampered Chef one.  I use that thing a lot.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: demarco on April 27, 2013, 10:12:08 AM
I have a Cuisinart that my MIL gave me ca 1983(!) I used it fairly often when I first got it but that tapered off.  I can't remember when I used it last.  I don't like leaving appliances on the counter because I don't have enough room and the Cuisinart is too heavy for me to lift comfortably so I don't take it out of the cabinet unless I really, really need it.

On the other hand, I love my cuisinart mini prep and use it every time I make lots of chopped vegetables.  It's tiny, lightweight, and was inexpensive.  It only chops.  It doesn't do the other things a regular cuisinart will do but it's all I need. 
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Snooks on April 27, 2013, 10:14:57 AM
I use mine for pretty much everything, cakes, pastry, bread, ice cream, slicing, grating (including my finger  ::)), whisking eggs, juicing.  I love my food processor.

The only thing I don't use it for is blending soup, I have an immersion blender for that.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: jpcher on April 27, 2013, 10:26:35 AM
I use mine for pretty much everything, cakes, pastry, bread, ice cream, slicing, grating (including my finger  ::)), whisking eggs, juicing.  I love my food processor.

The only thing I don't use it for is blending soup, I have an immersion blender for that.

Whisking eggs -- I never though of using a food processor for that, but with a mini? How easy would that be for scrambled eggs/omelets, etc. instead of using a hand whisker.

THANKS! ;D

Chalk an extra point up for getting a mini. 3 eggs in my large FP doesn't seem worth the trouble.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Layla Miller on April 27, 2013, 10:39:11 AM
These days, mostly for making baby food and bread crumbs.  I'm starting to think we need to get another one, though--it's a pain to have to wash it so often!
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: veryfluffy on April 27, 2013, 10:39:57 AM
I use mine for making breadcrumbs, pastry dough for pies, and chopping parsley for tabbouleh. That's about it.

Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: SCAJAfamily on April 27, 2013, 11:28:33 AM
I make hummus.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: jpcher on April 27, 2013, 11:29:06 AM
Any recommendations?

I'm looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mini%20food%20processor&sprefix=mini+fo%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amini%20food%20processor

and thinking about this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-1BCH-Mini-Prep-Processor-Chrome/dp/B000H4C5F2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1367079948&sr=8-5&keywords=mini+food+processor
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: rain on April 27, 2013, 11:43:23 AM
I enjoy cooking and use mine a lot when I'm in "the zone" (I'm also not good at hand chopping)

Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: cicero on April 27, 2013, 11:59:46 AM
le sigh. this is a sore spot for me. i had a not-expensive but OK food processor. the cover crackes so we can use it but you need two hands to hold it down and then one to shove the food so...

I also have a mini set - it has a small blender thing that i never use and an imersion stick that i use a LOT.

since i developed some sort of carpal tunnel on my left hand the physio therapist advised me to cut down on my kitchen work- so a food processor would *really* come in handy (since i do all my own from scratch cooking), but the good ones are really expensive (about 450$ but in real terms that's a big chunk of my salary) and I don't want to buy a mediocre one. meanwhile i bought a mandoline so i can shred cabbage and jullienne veggies.

when it was in good order i used it for:
hummus
salsa
shredding veggies (like zuchhini, potato and carrot)
chopping onion
cole slaw
smoothies
horseradish once a year.

I understand that the newer models also have a cube option
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: afbluebelle on April 27, 2013, 12:04:53 PM
Gathering dust  :-\
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Sirius on April 27, 2013, 12:10:11 PM
I use mine (a mini-processor) for grinding extra-sharp cheddar for pimento cheese spread.  Aside from that, it gathers dust.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: gramma dishes on April 27, 2013, 12:16:42 PM
I have two.  The full size Cuisinart and a little one. 

The bigger one gets used about once a year when I'm preparing food for the thundering herd.  (When all the kids and grandkids are here at one time.)  The other I used to use really a lot. 

Now that we're back down to just the two of us, I honestly wouldn't miss either one of them if they broke.  I wouldn't replace them.  But the smaller one was a whole lot more useful to me, didn't take up hardly any room at all, and the parts that touched food were all dishwasher safe so clean up was fast and easy.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on April 27, 2013, 12:19:06 PM
I have the Ninja set, which may or may not be a true food processor.  I don't pull it out super often, but it works very well for smoothies and banana "ice cream."  I've also used it for bread dough, though honestly I prefer my KitchenAid for that.  I love that the entire thing (minus the power pod) is dishwasher safe, so no extra dishes for me.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Lynnv on April 27, 2013, 03:00:14 PM
I use mine a fair amount.  Probably at least once or twice a month.

Grating carrots (carrot cake, yum).
Hummus.  Which I would make more often if DH didn't hate it.
Pesto.
Pizza sauce-which I could just as easily make with a blender, but my FP lives on counter, so it is what I use.  DH hates chunky tomato sauces.
Pizza dough.
Pie crust.
Grating onions (to get onion juice) for my BBQ sauce.
Chopping nuts.
Grating cheese (hard and soft).

I also use my grater attachment for my mixer for grating stuff-just depends on which seems easier for the task at hand.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: jayhawk on April 27, 2013, 03:09:48 PM
Hummus, guacamole, salsa (hmmm, starting to see a trend here), chopped veggies if I need a lot.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: jedikaiti on April 27, 2013, 03:13:09 PM
We have a smallish one, and I use it loads for hummus, and for grating zucchini for zucchini bread and the like - anything that involves much grating, in fact. DF uses it for pesto and such quite often.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: CakeBeret on April 27, 2013, 03:46:29 PM
I use mine to shred (potatoes, cheese, zucchini, apples, etc), slice large quantities of potatoes/cucumber/etc, make pastry, puree things, and so on. I don't use mine terribly often, once every 4-6 weeks, but when I do, it's a huge help.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: AstiTheWestie on April 27, 2013, 04:00:12 PM
My large one I use to make pesto from all the basil we grow. I do have a smaller one that I use quite frequently to do things like chop garlic. IMHO both have a very good purpose.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on April 27, 2013, 04:05:19 PM
Making pastry. We have a great Russell Hobbs one we got after taking back our old one. I used that to make pastry too until I discovered food and water could be trapped inside it.

It also went too fast. This one us great, but we can't find the spindle.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: WillyNilly on April 27, 2013, 04:09:20 PM
I love my food processor, I find being in a CSA (tons of veggies) its really handy. I have both a large and a mini, I love them both.

I use them to:
shred carrots, zucchini, potato, cabbage (for cabbage I use the slicer blade not the shredder blade)
make hummus and bean dip
chop nuts and/or raisins
make salsa
occasionally to blend the dry ingredients for baking
make pesto

And probably lots more I'm forgetting.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: buvezdevin on April 27, 2013, 04:57:56 PM
Jpcher, since you mentioned that your blender is not working, you might look at blenders that have mini food processor attachments.  I have an Oster blender which I have had for years.  It was a gift and while I do not use the blender with much frequency, we have used the mini food processor attachment *a lot*.

I have a Cuisinart full sized food processor, which I am happy to have for some recipes, but I honestly do not use it often.  Great to have one when I want it, but not one of my go-to-all-the-time items.

As others and OP have noted, a full size food processor is a counter hog, and a bit of effort to clean, but pretty much any mini food processor is much less effort to get, use and clean.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: TootsNYC on April 27, 2013, 05:43:53 PM
I really don't use mine for much. In terms of cutting veggies into specific sizes, it's actually just as easy, and less messy, to do with a knife. Even when it's a lot of stuff. Because you have to cut it into pieces to get it ready to go through the feeding tube.

And I find that chopping with the bowl (as opposed to slicing w/ the blades and feeder tube) is actually overpowered for most anything. It's also hard to get into any sort of uniform size. And the bowl is just too big for most of what I do.

I do use it for some pie crust things.
And it's good for shredding, bcs shredding is annoying to do manually.

I've thought about getting a salad shooter for the task of dicing large amounts of celery when I'm making a mega-batch of sloppy joes. (Hamburger Goo, if you want to google the recipe, though I tweak it a bit.)

If I made pesto, I'd use it for that, but I don't.

I had a smallish one that I loved--it would spin the grated carrots off to the side into the bowl, which was good. I think I decided it had gotten too old and got rid of it. I wish I hadn't.

I also use my stick blender for pizza sauce, bcs I don't make THAT much sauce at a time, and it's just less work even if it does take longer.

And I use the mini chopper (prob. 1-cup capacity) for a lot of stuff, actually.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: sparksals on April 27, 2013, 11:58:38 PM
Any recommendations?

I'm looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mini%20food%20processor&sprefix=mini+fo%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amini%20food%20processor

and thinking about this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-1BCH-Mini-Prep-Processor-Chrome/dp/B000H4C5F2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1367079948&sr=8-5&keywords=mini+food+processor

Cuisinart all the way.   They are the pioneer of food processors like Kitchen Aide is to mixers. 

I got my first Cuisinart for my first wedding in 1994. Best gift out of everyhing.   It is still kicking.  I actually upgraded to a new model this year when it was on a ridiculous low price.  I sold my old one to a friend for $25 .

My mom had the same cuisinart for 25 years and had to replace it because she broke the lid and it couldn't be replaced.  They do have great replacement parts now for legacy models.

I use mine a few times per week.  Chopping onions, especially when making TG or Xmas dinner, shredding cheeses, slicing cukes, potatoes for uniform scalloped potatoes.   I don't do any liquids in mine or dough but that is bci am not a baker.

I had a smaller prep one and sold it.  I like my bigger model. I could never live without it. 

 
 
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: mbbored on April 28, 2013, 12:45:45 AM
I have a full sized (7 cup I think) for just me and my list looks like a lot of other people's. Keep in mind I have a tiny kitchen, so I don't have space for a blender, etc. I find the dough blade works better than my mixer for a lot of things.

Hummus
Pesto (and other herb pastes)
Almond butter
Almond flour
Chopped nuts
Pizza crust
Pie crust (best way ever!)
Bread dough
Salsa
Grated cheese
Grated veggies (great for slaw, hashed potatoes or stuffing Chinese dumplings)
Tapenade
Mayonnaise (amazing!)
Smoothies
Pureed soups & sauces

I'm sure there's more, but it's late and my kitchen is very sticky. (For the record, I did not use the Cuisinart to help me make today's batch of marmalade, though I did use my mandolin.)
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Mel the Redcap on April 28, 2013, 02:46:12 AM
French onion soup (I have to slice two kilos of onions for that - it's wayyyyy easier, faster, and less painful with the food processor!)
Pasta dough (works beautifully)
I also used to use it for blending pumpkin soup smooth, but I have a stick blender now that works just as well and is more convenient.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Waterlight on April 28, 2013, 02:58:44 AM
I have the Ninja set, which may or may not be a true food processor.  I don't pull it out super often, but it works very well for smoothies and banana "ice cream."

I use my Ninja for banana ice cream and smoothies too!  In fact I use it almost every day.  Just in the past week or so I've made all kinds of things with it:  green smoothies, chocolate banana ice cream (frozen bananas + cocoa powder), Green Goddess cottage cheese dip, and a great recipe for chickpea salad.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Maggie on April 28, 2013, 06:22:02 AM
The one thing I haven't seen on here is soap.  I use my food processor to grate the bar of soap when I make homemade laundry detergent.  It makes the job so much easier!  I also use it to chop eggs for anything I need chopped eggs for.  I hate to chop things so I have a Ninja (which I absolutely love) and just a black and decker food processor which I use for anything the Ninja chops to fine.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Sophia on April 28, 2013, 07:26:50 AM
Mainly mashed cauliflower, which I love.
An occasional pie crust.
That is about it.  All parts are dishwasher safe. 
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Lynnv on April 28, 2013, 08:28:12 AM
Any recommendations?

I'm looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mini%20food%20processor&sprefix=mini+fo%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amini%20food%20processor

and thinking about this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-1BCH-Mini-Prep-Processor-Chrome/dp/B000H4C5F2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1367079948&sr=8-5&keywords=mini+food+processor

My food processor (a big 12 cup Kitchen Aid) has a mini bowl, which I occasionally use, so no personal recommendations for that.  But when Cook's Illustrated tested the mini choppers in 2005, they liked the Kitchen Aid Chef's Chopper best.  The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus was second, and the Cuisinart Mini-Prep was third.  Their complaint about the Mini-Prep plus was that it was "jumpy" when running.  And the Mini-Prep was a bit cramped for some of the jobs they tested.

The Bosch Universal Chopper was top heavy because the motor is top mounted, so it rated lower.  Everything else they tested fell into the 'Not Recommended' category.

I would take these with a grain (heck a whole cellar) of salt, as the results are out of date.  But I think it does confirm that Kitchen Aid and Cuisinart are probably the best brands to look at.  Kitchen  Aid's small appliances are usually pretty good.  And Cuisinart is the go-to name in food processors.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Bijou on April 28, 2013, 10:18:02 AM
I use mine for pretty much everything, cakes, pastry, bread, ice cream, slicing, grating (including my finger  ::)), whisking eggs, juicing.  I love my food processor.

The only thing I don't use it for is blending soup, I have an immersion blender for that.

Whisking eggs -- I never though of using a food processor for that, but with a mini? How easy would that be for scrambled eggs/omelets, etc. instead of using a hand whisker.

THANKS! ;D

Chalk an extra point up for getting a mini. 3 eggs in my large FP doesn't seem worth the trouble.
I am so lazy!   I mix eggs for scrambled or an omelet directly in the skillet.  I just put oil or butter, heat it up, break the eggs in and stir them up to mix them.  They mix easily and thoroughly.  I use the non scratch egg turner because I have a non stick pan.  That way, no bowl or cup for mixing, no whisk, no processor.  just me and my pan and the egg turner. 

I have one of those little immersion blenders and a vita mix blender food processor.  I was going to use the blender for making things like hummus or blended soups but never have, so far (Oh, it's been about 5 years) and the vita mix we use for making green drinks with veggies. 
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: cattlekid on April 28, 2013, 10:58:53 AM
I finally broke down and got a Cuisinart 7-cup food processor.  I used to just have the KitchenAid small chopper but the Cuisinart just was calling my name. 

So far, I have used it for dough (comes together in the blink of an eye) and various dips and spreads.  My mom used it this week to make short work of cooked chicken breasts for chicken salad. 

It fits on my counter so much better than my big KitchenAid mixer.  I will try to use it as much as possible except for batters and such that require dragging the KA up from the basement where it has to live.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: lilfox on April 28, 2013, 02:27:32 PM
I have the Ninja set too, love it.  Excellent for smoothies, hummus, and chopping vegetables for soup (carrots, celery, onion, beans).  Since it really chops the veg into small to tiny pieces, I don't use it if I want bigger pieces for stir fries or whatever. 

The Ninja definitely beat out my blender for smoothies, since it's able to cut through still-frozen fruit where I always had to mostly defrost the fruit before using a blender and never mind adding ice, it couldn't handle that.  Similarly, the blender had big problems with cavitation if I tried to make a single batch of hummus - to avoid that, I'd have to double the recipe and we just can't eat that much hummus!
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Sophia on April 28, 2013, 09:31:33 PM
I always thought it was a bad idea to scramble eggs too much?  I think it does something bad to the egg material.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: jpcher on April 29, 2013, 04:49:59 PM
I always thought it was a bad idea to scramble eggs too much?  I think it does something bad to the egg material.

Interesting. I always thought it made them fluffier.


I'll admit, my usual way to scramble eggs is ala-Bijou.

I thought that something handy on my counter would help me out of my laziness and get fluffier eggs. :-\



I ended up ordering the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus.

Can't wait 'till it gets here. I dreamt about easy-peasy salsa last night. ;D



(eta: Do you need to skin the tomatoes before putting them in the food processor?)
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: TootsNYC on April 29, 2013, 06:22:04 PM
When you're making a meringue or beating egg whites to provide "lift" in certain dishes, overbeating them will make them dry out, which makes their "fluffiness" less powerful.

But I don't think it matters much for scrambled eggs.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Julian on April 29, 2013, 06:32:14 PM
I wouldn't use a food processor to do egg whites for meringue or pavlova unless the bowl is made of glass.  Plastic tends to build up a film of oil, which stops egg whites from fluffing enough.

My food processor is a Sunbeam Cafe series with a 1500w motor.  It weighs a ton, but it is fantastic.  I use it for anything where small fine bits are needed.  I haven't tried it for pastry yet, but I will one day.  It has about 8 blades in a built-in drawer, and I also have the optional add-on fruit juicer.

I also have a large mixer, a stick blender and a regular blender.  The stick is great for soups, and the mixer gets used for cakes, egg whites etc.  I really don't use the blender that often.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Dindrane on April 29, 2013, 11:21:43 PM
I have a Cuisinart 7-cup food processor that I've had for, oh, five years now. I finally made room for it on the counter because my husband and I realized we just wouldn't use it otherwise (that sucker is heavy, and it ended up in in the back of a lower cabinet).

Now that it's out and easily accessible, we probably use it at least once a week or so. My husband likes to use it for chopping things when we need a whole lot. I like to use it for grating a whole bunch of cheese at once, or whenever I need very uniformly sliced vegetables. I also sometimes use it to shred vegetables when that's necessary. We also sometimes use it to make breadcrumbs.

When I make salsa, I do it in the food processor, but I haven't made salsa in years. I also make pie crust in there, because I'm phenomenally bad at cutting butter into flour, and the food processor does it fantastically in approximately half a second. I don't make a ton of pie crust, though, because I have yet to make one that is actually better than what I can buy. When I need meringue, I use the food processor because I don't have a mixer (handheld or otherwise), and there's no way I'm going to beat egg whites into stiff peaks by hand. The Cuisinart is never going to get me stiff-peaked meringue, but it does soft-peaks just fine.

The only blender we have is an immersion blender, so we use the food processor for a lot of things other people probably use blenders for. I like the combo of food processor and immersion blender, because the immersion blender fits in a drawer (and is easier to wash), and the food processor is capable of doing more stuff than a blender.

I do eventually want to get a stand mixer so that I can do things like mix doughs (I've never really tried with my Cuisinart, but I don't think it would work especially well) and make actually stiff-peaked meringue or homemade whipped cream. But that will have to wait until I have more money and more counter space. :)
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: WillyNilly on April 30, 2013, 10:15:17 AM
...I dreamt about easy-peasy salsa last night. ;D

...Do you need to skin the tomatoes before putting them in the food processor?)

Goodness no! If you are making a huge batch to can and store for months, yes blanch and peel your tomatoes. But if  you are just making some to be eaten over the course of 24-48 hours, no way!
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 30, 2013, 10:18:08 AM
Grating cheese.
Making salsas and chutneys.
Making pie and tortilla dough.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: KarenK on April 30, 2013, 10:54:35 AM
I have a Cuisinart. I use it to shred cabbage and carrots for coleslaw and chop turkey or ham for salads. I used it this morning to make homemade corned beef hash, which we had for breakfast. Yum!
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: MyFamily on April 30, 2013, 12:03:01 PM
I go through cycles on using my food processor, but right now we use it a lot.  Two dishes that I make that I haven't seen mentioned here that I use my food processor for is various types of kugels (potato, cauliflower, etc - not the noodle kugels) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kugel) and vegetarian kishke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kishke). 

I also use it to shred eggplant to use as filling in certain beef dishes - helps cut back on how much meat we are eating and adds some extra vitamins.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: bopper on April 30, 2013, 12:23:46 PM
If I am chopping a bunch of...
onions
cucumbers
peppers
(for gazpacho or whatever)
or
nuts
(for Christmas cookies)..

If I am shredding a bunch of cheese
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Blondie on April 30, 2013, 12:30:16 PM
I have a mini (this one: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-2AW-Mini-Prep-Processor-White/dp/B0000645YL/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1367342748&sr=8-5&keywords=mini+food+processor) and I am actually in the market for a full sized- the mini is just too small.

That being said I use it (in batches) for everything from salsa to bbq sauce, grinding nuts for pie crust and salads, most Indian recipes I make, smoothing out pasta sauce (the boy doesn't like the tomato chunks...), making marinades, adding flavors to homemade marshmellos, dicing chocolate to melt and put on baked goods... I would say mine is in the dish washer at least once a week, and right now closer to every load.

The thing I miss with a big one, besides the size, is the functionality. I find the two button option very restricting, and you have to physically hold them on mine for everything, so there is no letting it process while I do something else. It sounds silly, but it is a little time consuming.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: Hmmmmm on April 30, 2013, 02:08:36 PM
I have a large Kitchen Aide food processor from 1993. But after doing some research last year, I wouldn't recommend them to be purchased today. My old one was built by Magimix and has hardier parts. Last years research indicated they are now a lower quality manufacturing.

Magimix Robot is still a very high quality food processor sold under their own brand name. But they are expensive.

I use my large one for pie crusts, making cauliflower mash, salsas, large amounts of grating or chopping, and mixing up large quantities of meatball mix, or bread crumbs.

For small jobs, I have a Cuisinart immersion blender that has the ability to attach to a 1or2 cup bowl for chopping.  Good for small amounts of onion/vegetable chopping, bread crumbs, or herbs. Or when I need large quantities of chopped garlic or to make small batches of horseradish.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: BabyMama on April 30, 2013, 02:11:52 PM
I have a mini one. I use it for things that don't require vegetable uniformity--meatloaves, burgers, etc. I've made pie crust in it before, and hummus. I like to grind up bacon and mix it in with the ground beef when I make burgers. (Although, this reminds me I got a meat grinder for Christmas that I haven't used yet...) I've chopped up sweet corn for corn chowder to thicken the soup. Chop nuts for cookies. I ground polenta once when I was out of cornmeal. Matzo crackers into meal.
Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: sparksals on May 01, 2013, 11:54:07 AM
I always thought it was a bad idea to scramble eggs too much?  I think it does something bad to the egg material.

Interesting. I always thought it made them fluffier.


I'll admit, my usual way to scramble eggs is ala-Bijou.

I thought that something handy on my counter would help me out of my laziness and get fluffier eggs. :-\



I ended up ordering the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus.

Can't wait 'till it gets here. I dreamt about easy-peasy salsa last night. ;D



(eta: Do you need to skin the tomatoes before putting them in the food processor?)


No, you don't need to skin the tomatoes.  Just don't over process them, otherwise instead of Salsa, you will be making tomato soup.  lol  The pulse button is your friend.


You will also need to cut the tomato into quarters or halves to get even processing.  Throwing a full tomato in will unevenly process.  Same with other large or harder veggies - onions, peppers etc. 



Title: Re: Food Processors -- what do you use it for?
Post by: MrTango on May 01, 2013, 02:54:35 PM
My mother has a barbecue sauce recipe that starts out with diced onions and celery.  I love the sauce, but I absolutely hate the texture of celery (even cooked celery).

I put the celery and onions in the food processor.  I get even more flavor out of the same amount of ingredients, but I get a smoother texture and no celery texture in my sauce.