What is a food processor good for?
September 20, 2007 8:08 PM Subscribe
What do you usually use a food processor for? I've got one now, but I don't think to use it.
posted by eritain to Home & Garden (47 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Twenty years ago, my parents bought a food processor. At the time, I was too young to learn to use it. In subsequent years, they already knew how to use it and so learning wasn't really on their minds. Now they've decided they no longer need it and offered it to me.
I took it, and I figured out which parts are more than half broken and which are still less than half broken, and I put it away in my kitchen. Well, I've been cooking for a while and I've got my little habits, and they do not include a food processor. I realized last night that I had just prepared an entire meal for eight people, used both cutting boards repeatedly and several different knives, but the food processor hadn't even crossed my mind.
I do not have this problem with my other kitchen stuff. I was all over my nice array of new mixing bowls in several convenient sizes, I've integrated new stockpots and saucepans and things, I thought of my pasta spoon immediately the very next time I made pasta, and I even know when I've got to break down and borrow an electric beater. But I'm sure that somewhere yesterday, between chopping chicken for the avgolemono soup and chunking all those vegetables for the Greek salad, I probably ought to have at least thought of the food processor.
So, O cooking MeFites, what are the most common uses of your food processors? What are the most labor-saving? And does it affect your style? (For example: I am big on chunky, identifiable, chewable vegetables and don't like to dice too fine.) Help me understand this with concrete examples. Maybe I'll still give it to the thrift store. But at least I'll know what I'm doing first.