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March 31st, 2005

Food Processors Are Pretty Indespensible

We got by without a food processor for a number of years. But when I tried making pesto in a blender, I realized it just wasn’t cutting it (har!) and that a food processor would become necessary. We got one as a gift a year or so ago and I’m surprised at how frequently it comes in handy.

Of course, pesto is much, much easier to make since the blades actually chop the basil and you don’t have to keep scraping it down the sides of the bowl. But it’s also handy for making things like pudding, which just wouldn’t get smooth enough in a blender. Its chopping ability is impressive, and even with one of the smaller models, you can still process a fair amount of food.

There are only a few products in my kitchen which I’d hate to have to give up, and our food processor has quickly become one of them.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: heather
DATE: Thursday March 31, 2005 -- 11:13:23 am
It's great for making your own baby food too.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday March 31, 2005 -- 12:06:31 pm
even with one of the smaller models, you can still process a fair amount of food

I thought I'd only need a food processor for a few things and I made the mistake of buying a smaller one. I quickly realized how handy having a food processor really is, and, simultaneously, how adequate mine really isn't.

In denial over my bad purchase, I first thought, "this is way better than mincing with a knife," but almost immediately I next thought, "boy, it sure would be easier to do this if I could process more than one stalk of celery at a time without emptying it." Now, all I want is a "real" food processor.

Lesson: buy big; don't look back.

FROM: Greg C
DATE: Thursday March 31, 2005 -- 12:59:07 pm
I desparately need a food processor. I make Matambre (stuffed flank steak), and part of that involves making a paste out of spinach, bread crumbs, & olive oil... the last time I did this, I ended up breaking the spoon INTO the paste and had to dig wood fragments out of it! Not to mention cleaning those blades is a pain in the butt.

Would a food mill do?


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