Today is the second installment of how to master your kitchen, a series highlighting some of my favorite, must-have kitchen products and items. As I mentioned last week, having the right tools in your kitchen is like having the right tools at your job. Without those tools, you might have difficulties completing your job or you might not be able to do it all together, same goes with kitchen tools. While there are usually some ways around tools or products, it is just be easier if you use the right tool.
Go back and read the first installment of this series here.
I am sharing another one of my favorite tools today, a tool that I didn't know that I needed but thank goodness to my mom who insisted I put a food processor on my registry. Prior to being married, I didn't know I needed a food processor and now 2.5 years later, I am really glad I listened to my mom. I use my food processor ALL the time. I am always pulling out my food processor, why, because this is a multi-purpose kitchen tool. Here is a list of 11 ways to use a food processor.
1. puree soups and sauces
2. make salsa, hummus, dips and spreads
3. grind meat (seriously!)
4. grind nuts into pieces
5. make nut butter
6. make pie or pizza dough
7. make homemade mayonnaise
8. grind flour
9. make bread crumbs or graham cracker crusts
10. grind sugar into superfine sugar (I did this for the cobbler recipe I posted yesterday)
11. shred cheese
Have I convinced you yet to pull out your food processor more frequently or run out to purchase yourself one? Didn't eat all of that french bread you had for dinner last night? Let it dry out a few days and check out my post about homemade breadcrumbs before using your food processor.
Food processors come in different sizes from a 3-cup up to an 11-cup. I have a 3-cup processor and it suits my family fine but then again it is just Sean and I.
For those of who you own a food processor, what do you use it most for? And for those of you considering buying a food processor, what are you most looking forward to using this handy tool for?