Are you under the impression that your food processor only exists to make sauces and the occasional hummus? Well, we’re here to blow your mind today. What if we were to tell you that the humble food processor is one of the most versatile and powerful machines that you could have in your kitchen? You’re probably rolling your eyes right now. Well, roll them as much as you want but one thing still stands true: the food processor is king of the kitchen. In today’s article, we get into why the food processor is a staple of any modern kitchen by showing you all the amazing things you can create in it. Read on to find out more!
- Do You Even Bake Bro?
One would never think that a food processor would be a tool that helps with baking, but did you know that expert chefs all around the world often use a food processor to mix up tender tart shell dough, shortbread and other baked delights? Making dough by hand is often super tricky and all too easy to mess up. With a food processor, you don’t expose your delicate ingredients to the warmth of your hands which is essential if you’re looking to make the perfect, unshrinkable tart shell. Now get baking!
- Homemade Nut Butter Is Where It’s At
Sick of overpriced nut butters that you get at specialty stores or the organic section of the supermarket? We are too. That’s why we love the food processor – all you need is a handful of ingredients to make healthy, delicious and natural homemade nut butter that is free from nasty additives, palm oil, salts and sugars. Simply roast up your favourite nuts, allow them to cool and then process for 15-20 minutes in your food processor. Before you know it, you’ll have luscious, silky smooth nut butter ready to be devoured on toast, crackers or apple slices.
- Curry in A Hurry!
Commercial curry pastes are convenient but also full of a bunch of oils, additives and other not so great for you ingredients. With the help of your food processor and a handful of fresh herbs and spices, homemade, healthy curry paste is a mere few minutes away. The great thing about making your own curry paste is that you control what goes into it. Not a fan of spice? Leave the chillies out. Lover of Lemongrass? Go crazy with it. The world is your oyster, and it’s time to make curry in a hurry!
- Homemade Bliss Balls
Bliss balls — don’t get us wrong, they’re delicious and all, but they’re also exorbitantly priced. You’ll often find them at organic grocers and some supermarkets and if you’re lucky, they’re on sale and cost $3 for one instead of $5. The solution?
Use your trusty food processor to make your own. Simply process nuts, dates, flavourings and anything you fancy to make your very own DIY Bliss Balls in a matter of minutes. Pop into an airtight container and you’ll have healthy sweets for the rest of the week!
- Healthy Ice Cream For Days
Ever gawked at amazing Smoothie Bowls and “Nice Cream” on Instagram? If you’re like us, your feed is filled with these delightful little bowls of paradise. Guess what…you can do it with the help of your food processor. Simply freeze fruit such as Bananas, Berries and anything you fancy and then allow them to thaw for 5 minutes before blitzing into creamy, delicious and healthy homemade “ice cream”. Throw in some cacao, nut butter, spirulina or anything else you enjoy and then top your bowl off with gorgeous seasonal fresh fruit, oats, nuts and seeds. Super Insta-worthy.
- Keep It Healthy
Last but not least, a food processor makes healthy living and healthy food just that much more easy and accessible. You can use it to shred vegetables if you’re not someone who is a fan of slaving over knife work and you can create homemade versions of all your favourite dishes without any nasty additives in them. Using your food processor will encourage you to cook from scratch because it makes life so much easier by doing half the job for you!
We’re hoping by the end of this article, you’ll find yourself a food processor convert just like we are. So, if you have one sitting in the back of your cupboard collecting dust, it’s time to take it out and show it a little TLC. You won’t regret it!