You know in The Sims when you get your sim to make a meal? S/he always uses a food processor before popping everything in a pot on the stove. The Sims know where it’s at.
A food processor is an often overlooked multi-tasker that every serious (and especially lazy) cook needs in their kitchen. You may think that you’re not going to be pulsing up hummus, dips, sauces, and all that very much, but a food processor can do so much more than that. Here are 6 surprising things that you can make in this small superstar kitchen appliance.
1. Paper Mache Pulp
Yep. Your food processor also processes french diy projects. Rip strips of newspaper into your food processor, cover with hot water and let it sit until the newspaper falls apart (or gets really really soggy). Then pulse away. When the mixture is smooth, mix in a tiny bit of liquid glue. You’ll end up with a gloopy and extremely mouldable product — perfect for sculptures and the like.
2. Peanut Butter
All you do is put some peanuts in, and whizz it up. In the beginning, it’ll just look like peanut crumbs. But it’s not done yet. You have to continue processing it. Eventually the fats from the peanuts will separate out and voilà you’ll have peanut butter! This also works with other nuts, like almonds and cashews.
Mayonnaise is another product you’ll never have to buy from the grocery store again, once you know how to make your own fresh. Mayonnaise is usually a tricky sauce to make, due to all the elbow grease needed to emulsify everything smoothly. But with a food processor, it’s mechanical blades do everything for you — all the physical exertion you need to put out is pushing a button.
Pulse your egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, salt & pepper until everything is combined. Then, while processing, slowly add your oil in a constant stream. Here’s a more specific recipe.
4. Ground Flours
Almond flour, oat flour, and any other wheat you’ve got and want to make into a flour, your food processor will grind. If you’re making one batch of macarons, you might not want to splurge on an entire bag of almond flour. If you’ve got a some almonds on hand, just throw it in the food processor and make a cup or so. If you want to substitute some oat flour for flour, you can just as easily grind up the oats into a finer texture in the processor and make some healthy and easy pancakes.
Have you ever made your own pasta? With a food processor on hand, it’s a piece of cake (actually, it’s pasta dough). Instead of getting your hands and counter dirty making pasta dough the traditional way, you can put all your eggs and flour into the processor and let it do all the mixing for you. Here’s the recipe.
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