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I love spending time in my kitchen trying out new recipes, batch cooking and trying to save my family money. For me cooking is relaxing, and a great way to look after our family budget. We like to spend no more than £200 a month on grocery shopping and on occasion we have even lived on £100 for a month – as we like a challenge! I’ve recently been sent a new food processor and I want to share with you 7 great uses for your food processor.
Homemade Pizza dough
We love to enjoy a nice homemade pizza here. Sometimes I will use a tortilla wrap or pitta bread to allow me to make one in a hurry, however, you can’t beat real pizza dough, can you?! I often make pizza dough in my breadmaker but when I’m in a hurry I use the same recipe and whizz it together in my food processor. This takes just 1-2 minutes and is a real time saver, also it is much cheaper than buying pizza dough or ready-made pizza bases.
Batch making baby food
Daisy is 2 now but because she has lots of allergies, and FPIES, we regularly use baby food pouches. I love to cook my own baby food in the slow cooker and once everything is cooked (usually fruit, vegetables and beef stock) I can whizz it together to make a smooth consistency. This is ideal for putting into reusable baby food pouches and means we can save money and always have a meal ready.
I love to batch cook and meal plan. Sometimes I will spend 30-45 minutes in the kitchen and prepare 3-5 days dinners, in bags which usually go in the freezer. Then at night, before bed, I am able to get out the bag of food we want and pop it into the fridge. By using our slow cooker we have lots of simple dinners ready and waiting for us. This is one of my favourite uses for your food processor as it just makes life so straightforward. I can throw in whole onions, de-seeded peppers, carrots, and much more. The items are chopped, grated or processed finely in just seconds. It is so handy and when I started doing this again, after months without a food processor, I realised just how much time I had been wasting on chopping everything by hand.
Cheese is the first thing that comes to mind. I buy the blocks of cheese, that are usually cheaper, and then spend about 20-30 seconds grating the entire block into a Kliplock box. This keeps it fresh and means it is so handy when I want to add cheese to sandwiches, salads or top pizzas.
Preparing cookie dough
We love a cookie here! I like to pour in the ingredients for midnight cookies or gingerbread and the dough, or mix is ready in under a minute. This is fantastic, saves my arthritic hands and is a great way to enjoy a treat in next to no time!
Whipping up sauces
The list here is really endless, however, some of my favourite sauces to whip up in our food processor would be a pasta sauce, pesto, salsa and mayonnaise. Salsa takes literally seconds and is great for busy lunchtimes. I love that I can throw fresh ingredients into the food processor and have something homemade in seconds.
I love to turn old bread into croutons, as this is really simple and avoids food waste. Also, when we want to make breadcrumbs, for coating meat, or topping bolognese pasta bake, it only takes a few seconds to pop some croutons in the food processor and make breadcrumbs.
These are just some of the great uses for your food processor and I’m absolutely loving having a food processor again. It has sped up my time in the kitchen and also it means I’m not left in pain after cooking from all the chopping and processing.
This is our food processor
We’ve been using the VonShef Food Processor and it comes with a whole host of great accessories allowing you to chop, mix, shred, slice, juice, grate, make dough or liquidise ingredients in seconds!
When I unboxed the VonShef Food Processor I was really pleased with the quality of the accessories. Multiple chopping blades and grating blades, a juicer, two different blades for processing and making dough and a liquidiser is fantastic for the price of this food processor.
The mixing bowl is 2 litres in capacity and the liquidiser is 1.8 litres which makes it ideal for making soups and sauces for the whole family.
I love how simple to clean everything is. I can just rinse it all under the tap, leave it to dry naturally on my drainer and then it is ready the next time I want to use it. It’s so handy, simple to look after and it saves me so much time in the kitchen, as well as saving my poor arthritic body from the effort of processing multiple fruits and vegetables!
I know there are a LOT of my recipes that can be adapted for use with the food processor. These are some of the ones that come to mind:
We received the featured food processor in this post for free, in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own and these are genuinely some of the great uses for your food processor based on my own experience.
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