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20 Ideas for Your Food Processor

If you aren’t a big fan of the food processor, you don’t know what you are missing. First if you have not bought a food processor yet check out our full in depth buying guide here. You may have gotten one as a wedding present from your aunt or as a housewarming gift from your parents. Or, let me guess...you just bought one for yourself.Is it collecting dust in your kitchen cupboard? What a waste!It doesn't have to be hidden away until you have to slice carrots and onions. You could be making…

Pie dough!And Ice cream! And even homemade mayo! Chances are, you aren’t getting the use out of your food processor that you could (and should!) be. Food processors have a wide variety of applications beyond chopping veggies. A good food processor can turn you into quite the chef while saving you time, and, not to mention, keep dozens of pots and pans from needing a clean.Here is a list of twenty food processor hacks that will just make you fall in love with the big ole’ machine.

• Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a traditional Spanish cold tomato soup, perfect for hot summer days. It uses fresh tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, herbs, oil, vinegar, and spices. As you can imagine, this could take a lot of chopping. If you are like me, the vegetable juices will ooze off the chopping board and get all over your kitchen counter...what a mess? Don’t freak out; you can save on this by putting all the gazpacho ingredients in the food processor. You can find a great food processor gazpacho recipe (with a Californian twist!) at Simply Recipes click here.

Picture Credit: Simply Recipe

• Nut Butters

Have you ever wondered what is really in your peanut butter? If you look at the ingredients of most commercial nut butter, it is likely you won’t recognize many of them. Why not make it at home? For the most basic recipe, all you need is an oven and nuts. Roast the raw nuts of your choice for about 10-15 minutes at 350F, moving it around once or twice, so they are evenly cooked. Put them in your food processor, and you will notice the nuts have turned into a moist powder. Scrape down what was stuck on the sides and turn on the food processor again. Repeat this multiple times until it starts to clump, and let your food processor run. It will take about 15 minutes for the nuts to turn into a delicious, creamy, all-natural nut butter.

Pro Tip- Add the flavors of your choice – cinnamon, maple syrup, raw sugar, dark chocolate… let your imagination run wild!Check out the step-by-step recipe for roasted almond nut butter at Heather Eats Almond Butter.

• Meat Grinder or Meat Shredder

High-quality ground meat is a lot more expensive per-pound than the same quality meat when it is whole. You will love it when you make yours at home. Healthy Green Kitchen has a delicious recipe for homemade pork breakfast sausage made from organic, grass-fed pork shoulder.

​Shredding chicken and other meats is also a breeze with your food processor. Put your thoroughly cooked meat that you want to shred in the food processor and only use the pulse function. Tap your pulse button until you have the meat shred to your liking. Make sure to be very quick with your pulses the power of your food process will quickly take the shredded meat into ground meats in a second. These shredded meats are perfect for recipes that call for shredded chicken or pork to be pulled apart by forks save your fingers and sweat use your food processor!

Pro Tip- Make sure the meat is cold when you want to grind it, so it doesn’t turn into mush when you process it. Make sure you meat is fully cooked when you want to shred it. 

• Homemade Mayonnaise

Let’s face it. Mayo is on the black list of sauces. It is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and some critics point to potentially dangerous ingredients like soybean oil.

It doesn’t have to be that way; if you have your food processor handy, you can make a delicious, healthier homemade mayonnaise with an egg yolk,  lemon juice, vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil and skip all those nasty preservatives. Adding a mustard turns your mayo into a remoulade and makes for a very taste spread. Check out the full recipe with mustard at Umami Girl.

• Pesto

If you are a seasoned food processor user, this might come as a no-brainer. But, believe it or not, people will pay good money for some bottled pesto sauce. You don't have to be one of those people make an amazing batch of pesto at home and save some cash. Pesto is incredibly easy to make. Once you have all of the ingredients on hand, it takes about three minutes. It’s the secret pesto bottlers don’t want anyone to know.

The traditional recipe calls for basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, and olive oil, tossed in the food processor and blended until smooth. Are you feeling adventurous? You can make any variation of the classic recipe you want. You can use carrot tops instead of basil, almonds instead of pine nuts, and asiago instead of parmesan there are countless recipe variants.

Check out a step-by-step guide on how to make pesto at Gimme Some Oven.

• Creamy Dips

Do you have some unexpected guests coming over? You can make a delicious dip in minutes by mixing a creamy base like yogurt, cream, cottage cheese or – for some vegetarian versions – tofu and avocado. Toss the ingredients in the food processor, add some garlic, lime, and seasoning and serve with pita chips or crackers. Chowhound has a great article on 20 different dips you can make in a food processor we have tried most of them and have not found one that we disliked. Check the recipes out here! 

• Marmalades

Three ingredients. Food processor. Delicious tangy spread for your morning toast. It’s not too good to be true!

Food Processor Marmalade

• Pasta Dough

If you have ever made pasta dough before, you probably remember what a mess it was to clean up the sticky dough off your fingers, the bowl, and the spatula. Rather than kneading the pasta dough by hand, you can mix all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. When it is done, the dough just needs to be rolled out and cut into your desired shape and cook.

The Second Pancake has a great recipe for food processor pasta dough and the guide has great pictures for reference. You can find the full recipe here!

• Cauliflower Rice​

Cauliflower rice has gained popularity in many health and fitness circles as a great low-carb alternative to regular rice. Its applications go way beyond a simple side dish. You can use cauliflower rice to make pizza crust, stuffed peppers, and even sushi.

Cauliflower rice is the simplest thing you can imagine. After washing your cauliflower head, cut it into chunks put it into the food processor using the grater function. To prepare it before a meal, steam or sauté for a maximum of 10 minutes with desired ingredients.

• Homemade Gluten-Free Flour

Yes! Your food processor can also make flour! Believe it or not, it will only take about three minutes.

Remember the nut butter I mentioned before? For the first few minutes, the butter was more powdery than it is buttery. This powder can be used as flour. When it comes to nut-based flour, almond flour bakes best, while oat flour is the easiest to make.

To make it, just place the desired flour base (oats, cashews, almonds, sunflower, hazelnut, buckwheat, and more) in the processor and grind them for 1-2 minutes. Some tips on different bases for gluten-free flour can be found at Attune Foods.

• Baby Food

Homemade baby food is healthier, more natural, and cheaper than store-bought baby food. You can puree almost anything – from carrots and pears to peas. If you have a full week ahead of your, you can plan ahead and make large batches and freeze the puree in small storage containers.

• Truffles

Do you have someone you want to impress with your skills in the kitchen? Even the word Truffle sounds fancy. Mix all of the necessary ingredients in a food processor, only to roll and chill. Find the full recipe at My Yellow Farmhouse here.

• Pie crust

Call me strange, but my favorite part of pies has always been the crust. I can tell when the crust is frozen, store-bought or homemade. Homemade crusts are always the best, and any pie fan will tell you that there is nothing quite like a pie made from scratch.

• No-Cook Fudge

Fudge doesn’t have to be something you only enjoy at the state fair. Using your food processor, you can make fudge, without having to turn on your stove.

Usually melting the chocolate is a vital part of making fudge to make sure all the ingredients are properly mixed. A food processor does this without needing the chocolate melted. Using a food processor not only saves you time but also gets room temp fudge into the refrigerator meaning it will be hardened faster!​

Check out a great recipe at Cookie and Kate.

• Cole Slaw​

Cole slaw is a classic summer side. While cole slaw doesn’t have very many ingredients, when done in the traditional manner, cole slaw takes lots and lots of chopping. You can put the cabbage, onion, and carrot into the food processor, and toss with the dressing of your choice. Its super quick and super easy to make slaw fast.

Pro Tip- Use the pulse setting on your food processor. You don't want to turn your shredded veggies from a slaw to mush.

• Salsas

No need to get store-bought salsa after this hack. Put tomatoes, onion, cilantro and lemon juice in the food processor, and two minutes, you will have the perfect appetizer for taco night. As you get more comfortable with experimenting, you can add garlic, green and red peppers, jalapeños, corn, vinegar, and anything else your heart desires.

Pro Tip- For salsa just put your food processor on full speed and let it really go to town on everything in the bowl. For Pico De Gallo use the pulse setting and stop while your tomatoes and veggies are still chunky. 

• Macaroons

With this recipe for Chocolate-Hazelnut Macarons from Good Housekeeping, you can take the batter straight from the food processor bowl to the cookie.

Pro Tip- If they aren’t eaten within the first day, they get a little soggy. Freeze them, they will last up to one month.

• Dressings

If you make oily dressings in a bowl, they will often separate into phases. If you make them in a food processer, however, all of the ingredients will temporarily blend, allowing you enjoy the tastes of each of your dressings’ ingredients.

For a fluffy, creamy dressing, check out this recipe for food processor Caesar dressing straight from Cuisinart.

• Making Ice Cream at Home

​This hack alone is worth buying a new food processor. Not only can you make ice cream at home, but you can also make it with one ingredient, and it is much healthier than commercial ice cream. Watch this great video below on how to make your homemade ice cream. 

Pick a fruit – any fruit! Place it in the freezer for at least 4 hours, and then whip it up in the food processor. If you like your ice cream a little sweeter, you can add honey, cinnamon, chocolate, or any additions you can think of. After it is blended, scoop the blend into a storage container and place it back into the freezer.

• Churn Heavy Cream into Butter

Churning butter has got to be the coolest food processor hack. Imagine being able to say you churned your own butter? Well, it’s not churning so much as it is processing – but the end-product is just as yummy, and takes only a fraction of the time. What could be better than high-quality, freshly churned butter?​ Plus if you add fun stuff like honey or garlic during the process you have homemade garlic butter or homemade honey butter. 

You can learn how to make your own butter from heavy cream at Frugality Gal.​ Not only does Frugality Gal do a great job explaining how but all the trail and error she went through plus cost savings by making your own butter. 

Your food processor can be your greatest ally in the kitchen if you do not have one check out our full guide here. We also have a guide on when to use your food processor, blender, or immersion blender here. Not only can it help you save time as you make your favorite weeknight staples, but the food processor can also help you to be a bit more adventurous, and try making something new.Food processor truffles for dessert, anyone? Bon appetit!​

Blender vs Food Processor vs Immersion Blender

Professional chefs, those who love to prepare fine dishes as a hobby, and parents who try to make healthy meals for their family are all too aware the value a quality blender brings. However, not all know the value that comes from food processors and immersion blenders. We are asked to compare blender vs food processor all the time so we made a chart and a couple quick tips for each appliance. 

While a blender is great, it's not the best tool for every blending task we face inside the kitchen. Recently, we spent time investigating and testing which of the three works best in some scenarios. Here's where each tool is most useful and when you should consider changing up and using a different option. We have created a quick chart for reference below with full explanations if you keep reading. 

Recipe

Blender

Immersion Blender

Food Processor

Smoothies/Blended Drinks

Ideal

NEVER EVER FOR ICE

Not Really

Butters/Whipping

Can Use

Ideal

Can Use

Chopping Veggies/ Fruits

No

Ideal

No

Doughs

No

Can Use

No

Shredding Meats/ Cheeses

No

Ideal

No

Purees

Can Use

Don't Use

Ideal

Blender

Ninja Blender

The blender is the number one go to for all our blending and puree needs. However, the traditional blender is best for making smoothies and alcoholic cocktails (such as Margaritas). Blenders have incredibly powerful motors but blades that are not as sharp as the food processor. It is the powerful motor whipping around duller blades and high blade rotations that make blending ice, fruit, and vegetables an easy process.

Traditional blenders eliminate the need for a number of other kitchen appliances, are easy to clean, and the deep bowls help prevent overflowing or causing the lid to explode off, allowing for smooth mixtures which are easy to digest.

The only drawback to the traditional blender is their blades are often rather dull, making it not as useful when trying to puree foods with a harder constitution or even slice and dice. Avoid using the blender when trying to do anything with finesse.

Immersion Blender

Not as powerful nor multi-purpose as the traditional blender, the immersion blender is useful due to its compact nature. It also eliminates the need for multiple cycles a regular blender would need to puree certain soups. While the Immersion Blender is less common in the kitchen its usefulness will surprise you.

Immersion blenders work best with foods that are liquid or have a soft constitution, making it the best option to blend mashed potatoes, pesto, and tomato sauce. The immersion blender is also ideal for helping to improve the consistency of cream cheese (for cheesecake), hummus, and mayonnaise.

The one critique of immersion blenders is that the user must be careful not to use it in shallow bowls or if what needs whipping, blending, or pureed is in small quantities. Why? Well at any time if the immersion blenders blades come out of the material be prepared to wear the food, paint the walls, and laugh at the situation. Deeper bowls will also help with keeping the messes to a minimum. However, it would be a lie to say I have not used the immersion blender as painting tool and my kitchen wall was the canvas.

Cuisinart Immersion Blender

Cuisinart Immersion Blender

Food Processor

KitchenAid 9 Cup Food Processor

KitchenAid 9 Cup Food Processor

Our favorite appliance, what is there you don't want to use a food processor for in your kitchen? Once I learned the power of the food processor nothing was safe from its blades. You can check out our full buyers guide on food processors here. A food processor's blades resemble those of a katana. The diesel machines are perfect for chopping up hard foods that the traditional blender can have trouble chopping. The food processor can easily and efficiently slice nuts, seeds, and other dense foods.

In fact, we can also use a food processor to chop up onions, garlic, peppers, and other vegetables. For cutting meat to shreds, there is no other option which comes close to the food process.

You should not use the food processor for liquids. They are not best suited for handling liquid foods or those containing a loose constitution. While others will say that it's acceptable to use a food processor with these foods, don't get a blender. To puree in a food processor (I have tried multiple times) you will have to run it through the process multiple times. You cannot keep the liquid and the processor running for long as the liquid will seep out the sides, middle, and top. A blender or immersion blender is far more practical in this situation.​

*It is critical to note that you should never use your food process to blend or chop ice. The food processors motor is not as strong as a blenders to motor through the ice. More importantly, the success of your food processor is reliant on razor sharp blades and blending ice will dull your blades fast. Again our note to everyone never put ice into your food processor unless you want to buy some new blades for you precious (Am I the only one that calls my food processor that?).

Top 8 Best Blender Food Processor Combos

A blender food processor combo is a very useful appliance in your kitchen.  Since a blender has a powerful motor best for pureeing ingredients while a food processor has extremely sharp blades that can chop up even hard ingredients, a product that has the features of both a blender and a food processor is a great help to any home cook.  With your blender food processor combo, you’re ready to chop up or make purees out of practically anything.

Blender Food Processor Buying Guide

The blender and food processor are two different machines. Blenders create drinks like smoothies, while food processors are designed to shred, chop, or mix solid foods. It may seem to be a little difficult to find a machine that performs both functions. This buying guide will tell you everything that you need to know about blending and food processing machines.

Important Features to Consider

The first thing that you need to know would be the important features to consider, namely:

Uses

If you see the need to have both machines in your kitchen, you might have to look for a model that has one or more of these features:

  • Feed tube helps make things more efficient as you no longer need to stuff everything in the machine before switching it on. Depending on what ingredients you plan to put inside, you might need a larger or smaller feed tube.
  • Dough hook allows the machine to knead dough, which can be extremely helpful if you bake.
  • Multiple blades can be found on some machines. These blades are made for chopping, grating, and pureeing. Other models have all-in-one blades that serve for various uses.
  • Mill grinds and chops.
  • Potato Rasp grates potatoes, hard cheese, nutmeg, or even coconut.

Capacity

It is crucial to look at the machine’s capacity. If you plan to process large food quantities, then you might want to find a model with up to 7 or 16 cups in capacity to be safe. A five-cup container will work for personal use only.

Power

Blender/food processor machines should have a motor that is powerful enough to serve both purposes. A weak motor will not last long and may not even work well in cutting foods. A model with more than 500watts of power may already be adequate.

Speeds

You may not need a combination appliance with multiple speed settings. This is because food processors only have two settings for on and off. However, you may want one with variable speed settings for better control.

Pre-Programmed Settings

A machine with a wide range of pre-programmed settings could save you time and effort in the kitchen. It can also help you avoid accidentally blending something that you were planning to chop. That said, you should look for a model with the following presets: chop, whisk, grate, shred, and puree.

Additional Features to Look For

Some features are not necessary. However, they may be able to help make things easier for you. These include the micro-serrated blade, which removes the need to replace or sharpen your existing blade; the citrus press or juicer that lets you use the machine as a juicer; the straight-sided processor cup to avoid uneven chops; the whisk and spatula for mixing ingredients; and safety features like auto shut-off and auto-lock.

For a visual representation of the above information, we have created a helpful infographic that is posted at the bottom of page).

Top Blender Food Processors

You now know the important features to look for when searching for blender/food processors. Since there are plenty of options out there, finding the best one can be overwhelming. Here are the two top-rated blender food processors that you can consider:

KitchenAid KFP1333CU (Best Value Blender Food Processor)
This machine features a powerful motor with three settings, various speeds, and a four- and 13-cup bowls. It comes with multi-purpose stainless steel blades that can slice, shred, knead, or even puree. This stylish blender/food processor is easy to clean, too, and runs surprisingly quiet.

Ninja Ultima Kitchen System (Most Powerful Blender Food Processor)

The Ninja Ultima boasts a 1,500-watt motor with dual-stage technology for an efficient processing and blending. The feed tube, however, is a bit narrow. With an eight-cup bowl included, this machine is best-suited for personal use or small servings.

Looking for the best blender food processor is not as hard as you think. You only need to do your research. Take note of the tips mentioned above and you will be able to find the right one in no time.

Best blender food processor combos for 2017

  1. Black & Decker FP2620S Wide-Mouth Food Processor & Blender, Black/Silverblack-and-decker-food-processor

The Black & Decker FP2620S Wide-Mouth Food Processor & Blender offers durability and quality at a more affordable price.  It’s a 500 watts unit with 3 speed options including pulse.  Appearance-wise, it looks sleek and elegant with its stainless steel base and suction cup feet which serves to hold the unit steady when in use.  This appliance doesn’t take up too much space as well.  On the other hand, its capacity is limited to 10 cups and it’s not as powerful as other units which can blend ice.

  1. Cuisinart FP-14DCN Elite Collection 2.0 14 Cup Food Processor, Die Castcuisnart

One of the best brands in the market for powerful kitchen appliances, Cuisinart also impresses with their Cuisinart FP-14DC Elite Collection.  This 1000 watts food processor and blender features an induction motor that can chop and puree with ease.  It comes with 3 different work bowls which uses Cuisinart’s unique SealTight technology.  The speed options include both pulse and dough.  Users also appreciate that this unit is quite safe to use, no problem to clean and works noiselessly unlike other units.

  1. DeLonghi 9-Cup Capacity Food Processor with Integrated Blenderdelonghi

A brand that consistently produces top quality kitchen appliances, DeLonghi’s 9-Cup Capacity Food Processor with Integrated Blender is also an excellent choice.  Not as highly-priced as other more powerful units since it only has 400 watts, it nevertheless is quite capable of slicing and blending.  It’s also safe to use thanks to its interlocking safety system and its compact size makes it perfect for smaller kitchens.  If you just want a standard food processor that has blending capabilities, this unit should suit you well.

  1. KitchenAid KFP1333CU 13-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System – Contour Silverkitchenaid

The KitchenAid KFP1333CU is one blender processor combos that is both durable and stylish.  It can complement virtually any kitchen.  Though this unit is only at 360 watts, slicing, kneading and pureeing is no trouble thanks to its stainless steel blades, powerful motor, and 3 speed options.  The UltraTight seal also ensures the absence of leaks.  It can accommodate up to 13 cups.  However, greater capacity also means bigger size, which can be a drawback as some users found this unit too large.

  1. Hamilton Beach 58149 Blender and Chopperhamilton-beach

The Hamilton Beach 58149 Blender and Chopper hits the mark with its affordability and amazing power.  At 700 watts, it can blend, slice and chop most ingredients.  Even ice is blended sufficiently with no chunks.  It has two speed settings and two pulse options.  The glass jar for blending can hold up to 5 cups and the chopping container accommodates 3 cups.  It’s also convenient to use with an Easy Clean option but the downside to this unit is the lack of a locking safety system.

  1. Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 Food Processor Blender BL773COninja-kitchen

At the top of almost every list of blender food processor combos is the Ninja brand particularly the Ninja Mega Kitchen System.  The features are astoundingly professional: sturdy exceptionally sharp blades and a 1500 watts motor that can blend even frozen food.  The unit itself is heavy duty and long-lasting.  It comes equipped with a variety of bowls for chopping and cups and a pitcher for blending.  There are 3 speed settings including pulse.  Plus, it’s competitively priced compared to other units.

  1. Ninja Ultima Kitchen System (BL820)ultima-ninja

Another winning product from Ninja is their Ninja Ultima Kitchen System.  At 1500 watts, 3 peak HP, it surpasses even the strength and power of the Ninja Mega.  The food processor’s blades can slice and cut through tough ingredients and the blender motor produces well-blended super smooth liquids.  Users are pleased with its large capacity, 64 ounces for the chopping bowl and 72 ounces for the blending jar.  As is common with the Ninja units, the Ultima also comes with two Ninja cups for making blended beverages you can easily take with you.

  1. Oster Rapid Blend 8-Speed Blender with Glass Jar and Bonus 3-Cup Food Processor, Metallic Red, BCCG08-RFP-NP9oster

With the Oster Rapid Blend 8-Speed Blender with Glass Jar and Bonus 3-Cup Food Processor, preparing ingredients and beverages is quick and easy.  At 450 watts and 8 speeds, it meets the standard of decent blender food processor combos.  A quality product built for durability, even the jar is scratch resistant.  Small and efficient, the blender jar is good for up to 6 cups and the food processor cup has a capacity of 3 cups.  This unit is ideal for price-conscious cooks who want something basic that lasts long.

Wrapping Up

An appliance that is wonderfully convenient, the blender food processor combo can help you whip up the best dishes and drinks in next to no time.  Homemakers and cooks have found that having any of these units we mentioned instead of a separate blender and a food processor is in the long run more efficient and can help save on space.

How to find the best value blender food processor combo for you!

blender food processor combo buying guide