I have plenty of kitchen appliances. Do I need a food processor?

This is probably the most frequently asked question when someone is considering buying their first food processor. Many home cooks who already have a stand mixer, blender and mandolin wonder if they will really find use for a food processor on a regular basis.

No one NEEDS a food processor but anyone who is a serious cook or would like to be a serious cook can certainly benefit greatly from the use of a food processor. Each of the kitchen tools listed above have their own benefits and belong in a well stocked kitchen. A food processor also deserves a spot in such a kitchen. It's all about having the best tool available for the job at hand.

There are tasks a food processor is well suited for that no other kitchen appliance can handle as well. These include chopping, shredding and emulsifying. A blender is great for liquefying soups but can struggle with partially pureed items such as salsa. A mandolin can slice a zucchini with ease but can't shred through several pounds of cheddar cheese in less than a minute. A stand mixer is the best tool to use when mixing up cookie dough but can be messy and ineffective when emulsifying mayo.

A good food processor can cut prep time down considerably and anyone who cooks on a regular basis should seriously consider purchasing one. Even those who only cook on special occasions can appreciate the usefulness of a food processor. Homemade pie crusts are a breeze and fresh breadcrumbs take seconds to prepare.  A holiday dinner can take half the time to prep for which makes a food processor worth the cost even if it's only utilized a few times a year.









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