A while back I got bored with making banana bread and wondered what else I would make with over ripe bananas. That resulted in a hugely popular post called, Tired of Banana Bread? 10 Other Things You Can do with Overripe Bananas. So when I recently bought a food processor to make pesto with the lovely basil growing in my kitchen window, I had a similar question... What else can I make?
As it turns out, you can do a lot with these handy machines to save money. From sliced vegetables and soups to powdered sugar and baby food, many recipes can be mixed and processed in a food processor for a fraction of the cost of buying the prepped food at the grocery store. In fact, you can do so much, I decided to split it up into two posts. Here's Part I:
For sliced vegetables, simply buy the foods whole and slice or chop them using the correct blade. Once the food is sliced, store it in freezer bags in the freezer for quick access. To save even more time, buy all your vegetables in one shopping trip and slice them immediately upon returning home. This negates the need to slice and wash the food processor multiple times a week.
One of the easiest recipes to make in a food processor is peanut butter. Peanuts should be added by the cupful and processed for one to two minutes. Once the peanuts start resembling paste, other ingredients can be added such as salt, sugar and molasses. The peanut butter is finished when it reached the desired consistency. It should be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated upon completion.
To make Almond butter all you need is almonds and a little olive oil. Pour one cup of almonds in the food processor and process for one minute. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and continue to process. If almond butter is too thick, add one more tablespoon of oil. The almond butter is finished when it reaches your desired consistency.
With store bought real butter nearing $5 a pound, a cheap home alternative is food processor butter. All you have to do is put heavy cream into the food processor and blend for ten minutes until the butter forms. Once butter is formed, drain excess fluid and store in an airtight container. To squeeze out more of the liquid, the butter can be put into a bowl and pressed with a spoon. Add herbs, spices or maple syrup for delightful specialty butters you can't buy from the store.
To make mayonnaise in a food processor, combine one egg, two teaspoons of dijon mustard and a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar and blend. While the machine is running slowly add one cup of olive oil. Blend until the consistency of mayonnaise. This healthy alternative will ruin-you to store bought forever.
For homemade bread crumbs, simply put a few slices of bread on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bread is completely dry. Add your choice of seasonings, such as an Italian seasoning mix. Put the dried bread into the food processor and process until the crumbs are the desired size. Be careful not to over process the crumbs.
To make homemade potato chips using your food processor, simply attach the slicing blade. Feed a potato thought the top and viola instant uncooked potato chips. Add the potato slices to hot olive or peanut oil and cook until the edges start to turn brown. Remove the cooked potato chips from the hot oil and drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and eat.
Coming up next, ice cream, baby food and more!