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14 Ways Save Money with A Food Processor, Part II

In Part I, I outlined a few money-saving food processor recipes. Read on for more healthy, affordable and   delicious recipes.

Ice Cream

It is possible to make homemade ice cream without an ice cream machine. This novel food processor ice cream recipe comes from a truly dedicated   foodie. Simply find an ice cream recipe online, preferably without egg or the mixture has to be cooked until it forms a thick custard.

Combine the ingredients of the recipe in the food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the liquid into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen put the cubes back in the food processor and grind until smooth and creamy. Pour into an airtight container and freeze for another four hours or until firm.

Powdered Sugar

For powdered sugar, add one cup of white sugar and two tablespoons of corn starch. Chop until the consistency of powdered sugar. While this is not a lot cheaper, than buying powdered sugar, it will save you the wasted time and gas to the store if you run out of it unexpectedly.

Pie Crust

In the food processor, combine 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour, nine tablespoons or butter, lard or solid coconut oil and .5 teaspoon salt. Pulse gently until all the ingredients are mixed and resemble a course meal. Add the three tablespoons of water one tablespoon as a time while the food processor is running. Only run the food processor until the dough resembles flakes. Turn the flakes onto a well-floured board and form into a ball. Roll the dough into a flat circle and place into the pie pan. Bake for eight minutes at 350 degrees.

Graham Cracker Crust

Graham cracker crust is very simple to make in a food processor. Simply put 1/3rd cup unsalted butter or solid coconut oil, 10 to 12 whole graham crackers and two tablespoons white sugar into the food processor. Blend until crumbly. Pour the mixture into a pie pan and press flat with the back of a spoon. Bake for eight minutes at 375 degrees.

Butternut Squash Soup

You’ll need one butternut squash, two green apples, one large onion, a tablespoon of sugar, a teaspoon of coriander, a dash of cayenne pepper, three cups of reduced sodium chicken broth and 12 sage leaves. Boil all the ingredients together in a large pot until soft; about 10 minutes. Once soft, place the vegetables and apples into the food processor and blend until smooth. Add broth as needed to form the desired soup consistency. Serve immediately. This mother works for many vegetables. Use any kind of winter squash, asparagus, broccoli, potato, or even green peas. Experiment with different vegetables and herbs for healthy and delicious soups, perfect for cold winter nights.

Baby Food

Applesauce

To make applesauce for your baby, simply peel and remove all the skin, seeds and core from the apple. Boil in a pan of water until apple is soft. Put the apple pieces in the food processor and blend until completely pureed. The applesauce can then be fed to baby, put in a jar and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days, or frozen and kept for up to a month.

Baby Food

Vegetables

Babies under eight months old can eat a variety of vegetables including peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes and green beans. It is not a good idea to feed baby vegetables that are high in nitrates such as cabbage, beets, lettuce, collard greens and celery. The latter foods should only be fed to babies over a year old and in small quantities of less than two tablespoons.

To get started, boil the desired vegetable until it is soft. Once it’s soft, add the vegetable to the food processor and blend until it resembles baby food. If the vegetable is too thick, add a couple tablespoons of formula to thin the mixture. Once it reaches the desire consistency, feed to baby or store in an airtight container.

Baby Food

Bananas

Bananas can be pureed in the food processor with no additional prep work. Simply peel the banana, add it to the food processor and blend until smooth.

In short, food processors can save both time and money while providing your family healthy unprocessed foods. You can eliminate unhealthy vegetable fats for healthier foods that taste better and cost less.

Jessica Bosari is a freelance writer and blogger for various publications and her own blog. You can read more of Jessica's work here. If you have any comments or questions about SavingTools or about saving money, leave your comments in the form below or email jessica@savingtools.com. Thanks!

 

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