I’ve never desired a food processor. I’ve always thought of them as very optional. I didn’t want another piece of kitchen equipment I just stored but rarely, if ever, used. I didn’t even get a blender until after about 7 years of marriage. And that was just because I desired to make my own homemade Orange Julius beverages. (Hats off to Stacy Hatten for that recipe! Not quite like the real thing but wonderful when we lived in Cincinnati and the nearest Orange Julius was HOURS away.)
Lately, though, I’ve been thinking it might be time to procure one. A food processor, that is. If you read my last posts, you know that I’ve been using my blender in place of a food processor for some recipes. And it’s been a bit hard on my blender, which got more use recently from our live-in, soon-to-be missionary housemate for a few months. (She was on some smoothie diet.) We drug it up from downstairs for her, dusted it off and made a place for it on the counter. So I finally had no excuses and set about making some of the recipes I’d stalled on.
But using a blender in place of a food processor is tricky business. And at times the blender has smelled pretty hot, like in an-about-to-catch-on-fire kind of way. (Thank you, frozen banana ‘ice cream’!) I don’t blame it.
When I used it to make the fudgy snow balls, it was really difficult to get the batter out of the blender in order to roll it into balls. Sticky stuff and all stuck around the blade. And I still had to mix it up a bit afterward.
So, I’m in the market for a small food processor. I’m thinking something that’s about 3 cups, no larger. I don’t want a huge contraption I have to store. And the 1.5 cup mini seems a little on the small side for some projects. I saw an Oster brand version at Walmart for about $20 for the 3 cup size that seems like a good option. Might be a good addition to my gift wish list for birthday or Christmas, though I might not be able to wait that long. Fresh salsa is calling my name.
Do you have a food processor? If so, do you use it? What size/brand is it?