I used to own an expensive Cuisinart food processor that required a forklift to move from one counter to another. It was a drag to take out and use, so I finally got rid of it. Then, I moved on to the complete opposite spectrum by purchasing the Breville All-in-One, which was lightweight both weight-wise, but it also couldn’t do some of the heavyweight jobs I needed it to. For a couple of years, I vowed to buy the perfect food processor to use in my new home. YES! It took me two years to find the right one!
So, I researched. And researched. And, I talked to friends and members of my Facebook community. I got a TON of advice and recommendations–all sounded good but none of them sounded right for my needs.
Then, I found it! The Braun FP3020. It was horizontal in shape, which would fit PERFECTLY in the space I had earmarked for it in my new kitchen. It got INCREDIBLE reviews. It had a bunch of attachments and variable speeds. It even had a juicer attachment and small batch cup. AND IT WAS CHEAP, comparatively! I was pretty sure it could handle the few rotating tasks for which I needed it. So, I ordered and it came.
My main uses for a food processor are the following:
1) Make veggie burgers and falafel batter
2) Shred carrots for salads and vegan dog food
3) Chop chickpeas for vegan dog food
4) Make nut/date pie crusts
5) Chop nuts – I can put a handful of nuts in the smaller bowl and chop nuts perfectly!
6) Make pizza dough and dog biscuit dough instead of having to pull out my standing mixer (that I dropped on my toes a few years ago!) –
6) Banana “Nice” Cream
7) Juice lemons and limes – I freeze the juice in ice cube trays to make future sauces, dressings, etc.
8) Nut butters – In the smaller bowl, I can make the creamiest nut butters with minimal clean-up! I can even make raw cashew butter, which is sometimes hard to make.
Today, I made my pizza dough recipe with the dough blade, and it worked LIKE A CHARM! The key is to put in the flour, salt, and yeast FIRST and blend that for a few seconds on a low speed. Then, add the liquids (the aquafaba, maple syrup, and warm water) through the shoot SLOWLY on power level 7. It came out PERFECTLY!
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