Saturday, March 19, 2011

Food Processors Versus Blenders

What are the main differences between a food processor and a blender?

Food processors use different blades and disks to do different slicing and chopping jobs. In contrast, a blender has a fixed blade. Processors work with solid or semi-solid foods. Blenders are used to liquify foods.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Use a food processor to make this delicious yet simple strawberry vinaigrette dressing:

Ingredients

- Strawberry preserves, jelly or jam

- Two peeled and quarterd kiwi

- 1 cup of strawberries

- 2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar

- 2 cups of oil

- 2/3 cup of red wine vinegar

Combine all of the ingredients in the food processor’s work bowl and process until thoroughly mixed.

A rule to remember when making any type of vinaigrette is 3 to 1. That is, the amount of oil in the ingredients should be 3 times the amount of vinegar. If you remember nothing else about vinaigrettes, remember this one rule.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Easiest Cranberry Recipe

Thanksgiving is just ahead and cranberries are an excellent side dish with turkey. Use your food processor to make this easy, but delicious, cranberry side dish.

The ingredients simply consist of:
- a 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
- one orange
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar

Wash the cranberies and place them in the food processor. Wash the orange and slice it into at least quarters or eighths. Place the whole orange in the processor. Add the sugar into the processor's work bowl. Press the pulse button until the food is finely chopped and mixed. Taste and add more sugar if desired.

Eat up and enjoy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cranberry Relish Recipe For The Holidays

Cranberry relish and Thanksgiving, a food item and holiday that are definitely paired together. But do not wait until the holidays to enjoy cranberries. Cranberries are a very healthy food to enjoy year round. Cranberries are acidic berries rich in vitamin C. Cranberries contain excellent infection fighting properties and are a great source of powerful antioxidants and antiinflammatory compounds.
Use your food processor to make this delicious cranberry recipe.

Ingredients:

- 2 cups of fresh or thawed frozen cranberries. Fresh cranberries are best

- 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice

- 2 oranges chopped and peeled. If dfesired, for extra flavor and zest, add a small amount of the peel to the ingredients bowl.

- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

- If desired add a small amount of sugar to taste

Preparation:

- Place the cranberries in the food processor and pulse so that the cranberries are coarsely chopped. Add the other ingredients and pulse until everything is chopped and blended together.

Refrigerate and enjoy!

By: Food Processor Reviews

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Food Processor Buying Tips

Comparing and reviewing different food processors? Consider these buying tips when evaluating various brands, machine sizes and product features.

■Basic food processor performance is most important - A food processor should be able to easily and efficiently chop, slice, shred, grind and puree foods. Many food processors offer additional and optional attachments like whiskers or whippers, beaters, special julienne blades or dough kneaders. It is best to initially pay for the food processing basics. Separately purchase the attachments later, if desired, and if you need the specialty tools. Spend your initial money on a processor that handles the chopping and slicing basics well.

■What size is right? - Food processors typically come in three sizes; full, compact and mini. The size of a food processor corresponds to the number of cups that the machine’s food bowl holds. Full, compact and mini food processors typically hold 9 to 13, 5 to 7 and 2 to 5 cups. How often and for what purposes will you use your food processor? Do you have the counter space for a larger food processor? Minis are fine for small slicing and dicing like for garlic or tomatoes, however, larger processors are usually better for more active cooks.

■Two speeds are all you need - An on button and pulse button are typically all that is really needed to process food. The different blades and discs will vary how the food is processed more so than the speed.

■Look for a solid base - A food processor’s heavy base is designed to provide stability while the appliance is in operation. The base housing unit should remain steady and firm while the motor and spinning blades or discs are in play.

■Ease of entry - A wider feeder tube allows larger pieces of food to enter the food processor. Narrower tubes will require you to slice food into smaller pieces before putting it into the appliance. Doesn’t that partially defeat the purpose of a food processor?

By: Food Processor Reviews