Food processors are one of those kitchen appliances that have been promoted as a must-have in every kitchen. While they can certainly make cooking (and life) much easier and enjoyable, it would always be a good idea to take a look at your current lifestyle to determine if it'll truly add value to you! To simplify this process, we've compiled a list of relevant statements that will aid you in determining if a food processor is truly something that you need to add to your shopping cart right now.
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NO: If you're not a fan of the kitchen
In general, it probably wouldn't make much sense to purchase any kitchen appliance(s) if you're not going to be in the kitchen often, as they'll probably just end up sitting in a corner of your kitchen collecting dust. So save your money for something else instead!
YES: If the prep process deters you from cooking
As much as it probably wouldn't be wise to splurge on kitchen appliance(s) if you're not going to be spending much time in the kitchen, it might be worth delving deeper into why you're not in the kitchen often. Is it because of the amount of time that's usually spent on prepping your ingredients? Is it because the prep process is simply one that you strongly detest? If this sounds like you, it might actually make even more sense for you to purchase a food processor since it can help you to get all your ingredients prepped and ready to go in a fraction of the time, making the cooking process much more enjoyable for you. Who knows? After removing the dread that's typically associated with cooking (thanks to the prep process), maybe you'll be able to ignite a passion for cooking!
YES: If you're afraid of sharp tools
Just like the point above, if a key reason why you detest cooking is because of your fear of sharp tools (e.g knives, mandoline slicer, grater), a food processor might thus be the perfect option for you. From slicing, grating, shredding and chopping, your food processor can do it all. Not only will your food processor help you to save time, it can also save you from any potential accidents! This point also definitely applies to those who cook on a regular basis as well, who may be terrified of sharp tools or those who are rather clumsy and have previously gotten hurt while cutting things up in the kitchen.
YES: If you meal prep regularly
If you're a person who does meal prep on a regular basis, you're probably rather strapped for time throughout the week. To cut down your cooking time even further, why not get a food processor that will help to prepare your large quantities of ingredients in a fraction of the usual time it takes for you to do it by hand?
YES: If you're a parent and would like to make homemade baby food
Purees are one of the most common foods that are served for babies, especially when starting to introduce them to solids. One of the easiest ways to prepare purees is through the use of a food processor, which allows you to puree almost any vegetables and fruits. For fruits, simply throw them into the food processor and add a tiny bit of water to thin it out, to achieve the perfect consistency. For vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots or broccoli, you'll have to steam them before throwing them into your food processor and blitzing them. Overall, if you're a parent and would like to make homemade food for your baby on a regular basis, a food processor is definitely an investment that's worth every cent!
NO: If you have limited space in your kitchen
Apart from being a relatively large kitchen appliance, food processors also typically come with a large number of attachments. Combined, a food processor and its attachments would require a relatively significant amount of storage space, so if your kitchen is currently packed to the brim, you might want to hold off on this purchase for the time being.
However, that being said, having a small kitchen doesn't necessarily mean that you have to give up on owning a food processor. Instead, you could find ways to maximise space in your kitchen to craft out space for a food processor, with some tips that are discussed in this article: 6 Clever Hacks To Make Your Tiny Kitchen Feel More Spacious Than It Really Is.
For recipes to try out in your food processor, check this article out: 6 Easy Food Processor Recipes That Are Sure To Impress.
Now that you've reached the end of the article, we hope you've managed to come to a decision on whether you should get a food processor (or not). For any further questions regarding our food processors, feel free to reach out to our customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or our live chat and we'll be more than happy to assist you!