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May 7, 2008 12:51 PM

I've wanted a food processor forever...

I've wanted a food processor forever, DH bought me one for Christmas and its still in the box. For some reason, all the recipes that I stored in my head requiring a food processor are now gone. Please help me to pull it out of the box this weekend and impress DH. Simple recipes that the non-chow DH will like.

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  1. This rosemary-infused puree/dip with sun-dried tomatoes and white beans absolutely requires a food processor (it'll burn out a blender), and it's great!

    My speed-up tip is to use use canned white beans (drained and rinsed) instead of soaking dry beans. The oil-packed tomatoes are essential, as is good rosemary.

    Enjoy your new toy,


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    1. re: AnneInMpls

      I made this for a party last night. Very nice, and tastes even better on toast for breakfast the next day!

    2. I use mine daily. I make a smoothie for breakfast, I puree pineapple for sorbet, I make bread crumbs from dry bread, I chop tomatillos for salsa verde. The list is never ending. It sits on my counter. Just hold your nose and jump in!

      1. Shredded veggies for things like coleslaw, carrot cake...breadcrumbs for meatballs, meatloaf etc and as Anne said, use it to make a quick dip...A food processor makes much quicker work of hummus for instance. Your processor came with not only instructions but also a built to show off the processor's abilities...which may be another source of inspiration. Enjoy! :)

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        1. re: maplesugar

          Those things are worth the money for baba ganoush and hummous alone. Those two foods are staples around here, and not only are they incredibly tasty and healthy, they absolutely require a food processor.

          Also, party dips, smoothies, pureed soups, that sort of thing. Great tool.

        2. Don't buy grated cheese. Grate your own with the grater attachment and bag for later.

          Also, wonderful Parmesan cheese. I bring a wedge to room temp, cut into large chunks and throw in with the basic blade running. Whirl until grated [do not use the grater attachment].

          I put mine in a glass jar with a rubber seal [the pretty ones[ and store in the fridge. Take it out and set on the table when Parmesan is needed.

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          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

            I wish I saw your method of grating parmesan last week. I always grated my cheeses -- mozzarella, mont jack, cheddar, etc. using the grating disk and last week I threw in the parmesan after grating mozzarella. The disc carrier immediately cracked. Ooops! And not only that, Braun doesn't seem to make that replacement part any more . . . It was an inexpensive alternative to the Cuisinart years ago, but now I have only a half-functioning FP.

            1. re: NYchowcook

              I have a Braun which is ancient (bought by my parents in the eighties) and I can still buy replacement parts for it. It's worth searching around, imo. Is the disc carrier made out of plastic, with a sort of wheel on the top, by any chance - I've replaced that twice.

              1. re: greedygirl

                I've replaced the disc carrier twice, but it seems it's now unavailable. Anywhere.
                Yes, disc carrier is plastic -- couldn't stand up to the parmesan.

                1. re: NYchowcook

                  Wow, NYc, that's a real bummer. I was able to replace mine just 2 or 3 years ago online, but you're right: I just now did a search for my model (4259) and Braun is no longer making it, nor it seems do any supply houses have any remnant inventory.

                  I guess when it goes this time we'll need to get creative with epoxy and copper wire braces.

                  1. re: NYchowcook

                    If you're willing to pay the postage (or have a friend who's visiting the UK), I got mine only a few months ago from a fab little electrical shop in London. My model is 4243. It might be worth giving them a call as they seem to stock everything!


            2. I use mine to make pesto, also mayonnaise when I'm feeling lazy, hummus as others have mentioned, tapenade, pate brise, to slice onions for French Onion Soup, to shred cheese for fondue, bread crumbs, to slice potatoes for a gratin ....

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              1. re: MMRuth

                Adding: slicing cabbage & carrots for cole slaw, and mixing ingredients for baba gnoush....
                Ditto the hummus, bread crumbs, onions, cheese. Curiously, I use the blender for pesto.

                1. re: Gio

                  Chopped liver, just do each ingredient separately, pates, the vegetables and bread crumbs for meatloaf. Grating potatos for potato pancakes (though for this I have an old machine that sends the potatos to a regular bowl so I don't have to keep emptying the machine,

                  1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                    I'm most impressed by the vegetables which I think was my original purpose for getting the tool, hmm... maybe life can get easier.

                  2. re: Gio

                    I used to use the blender for pesto, but I like the texture of it made in the food processor better - you can leave it slightly chunky. Blender tends to get it *too* smooth, IMHO.

                    1. re: Bat Guano

                      Thanks for that! I'll have to try it for myself. I think that I sarted to use the blender for pesto, because the recipe was in the little How-To booklet that came packaged with it...Talk about eyes wide ....shut!