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Knifeless Chopping

When a recipe tells me to finely chop 2 large onions, four carrots, three potatoes, and several cloves of garlic I rest my sharp knife on the cutting board and take out my handy dandy food processor. Have you ever used your food processor to chop food? It's a great time saver that can reduce prep tremendously. However, there is a technique to using the gadget efficiently. It took me several times before I had it down. To learn how to chop with a food processor,

Here's how it works:
First chunk the vegetables: quarter onions, carrots, potatoes, and smash garlic. Next, working in batches, toss a few chunks into the bowl of the food processor - do not over stuff the food processor! If it cannot handle the volume you'll be left with uneven sized pieces. So, with the food processor not too full, put the lid on and hit the pulse button followed by the chop button. Pulse several times until the vegetables are to the desired size. Take care not to over pulse - you will end up with vegetable puree rather than chopped vegetables. Once the vegetables are chopped, add to your cooking vessel and following instructions according to the recipe.

Another trick that will help keep the pieces even is to use a little bit of water. The vegetables will float in the water and no pieces will get stuck to the bottom/sides of the food processor. When you're finished, just drain into a colander. However, if your vegetables need to be dry (or not have too much excess water on them) for your recipe, then this method is best avoided.

Note: If your food processor does not have a chop function, just use the pulse button. Do this several times, without holding it down, until you reach your desired size.

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3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I L-O-V-E my food processor! I use it almost every day. I have another tip for you. The best way to chop peeled garlic (If you need a lot) is to drop them onto the running blades thru the feed tube. Another reason I love it is that I can very finely chop veggies and sneak them into our food. My kids are good veggie eaters, but this way we can sometimes get 5 or 6 veggie servings with our dinner, reducing the overall ammount of meat we eat. (Moms are sneaky) I put garlic, onions, carrots and sometimes even zucchini into the meatloaf. I even use 93 percent lean turkey, and is comes out very moist and tasty from all those vegetables. And it is very healthy!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
yes, I love love LOVE my food processor for chopping!
katie225 katie225 10 years
i have a magic bullet and chopping veggies never seems to work correctly with it. i don't really have the patience to learn how to work it properly.
aembry396 aembry396 10 years
I for some reason never come out with the right consistency...I am going to have to practice more, huh?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I asked for one of these for Christmas! I can't wait to get it and use it! I'm all in.
YaoMing YaoMing 10 years
I'm chopping broccoli...I'm chopping broccoli...broccoliiiiieeeeeeEEEEE!!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i received a food processor as a wedding gift and i actually feel *love* for this machine. it has saved me so much prep time for cooking and it's really easy to clean. shredding the carrots for carrot cake used to take me an hour by hand and now it takes 20 seconds. i love you, food processor.
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