Do you wish you could speed things up in the kitchen when you’re cooking dinner? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could also save some money while you’re at it? Come see how to save time and money with a food processor!
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It is amazing how many things a food processor can be used for and how much time it saves in the kitchen! You can also save money by shredding or processing things yourself. Check out all the different ways you can save time and money with a food processor!
Save Time and Money By Making Your Own Bread Crumbs
If you’re trying to cut costs, you might find out some ingredients are just too expensive to use. For example, I used to buy a canister of bread crumbs, which cost $1.08 for the Great Value brand at Walmart or $1.78 for the Progresso brand. Now, instead, I just make my own bread crumbs.
- I toast a couple of the end pieces of a loaf of bread.
- If you want to make a cup of bread crumbs, use 3 – 4 pieces of bread.
- After toasting, tear them into pieces.
- Then, put them in the food processor.
- After running the food processor for about one minute, you have bread crumbs!
- Notice that you use the mixing blade device for making the crumbs.
I would’ve just thrown away those end pieces of bread. So, instead, I’m saving money by not wasting food and by using cheaper ingredients.
The bread crumbs only take a couple of minutes to make so that’s not much time.
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Save Time and Money By Using the Food Processor to Slice Potatoes
A food processor is an awesome labor-saving item! I love ham and scalloped potatoes, but dreaded making it! Why? Slicing the potatoes takes forever! Not anymore though, because of my food processor!
First, make sure you pick the “slice” side of this insert in your food processor. See, you can see the word “slice” at the top of the picture. (The other side says “shred” in case you were wondering.)
Next, peel the potatoes. Notice how I don’t just peel one at a time. I peel as many as I can fit on the cutting board. Potatoes quickly turn brown once you cut them, so I’m trying to avoid that.
Then, I cut the potatoes in half. They won’t fit in the food processor whole, so they need to be halved.
- After halving the potatoes, stick the lid on the food processor.
- Stick in one half of your potato.
- Put the plastic thing that you use to push down the potato, on top of the potato.
- Make sure the button to turn on the food processor is in the neutral position. You don’t want to get a surprise when you plug it in!
- Plug in the food processor and use the “pulse” button to slice the potato.
- Repeat process with each potato half (although you don’t have to plug and unplug it every time).
In a very short amount of time, you have several cups of sliced potatoes! Much faster than slicing them all by hand! Much less risky too if you’re anything like me and accidentally cut yourself sometimes.
If I need to slice more potatoes, I stick the slices I’ve already processed in a bowl. I cover them with water to keep them from turning brown. When I have all the potatoes I need, I drain off the water.
Here’s my finished dish – ham and scalloped potatoes
I probably saved at least a half an hour by using the food processor to slice my potatoes, instead of slicing them by hand.
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Save Time and Money By Making Your Own Hummus
Hummus is a delicious heart healthy snack that my family and I love to eat! However, buying pre-made hummus in a store can be super expensive! It’s much cheaper to make your own, and it doesn’t take long to make.
- You just put the garbanzo beans, olive oil, water, garlic, lemon juice, and a little bit of salt in the food processor.
- Put the lid on.
- Plug it in.
- Turn it on.
- Hit the “on” button.
- Process for about a minute.
- After the minute is up, you can add a couple more tablespoons of water if you don’t want your hummus to be so thick.
- The nice thing is, you can just take off that little plastic “pusher” thing and add the water in there. You don’t have to take off the whole lid!
- Process it for about another minute.
After only a couple of minutes, you have made your own hummus!
You saved several dollars by making it yourself. A can of beans is less than a dollar and the other ingredients are staples you usually have around your house.
Save Time and Money By Shredding Your Own Cheese
You can use your food processor to shred your own cheese!
At a regular grocery store, block cheese is usually less expensive than shredded cheese. Sometimes shredded cheese even costs double what a block of cheese does! A food processor can come in very handy for shredding those blocks of cheese.
However, don’t be so quick to buy a huge block of cheese on sale at a wholesale club. If you’re not actually going to use that much cheese, it’s not a good way to save.
Remember to compare the unit cost of the bigger package to the smaller package, to see if it’s worth it. Especially when you factor in coupons and sales, in this case, the smaller unit might be more cost effective.
When you shred your cheese using the food processor, make sure and use the “shred” side of the insert.
Just cut your cheese in halves or quarters, whatever size will fit in the hole. Then, just hit the “pulse” button. In just a few seconds, you’ll have shredded cheese!
It doesn’t take much time and you saved money!
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Save Time and Money By Making Your Own Baby Food
I made my own baby food for all three of my kids. It was a great way to save money, it’s healthier, and it gets them used to the taste of real food quicker.
It’s suggested that you steam vegetables in a small amount of water. (Steaming keeps the nutrients in the vegetables, unlike boiling)
Then, you can use a food processor to process the vegetables.
When you’re done, you can freeze it in ice cube trays or use the freezer trays specifically for baby food. (Where was all of this convenient stuff when my kids were little?)
Once it’s frozen, you can put them in a freezer bag. Just take out how many cubes you need to feed your baby, defrost it, and it’s ready to serve!
You will save a lot of money by making the baby food yourself, rather than buying all of those jars!
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Save Time and Money By Using a Food Processor
Isn’t it amazing how many things you can make yourself using a food processor! It’s so exciting to save time and money!
(By they way, you can also use a food processor to shred zucchini. It will make baking zucchini bread much faster!)
You’ll find that it doesn’t take much time at all to make your own foods with a food processor. You’ll probably even find that making things yourself tastes so much better too! You’re eating fresher foods rather than food you buy already processed in the store. It’s so much better for your health!
Let me know in the comments how you like to use your food processor to save time and money!
Also, if you have any questions about using your food processor, please let me know. I will definitely try to help.
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