Food processors – are they really necessary?

Herbs, Salsa, Guacamole, Mayo, Garlic and Onion in a matter of minutes.

Herbs, Salsa, Guacamole, Mayo, Garlic and Onion in a matter of minutes.

You know those times when you just have to bag a bargain? It’s an impulse and somehow a gadget throws itself into your open arms? Well, that’s how I ended up with a new Judge food processor.

‘You’ll never use it!’ said hubby, when I sheepishly got it home. ‘You didn’t use the last one! Ever!’

Well, it seemed that I had a point to prove, so I set out on a food processing odyssey – I would find a reason to use it every day for a week.

I began with salad dressing, using fresh herbs, mayo and sour cream to whip up what is, frankly, the best ranch dressing this kitchen has ever seen!

The next day I advanced to pesto – with fresh basil blitzed with oil, garlic, pine nuts and pecorino, the aroma and flavour were sensational.

During the week came guacamole, salsa, lazy onion chopping, herb grinding, breadcrumbs and a quick mix of herbs and cream cheese for filling easy appetizers.

The thing is, food processors have changed. These days they’re smaller, lighter, easier to use and clean, so although I have knives and graters, even a mandolin, the food processor makes life easier. And this time round I can honestly say that I’ll continue to use it.  This is the one I used.