Because of its design, a food processor works differently than a blender. Its wide shape and wide blade ensure that everything gets worked in at once (with a blender, the ingredients have to fall to the bottom to come into contact with the blade). Thus, with a food processor you can easily chop up vegetables and bring together pie dough and pasta dough.
With the blade attachment, you can shred ingredients (like carrots for a carrot cake or cabbage for coleslaw), and because it comes apart so neatly, a food processor is easy to clean It’s possible to make cookies, cakes, and cupcakes without a KitchenAid stand mixer, but having one makes life so much easier. Especially when it comes to bread-making, a KitchenAid with a dough hook attachment is a lifesaver and one piece of kitchen equipment that is hard to live without once you’ve had one. As far as how to stock your pantry, it’s a good idea to always have the following on hand
Extra virgin olive oil Keep one cheaper bottle for cooking (Colavita is a good choice) and one more expensive bottle for salads and for drizzling on finished foods (I like Frantoia for that purpose). I prefer Morton coarse kosher salt, though most chefs use a finer kosher salt (coarse is my own strange predilection).
Taste a few and decide which you like best Keep a bunch on hand for grinding fresh with a good pepper grinder For adding a little heat to pasta dishes, pizza, and soups
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