12 Apr

Tips for Putting Your Food Processor to Work

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Food processors have become quite common these days however; they are still being underappreciated and underutilized. A number of cooks generally perceive it to be a specialized bulky gadget worth taking out from the cabinets for only a few particular tasks. Food processors can tackle a diverse range of ingredients: vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, legumes, grains, nuts, etc. and a diverse range of techniques: chopping, shredding, grinding, pureeing, mixing, blending, whisking, etc. Here are a few techniques for making the most from the food processor:

1.Working with the Slicing Disk

A number of food processors in the market come with adjustable blades for changing the thickness of the slices. The slices are also affected by the manner in which the ingredients are fed into the food processor. Therefore, you must also take notice of the ingredients’ orientation in the feeding tube. For example, while making meat like skirt steak, ensure that the meat is fed in so that it gets sliced against the grains for tender outcome. Firm ingredients are best for slicing and thus meat could be partially frozen for the best slicing results. Likewise, tightly packed greens would yield better results or greens like kale could be rolled for creating a tightly packed bundle.

2.Working with the Feeding Tube

In order to ensure cleaner and more consistent results, the ingredients must be tightly packed in the feeding tube. You may however, need to trim some ingredients before putting them in the feeding tube; depending on the ingredients size. While pushing the ingredients through the tube into the blades, you should use steady pressure.

3.Putting Liquid while the Processor is Running

Some recipes require adding liquid to the processor in a steady and slow stream when it’s operational. This aids in making sure that the liquid gets evenly mixed with the rest of the ingredients.

4.Mincing, Chopping, and Grinding

It is advised to use the pulse function of food processor for mincing, chopping and grinding food in the food processor. This is because of the fact that pulsing offers more control as compared to processing. The results are more even as the ingredients are redistributed just like stirring.

5.Working with the Shredding Disk

For shredding, it’s easier to work with ingredients that are firm as compared to those that are soft. For shredding soft ingredients like cheese, it’s best to used them chilled. Moreover, cleaning the shredding disk would be easier if vegetable oil is sprayed prior to using it.

6.Pureeing, Kneading, and Mixing

For kneading dough and making batters, one must be careful in terms of the order of ingredients. For pureeing and mixing, it’s better to use a spatula for scraping down the work bowl and ensuring a homogenized mixture.

For pureeing baby food, baby food processors are also available in the market which have been particularly designed for processing baby food. To learn more on baby food processor and makers too visit this page. With these tips, you can use your food processor efficiently for getting the best results.

19 Mar

Making Easy Dinner using Pressure Cooker

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A pressure cooker can help you cook food very quickly while saving the key nutrients and enhancing the taste and aroma of the food. Here are some easy recipes for cooking a dinner for your loved ones using your pressure cooker:

Cream of Carrot Soup

Cream of Carrot SoupMelt quarter cup butter in a pressure cooker and add 2 ½ cups diced onions and salt to taste. Cook it using the best pressure cooker while stirring until onions becomes translucent. Then add one large potato (peeled and diced), 1 ½ cups chopped celery, 6 chopped green onions and eight cloves of garlic. Cook for five minutes and then add six cups baby carrots and ten cups vegetable stock. Increase flame and seal cooker lid and bring it to pressure. Reduce flame to medium and cook for seven minutes. Using quick release method release pressure and after removing lid cook again and add half teaspoon mild curry powder and four cups whipping cream. Blend with a hand blender and add salt and pepper to taste.

Chickpeas and Chicken

Chickpeas and ChickenHeat two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in your pressure cooker at medium flame. When it starts to shimmer, add one medium thinly sliced onion and cook till the onion is soft. Then add one tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika, 15 ounces canned chickpeas, one can dice tomatoes, four pounds chicken pieces, and two cups chicken stock. Also add salt and pepper to taste. Seal the pressure cooker lid and bring to high pressure. Then cook for fifteen minutes and cool the cooker using the quick release method. Open the lid and cook again at high flame while constantly stirring. When a thick consistency is achieved like that of stews, add two teaspoons vinegar and mix. Serve with chopped parsley leaves and a little extra virgin olive oil.

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Take a springform pan (8 inch) which can fit inside your pressure cooker. Grease the pan and set aside. Mix a pinch of ground cinnamon and half cup chocolate cookie crumbs. Put the crumbs in the pan and gently press to form the crust. Next melt one tablespoon butter and one ounce semisweet chocolate. Set the mixture aside. Using a food processor, Chocolate Mousse Cheesecakeprocess cream cheese till it’s smooth. Then add the chocolate and butter mixture and process again till a homogenized mixture is formed. Add a cup of heavy whipping cream, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2/3 cups sugar, and two beaten eggs. Beat all the ingredients and sieve 1 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder over the mixture. Pulse the mixture on low speed until cocoa powder is thoroughly mixed. Pour this batter on the crumbs in the pan. Cover up the cake with wax paper and wrap the whole pan using aluminum foil.

Next, put 1 ½ cups water in the pressure cooker and put the pan on a trivet in the cooker. Close the pressure cooker lid and bring it on high pressure. Reduce the heat and cook for 50 minutes. Then remove heat and let the cooker cool using the natural release method. Take out the cake and let it cool at room temperature. Prior to serving, remove from pan and refrigerate for eight hours.

So, are you drooling over to have these for your dinner? Get hold of the ingredients and a pressure cooker  from here and try these delicious, healthy recipes.

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