Food processor?

Discussion in 'Slimming World Off Topic' started by Phil3822, 19 April 2014.

  1. Phil3822

    Phil3822 Active Member

    Hi all, I am wondering if a food processor would be a good purchase? In an attempt to do more home cooking and keep up with SW we thought it might be a good purchase.

    In our kitchen we have very little other than the basics such as cooker, microwave etc. I purchased an actifry today and am now thinking about the processor. Chopping is generally not something we are good at and in the past when cooking have purchased more expensive ready chopped items. Sometimes these have added syns. Neither of us are great cooks but intend to try and learn. When not on a diet we eat ready meals, takeaways etc.

    We were looking at a cheap £35 one online with single speed. Any help and advice would be appreciated.
  2. steph1212

    steph1212 Well-Known Member

    I don't have a food processor but I you're looking for an appliance that is really good for slimming world then I highly recommend a slow cooker.

    Slow cookers are fab for cooking slimming world meals and soups etc and mean that you don't have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. Just throw a big batch in it and voila!! You can then keep extra portions in fridge/freezer.
  3. ejd

    ejd Well-Known Member

    I have a food processor and wouldn't be without it. Its great for chopping onions until mushy for sw kebabs. Mincing fat free meat such as pork and turkey. The model i have is a phillips... Was about £50 and has a blender jug and spice grinder with it.
  4. Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays Well-Known Member

    Slow cooker is such a top idea.

    i have a 'nicer Dicer' for chopping my veggies it wasn't cheap, £25, but I use it every day.
  5. Jeanne Von Buttonpopper

    Jeanne Von Buttonpopper Reformed biscuit dunker

    A food processor is a good investment if you intend to begin cooking. But don't rush out and buy one, think about what you will use it for? I have one with the different speeds and some gadgets. I admit I don't use the grating attachments but I could use the slicing blade if I wanted to. For chopping things like onions it's brilliant and saves me a lot of tears, I can then thrown in some minced pork, herbs and an egg and voila, the basis for SW meatballs or burgers. I also use it for blending soups down, the processor will do this ok but it doesn't seem to be as good as when you put the blender attachment on as this gives a better, smoother result. It also has some plastic blades and so it's perfect for whipping cream and makes cakes too (not for me of course :D). Quite good for SW quiche too, when you want to mix egg, cottage cheese etc.

    So while I'm not suggesting you fork out for the all singing all dancing machine with the bells and whistles, I would just consider what you will actually use it for before making a purchase. If it's purely for cutting up veg, then I would consider spending the money on a good set of knives and get peeling and chopping! Good luck with whatever you decide :)
  6. Phil3822

    Phil3822 Active Member

    Thanks for the replies, I admit to mostly wanting one for chopping veg, making a coleslaw, burgers, meatballs. I am hoping it would be a time saver. I was only looking at the cheaper ones and thinking a smaller one. Quiche is a good idea, I like the SW quiche but normally mix cottage cheese, eggs, herbs etc by hand however this could make a more consistent mix I guess. Normally though when I make things like curries from SW recipes they go wrong, curries and bolognaises etc.
  7. jogirl

    jogirl Well-Known Member

    I have a basic food processor and I use it all the time. It's especially good for when I want to "hide" vegetables in tomato sauce for curries/pasta sauces etc.

    For the SW quiche, I use a handheld stick blender to get the eggs/cottage cheese smooth - it's also fantastic for soup and sauces. They are fairly cheap - mine was under £15.

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