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Best Food Processor for Nut Flour

When it comes to absolutely any kitchen utensil or gadget, it is incredibly important to have something you can rely on. No matter if it is something as simple as a pizza cutter or something that could see as much daily use as your coffee maker, you want something that not only does the job you bought it for, but does it well, reliably, and lasts you a very long time. These are factors anyone should consider, no matter if they are buying kitchenware or anything else. One of the more popular tools taking kitchens by storm in the past few years has been the food processor, an extremely useful kitchen gadget that allows its uses to chop, grind and slice any ingredients they put into it, and that is not even including all the functions it can perform after you get your hands on some attachments!

There are many functions a food processor can perform, which makes them an ideal candidate for daily use in your kitchen, no matter if you are an experienced chef or a novice cook. The diversity of tasks you can use your food processor for, even just out-of-the-box, is astounding, and ensures that you can almost certainly always find a place to use them in nearly any given recipe you might be trying out. Need to puree some tomatoes? Blend up some chickpeas and oil for hummus? Or perhaps grind up some nuts into flour? No matter the use, a food processor can take a lot of the hard work out of the dishes which may have given you some trouble in the past. Check out the list of top nuts to make into flours here 11 best nuts for flour.

Nut flour, especially, is a very difficult thing to make without the help of a food processor. Cutting or slicing up the nuts by hand, and the using a separate tool to grind them into a flour-like powder, can be quite labor-intensive. Why do all of that work yourself when you can get one simple kitchen tool that does both of those steps for you?

So, if you have recently gotten involved in the nut flour craze and are excited to have access to all the benefits nut flour brings, you are going to want a food processor, especially if you are thinking of preparing nut flour in bulk for your future baking endeavors. That brings us to one vital question: What food processor is the best for making nut flour, while still being reliable, reasonably-priced, and durable? Well, lucky for you, there are a few different answers to that question! So today, we are going to be examining the some of the best food processors on the market that you will be able to trust not just with your nut flour, but with almost anything else. We will be considering price, bowl size, engine power, and any other special features that might make these food processors special.

Choosing a food processor is just like the process of choosing any other kitchen gadget: you need to examine what you need from the device, your budget, and how often you think you will use it. Have a large family that you like to cook often for? You will probably want a very durable processor with a large bowl. Live on your own and think you will only use the processor sparsely? Then you can afford to get a cheaper model with a smaller bowl, since you will not be putting it under too much strain. So, with those questions in mind, let’s get into it!

The Best Food Processors for Nut Flour

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor,

 

 

 

Cuisinart is a brand of kitchenware that has nearly achieved ubiquity across the nation’s kitchens. Almost everyone seems to have at least one piece of Cuisinart equipment, and with good reason. Cuisinart is eye-catching, vibrant and often colorful, so any shopper wandering the kitchenware section of their local store will inevitable find themselves eyeing up a piece of Cuisinart hardware. They follow this up with an attractive and reasonable price that often beats out the competitors around it, and before you know it, that piece of equipment is unboxed in your kitchen. Their food processors are equally attractive, reasonably-priced, and they are just as reliable as many of their competitors. This particular processor has earned a reputation among many critics and bloggers as one of the best food processors on the market, and the reputable website HealthyButSmart.com has named it the best food processor of 2017.

 

With a hulking 14-cup bowl, this food processor is certain to serve you well, no matter if you are cooking just for the night or if you are making your nut flour in bulk to store away for later use. It also comes with easy, intuitive controls and an incredibly powerful 750-watt motor, ensuring that the blades will have enough power behind them to cut through even the most stubborn ingredients. Although this price tag on this may seem steep at first glance, it is actually incredibly cheap when you match with up against similar models from other brands.

 

KitchenAid KFP1333OB 13-Cup Food Processor

 

No matter if it is a coffee maker or a toaster oven, KitchenAid is a reliable kitchen brand that is known by many to be durable and fairly-priced, and the high quality of many of their kitchen tools makes it easy to justify paying a slightly higher upfront price. This particular model comes with both a 13-cup and 4-cup bowl, meaning that you can easily switch up on the fly whenever you need more or less space, and it also ensures you will always have another bowl if you choose to make a dish in one, throw some plastic wrap over the top, and toss it in the fridge.

Not just that, but you can order this model of processor in one of eight different colors, meaning that no matter what theme you have going on in your kitchen, you will almost certainly find a processor that will fit into your kitchen just right. The ultra-wide feed tube on the top ensures that no matter what ingredients you need to throw into your processor, you can rest assured that you will be able to fit it in without having to chop it up into such smaller pieces beforehand.

11 Best Nuts for Nut Flour

If you have just gotten to know the benefits of nut flour and all the good it can do for your body and in your kitchen, you will probably be very excited to start making some for yourself. You could buy it pre-made, yes, but if you are an avid baker who will need bulk amounts of flour, or someone who would just like to make larger amounts for whenever they may need it, buying nuts in bulk and making the nut flour yourself with a food processor is the most cost-effective way to go.

However, if you are new to the world of nut flour, it can be quite daunting to get started. There is an absolutely huge volume of information out there, and often what one source says will contradict what you have already read from another, equally credible source. Even things as simple as what bulk stores have the best prices for their nuts, which food processor you should use, or what kind of recipes nut flour works best in. It is very easy to get discouraged when the sheer volume for information out there is just so vast.

Unfortunately, I cannot help you find the exact right information for you, your diet, your kitchen, and your wallet. Those things all depend on a huge variety of factors that you will need to examine before deciding them yourself. It can be a long process, but the results when you have everything just right in your kitchen is so, so worth it. However, one thing I can do is help to show you your options. If you are just starting to integrate nut flours into your cooking, the biggest and most obvious question is almost certainly: “What kind of nuts should I be using”?

Just like there are many different food processors, and many different places to buy your nuts from, there are many different kinds of nuts that can all be used for nut flours. Each of these nuts imparts a different taste, color, and constitution to whatever you choose to use it in, so selecting the right nut for whatever dish you are trying to make is an important decision to make. Your choices will also be limited depending on where you live in the world, which will impact what kind of nuts are readily available to you locally, and also what season it currently is. Unless you are okay with ordering your nuts online, those two factors: location, and season, will greatly impact what options you have when it comes to creating your nut flour.  If you are feeling up to its great to make flour and nut butter in the say cooking session here is a my article on nut butter.

So today, we are going to be examining a total of 11 delicious options that you should consider when selecting what to use for your nut flour. Of course, I recommend buying a few different nuts you enjoy or are interested in, so what you can experiment to find exactly what is right for you. These nuts range from the commonplace to the most exotic, and everything in between! However, all of them are tasty, healthy options that will give you much more nutrients than traditional processed flour, which has most of its nutrients stripped out during the bleaching process. By making sure you get many of those essential nutrients you would otherwise be missing you on, you are making sure that you make the most out of the calories you consume. So, let’s take a look at 11 of our best options to make nut flour!  After you check the list and pick the nut you want to use then click here to pick the best processor for your nut flour.  

Almonds

The most common nut for nut flour, almonds provide an amazing, delicate flavor that is not overpowering. You will be able to find them in almost any store that sells nuts in bulk, and regardless of the season, you should be able to get them at a very cheap price. If you are looking for a nut to use, this is a very solid option.

Cashews

These can be a little more expensive than most options, especially if you opt to buy them organic, but the taste of these amazing nuts makes it worth the price tag to many people. They provide a delicious and strong, but not overpowering, nutty taste in the flour. They also tend to provide a lighter-colored flour, perfect if you are looking to make something a lighter color.

Macadamia Nuts

Also known as a “Queensland Nut” or “Australian Nut”, these nuts impart a rich, delicious flavor that almost tastes buttery. If you are planning to make pastries, or any other dish that could benefit from having a little hint of butter in it, these nuts are a fantastic choice. This also helps you to use less butter, since you will not need to use as much of the real thing to impart the same amazing taste.

Hazelnuts

Well-known for their flavor, these nuts are a solid option for chocolate-flavored dishes, or for anyone craving something rich and sweet in their cooking.

Brazil Nuts

You might find these under the names “Paranut” or “Cream Nut”, these large, elongated nuts provide a huge does of antioxidants and vitamins, while still imparting a great nutty flavor to your flour.

Peanuts

Classic and traditional, you cannot go wrong with peanuts. They are cheap and provide their iconic flavor to any nut flour you use them in.

Walnuts

More on the expensive side, these nuts are one of the most popular ingredients in baking as it is, and you will often be able to find them still in the shell at your local grocery store.

Pistachios

While most of the pistachios you will find are the Californian variety, you will want to look out for the Turkish or Persian variety, which are smaller, darker and much more dense in flavor. A real treat!

Pine Nuts

Small and delicious, these nuts are tiny and pale, but still impart an amazing flavor to your flour. You will want to look for Chinese pine nuts, as there are larger and harder than their Italian counterparts, making them easier to grind.

Pecans

Very popular nuts, these are sweet and delicious. These can create darker, more rich flours that you can use for any variety of sweet pastries.

Marcona Almonds

These are flatter and far, far sweeter than regular almonds. Using these instead of their standard counterparts, these are perfect if you have a sweet tooth and do not want to indulge in processed sugar!

 

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Cuisinart Non-Stick Cookware

Many kitchen creators, both professional chefs and casual cooks, eventually decide to make their kitchens a little easier to work with by having most of their cookware, machines and other tools made by the same brand. Not only does this tend to help you to keep an aesthetically-pleasing kitchen, as many of these machines and tools will match well with each other, but it will also serve to streamline your customer service experience by not having to call around to multiple companies if a number of your products begin to malfunction, or if you need to redeem the warranty you have on them.

In recent years, many in the cooking community have begun to buy more and more of their kitchenware from Cuisinart, a well-known and reliable brand that anyone who has set foot in a grocery store will have seen, or at least heard about. Cuisinart is not only a fairly decent quality, but their competitive pricing often makes them one of the best choices for people who are just beginning and do not want to invest too much money, or for anyone on a budget who is still looking for something they can depend on.

Cuisinart has proven to be a popular choice because of those facts, in addition to having good customer service and a comprehensive optional multi-year warranty program, which you can check on their website www.cuisinart.com.  Like we covered above, having the majority of your tools and machines from one brand makes claiming these warranties a much easier ordeal than if you just bought a mish-mash of different brands that changed depending on your mood when you bought them. If your machines got damaged in some unfortunate event such as a fire, flood, or robbery, claiming your warranty to have your machines replaced can be as easy as making a list of the damaged machines and calling the helpline to get the ball rolling. The help number can even be saved on your phone or written down and stuck to your fridge, if you find yourself often in need of assistance with your machines.

So, if you do decide to follow the trend and buy Cuisinart tools for your kitchen, you will have to embark on a lot of research about what you will need that fits your exact list of requirements in your kitchen. Do you need a food processor? What about a coffee maker? There are a wide array of tools you will need to consider, and like we said, you will need to do some research before you go shopping, either online or in a physical store. One set of tools that almost every kitchen in invariable need, however, is non-stick cookware. Non-stick tools have become very popular in most modern kitchen, because of their ability to cook and fry things without having to use a lot of oi or butter to prevent them from sticking, as well as being much easier to clean when you are done, since they eliminate the need to get out the steel wool or rough sponge and scrub away the remains of the food.

So today, we will be taking a look at some of the non-stick options available from Cuisinart that you can use to outfit your kitchen with only the best son-stick kitchenware possible. Many people in kitchens all around the world use these tools in their daily cooking routines, allowing them to cook up whatever they live without having to worry about the inevitability of scrubbing a pot or pan down at the end of it all! Having these for yourself will allow you to enjoy your cooking much more freely, safe in the knowledge that you can use as many as you like, as they won’t need any more intense cleaning than your dishes normally do. So, in the spirit of discovery, we will be looking at just two possible tools in a wide array of Cuisinart options to make sure your kitchen remains stick-free!

Chef’s Pan with CovCuisinart Non-Stick Cast Iron Chef’s Pan with Helper and Coverer

One of the tools everyone universally needs, no matter what kind of dishes they choose to cook in their kitchen, is a pan. Having multiple durable, reliable pans sets an outstanding kitchen apart from your average, mediocre kitchen. This reliable pan comes with high sides, allowing you to pile up ingredients without fear of the food spilling over onto your stovetop when you stir them together, and generally making cooking much easier, as you can use the sides of the pan to ensure contact is made with the food at all levels.

It also comes with a durable cover, so if you decide you want to keep most of the steam in to aid with cooking or to maintain a bit of moisture in your meal, this durable glass cover will let you do just that. It comes with a handle right on top, allowing you to safely take the cover off to check your food.

Dutch Oven with Cover

A sadly under-used tool in modern cooking, the Dutch Oven has many uses, and the original Dutch Ovens date back hundreds of years. They can be used to create liquid dishes, such as soups and stews, as well as being able to act as a slow-cooker for things like meats. This durable tool comes with a cast-iron interior, like the traditional versions, and is more than capable of taking on whatever you decide you want to put in it. Like the pan we mentioned, the interior is also completely non-stick, and designed to provide users with the most even heat distribution possible.

In addition, this vessel is also designed to retain heat really well, meaning that you can take it away from the heat source cooking it, and you can let it sit, with the retained heat ensuring it stay fresh and warm for a very long time until you are ready to serve your meal! The cover on this once again comes with a firm, steady handle on top, allowing you to remover the cover to check in on your food without any risk of burning yourself from the head of the lid or the steam that you will find pouring out as soon as you open it up!

Ninja Food Processor Slicer Attachment

If you do a lot of shopping around online, you will inevitably come across the Ninja brand of kitchenware. You can find these appliances for sale in most popular online market, such as Amazon.com, but you may struggle to find them in any physical stores near you. This makes them into a sort of rare treasure among diehard chefs everywhere. Their scarcity, combined with their incredible reliability and reputation among cooks everywhere, make them into a treasure you should be hunting. If you are interested in any sort of work in the kitchen, from blending to juicing and pretty much anything else you may want, you will certainly want to give Ninja devices a try! Many people will vouch for their quality time and time again.

An important part of any serious kitchen is streamlining the work you do in it, so that you can make delicious meals in the fastest and most efficient way possible. This not only means that you have to do your homework about what machines would be best for your kitchen, but also take stock of how much counter space you have to fit those machines. If you find yourself having to squeeze those machines into place, or if you want to take your streamlining as far as it can go, you will want to look into finding a machine that would allow you to replace multiple other machines at once. If you have one machine that performs the tasks of two or three other appliances, that saves you an incredible amount of space and allows you to play with your kitchen design as you see fit!

If streamlining your kitchen sounds like something that interests you, you should look into buying yourself a food processor. Many people are upgrading their kitchen with these easy and versatile tools. On their own, food processors are already incredibly useful, allowing their users to puree, grind, and mash their ingredients. Right out of the box, you can use these amazing machines to create dips or spreads, like homemade hummus or peanut butter, as well as being able to grind up foods like nuts and lean meats for whatever dish you are looking to make! Many even use them to grind up cookies or graham crackers to make delicious and crunchy bases for their pastries! However, this is just the beginning of what these useful kitchen appliances can do for the creative kitchen creator.

You may or may not have heard during your search for a food processors, but many of them come with compatibility for certain attachments to be added onto your machine. In essence, these attachments replace the stock blades that come with your food processor and allow it to perform a wide array of different tasks, depending on the attachment you choose to use for it! The capabilities of these attachments can range anywhere from turning your food processor into a juicer, all the way to turning the potatoes you feed into it directly to French fries, ready to be cooked as soon as you take them out of your food processor’s bowl! Almost every brand of food processor has their own attachment made specifically for them, and Ninja is no exception.

So, we are going to be looking at one of the most useful attachment you can add to you Ninja food processor that will allow you to expand its capabilities and not only make your kitchen activities much faster, but also remove a lot of the hard work from your cooking sessions! Of course, we are talking about the slicing disc attachment, with does exactly what the name says: It chops, slices, and dices almost any kind of food your put into your processor. This is great for people who have difficulty chopping their food manually with knives, either due to joint pains or anything else. Not only is this a faster and easier alternative to chopping your food yourself, it lets you either take a brief break while you are cooking to relax, or you can even start on another part of your meal while your food processor is going! So, with the capabilities of this versatile tool in mind, we will look into how to install your Ninja food processor slicing blade into your machine!

Installation

Once you get your hands on a fantastic Ninja food processor, you may notice that some models come with different attachments right out of the box. If not, you will have to order one online. However, this can be a blessing in disguise, as the slicing disc attachment Ninja sells is a reversible blade that can also shred. Meaning this blade can perform two functions, and save you from having to buy a shredding disc if you ever need to shred food! All you need to do it flip the disc around and install it, and you are good to go!

In order to properly install your disc, you will want to unplug your food processor fully, to ensure no terrible accidents happen. Once you do this, pop the lid off of your processor and carefully take out the standard S-blade it came with, or whatever attachment you happen to have in it. Once you set that aside, either to store or to clean later, you will want to slowly lower your slicing blade into the machine you are using. This disc should sit on the top of your food processor, and you use it by feeding chunks of the food you want to slice through the feed tube on top of the machine. Once you lower it in, ensure the side you want is facing upward, and rotate it until you feel and hear it lock into place, where it should not be able to move any more. Once this happens, you are good to start slicing and dicing! If you ever get confused on a step, or need more detailed instructions, consult the manuals that will have come with your food processor or slicing disc!  If you need information on cuisinart processor blades click here.

Happy cooking!

Black and Decker Food Processor

Black and Decker food processor machines are very powerful. They slice, chop, and mince producing pleasing results in seconds. This article will cover five models of the food processor and explain what they do best.

BLACK+DECKER FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor

This is the best Black and Decker food processor for chopping, slicing, mincing and dicing.  The 450 motor watt machine has a sharp chopping blade and a reversible shredding disc that allows fine chopping of veggies. The on/off pulse button makes it very easy to use. The huge work bowl will allow you to process a large number of fruits and vegetables at once—ideal for a large family.

Assembling it

The box comes with a food pusher, work bowl, work bowl cover, slicing disk, disc stem, stainless steel chopping blade, base, control panel, work bowl coupling, feed chute and center post. It’s quite easy to assemble the parts before using it. Simply turn the work bowl upside down. Hold the outer tabs and turn the post until lower tabs are free. Then return it to its original position and put the center post into the small opening at the bottom of the bowl and turn it until it snaps into position. To lock the bowl in position, place it on the base and rotate it clockwise until it clicks into place.  Other easy assembling instructions http://www.blackanddeckerappliances.com.

Shredding using the food processor

Whether you want your food, coarse, fine or pureed, the chopping blade will allow you to do it all. Before you start, make sure that the bowl is firmly in position and then insert the chopping blade. Since the blade is very sharp, use the center shaft to avoid slicing your fingers. Put the food in the work bowl and cover it before using the food pusher to put the food in the feed chute. Then pulse for a few seconds. It really is that simple.

Clean up

Cleaning is just as easy. Scrape off remaining food from the work bowl, disassemble the processor, and rinse the parts. Wipe and dry the base and put the removable parts into a dishwasher. You can also hand wash the parts if you like.

 

 

 

As the name suggests, this Black and Decker food processor is powerful enough to process and blend food with ease. You can do so much with the 10 cup size work bowl and six cup blending jar.  You can chop, dice, slice, mix dough and blend using this machine which runs at 600 watts (Whoa!). If you want a blender that can do just about anything you should purchase the Power Pro 2-in-1 Food Processor and Blender.

Upon purchase, you will receive a slice disk, chopping blade, dough blade, work bowl, blender jar, pulse with two speeds, and wide feed chute. It also has suction feet to keep it place as you process the food. The manual will make it very easy to assemble and use the machine. All these work together to produce the best possible result.

Mixing dough will be so much easier with the Power Pro 2-in-1 Food Processor and Blender.

This is the best Black and Decker food processor to use in mixing dough. The dough blade is easy to use and works fast and efficiently, saving a lot of time. For best results, use for mixing more than three and a half cups of flour. When you are ready to start, push the dough blade into the work bowl and insert flour and other dry ingredients in it and cover the work bowl. Then process to mix everything. Gradually pour liquids such as water and milk into the mixture through the feed chute while the machine is running. Knead the dough for only a minute and prepare your dish.

Using the Power Pro 2-in-1 Food Processor and Blender for blending

Prepare the machine for blending. Place the blender jar upside down on the work surface. Place the gasket on the blade assembly and the jar base onto the jar then tighten it. Turn the jar right side and put a lid on it. Then put it on the power base and lock into place.

You can now blend to your heart’s desire. Cut the food into ¾ inch pieces or smaller and place into the blending jar. Then cover the jar with its lid and plug the cord into an electrical outlet. Choose a speed that you prefer and blend away! If you are blending a thick mixture, hold the pulse button for a couple of seconds and release it. When you are done, press the on/off button and remove the jar. Always unplug it after use, disassemble the parts and clean.

Black & Decker FP1445 Quick ‘N Easy Plus® Powerful 450 watts Food Processor

 

This Black and Decker food processor has a powerful motor (450 watt) and an eight cut work bowl.  You can use the blade to chop apple, onions, pepper or nuts. In addition, you can use the chute to slice or shred right into a serving dish. This will save a lot time that would be spent cleaning up.

Secure the work bowl in position and put the disc stem on the center post of the bowl. Then place the discharge disc on stem and the slice disc on the stem. Close the work bowl with a cover and put a bowl under the continuous side flow chute to collect sliced food pieces. Then feed the chute with vegetable and use a food pusher to direct it through the chute. Select the speed that you prefer and firmly press the food pusher. When you’ve finished, remove the slice disc and remove the work bowl. You can then use the sliced carrots as you wish.

How to Quick and Easy processor to prepare Spinach Dip

To prepare Spinach Dip, you’ll need 16oz of chopped spinach, half a cup of canned water chestnuts, four green onions chopped into tiny pieces, quarter cup of parsley leaves, two garlic cloves, 16 oz cottage cheese, 1.4 Oz veggies soup and a cup of sour cream. Place all ingredients, except sour cream and soup mix in the work bowl; fit it with the chopping blade and pulse to blend. Then add sour cream and soup mix and blend until you reach the consistency that you like. Put it into a bowl and refrigerate for one hour to blend the flavor. See, quick, easy and yummy! You can serve with pita bread or chips.

 

Black & Decker FP2500B PowerPro Wide-Mouth 10-Cup Food Processor, Black

  • This 500-watt and ten cup capacity food processor has heavy duty cup feet to ensure that it stays in place as it chops slices, shreds and purees potatoes, apples, cucumbers, and other whole foods easily. You can use it for mixing dough as well. It comes with a wide feed chute, soft touch buttons, two speed settings, safety-interlock system, suction cup feet and stainless steel slicing disk, dough blade and chopping blade. The exterior of the machine looks great too.

Using the processor to prepare pastry crust

You will need a cup of all-purpose flour, half a teaspoon of salt, quarter cup shortening, two tablespoon of cold margarine cut into tiny pieces and four tablespoons of ice water. To begin, place the work bowl of the processor and add flour, shortening, butter and salt. Pulse four times until the mixture is crumbly. Then add a little water through the chute until mixture forms a ball. Remove it from the bowl and put the dough on a work surface dusted with flour. Shape the dough wrap in plastic before refrigerating it for 20 minutes.  Let it rest on the surface for around 15 minutes and roll it out into two inches and transfer to a pastry plate. Bake at 218˚C for 12 minutes.

Speedy Processor Pizza Dough

You need one and a quarter teaspoon of dry yeast, one and a third cups of warm water, a quarter teaspoon of sugar and three quarter cups of all purpose flour, a pinch of salt and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix yeast in water and let stand for five minutes. Put the dough blade in the work bowl and add flour, olive oil and salt. Slowly add the liquid ingredients through the chute to make soft dough. Process for around one and a half minutes and let it rest for ten minutes. Knead on work surface to form a ball and put in a greased bowl and cover for an hour. Then punch down the dough. Roll it out and transfer to a pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Put desired topping and bake at 232 degrees until golden brown.

You can also use it for shredding

Cut thin slices from the ends of fruit and veggies before placing them in the processor to make them flat. Then place in feed chute. Also ensure that you remove all seeds from fruit and hard core from vegetables before processing. If slicing thin vegetables, cut them so that they are short enough to fit into the feed chute. If you want to shed soft cheese refrigerate it first.

Black & Decker SL1050 Lean Prep Machine Food Processor

You can prepare both salads and desserts from this machine. What a wonder. You can use either of its four blades to slice veggies or shred cheese. It is the best Black and Decker food processor to use for processing desserts. It comes with four blades that can be used for different purposes, a food pusher, folding handle, a frozen dessert attachment with a wide mouth food chute. You can wash all these parts in warm water except the base.

How to use the frozen dessert attachment

Switch off the processor and remove the machine’s attachment from the base. Then fix the frozen dessert attachment by putting it into the base at a right angle. Turn and lock. You can then add frozen food to the chute, switch on the machine and press the pusher.

Preparing a tropical dream frozen dessert

You’ll need two frozen ripe bananas, half a cup of frozen pineapple pieces and half a cup of frozen mango pieces.  Put the banana, frozen mango and frozen pineapple in the bowl. Alternate the banana pieces, mango and pineapple to get an even mixture. Slowly rotate the work bowl while processing the dessert to produce a frozen swirl.

How to clean the processor

Preparing desserts can be messy. After you are done processing the fruits, switch off the machine and wipe the motor unit with a damp cloth. Then remove the parts and clean them in a dishwasher or by hand. To prevent staining, wipe the stains with cooking oil immediately after using the processor. Also hand wash the processor if you can as a dishwashing machine is harsher and will lead to faster wear and tear.

Common Problems

There are some problems that you are likely to experience though. Common issues include ingredients that are unevenly chopped. This is typically caused by an overfilled work bowl. To correct the problem, cut foods into smaller pieces and use the pulse button frequently. Leaks from the bowl’s bottom are also very common. This results from putting too much liquid in the work bowl.  Some pieces of food are also likely to remain at the chopping dis. If this happens, slice the food by hand and use in soups or other dishes.

If the food processor has malfunctioned, you could ask the manufacturer to fix it or replace it with another one, since the processor has a two year warranty. There are terms and conditions attached though. For example, the warranty only covers workmanship defects. You only need to show proof of purchase for the manufacturer to replace your food processor with a new one that works perfectly. The warranty, however, will not cover damage caused by neglect or modification of the product.

Conclusion

Black and Decker food processors are affordable and make food preparation significantly easier and faster—a real bargain. The machines have powerful motors, large work bowls, and sharp discs and shredders. Any homeowner will be pleased to own one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuisinart Food Processor Blades Use

Cuisinart food processors come with a number of blades that are used for various functions, such as chopping, kneading, slicing, and shredding .Although the processors are typically bought with the blades, others have provision for installing other types of blades and discs as additional accessories. Here is an overview of all the information that you need to know about Cuisinart food processor blades use so that you can make an informed decision next time you are purchasing a food processor.

 

Metal S-Blade

 

The S-Blade is the most commonly used in home kitchens. It spins to process food that has been put in the machine. Depending on what you need you, you could set the processor to cut food into tiny pieces or run the blade for a shorter time to produce bigger and more solid pieces.  When buying a processor, make sure that the metal blade is sharp. Dull blades make a mess inside the machine’s work bowl as juices are forced out of the foods during processing. Sharp blades, on the other hand, slice the ingredients cleanly and consistently. The work bowl will be easier to clean when you’re done.

 

To cut up raw fruits and veggies, first chop the foods into one inch pieces. Then put two cups of food into the machine’s work bowl. Lock the cover and push down the lever to pulse. Release it and repeat after one second. Keep doing that until the ingredients have been coarsely chopped. After that, switch the lever on, and let the machine run to chop the fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces. Switch off on time to avoid over processing and use a spatula to scrap off pieces that are stuck on the work bowl.

 

Plastic kneading blade

 

Cusinart food processor blades use also includes mixing dough. Using the blades to mix dough is a good idea if you want to mix the flour thoroughly and minimally. If you are using a good food processor, flour won’t spill out of the machine to the work surface. The dough blade should, however, only be used if the flour is soft enough to knead by hand. If the dough is harder than that, it could ruin the machine. Also, use the blade if you are mixing more than three and a half cups of flour. When using less dry ingredients, it’s fine to knead with a metal blade.  To begin the process, push the blade down then begin mixing the ingredients.

  • Process dry ingredients first: Put the flour and other dry ingredients like oil, herbs and raising in the work bowl. Turn the machine and let it run for 20 seconds.

 

  • Liquid: Add the liquid (water or milk) in a steady stream while the food processor is running. Pour the fluid as quickly as the dry ingredients can absorb it. Continue adding it through the feeding tube until the mixture is as soft as you want it.

 

 

  • Knead: Process the machine and knead the dough for 60 seconds.

 

  • Finish: Remove the dough from the work bowl and bake.

 

Julienne blade

 

This blade is used to turn ingredients into tiny match stick like pieces that can be easily fried, steamed, or roasted. It also allows you to cut vegetables like potatoes into unique slices and dices. To get Julienne size pieces, process vegetables such as potatoes and Zucchini twice. Press the lever down and pulse to get long slices. Then remove the pieces from the bowl and insert them into the feeding tube and slice them again to obtain very tiny pieces.  You can also make Julienne ham pieces using this blade. Make sure the cooked harm has cooled then put it in the processor to make luncheon meat or bologna. Roll the pieces of harm, and put into the feed tube as many as it will allow.  Then process until ready.

 

Shredding discs

Cuisinart processors also come with flat, shredding discs. These blades allow cutting of different sizes of fruit and vegetables. You can also buy other types and sizes of discs to get different results. This will allow you to slice and mash all kinds of food as the discs are sharp and strong enough. When shredding vegetables, insert the sliding disc, cover the work bowl, and put the food inside the tube. For small round foods, trim ends to make them flat before feeding them to the tube. Then process one layer at a time to produce perfect slices. If you are shredding trim foods like celery and bananas, cut the pieces so that they are short enough to put into the feed tube. Then add the pieces into the machine and run it.

 

Slicing disc

 

Just like the shredding disc, the slicing disc sits on top of the food processor’s work bowl. It can be used to slice foods that are used in salads and sautés. It is particularly helpful when preparing veggies for gratins. To prepare slightly cooked French beans using the slicing disc, blanch the beans for a minute in salty boiling water. Then put in a coriander and allow water to run over them to stop the cooking process. You should never put hot food in the machine as it could ruin it. Ensure the French beans are cold then place them into the feed tube horizontally before running the food processor.  Apply a little pressure on the pusher until the French beans are sliced.

 

Conclusion

 

It is important to understand Cusinart food processor blades use to make the most out of the machine. All you need to do is to know how to correctly use what blade. To produce clean pieces, sharpen or replace the blades when they become dull. Sharp blades work better and faster. However, you should not touch them when processing food as this will lead to injuries. Avoid storing the blades or discs on the motor shaft to prevent injury. Treat these blades as you would kitchen knives; children should not work with them or reach their storage place.  Click here for more information on other processors blades.

 

 

 

What Can I Use a Food Processor For?

If you are here because you are either considering getting a food processor, or have already bought one and want to know the extent of what you can do with it, congratulations! You made it to the right place. With such a versatile and comprehensive kitchen appliance such as the food processor, it is important to know both how best to use it, and what accessories and attachments you might need to really take things to the next level. Food Processors can be used for a huge variety of things, and with many people now choosing to include them in their kitchens as a regular, everyday tool for cooking, people are rapidly discovering more and more potential uses for them, and sharing these cools and interesting ways to use your processor online! All of this sharing ensures that you will never run out of resources to learn form when using your food processor, and will always have access to countless recipes, pieces of advices, and troubleshooting techniques for whenever you are having any difficulties with your machine.

Some people have even begun to replace many of their more traditional kitchen tools with a food processor, saving them a huge amount of valuable kitchen space by no longer needing to worry about how to cram kitchen machines onto a counter, or constantly having to pull large, bulky appliances out of your cupboards to use once in awhile. With so many people choosing to give the food processor a chance in their homes, and with many more already owning one and being very experienced with its use, it would be crazy to discount the value this machine would have to your daily life. From shortening the time of certain kitchen task and doing them more effectively, to being able to automatically do processes you would have otherwise had to perform by hand, these appliances have the potential to transform how you use your kitchen and what you can create!

So, today, we will be looking at the various way you can utilize your food processor at home. Some of which will not surprise you at all, and some of which you may have never known could be done with a simple food processor! We will also be covering some of the numerous attachments you can get for your food processor, which can attach to various positions on the machine. These attachments, if used to the best of their abilities and taken care of, can ensure you always get a clean cut or an impeccably smooth puree from whatever ingredients you put into your machine. So, with all of these in mind, let’s dive into it and give you all the knowledge you need to be a food-processing master!

Fun and Creative Uses for your Food Processor

So, to know the fullest extent of your food processor’s limits, we need to understand one thing: what does a food processor do when you get it out of the box? The specifics, of course, depend on the model and brand you get, but it all boils down to a very basic function: they blend up, chop, and puree the ingredients you put inside them. Some food processors can handle things like nuts and lean meats, while others should best only be used with small amounts of vegetables at a time. Knowing the limits of your food processor and what it can handle is the first, and most important step to knowing how many other tasks you can do with it.

For instance, if you only own a hand-operated food processor, like one of the models you have to pull on a handle attached to a sting to operate, chances are that you won’t be able to do much more with it. It will be too small and have no real extra attachments to speak of, so it will probably not be able to handle many tasks outside its intended purpose. On the other hand, if you own a heavy-duty food processor with a 10-cup bowl, such as the ones manufactured by companies like Cuisinart or Hamilton Beach, chances are that you will have access to a wide variety of attachments for your appliance, as well as having more than enough machine power behind your blades to be able to take on even the most stubborn ingredients.  

So, be sure to check each of the attachments mentioned here and be sure that they are made to be compatible with your particular model of food processor before just buying one off the shelf and hoping it works out. If it isn’t made to be compatible with your food processor, it could very likely be unsafe to use, as it may not lock into place well enough. However, assuming that your machine can accept all, or at least most popular attachments, we will be covering a few of them here, namely: The French Fry slicer, the S-Blades, the Shredder Disc, and the Dough blade. Before you hop online and add these to your Amazon cart, check the box your food processor came in. Chances are that your food processor came with one or two attachments that you forgot about!

The French Fry Slicer

If you love French Fries, or, at the very least, love chopping things into the shape of French Fries, this attachment will be very useful for you! To use it, all you need to do is remove the current blade attachment from your food processor, and insert this. It should lock into place at the top of your bowl, and spin there when you turn it on. You are meant to close the lid on your food processor, and insert your potatoes or any other French Fry-able vegetable through the feed tube at the top, allowing it to be sliced up by the blade and drop down into your bowl in ready-to-cook fries. It could not be simpler!

The S-Shaped Blades

This blade is also called the Sabatier blade, and this is the blade you are probably the most accustomed to seeing in your processor. This is the standard blade, and the one you will rely on heavily for most of your more traditional food processor tasks. This blade is made for taking your ingredients and grinding them up finely, mixing them with whatever you add in, and producing a smooth, delicious result. This attachment can deal with nuts, beans, most lean meats, and more! Many people use it to create hummus, nut butters, or amazing pasta sauces.

The Shredder Disc

This attachment works incredibly similar to the French Fry Slicer, in that it sits on top of your bowl and spins rapidly, and you need to feed your ingredients through the feed tube on the top of the machine in order to use it. This is perfect for shredding up things like zucchini and carrots to add into baked goods like cakes or muffins, or to shred things like lettuce or cabbage to add to salads or slaws! As long as it can fit into the feed tube, you can pretty much shred and vegetable you might want to toss into your dinner tonight. This is the perfect attachment if you like to make stir-fry, as well!

 

The Dough Blade

If you were interested in the Shredder Disc for its ability to let you grind up all the ingredients you might use for a carrot cake or a zucchini bread, this attachment would be a wonderful addition to your collection! If you ever get tired of manually kneading your dough by hand, either because you find it dull or because you dislike that it makes your arms sore, this blade will allow you to take the effort out of creating amazing dough for your next baking session. You can throw in all the necessary ingredients to create basic dough, or add some spices and other ingredients to make it into something fancy, like adding in some chili powder or garlic powder to give the bread an extra bit of flavor when it is done baking. If you love baking and the smell of fresh bread, and want even less effort, this is for you!

Easy and Versatile

If you are looking to expand the capabilities of your food processor into a machine that can take of the responsibilities of numerous other kitchen appliances, it is definitely worth looking into the amazing and convenient attachments we covered in this article! With these, you can transform your food processor from a one-trick machine, into a kitchen appliance that can knead your dough, shred your vegetables, prepares dips and sauces with ease, and even make you French Fries. You can only benefit from having such a versatile machine in your kitchen, and the automatic nature of most food processors ensures that while you wait for your food to be prepared by it, you have your hands free to work on other aspects of your meal, or to just relax and take a much-needed break!

Handheld Blender vs Food Processor

Doing everything by hand in your kitchen is not only tiring but also time-consuming and often inefficient. Fortunately, there are many great gadgets designed to make cooking and baking easy and enjoyable. Nevertheless, many people are torn between using hand held blender vs food processor.

The two kitchen appliances may seem to perform similar functions but the truth is, there are many differences between them. To make the right choice, you must decide whether you want to break down food or mixing them. Food processors are better in breaking down food while a blender—which comes in many different names including handheld blenders, hand blenders, stick blenders and wand blenders—is more suitable for mixing them.

The Differences

The main function of a blender is to turn food into liquid. If, for instance, you want to come up with applesauce, make lemonade or even milkshake, this is the appliance for you. Remember, however, that you would have to use a mixer if you want to make a good combination of different ingredients, especially when making doughs and batters.

Blenders don’t come with very sharp blades. The sharpness of the blades doesn’t, however, matter because they are not responsible for turning the solid food into liquid. The motor is. Additionally, how powerful the motor is will determine the end result. While handheld blenders are great when put to use with food containing liquids, you would be better off with a traditional blender if you are working with extra large pieces of food or tough vegetables. Also ensure that you have a deep bowl and the blades of the blender are fully submerged into the liquid to avoid splattering.

Unlike with the blender, the blades of a food processor are very sharp in addition to ridging. Its motor is, nevertheless, not as powerful as that of a blender. One of the main advantages of having a food processor in your kitchen is the fact that you can use it for various different purposes including cutting up vegetables, shredding cheese, and especially working on hard tough foods such as seeds and nuts. It is not advisable to buy a food processor for liquid or loose food.

When to Go for a Handheld Blender

Most of the tasks performed by a full-size blender can also be fulfilled by a hand-held blender. If you don’t need the capacity of a full-size blender, the hand-held one is, therefore, a great alternative due to the simplicity in its use and convenience. In addition, they are most suitable for making single smoothies servings or mixing the ingredients of your soup without having to pour it from the stock pot. While they can come with beneficial attachments such as a mini-chopper, hand-held blenders can also be cleaned more easily and in a shorter time since they are not attached to any container.

If you are undecided on which to pick between a hand held blender vs food processor, the storage and working space of your kitchen will help you. The handheld blender is compact in size, unlike the food processor. Therefore, you can place it in a drawer, keep it upright in a store or even hang it from a wall. Additionally, its small size and light weight enables easy transportation. You just have to put it into a chef’s bag and go wherever your duty calls.

One other benefit of a handheld blender over a food processor is the fact that it goes about its business in near-silence. The motor is located inside the handle and when put on, the rod in the wand moves, which in turn moves the blades. Therefore, whatever sound the motor makes stays inside the plastic handle casing, and is only distributed to the food you are preparing.   The following are 3 solid handheld blenders for your kitchen:

Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender,

Pros

  • Slip Proof soft Grip
  • German Engineered
  • Multiple Attachments to Puree, Blend, and Whisk
  • Super Durable
  • 2 Speeds for Extra Precision
  • Very powerful with options of 350 watt and 400 watt motors

Cons

  • Price

Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender,

Pros

  • Price
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • One Touch Button for easy use
  • 2 Speeds
  • Detachable Shaft

Cons

  • 200 watt motor
  • Durability

KitchenAid KHB2561CU 5-Speed Hand Blender

Pros

  • 5 Speeds for the Professional Chef
  • BPA Free Chopper Attachment
  • Soft Grip Non Slip Handle
  • Warranty
  • Interchangable Bell Blade Assemblies
  • Cup Chopper Attachment

Cons

  • Price

 

 

When to Go for a Food Processor

When you get a food processor, you will no longer have any reason for late serving of your food to member of your family. You simply need to work so hard or take too much time preparing food. The food processor is one of the greatest multi-tasking appliances in the kitchen.

Whether you need to slice, chop or grate tough food ingredients the food processor will always be a worthy friend. Thanks to its ability to break down the food items into pieces, cooking preparations that used to take hours only take a few minutes when a food processor is involved. More importantly, the appliance works alone, meaning that your hands are free to do something else or enjoy a cup of coffee as you wait for it to complete its tasks.

While food processors are much larger than hand-held blenders, they don’t take as much worktop space as mixers. You can make a choice between the basic models which can cost you as little as $30 to the more advanced models for which you may have to pay as much as $500. Keep in mind that the more you pay, the more you get especially in terms of various attachments designed to handle many of the tasks in the kitchen.

Cleaning the blades and attachments of the food processor should not be such a struggle. Moreover, it should have a pulse option in addition to other controls that should be easy to operate. If, however, you will be cutting up small amounts of food, and you have limited kitchen space, try a mini chopper which is essentially a smaller version of the food processor coming with just a single blade and button. Please check the following for some great choices to help you with your food processor choice.

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor

Pros

  • Capacity
  • 720 Watt Motor for Extra Power
  • Attachments
  • Warranty
  • On- Off Pulse
  • Large Feed Tube

Cons

  • Price
  • A little Noisy

Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Food Processor with 14-Cup BPA-Free Bowl

Pros

  • 8 Cup Liquid Capacity
  • Multiple Attachments
  • Led Indicator
  • BPA Free Cup
  • Warranty
  • Easy Stack and Snap no twist required

Cons

  • Price
  • Noise
  • Size

Breville BFP660SIL Sous Chef 12 Food Processor

Pros

  • Grating cheese and chopping herbs or nuts to mixing batters and pureeing soups
  • 12-cup cap; BPA-free plastic work bowl
  • Large 5″-wide feed chute eliminates need to precut most ingredients
  • Momentary pulse button for maximum control and even processing
  • 1000 Watt induction motor offers great versatility and power in a compact size

Cons

  • Price
  • Noise
  • Size
  • Heavy

Here is a in depth review on Breville hand held food processors.

Final Verdict

Giving a vote on the better between hand held blender vs food processor is not easy. One thing for sure is the fact that while one may perform a function or two of the other, they are not interchangeable. If you only have the space or budget for only one of the two kitchen appliances, the trick is to give your priorities a thought. Keep in mind that a handheld blender, while more portable and easy to store, is designed for liquids such as milkshakes, smoothies, frozen drinks and soups. On the other hand, a food processor is meant for use with tough and hard ingredients such as vegetables and nuts as well kneading and mixing dough for pie and bread making.  If you still can’t decide on what is better and think they that you need something a little bit bigger then maybe a mini food processor might be the answer.

How to Cut Chicken Breast for Stir Fry

Whether you want to feed your entire family or you are just preparing a meal for yourself, chicken stir fry is always a good choice. Not only is the meal scrumptious, it is also easy to prepare. Here are guidelines on how to cut chicken breast for stir fry.

What you’ll need

 

Preparation

It’s important to prepare everything that you’ll need before you begin cutting the chicken. This includes readying all tools that you are going to need, and removing unnecessary items on the work counter. Here are important steps to follow in the preparation stage:

  • Clean the kitchen counter to reduce danger of contamination. Fill a sink with warm water, add some vinegar, and dip a rug into it before wiping the counter to disinfect it.
  • Ensure tools such as the cutting board, knife, and bowl are clean before you begin cutting the chicken. If the knife isn’t sharp enough, you can sharpen it to make it easier to cut the chicken slices.
  • Wash your hands and wear gloves before you handle the chicken.
  • Remove the chicken from its pack and inspect it to ensure it isn’t spoilt. A cream or yellow colored chicken in normal. On the other hand, grayish color is an indication that the chicken is spoilt. If this happens, discard it, seek a refund and get another one.
  • Place the chicken in the freezer bag, put it in a metal tray, and chill for 20 minutes to firm it up before you begin cutting.

 

Cutting the chicken for stir fry

After you’ve gathered all the needed tools, you can now begin cutting the chicken. Being able to cut chicken will increase your versatility as a cook since you’ll not rely on others to do this for you. Here’s what you need to do to get perfect strips for chicken stir fry:

  • Put the chicken on the chopping board and use a knife to remove excess fat.
  • Find the grain of chicken muscle. These should be easy to see as all meats including chicken has lines run through them.
  • Firmly hold the chicken breast and slice against the grain. Be careful not to cut your fingers.
  • If you want to use smaller slices, stack the slices and cut across them to produce julienne pieces.
  • You can also dice the slices. Start off by cutting large slices then cut horizontally to produce neat cubes.

What to do if you’ve bought a whole chicken

You can still cut the chicken breast for stir fry is you have bought a whole chicken. You just need to know how to get the breast piece from the chicken. You can then refrigerate other pieces until you are ready to use them. Here’s a useful guideline.

  • Begin by removing the chicken legs. This will entail cutting the skin between the leg joints with a sharp knife and popping the socket joint before completely removing it with your hands.
  • Then remove the spine using a sharp knife to cut the sides of the rib.
  • Finally, separate the breasts. To do this the easy way, apply pressure on the breast bone and cut into half. Put this part in a different container since it will be used immediately.
  • Pack other pieces in a Ziploc freezer bag and put them in a freezer.

Clean your work surface

After cutting the chicken, clean the work surface and the used equipment. Leaving the surface unclean (or not cleaning it properly) can lead to infection as chicken quickly spreads salmonella. That’s why knowing how to clean up correctly is just as important as being able to cut chicken. This is how to quickly and thoroughly clean up your work surface:

  • Wipe the fluid on the chopping board and work surface using paper towel.
  • Wash the cutting board, knives, bowls, and counter top with warm soapy water.
  • Put a rug in water with vinegar, and use it to wipe down the work surface and cutting board to disinfect them.
  • Rinse in the cutting board and other tools in running water and leave to air dry before storing in a clean cupboard.

Using the slices to make chicken stir fry

Now that you have learnt how to cut chicken breast for stir fry, the next step is to find out how you could use the pieces to prepare delicious chicken stir fry. Well, before you begin, ensure that you have a pound of chicken cut into strips, a tablespoon of peanut oil, two minced garlic cloves, and a teaspoon of minced fresh ginger.  Other important ingredients are two cups of cubed carrots, one diced red bell pepper, two cups of peas, broccoli florets, two teaspoon corn starch, a cup of chicken broth and soy sauce.

Start the cooking process by heating the oil in a large skillet. When the peanut oil starts shimmering, add ginger, and garlic and fry for a minute. Then add the chicken and cook until it turns golden brown. Make sure both sides cook properly. When ready, place them in a bowl lined with paper towel. Then cook vegetables in the same skillet. Cook the onions, pepper, and carrots for two minutes. Then add broccoli, corn, peas and cook a while longer.

Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, chicken broth, and cornstarch in a container. Then return the chicken slices to the skillet, pour sauce over it, and thoroughly mix everything. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens. When ready, you can serve with rice, spaghetti, or another dish that you prefer.

Conclusion

Learning how to cut chicken breast for stir fry will be another feather in your cap. By and large, this is an important skill for any cook since you will be able to try so many recipes. You don’t have to eat boring meals anymore.  Check out our other chicken cutting techniques.  

How to cut chicken leg quarters.

How to cut chicken breast into strips

 

 

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How to Cut Chicken Leg Quarters

Chicken leg quarters can be grilled, roasted, and cooked in several other ways. They are a quick and easy meal to cook on a week night too. That’s why you should learn how to cut chicken leg quarters. Whether you are cutting the legs from a whole chicken or buying chicken legs, this step-by-step guide will make everything easier.

What you’ll need

  • a chicken
  • A sharp knife
  • Carving fork
  • Chopping board
  • A bowl for holding chicken pieces
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves

Prepare before cutting

Gather everything that you will need before you start cutting the chicken. Preparation will ensure that everything goes smoothly, and that the cook has a clean surface to work on. This is what should be done at the preparation stage:

  • Put on gloves to keep bacteria from your hands. If the gloves are reusable, make sure you clean them before and after the cutting the chicken.

 

  • Remove the bird from the plastic wrap it comes in, drain the fluids in the sink, and discard the bag.

 

 

  • Rinse the chicken in cold water and chill in the refrigerator for a while if it is warm. Since frozen chicken is firm, it is easier to cut. Avoid washing the chicken in warm water as it encourages bacteria to grow.

 

  • Dry the chicken with paper towels.

 

  • Prepare your work surface by washing it and all utensils that’s be used with warm soapy water to prevent cross infection.

 

  • Choose a sturdy chopping board that’s only used to cut meat to avoid transferring germs.

 

  • Choose a sharp knife to use in cutting the chicken leg quarters. This will make it easier to cut through the bone of the chicken leg. If the edge is dull, it could be sharpened before cutting the chicken. You could also have a professional occasionally come to your home to sharpen kitchen knives.

 

 

 

Removing the chicken leg from the bird

After gathering all the tools that you’ll need and preparing the work surface, start cutting the chicken. This section will provide guidelines on how to cut chicken leg quarters if you have bought a whole chicken. Here’s the easy way to do it:

  • Place the bird on the chopping board with the breast up to make it easier to see the legs of the chicken and where the joints are located.

 

  • Separate the legs from the bird. Hold the chicken breast firmly with a carving fork before using a sharp knife to cut along the skin of the legs to completely loosen it. A sharp knife will make the process quicker as you will not need to cut several times.

 

  • Rotate the drumstick to disconnect the leg from the joint. After that, cut under the ball joints to completely detach the leg from the body of the bird.

 

  • Firmly hold the chicken leg and pull to separate the hip bones. Then place the piece on a bowl. Repeat the steps to remove the other leg.

Clean up after cutting the chicken

Learning how to properly clean up after cutting chicken leg is just as important as knowing how to cut chicken leg quarters. This is because the raw chicken can carry harmful bacteria. Cleaning up will reduce risk of salmonella infection, and keep the chopping board sanitary and ready for next use.  For the cleanup exercise, you’ll need water, dish soap, white vinegar, cleaning rugs and hydrogen peroxide. The cleaning procedure is pretty straight forward:

  • Use the paper towels to wipe excess fluids from the chopping board and counter then discard then into a waste bin.

 

  • Dip the chopping board into warm soapy water and scrub it with the cleaning rug.

 

  • Rinse off the board with running water and wipe it with a clean rug.

 

  • Soak the rug in water with white vinegar, and use it to wipe down the board. Not only will this disinfect it, it will also leave it with a fresh smell.

 

  • Use hydrogen peroxide to remove all germs. This will entail soaking a clean rug with 3% hydrogen peroxide, and using it to wipe down the chopping board.

 

  • Let the chopping board air dry and store in a clean place.

 

 

What to do with the chicken leg quarters

You can use the pieces that you’ve cut to prepare delicious meals. This includes roasting the leg quarters with lemon and garlic to infuse flavour into the chicken. For this recipe, you’ll need juice from two lemons, a third cup of virgin olive oil, a teaspoon of dried leaf thyme and a teaspoon of dried leaf parsley. You will also need a teaspoon of Creole seasoning, six chopped garlic gloves, chicken leg quarters, some black pepper and a pinch of salt. To cook, heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Then mix the herbs, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Toss the chicken leg quarters into the mix and bake for one hour and thirty minutes. Let it stand for ten minutes before serve. You can serve with another dish that you like. This is such a great dish to serve on a Saturday night.

What to do if you’re not ready to cook the quarters immediately

If you aren’t ready to cook the chicken leg quarters, pack and store into freezer bags to cook later. Make sure you use the frozen legs within a couple of months though. After that, the freezer burn will ruin it, and you’ll have to discard it. Using a vacuum sealer, it could stay a little bit longer than that.

Bottom Line

Every cook should be able to cut chicken. If you need other techniques for chicken check out our articles for stir fry and chicken strips. Although it seems like something that’s very simple to do, it can get rather complicated if you’ve never done it before. That’s why you should take some time to learn then start practicing. There’s no substitute for that. This will allow you to practice cooking new dishes with the chicken quarters.   Good luck.

 

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