Your food processor, sometimes called the workhorse of a kitchen, can do a number of things. It makes your life so much easier in the kitchen by taking away all of your tedious chores like chopping vegetables, grinding nuts, grinding meat, shredding a block of cheese and kneading dough. These tasks are performed by the food processor in a matter of seconds sparing your time for more leisure activities like reading a book or watching tv.
Besides these tasks, it can be used in many other exciting ways as well. Take for example whipped cream! Nearly all recipes suggest making whipped cream by a hand mixer. Take our word; food processor makes better whipped cream than you would dream of getting by any other machine! The whipped cream that comes out of a food processor is heavier and longer-lasting than any other whipped cream! It also saves you of the manual effort required in moving the hand mixer through the cream. In addition it will complete the process in just over a minute as compared to a hand mixer which takes much longer to perform the same task. There is no splattering either, unlike with mixer. With so many advantages, who wouldn’t want to try this technique out once!
These are the steps you need to follow to make whipped cream with your food processor:
- Store heavy whipping cream in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so that it is cold before you begin the process.
- Add cold whipping cream to the bowl of your food processor.
- Pulse it for 6 to 7 times until it begins to thicken and stop splashing the sides of the bowl.
- Pulse it for 20 to 30 seconds until you get a thick and fluffy texture.
- Next, add your flavorings. You can add powdered sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract. Pulse the machine again, just enough to combine everything.
- You can serve it alone or it could be used as a topping for cake and other desserts. However you choose to use it, it is best served fresh. If you do not plan on serving it immediately however, it can be stored for a few hours in the refrigerator but not longer than that.
Making whipped cream is just one out of several uses of a food processor. There are many other recipes and very handy ways to use your hand held food processor.
Note: be careful while you process your cream, because if you let the machine run for longer than is required, your fluffy cream will start losing it texture very fast and you will be left with butter like texture in the bowl. You need to stay focused and vigilant and keep checking the texture to prevent over-processing.