The food processor is, for me, hugely disappointing. Before owning one, I used to see them looking all shiny and powerful in the department store, and I’d fantasize about never chopping a vegetable by hand again. I failed to consider that cookbook authors have particular ideas about how each ingredient should be prepped. The food processor, no matter how many blades it may come with, often doesn’t cut it.
Take this recipe for lettuce wraps with hoisin-peanut sauce. It’s one of my go-to meals. To pull it off correctly, I’m instructed to mince the shallot, thinly slice the green onions, chop the cilantro, grate the ginger, and cut the cucumbers and carrots into matchsticks. Sheesh. I’d really rather just throw the ingredients in the food processor and move on. I’ve often wondered whether all this attention to the size and geometry of my produce cuts really matters.
Read on at The Salt.