9 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make in a Food Processor (Slideshow)

Contributor
You can make homemade mayonnaise in the food processor — who knew?

Butter

Shutterstock

If you have extra heavy cream on hand, toss it in your food process with some salt and churn it at a low speed. After a few minutes you’ll notice small clumps of butter — drain the liquid (buttermilk), wrap the butter in cheesecloth, and squeeze to remove any remaining buttermilk. Then chill your homemade butter in a dish — it’s that easy.

Breadcrumbs

Shutterstock

One of the easiest ways to use stale bread is to pulse it in the food processor and make breadcrumbs. You can even add dried spices, salt, and pepper if you’d like to make seasoned breadcrumbs.

Ice Cream

Flickr/mallydally

If you don’t have an ice cream machine, you can still make ice cream from scratch. Simply freeze your custard in ice cube trays then pulse the frozen cubes in a food processor until smooth. You can also purée frozen bananas in the food processor for a simple one-step banana “ice cream.”

Vegetarian Burgers

Shutterstock

Making veggie burgers is easy if you have a food processor. You can place beans, roughly chopped vegetables, seasonings, egg, and breadcrumbs in the bowl of the processor and pulse a few times for a quick and easy meatless burger mix.

Mayonnaise

Thinkstock

Once you try making mayonnaise from scratch (and creating flavored mayonnaise) you may never purchase the store-bought version again — it’s that good! Put your egg, vinegar, and seasonings in the bowl of the food processor and turn the machine on. Then, slowly stream the oil in until you have a smooth, creamy spread. 

Cookie Dough

Shutterstock

You can literally let your food processor do all the work for you; combine the wet ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, mix, then add the dry ingredients and combine again. Add chocolate chips last and only pulse once or twice to avoid chopping the chips.

Salad Dressing

Shutterstock

Homemade salad dressings can be so much healthier than store-bought versions; making your own allows you to control the sugar and salt content and prevents the use of preservatives and artificial colors or flavors. Add your vinegar and seasonings to the bowl of a food processor and turn the machine on. Then, slowly stream olive oil into the machine until you have reached the desired taste and consistency.

Protein Bars

Thinkstock

Don’t pay for high-priced protein bars! Your food processor can combine nuts, nut butters, honey, and dried fruit in a matter of seconds for scratch-made protein bars. 

Pizza Dough

Thinkstock

No need to knead when you have a food processor — just be sure to use your dough paddle when mixing pizza dough ingredients in a food processor.