kitchen gadgets

last weekend i picked up a new toy.

not gonna lie, he’s a pretty handsome addition to my countertop.
but i haven’t had a chance to use it yet, so today will be a day of playtime.

i’m going to bust up some cauliflower for a big old batch of paleo fried rice for my lunches this week…
and i might even make some more larabar-type treats.  i’ve got some fancy dried fruit and loads of coconut and such in my cupboards so it seems like the right thing to do.
and maybe make some pesto or something… just for fun.

i’ve never actually owned a food processor before, so i haven’t quite wrapped my head around all the possibilities.  things like chopping & slicing vegetables and grating cheese will take some time to get used to.
although, the vegetable chopping thing is pretty exciting because this thing does adjustable slices.  so i’m definitely looking forward to using that to save some time.

this guy also has the mini bowl that sits inside the big bowl.  so when i want to make a mayo or pesto or whatever, i don’t have to clean out the giant big bowl.  that was important to me.

anyways.  clearly this was in no way a “necessity” purchase… but i have long lusted after one.  i’ve read recipe after recipe that uses food processors and it seems that especially in the paleo world they’re a well used item… and while i’ve certainly gotten by without one, dammit, i’m an adult and if i wanna buy a shiny toy, i’m gonna go ahead and do it.

speaking of shiny toys… i am THISCLOSE to buying myself a soda stream.
here’s the thing.  i don’t really drink much pop, so its not really about that… but i drink a shit-ton of club soda, perrier, san pelligrino and whatever sparkling water i can get my hands on.  i love that shit.
in fact, i’m drinking a bottle of perrier right now as i type this.
and i’m getting super tired of all the packaging that comes with this habit.

if i get a soda stream, i can just carbonate my tap water and be totally happy about it.

and i have friends that have one and they love it.  they use it for water but also for pop… and i’m sure my husband would get into some root beers and cola and such…
but i like the possibilities of making some fancy sodas too.  infusions of fruits & herbs… you know, getting crazy and creative.  and the best part is being able to ultimately control the whole process.  no worries about sodium from club soda and too much refined sugar or corn syrups of whatever garbage…

so yes.  if i find one on sale one time, there’s a good chance its coming home with me.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen (Huckdoll)
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 23:31:00

    Ahhh, so pretty! My food processor is the one small kitchen appliance I’d keep over the blender and juicer.. I got it about three years ago and it’s been used pretty regularly since then. I know you don’t eat bananas but my girls go crazy for banana soft serve which is just processed frozen bananas with mix ins … it’s paid for itself making that dessert.


  2. morningaftershow
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 17:06:57

    ZOMG! a carbonation machine would be so fun!!!!!


  3. ltackbary
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 20:19:36

    I just got one too, I was so excited as well!


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