Life Without My Food Processor

In mid-February, my food processor/blender stopped working. The blades just were not turning anymore. This was discovered in the midst of needing the shredder for the meal I was preparing, so it was very stressful. Anyway, I contacted Cuisinart’s customer service the next day and was informed I would need to send it in for warranty service. I packed it all up, took it to my local UPS store, and shipped it off.

The day after shipping it off, I decide to make cannelloni, for which I would normally need the food processor to grind up the meats. Thank goodness I recently purchased a immersion blender. It was up to the task, but the immersion blender cannot do all the things! It’s great for blending soups and sauces. It really doesn’t have the capacity for things like hummus. I also hate shredding, well, anything, but especially cheese. We have a mandolin, but I can barely use the damned thing and have had little luck with it and cheeses. I used a very standard Ikea manual shredder. So, of course I’ve made all kinds of dishes that require shredding or slicing because I never think about not having my food processor until I’m fully committed to a dish!

My food processor was gone for 3 weeks, but it felt like an eternity. Just knowing that I could not easily make up a bowl of hummus was so stressful. It was like when I would try to diet in the past. As soon as I knew I could not have that one particular food, that was all I wanted. And yes, I know I can go to the store and buy hummus, but it just isn’t the same. That box with my replacement food processor was not in my kitchen for 10 minutes before I opened it, washed the parts, and started using the food processor again!

And yes, I’m fully aware this is a total 1st world problem. Please note that I wrote this prior to the virus outbreak, so I understand how much more so it sounds now, but decided to publish anyway.

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