Growing up there were always three major countertop appliances in my parent's kitchen. A slow cooker, a waffle iron, and their beloved food processor. It was a major investment and I've always had one in my life. I've considered it a kitchen staple, but do you really need one?
For the first 30 years of my life, my immediate answer would have been yes! Absolutely. The reality of things is that folks prior to our generation got along just fine without food processors, but these workhorses are mighty handy to have around. They mix dough, grate, chop and make quick work of really tedious tasks.
That said, they can be a pain in the rear to clean and store as they are total space hogs. They also tackle many of the same things that a blender or a stand mixer can handle (obviously it won't handle homemade marshmallow making or margarita hour for a crowd).
For the last several months I've lived without my food processor and although I remembered how much I loathe grating cheese by hand and how quick it was at dough mixing and roasted salsa, I can safely say, I'm ok without this appliance while I am in a small space. If my kitchen could hold it with ease, I'll happily be welcoming it back with open arms.
How about you? Do you consider your food processor to be an essential? Let us know below!
(Image: Faith Durand)