Are Food Processors Worth It?

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The BIG question, “Are food processors worth it?”

For me, the answer is YES. It saves time. It makes larger portions with ease because it’s a meal prepping wonder machine. And it performs small miracles for holiday cooking when there is so much cooking to do, but so little time.

If you don’t cook a lot or have the knife skills of a ninja, then it’s probably not worth it for you.

My Food Processor

Red 7 cup KitchenAid Food Processor

This is one of my favorite wedding gifts. It’s a KitchenAid 7-cup food processor. It came with two attachments, a multi-purpose blade, and a reversible slicing/shredding disc.

The multi-purpose blade is by far the one I use the most on everything from onions to Oreos. The disc is good for cheese. It’s probably good for other foods as well, but I use it to grate block cheese (an essential step in our family’s mac and cheese).

I love this appliance so much. I use it every week for meal prep. And every part cleans beautifully in my dishwasher.

Time Savings

Your time is precious, and a food processor can help you make the most of it. Saving time is the number 1 reason why I love my food processor and why I think you would love one too. Time is valuable and anything that helps make the most of it is valuable too.

A food processor cuts everything in a fraction of the time it would take me, especially onions. I hate cutting onions. My husband hates being in a kitchen where onions are being cut. We are a couple of wimps when it comes to onions.

But this machine could cut onions all day. It turns a pile of veggies into a sauce for my instant pot in moments (my favorite method to sneak more veggies into our meals).

It’s normal for us to use our food processor to cut a bunch of veggies for meal prep. Wash it. Then turn around to make a cookie crust without fear of it tasting like onions. It just keeps going.

It Helps Me Make Large Portions

It is a meal prepping machine. If you meal prep habitually, a food processor could significantly speed up your prep time. This is a tool that makes meal prep possible for a person like me.  

I can make a triple batch of meatballs or two pounds of chicken tacos, without being overwhelmed by how much needs cutting. There’s also the added bonus that all the food stays in the bowl and doesn’t fall off the cutting board where little doggie mouths can reach (I’m looking at you, Poppy).

Poppy looking innocent in the kitchen


Holiday cooking combines not having a lot of time with needing to make huge amounts of food into a single event. A food processor takes away a substantial amount of that stress. So much so, it will live out on my precious counter space for the holiday instead of in its usual cabinet residence.

There are so many dishes to use this for I don’t know where to begin. Thanksgiving is always a foodie favorite with as many dishes as I can find space for. Many needing things in small pieces like veggies, cheese, and crumbs.

Then there are the Jewish classics like latkes and charoset, both of which I have tried to make without a food processor and vowed to never do so again. (I’m serious. Don’t host Passover without one of these unless it’s potluck style.)


If you are a busy person, this device will help you in the kitchen. Even getting a mini one can help save time if you are only cooking for one. There are many different food processors on the market and many different price points, so I think there is one out there just for you.

You could easily love yours just as much as I love mine.

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