The other day I stumbled upon a delicious-looking beefsteak fajita recipe.
But I mean, this dish looked amazing.
I worried, however, about how time-consuming manually slicing the raw meat into fajita strips would end up being.
So I started wondering how I could turn that unappealing task into something quick and easy, and it dawned on me:
What if I used my good ol´ food processor?
I didn't know if it could work, though — as I've only used my processor for grinding beef rather than actual slicing. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.
So the question is:
Can Food Processors Slice Meat?
- Check your recipe to calculate the amount of meat you'll need.
- Stretch the meat up on a plate and freeze for twenty minutes.
- Attach your slicing disk.
- Feed the meat through the lid.
Further down, I'll walk you through the process and elaborate on each step.
Related Reading: How to Use Your Food Processor to Chop Onions.
Steps to Slicing Meat In A Food Processor
First up, you'll need to make sure how much of the meat you'll need before freezing it. This is just a precautionary step to avoid freezing meat unnecessarily, only to take it back out.
Next, stretch out your meat on a plate or cutting board and put it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. This will help make cleaner cuts when you put it through the food processor.
After freezing your meat, take it out and make sure it'll fit in the processor's lid. If that's not the case, manually cut it in half until it can fit through the feeder.
Attach your slicing disk, turn the device on, put your meat through the feeder tube, and push it down using the food pusher.
Make sure to keep firm pressure on the pusher while holding it against the blade to ensure uniform slices.
If there's leftover meat, just manually slice it and add it to the rest.
And voila! Your meat is ready for cooking.
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What Are The Benefits Of Using A Food Processor To Slice Meat?
Kitchen gadgets, including food processors, are around to make our lives easier, and this includes slicing meats.
Slicing meat by hand is messy and takes time — too much time for some people.
Have you been looking for a better way to slice your burger or chop up your chicken breast?
A food processor might be the answer.
Plus, they can even help you lose weight.
A bonus is that your slices will be completely uniform and will cook easier.
Don’t have a food processor yet? Learn: What Is The Best Substitute If I Don’t Have A Food Processor?
In the end, you need to do what works best for you, whether that is cutting by hand or using a food processor.
However, this gadget has proven to be easy to use and makes the process a lot more efficient. Don't just stop there — use it for fish and chicken as well.
What recipes will you be preparing with this new life hack? Steak fajitas? Shredded chicken salad? A good ol’ smoothie?
Let us know in the comments!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A few more food processing-related questions and answers you may be curious about!
What Food Processor Is The Best?
The best food processor is the one that fits your needs!
Before you spend money on one, check out our articles Cuisinart vs. KitchenAid Food Processors and Is the Black & Decker Food Processor Good?. These posts can save you both time and money when buying the best kitchen appliance.
You can choose between different models of food processors depending on your requirements.
What Chicken Recipes Can I Make?
You can use the same slicing process for chicken and fish, so don't stop at just the meat.
Here are some delicious chicken recipes and some salmon ones, so that you can add variety to your weekly meals.
Can I Do The Same With A Blender?
A blender is very easy to operate.
However, a food processor is more durable for cutting up solid foods such as meat. Meat may jam up your fixed blender blades. (Unless, of course, you have a high-powered one like a Vitamix.)
Plus, a food processor breaks down into easy-to-clean parts, not all blenders do. It’s best to leave jobs like crushing ice and making fruit smoothies to your blender. Let the food processor tackle the heavier tasks like kneading dough (if you have a dough hook) and slicing meat.
Each is best for particular purposes; check out our article on the differences between the two.
How Long Do Food Processors Last?
It depends on which make and model you buy; you can read more about it here.