It’s not necessary to own a meat slicer to make a good Philly steak sandwich (like our cheesy version). Trim the fat from sirloin, blade, or round steaks, cut them into 1-inch-wide strips, and freeze the meat until the exterior hardens but the interior remains soft and yields to gentle pressure (25 to 50 minutes). Throw the partially frozen strips in the feed tube of a food processor fitted with the slicing disk, turn the processor on, and use the plunger to plush the meat down into the blade. You’ll soon have small pieces of paper-thin shaved meat (and a very nice sandwich).
A food processor’s shredding disk is built for the express purpose of shredding things like cheese, but most people avoid using it for fear of stuck feed tubes or gummed-up disks. Don’t be like those people. Spray the feed tube, disk, and workbowl of the food processor with a light coating of nonstick cooking spray before you begin, and you’ll be shredding as smoothly as Shaun White.
When making jams and jellies from fruits such as grapes, cherries, and plums, it’s necessary to juice some of the fruit, but it can be difficult to do without nicking the seeds or pits, which, when cut, release bitter flavors into the fruit. What else to save the day but the lowly but loyal food processor? Fitted with the short plastic dough blade, the processor will break down the fruit without nicking the seeds or pits. Now to find our canning jars…