Inspired by this post:
Cooking shows I’ve watched usually feature a food processor at some point.
I have a box grater.
See, I reckoned I could use a knife for chopping and the box grater for shredding. Why spend the money? Then three years ago the SO moved in. She mentioned that I should have a food processor enough times that I finally bought one. I’m glad I did.
Before, I’d never have shredded cheese in the fridge. I’d only grate as much as I needed using the box grater. That way is slow, messy, and I always hope that I don’t get some skin in the mix. Hash browns? Fuggiddaboudit! I’d really have to want some has browns befoer I had the food processor. Now we have hash browns every week or so. Now there’s a bag of shredded cheddar in case we suddenly want tacos or a salad. I thank the SO frequently for ‘making’ me buy a food processor.
I confess I almost never use the chopper blade. It’s just so easy to pull out a cutting board and a knife.
As an aside, she’s brought an electric can opener into the house. I’m fine with the manual kind, but she likes to make soup out of several cans of things, and she says the manual can opener hurts her hands. I attempt the electric can opener first. If I can’t get it to work on the third attempt, I just pull out the manual one.