Quick Answer: The Nutribullet can be used as a mini food processor, but it has its limitations. The built-in pulse function allows you to quickly chop small batches of onions, tomatoes, peppers, or even make a quick salsa.
Here are some tips on how to do it...
How to Use Your Nutribullet As a Food Processor
Step 1 - Load Up Your Ingredients
Like anything you do in the Nutribullet, the first step is to put the ingredients in the jar and twist on the blades. If you're doing just a rough chop, I would not recommend filling the jar more than halfway. The less you do at a time, the better. Fill it to about 1/4.
If you are doing a salsa or something that is really going to get chopped down, then you can add a bit more.
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Step 2 - Start by Pulsing
Many people don't realize that the Nutribullet can pulse. You do this by pressing it down onto the activators without locking it into place.
This is an easy way to get a rough chop on your ingredients without over-processing them and turning everything in the jar to mush.
So start with a few pulses and see where your chop is at. Remember that you can always pulse more, but you can't undo what you've already chopped!
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Step 3 - Move Ingredients Around
If you've noticed that the ingredients on top aren't getting chopped, then you've probably loaded up too much.
Not to worry, you can simply take the Nutribullet off of the base and start to move things around.
Personally, I like to shake the jar a bit. After that, make sure the blades are secure and you can do another around of pulsing.
Step 4 - Repeat
Now, you can remove all of the ingredients from your jar and reload it if you have other things to process.
If you aren't happy with those results, you can try the next step.
Bonus Step 5 - Try Wet Chopping
Now personally, I don't use my Nutribullet for wet chopping. I like to use one of my more powerful blenders like a Vitamix or a large Ninja blender which we have featured in our article on the best Ninja blender.
The idea behind wet chopping is this...
- Load up your ingredients and fill the jar to the top with water.
- Pulse the Nutribullet a few times. A cyclone will form and all of the ingredients will get chopped quickly.
- You'll need to use a fine mesh strainer or colander to remove the water from the jar.
- If you're going to do this, we recommend using the largest to go cup on the Nutribullet.
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