During each holiday season I round up my family to make large batches of food to help families in need. I typically post something on social media on local group pages that I’m doing this. I request that people message me privately if they or someone that they know is in need. I set a deadline for requests and I make a list, and go from there.
Things tend to fluctuate, but typically the amount of responses I get only increase every year, which is to be expected as sad as that may sound. Within the last few years, I’ve had to produce a lot more, and doing it by hand was just not cutting it anymore. Definitely not if we were going to actually meet our goals.
It was really important to me to reach as many families as we could, and I liked to have a few extras at the end, or at least the ingredients prepped to throw something together just in case anyone randomly came out of the woodwork in need. It wasn’t an easy feat, but it was well worth it knowing that someone would at least have a decent holiday and wouldn’t go hungry.
I had started using my Cuisinart food processor to make the preparation a lot easier. It was tedious and time consuming to chop everything by hand, and realistically, I wouldn’t be able to get it all done in the time I was allotted. Really, I needed some new ideas to be able to get out even larger amounts with my food processor than I did in the year prior.
I did some research and found some hacks for using my Cuisinart food processor. I decided to visit KitchenWorksInc to purchase some new parts. They sell actual Cuisinart-dfp-14 parts. I got some new work bowls to switch between tasks more easily with less cleanup in between, and some different blades, knowing all too well that mine were going to inevitably dull over time.
I most certainly made the right decision with that. I was producing meals in record time, and I had about 49 local families fed throughout the holiday season, all on my own with just the help of my own family.
The other families were so grateful, and it taught my kids a valuable lesson. They definitely learned to appreciate their own situation and were humbled and happy to give back to the community. I’m thankful that I was able to make this all work so smoothly with the help of my Cuisinart food processor.