Is a food processor a good way to chop nuts?

I need to chop pounds of nuts to coat chocolate truffles. Would a food processor be able to break the nuts into small enough pieces or will it inevitably overmix and leave me with a lot of powdered nuts? Is chopping by hand a better method?

Thanks in advance!

  • Posted by: Sara
  • October 4, 2011


Sara October 6, 2011
Thanks everyone!
sarabclever October 5, 2011
I use my immersion blender kit that has the equivalent of a mini-mixer. (Think magic bullet!). I love it--I've never thought about batch size because obviously batches have to be kept small in a mini-mixer, so this was a good thread to read in case I need to make a lot one day.
ChefJune October 5, 2011
When I'm making truffles, or coating the sides of a cake with nuts, I always do them in the food processor. As the posters above suggested, small batches, pulsed and watched carefully. It's so much faster.

When I'm chopping nuts for cookies (like chocolate chippers or brownies, I generally do them with a knife, or I break them by hand. But that's when I want pretty large chunks.
lovesitc October 5, 2011
Personally, I put 'em in a big zip-loc baggie and roll over them w/ a rolling pin. Gives me a little more control than my food processor . . . .
susan G. October 4, 2011
Do not walk away. Pulse and stop to see how they're coming -- because after powder comes nut butter.
Nora October 4, 2011
Ditto, ditto, ditto. If the nuts end up powedered, learn and try again.
boulangere October 4, 2011
I say, do what SKK and wssmom say.
wssmom October 4, 2011
Ditto what SKK says: use the pulse botton and work in small batches. Works great!
SKK October 4, 2011
My food processor works great for nut chopping. Just don't overfill it and watch it carefully. A lot of small batches, pulsing.
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