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Are you ready for the Latkepocalypse?

Cuisinart recalled 8M food processors—how will we make latkes?

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There are plenty of reasons to love Hanukkah, but fried potato pancakes, smothered with applesauce and sour cream, are the most delicious reason of all. Once upon a time, latkes were tedious to make—after all, peeling and hand-grating many pounds of potatoes is quite the forearm workout—but these days food processors make quick work of the task.

Or at least, they did. But that was before. In the bright time. Before Cuisinart recalled some 8 million food processors right before Hanukkah, citing customer complaints that the blades had a nasty tendency to break off into food and cut unsuspecting mouths.

What I’m trying to say is now that my Cuisinart has been recalled, I have a pile of potatoes on my table, a manual grater that’s been collecting dust in my drawer, and fear in my heart.

Talk about needing a Hanukkah miracle, amirite?

A friend of mine made latkes with her recalled food processor on Monday, checking the blade carefully for any wear and tear after use. “It seemed fine!” she chirped. “Eat up!” And sure enough, we all dug into the crispy pancakes without abandon, and no one found any errant bits of Cuisinart blade in their potatoes.

It’s not like latke-making isn’t always a bit dangerous, what with all that hot oil and cholesterol. But if you’re not willing to roll the dice when it comes to oral lacerations, you’re probably sitting where I am: staring down your manual grater, rolling up your sleeves, and getting ready to make some damn latkes like your mother used to.

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