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emoticon That's how I bought my first Cuisinart too!

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A friend notified me that a 9-cup Cuisinart food processor was on sale on woot.com today for $119, so I just took the plunge. Sometimes you do all the research and then just move on impulse. LOL

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Thanks, Patti! Both for all the valuable info you shared, and for making me feel better today!
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emoticon You are not alone! A lot of people buy an appliance and don't take the time to learn how to use it. Glad you have become friends with your FP! Happy cooking! Here's a great dip/spread/pasta sauce to try. You just need the S blade; no chopping is required - Nutty Red Pepper and Basil Dip wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/3018

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This is my I Feel Like an Idiot update....
I've been on staycation this week - dedicated to getting a handle on the vegan cooking and also had a dog trainer in on 4 of the days. We're big into self-improvement in this pack! Well, while I was talking about food processors and blenders to you all, and researching the different products you recommended, I learned a bit more about FP techniques. I now believe I never even tried any blades except the chopper on my old FP! So I tried the slicing blade, using the push thingie, and was very satisfied with the results (carrots, celery, etc for soup & stew). And when I used the chopper blade on the onion I pulsed it and was very satisfied with the results. So, instead of needing a new FP, I guess I just needed to follow the directions! Well, it's been a good learning experience for me, anyway, and when my current appliances die, at least I'll know what to replace them with! Thanks for helping me through the learning curve!

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I think you're on the right track. I had a food processor for many years before I invested in a high powered blender. I use my food processor all of the time. I don't use my blender anywhere near as much.

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Thanks! I think I'll buy the food processor and wait for a while on the blender. See if I really need a new blender or if I can survive with the old one plus the new FP. I think the FP's going to make a big difference in my life.

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- Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”
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A past member of the Smoothie Team had good things to say about the upper end Kitchenaid. You might want to take a look at that brand now that you seem to have made up your mind. I used a couple of Cuisinart blenders for several years and was satisfied with the results. The last one started to go south after 18 months of daily, heavy duty blending so I put a big one on a credit card. www.shopkitchenaid.com/countertop-ap
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I don't get much time during the week, so I resumed the research this weekend. I think the Breville looks like an awesome brand, but I don't think I can pay the price. And I'm hoping that just cooking for one means that an awesome FP is more than I need. I'm leaning toward Cuisinart now, stainless steel housing, in the $200 range. Maybe the Cuisinart DLC-2014CHB PowerPrep Plus 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless.
Since the part of whole foods cooking I couldn't handle in the past was all the chopping, I'm thinking a good FP is going to make a huge difference.
Thanks to everyone for your help!

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- Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”
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Glad you found the info useful. Here are videos and pricing for the Breville products. I love the thoughtful research put into the design of this company's products!

Sous Chef (food processor) www.youtube.com/watch?v=C06xL_Rc3OM&
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Hemisphere Control Blender www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4wDb
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Breville makes several blender models. I just picked the first one I saw.

Pricing info:
Sous Chef www.chefscatalog.com/product/28221-b
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ville-sous-chef-food-processor-16-cuR>p-bfp800xl.aspx


Blender www.chefscatalog.com/product/24651-b
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This is a great comparison test of 5 different brands www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkcgBwbE7nw&
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Thanks, Mike! I'll start saving those pennies!

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Patti, thanks so much for the research sites! I'm on the gardenweb article right now, and also just made some hummus, and I think I'm beginning to see where my disconnect is coming from. Mainly, I have both a crappy blender and a crappy food processor! My FP made the hummus just as gritty as the end of the smoothie was from my blender. LOL. I also realized that I never used my FP for anything but blending. Wait.... No, I did use if for chopping and found I could do it better and faster with a knife & a cutting board, and I'm not skilled. Shredding or slicing? No way. So now that I'm reading about all the things both appliances can do, I'm more inclined to buy one of each when I can. It will probably be quite an awakening for me!

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- Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”
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Cuisinart www.cuisinart.com/videos/how-to.html
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Play the 11-cup food processor video (or any of the full size food processors)

Vitamix https://www.vitamix.com/Discover-Vit
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Here's one more article about the difference between food processors and blenders www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/fo
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My wife bought me a good blender but I wanted a vitamix so I saved and got one and I am not sorry, the smoothie in the blender must blend loner use more water and still is a little gritty. In the vitamix they are much smoother. but the blender also has its uses and it has a small food processor.

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Food processors and blenders do different things. You can chop, etc. with a Vitamix, but you can't shred or slice. I have had a food processor for years and still use it often even though I have a Vitamix. Food processors push food out into the bowl; a Vitamix pushes food into its center vortex.

Remember, kitchen applicances are investments. You need to think about what you will use each one for and what kind of space you have to help you decide what to buy. I'm on my second Cuisinart food processor and have a full set of blades that I bought for the first one that fit my current one. I have a small kitchen, and I store the food processor in a cabinet. The newest Vitamix has a shorter/wider container that makes it easier to keep under a cabinet. My rule of thumb when buying applicances is to get what I want even if I have to wait. If you buy several "make do" applicances, it will take longer to get what you really want. That's just my personal opinion.

Here are some interesting threads about this topic ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchb
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www.30bananasaday.com/forum/t
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themastercleanse.com/forum/sh
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Here's a very thorough review of the Vitamix
blenderdude.com/articles/vitamix-rev
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Ohh... now I'm curious too! I was thinking the Vitamix does everything?
I'd certainly expect it to be functioning as a blender as well as a food processor for that price!..

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I also should say that I'm blending and food processing for one, so a huge capacity isn't necessary, although I will be making batches for more than one meal. I've gotten a bit confused, too. I'm looking online and the sites say Vitamix blender, for instance, but isn't something that strong capable of being a food-processor, as well? Wouldn't all of the strong blenders we've talked about be capable of food processing? Or do I really need to be looking at one of each? Thanks!

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Oh yeah, soaking is a must. I usually soak them overnight!
Ok, great, I guess I'll go for it then! ;)

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As long as you soak the cashews first, the Bullet would be find for making Fredo. That's a good price - go for it!

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Thanks for your input, Patti!

I was thinking about getting a KitchenAid once we're back in the US!

Now to the Magic Bullet, would you say it's only good for smoothies? Because my main reason for wanting something like that is for grinding cashews in order to make 'no-fredo' sauces. I can deal with a little noise as long as the 'Bullet' is doing its job!.. [I have the option of buying a used-once MB for 50$ OBO...]

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I have used several brands. I know lots of folks like their Ninjas, but they are not comparable to a Vitamix. Magic Bullets are incredibly loud, and they don't hold very much. Checking CraigsList is a good idea. You can get a refurbished Vitamix and save a few $. They have a full 7-year warranty. Most of them were used by sales reps at demos and have little wear. Vitamix also has a buy back program if you want to buy a new model in a few years. I think the KitchenAid is the best value in its price range. Both Vitamix and KitchenAid are made in the USA.

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Wow! That sucker IS a Ninja! 1100 watts! It certainly looks like it's up to the task. There were some negative reviews specifcally about making smoothies. But you haven't had any problems with it, right? It looks like it would handle anything. Thanks for the suggestion!

Amazon has quite a few Ninja models and almost all of them got great reviews. I'll definitely be looking more at them.

The things I'm learining! I never heard of half these brands and styles! Thank you all!

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Sorry about that! Here's a link to Breville www.brevilleusa.com/catalogsearch/re
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Great timing with this subject! I have a very crappy blender and a food processor that is coming up to being 11 years old (wedding gift! LOL). While I currently do not have the $ to afford a Vitamix, I was thinking about getting a Magic Bullet for the time being, so it's great to hear some positive input on that one here too!

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Here is the blender I got that is compairable to the vitamix

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I'll do that. You're right - wedding gifts are probably a treasure trove on Craigslist! I'll check it out.

This is the only one in my area. Still may be a bit too steep even tho it's a big discount:
"This is a vmo115 Vitamix blending station. This has the sound dampening cover. This is a multispeed blender with a 2 horse power motor. This unit is used and the cup is not as clear as a new one, but it is a very powerful commercial blender that will make quick work of power drinks or crushing ice. This blender new sells for around $1700.00."

Sept probably isn't a big month for weddings!
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I strongly recommend you troll through Craigslist to see what you can find used. I buy many things this way & find that I can nearly 'steal' unwanted wedding gifts, etc. and still score excellent machines. Good Luck!!

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We have had a magic bullet for about 4 years now and it works great. It has 2 different blades I for smoothies and things like hummus and another for coffee and flax seeds and spices etc. It works great for the price. My husband uses it for his single serving frozen fruit smoothie every morning.

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Oh, I have no doubt the Vitamix is worth every penny! I'm just not sure I have that many pennies!
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Of course, once I combine the cost of a blender with the cost of a good food processor, maybe the Vitamix won't seem so costly....

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to give you an idea vitamix is 2 horse motor and high speed

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Thanks, I'm apparently going to need a good strong motor! If you don't mind re-posting the Breville link, I'd love to see that blender. Both links in your post go to the KitchenAid product, I'm afraid.

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Some people think the “plant-based whole foods diet” is extreme. Half a million a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme.
- Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”
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KitchenAid blenders are very strong and a very good option for you if you are Vitamix $ challenged. The motors are much stronger than the B&D others have mentioned. One important feature to consider is a 1 piece jar. The old Osters and a lot of other brands have a removable bottom. It's easy to clean a blender right after you've used it -- fill just under half full with warm water, add a drop (yes, just a drop) of dish soap, run for 30 seconds, rinse, drain, and dry. That's what you do with a VitaMix and should do with any good one piece blender jar. Here's a very good KitchenAid www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KSB560OB-5
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Another option is to check CraigsList for VitaMix blenders. Many people buy them and never use them.

Breville also makes an excellent product (a bit pricier than KitchenAid) www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KSB560OB-5
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I have a Breville juicer and countertop oven. I love them!

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Good point! I hadn't realized some come in plastic instead of glass. That is important to me.
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I have a Black & Decker, too. No complaints about performance (handles greens and frozen stuff just fine), it still works after close to five years, and I love that the jar is glass, as opposed to plastic. It was somewhere around $50.

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I used a heavy duty Cuisinart for well over a year and was happy with the results. I had started with fruit smoothies and was moving to more greens. When it started making unusual sounds I bought a reconditioned Blendtec and returned it after a few weeks. I didn't like the lack of control but used the poor (re)condition as an excuse to return it. I bought a VitaMix a few months later and have no regrets. With the 7 year warranty (?) I expect it will outlast 4 or 5 of the other blenders I could have bought.

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don't just buy the name, B&D makes stff that don't hold up as well, you gotta make sure you get the good stuff

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Black & Decker just SOUNDS powerful, doesn't it? Thanks! (I'm making Tim the Toolman noises right now)

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Mine is a Black and Decker. Love it.

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There are also some Cuisinart food processors on Amazon that aren't anywhere near as expensive as Vitamix. Any other brand names of food processors y'all like?

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I had to look up "immersion blender." Interesting! That certainly could be a good option, along with a food processor. If you hadn't told me, I wouldn't have known by looking at it that it would do a good job on frozen fruit and, say, spinach. Pretty impressive. Thanks!

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I have a Hamilton Beech actually, but like you discovered, it needs a lot of liquid to function. I have a food processor which does the tougher jobs. Watch for sales. I got mine for a lot less than retail. I can't affort a Vitamix either.

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I killed my last (cheap) blender with smoothies too.... now I have a Phillips (upper low-price range.... I think about 40-50 bucks) blender, and a more expensive immersion blender (forget the brand now, but it was a gift). Both of those work well and are reliable. The Phillips does take about 5 minutes of blending to really get my green smoothies smooth enough for me (I'm picky about texture), but it hasn't broken yet and I've had it for a couple years. though I think a VitaMix would do the same in a minute, but I can't afford one either :-).

The immersion blender is really nice, because I can use it to mix batter in a bowl, blend hot soup in the pot, make hummus and other things that are relatively annoying to do in a standard blender, and it does smoothies super fast too. It also seems easier to clean to me.... I never would have thought to buy one, but now I wonder how I ever lived without it....

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Hi I have a Cuisinart combo, it is a good blender just cut things up small. It also has a 3 cup food processor with a slice/grater blade and an S blade. But I still got a vitamix

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I did a search for blender and didn't find one, so I hope I'm not creating a topic you've already got. Basically, I think my first green smoothie (not bad!) killed my blender. It's been around a while so I can buy another one, but wanted some suggestions. I'm not in the Vitamix price range, by any means. Actually, I should be looking at a new food processor soon too. Would love your advice / experiences. My current blender is a Hamilton Beach 12-speed. I put in frozen fruit and it did nothing. Had to add a cup of almond milk to get anything moving. By the time I got to the 5C of spinach it was doing ok, but now it makes a very stange noise. Last-legs warning, I think!

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