I bought a cheap food processor, I think it was a Black and Decker. I was very disappointed. It just wouldn't chop veggies reliably and was a pain to clean. I returned it to Walmart where I bought it. I now just chop veggies with a good, sharp chef's knife, steak knife or cleaver. It is actually fun! I don't make veggies smoothies. I like to chew my food.
I do not have a food processor, wish I did, but can get along really well without it.
The best investment for me has been a cheap salad spinner ($10 at WalMart). I prepare my fresh greens by washing them, spinning them and placing them in the fridge in a bag with a paper towel. They last all week and are ready whenever I am for a salad.
I also have a good coffee grinder which I use to grind up seeds like sunflower and flax.
This one isn't in the kitchen, but I use our grill almost all of the time... even in winter.. for fish, chicken, pork, seafood, and roasted veggies.
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Interesting questions. I have the absolute basic kitchen equipment which I must admit to having to dust off, when I decided to change things to Paleo. Getting more use out of it now but I may feel the need to upgrade in the future.
I know not everyone can afford epic blenders and processors and stuff, but it makes eating whole foods a lot more fun when you can blend up things like homemade almond milk and coconut butter. I want to hear from our friends who DO have epic kitchen equipment. I bought a $40 blender for my last birthday, and discovered that a blender with a high speed button is not the same as a high-speed blender. So for myself and anyone else seeking a reliable high-speed blender or top-quality food processor:
Do you own a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix or a Blendtec?
Do you own a good food processor that you trust to run for 10-15 minutes unattended?
What brand and model (if you remember the model) do you have?
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