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FANCYQTR's Photo FANCYQTR Posts: 13,682
10/3/17 11:24 P

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What kind of blender do you have? I have been making smoothies with mine, but it isn't purifying the berries, fruit or vegetables very well. It leaves them in chunks.



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SPUNOUTMOM Posts: 849
10/3/17 9:59 A

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I use mine a lot. But if it broke down, I am not sure I would replace it. It takes up a lot of counter space and my blender fits in my cupboard and even when using it, it doesn't take up a lot of counter space. It does a lot of things and saves a lot of time,so if it is something you would use a lot then...



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9/27/17 8:25 P

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I have an old blender that I rarely use. I mostly use a ninja chopper. I hate used appliances in cabinets.



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8/16/17 6:22 P

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I will have to check there if I ever get my money refunded. I am only cooking for one normally. Only time I do for more is if some medical requires someone to stay the night with me.



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8/16/17 10:02 A

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I have small cheap food processor from target that suits my needs. If it broke, I'd get a similar. Cooking for one or two most times.

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8/15/17 8:21 P

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I have wondered about that before. I have a little one, but it just chops or slices and doesn't puree. I have been using my blender to make smoothies, but it doesn't puree everything so I keep having lumps of the fruit, sometimes the spinach doesn't get completely ground. When I look for food processors they never say they puree. There have been recipes I would like to make, but they all call for a food processor. Are there any small ones, not too expensive, that would puree?



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6/30/17 4:47 A

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I got a mini 3 cup food processor with my 2 speed immersion blender. I have not tried it, but am single so think it will be fine. I have a 2 cup bullet for grinding spices,coffee, making small amounts of soup & smoothies, a cheap spiralizer & a machine that works by hand for cutting & slicing fruits & vegetables, it is enough for me. I have a 5 speed hand mixer with dough hooks to use as well. No blender.

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6/23/17 8:01 A

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I just got one last year as a wedding gift. I happen to love mine. I'm still learning all of the things that it can truly do. However, I do a lot of batch cooking and freezing. Most of the things that I do with it I could probably do with a blender or my spiralizer, if I didn't cook in larger amounts. It would depend upon what you're thinking you need it for. I use to to shred large amounts of squash and the other day I had it out to pulse cauliflower. I've used it for Pesto, for salsa, for hummus, and pie crusts. I think they're handy. Maybe get a small one to see how you like it you can always upgrade later if you love it



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6/22/17 7:37 P

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I am going to get my mini 4 cup food processor in a couple of days and want to make hummus and other items like you mentioned, can hardly wait.

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6/22/17 10:01 A

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Blender works for me.

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6/9/17 7:40 P

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I could not live without my food processor. I like hummus and make my own Tahini as well as cook the Garbanzos in a slow cooker the day before. Cooking them from dried beans keeps the salt way down. Plus the cost of the hummus is only a few bucks a quart if done this way... It doesn t hurt that I can flavor it however I want....Food processor paid for itself on my 7th batch of hummus.



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6/6/17 8:04 P

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...and all are top rack dishwasher.

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6/6/17 8:01 P

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I have a Cuisinart mini-prep 3 cup, and a Hamilton Beach 10 cup. If I had it to do over, I would just get an 8-cup. Family of 4.

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6/6/17 2:56 P

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I originally posted this question almost a year ago. Didn't get the 11 cup processor for $80. But now there is a Cuisinart DLC-8S (8 cup) on clearance for $60 and I'm tempted again. I thought that all the food processor components are top-shelf dishwasher safe, so cleaning would be as easy as anything else. Not so?

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6/5/17 12:11 P

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I find that my food processor just saves time. The processor comes in a variety of sizes and price ranges. If you do a lot of chopping and your knife skills are lacking then it might be something you would use. However, the time it saves in food prep is taken up by cleaning the machine.........Things to keep in mind.

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6/5/17 2:14 A

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I do not have a food processor. I have so many other kitchen items I can't imagine having even one more. But sadly, when I see a recipe calling for a food processor I usually just pass over it. But for the number of recipes I've done that with, I can't say I should get one.

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6/4/17 9:32 P

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I simply can't imagine cooking w/o my food processor. I have a large one and a smaller one (probably overkill), but one or the other is used 2-3 times each week, minimum. Several weeks it will stay on countertop.

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I try to for mine to 'live' in the cabinet, but honestly sometimes it goes straight from the drying rack to use again and may stay on the counter for up to a week at the outside. Or a rare week I don't use it. However, the only other electric prep appliance I have is a small spice grinder which until recently was doing all the work (in batches). I used my food processor to make mayo, smoothies, puree anything and everything (made some peach/strawberry/apple layered popsicles for 21.3cal each!)... Throw some frozen strawberries in there: Boom! Sorbet.

I rarely use the slicing attachment, but have shredded cheese a couple times.

At $80 that's a steal! Go for it!

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7/15/16 12:20 P

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I absolutely love my Cuisinart food processor, it is definitely my favorite appliance and I use it 2-3x a week! I also have a small food processor I use, but use my large one more often!



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7/8/16 9:08 A

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I agree with the previous post. I don't use my processor that much. I find it takes as much time to clean it as it does to chop the veggies by hand (I don't have a dishwasher).

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7/7/16 9:06 P

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Your question has really gotten me thinking about this: I'm not sure that I would buy another food processor when the old one that I currently have finally packs it in. I use it maybe once a month, to grate vegetables or cheese, and only when I have a large quantity to do. It honestly takes me longer to clean the silly thing than it does for me to hand chop / grate small quantities. Granted, mine is 25 years old, wasn't top of the line even then (Braun Multipractic), and isn't dishwasher-safe.

My VitaMix blender is used at least once every day, I only pull out the immersion blender to make small amounts of whipped cream, I use my stand mixer for most mixing and large amounts of dough, and most days I am only doing enough chopping / slicing / grating for a few meals at most.

I also am a bit weird in that I quite enjoy doing some chopping / slicing / grating as part of meal preparation --- to me it is relaxing, and is part of my "routine" for changing from "work" mode to "home" mode. I'll grant you that most days it is only enjoyable for 15-20 minutes max, though! I don't even have a mandolin - just the best knives that I can afford.

Then again - today was a batch cooking day, and I hand-chopped roughly 5 lbs of onions, 4 lbs of cabbage, 2 lbs of mushrooms, 1 lb of carrots, and 1 lb of green beans --- besides the 1 lb of broccoli and 1/2 lb of onions for dinner and the random cucumbers, pickles, strawberries, and lemons that were parts of my lunch and snacks. I honestly didn't even think about pulling out the food processor - but I likely should have.

Tomorrow, however, I WILL pull it out to grate the 4 lbs of carrots that I need for the ridiculous amount of carrot muffins required for a birthday party. I don't really mind hand-grating, but to need to do that many at once might actually be justification for buying a new food processor when this one dies...

Honestly - it's a totally personal choice and depends on how much you will use it, and whether you see the chopping / grating / slicing that you do now as more of an unwelcome chore or as something generally relaxing and enjoyable. It also depends on whether that $80 is a big investment for you, that will need months of steady use to justify, or if $80 is a reasonable amount for you to spend on something that you'll use once in a while.

I guess that I'm not being much help, since I honestly don't know what my own choice will be! Sorry about that, but many thanks for the thread so that I can start looking around and pondering about it...

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7/7/16 4:29 P

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I have a blender, a hand-held immersion blender, a mandolin and a very small food processor (about 2-3 cups I would guess) that will blend and chop (so-so job at chopping) but I cannot use it to slice or grate.

I do like to cook but sometimes feel like I am forever slicing, dicing and chopping vegetables; it would be nice to just drop in some carrots and have little carrot coins appear almost instantly. But the machines do take up counter space and I am trying to simplify my life and get rid of "stuff" taking up room in my living space and my head space. It is just me so I most often cook for myself, but in big batches for freezing.

There is a Cuisinart DLC-8S food processor (11 cup size) on clearance for $80 and so this is what prompted my question. I know people who say their food processor is the best kitchen equipment they've ever bought.

All input will be appreciated!

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