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Old 02-25-2014, 05:26 AM
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I respect the opinions on this board so much that I need your help. For those who have a food processor - what are your main uses for it? Is it one of those appliances that will sit on the counter just for looks or am I just missing the needs vs wants for one? I would appreciate your input on this issue - obviously not an earth shattering decision but have very mixed opinions on this appliance. Also, what brand do you like best? I am leaning towards a Cuisinart 9 cup model because I have read several negative reviews on KitchenAid small appliances. I thank you so much for your help.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:43 AM
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I do have one and use it once in a while mostly to mix up fruit smoothie type drinks. I have a Black and Decker that I bought at Walmart. Couldn't justify the expense of a Cuisinart or KitchenAid since I don't use it often.
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Try the local Savers or Goodwill. I got a, looks brand new, breadmaker for ten dollars. Use it a lot.
Found that you have to add more water than the recipes call for or you get a hard lump loaf.
Also got a Food Processor but don't use it much either.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:41 AM
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I have a Cuisinart that I really like. I use it mainly to grate big hunks of cheese! (Cheaper than buying it already grated and it freezes well grated.) I also use it to 'puree' tomatoes etc.

I have a Braun at the cottage - it is ok, but I much prefer the Cuisinart.

Maybe its cheaper to buy grated cheese than invest in a machine... but I do use it for other things sometimes!
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I use the processor to chop vegetables, purée soup base from vegetables in stock, make cake pops, etc. I mainly use mine on the weekends when I do cook....DH cooks during the week as I put in 60 hrs + at work.
Cooking like quilting relaxes me....lol
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I use mine for raw cranberry/orange relish and chicken salad. Have to chop the chicken, onion and celery so it's much quicker and easier than chopping by hand. Then it all goes in the dishwasher. I shred cheese with mine too. Maybe a few other things but that's basically it. Deer meat when I want it ground finer than hubby did. Mine is cheap from Walmart too. Couldn't justify the price of more expensive one when I don't use it like Rachel Ray does. Got kids one from Goodwill, works great. Just have to be picky and shop often to get the good stuff.
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I have a Cuisinart, Dh thought we needed it. Too much money to use once. 10 years ago. Also a nice bill from the ER and 8 stitches later. He almost cut a tendon in his right hand between the thumb and forefinger. It gets out of the cupboard about once a year for a cleaning. I made a cover for it this last time. Nothing fancy about the size of a pillow case. Looks like a pillow case.
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I have an older one. I use it a few times a year. It's big and clunky so I need to get a new model as this takes up a lot of shelf space. I don't see how you can cut yourself with it. None I've seen will work without the bowl lid locked in place.
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My food processor is my time and hand saver. I use it to make salad dressings, chop my fresh herbs, make bread dough and puree vegetables to make pasteles during Christmas. It is an extremely important small appliance in my kitchen.
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I respect the opinions on this board so much that I need your help. For those who have a food processor - what are your main uses for it? Is it one of those appliances that will sit on the counter just for looks or am I just missing the needs vs wants for one? I would appreciate your input on this issue - obviously not an earth shattering decision but have very mixed opinions on this appliance. Also, what brand do you like best? I am leaning towards a Cuisinart 9 cup model because I have read several negative reviews on KitchenAid small appliances. I thank you so much for your help.
My food processor is the most important small appliance I have. I use it daily. I'm sure you could get by with something less expensive than a Cuisinart, but they are real gems! The only drawback is no FP cuts decent julienne strips or French fries. But what they can do to a block of cheese or a stinky onion will take your breath away.
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