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Thread: Best for Slicing & Chopping Veges?

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    Best for Slicing & Chopping Veges?

    I had an inexpensive food processor that recently broke. I'm considering a new purchase. I really want something that will help out with slicing, chopping, dicing veges. I also want something to shred cheese. I have a hand shredder for cheese, but it's tough on my hands. I'm also tired when I get home from work, yet want to be able to quickly prepare a nice dinner. Do you have a mandoline? I'm considering looking into high quality ones OR a high quality food processor. What do you have that works well for (primarily) vegetables?

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    ​I have a OXO mandolin and I love it for slicing vegetables. I use it for carrots, zucchini, potatoes fr scalloped potatoes etc. It makes slicing veg. for a stir fry really quick. I don't own a food processor because my kitchen is small and counter space is at a premium.

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    I was at Costco on a friend's advice last summer and found a Kitchen Aid food processor for $59. It works like a charm and has a large and small bowl option. If you can find one in that price range...go for it. Powerful motor.

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    Oh, Tartan and Freckles 48, this is still a tough choice! Maybe I should get both, especially if I can get a Kitchen Aid for $59.

    Tartan, is the mandolin easy enough on the hands? (If I'm cutting veges too long with just a regular knife my hands start hurting.)
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    I have a tiny food processor. I'd like to have a larger one. How many attachments do they usually come with and which ones are necessary. I don't want to under buy but I also don't want to invest a lot of money.

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    For a mini-food processor/chopper (this won't help with slicing) I recently bought a Ninja that comes with six bowls. I thought the six bowls was overkill but I love this thing! It chops carrots, onions, garlic, you name it, evenly and I don't get "mush". Each bowl has a lid so if I chop onions I can use some of it, put the lid on, and put it in the fridge. The bowls stack so that is convenient, too. I bought mine at BJ's and haven't seen this particular combination anywhere else. I bought the version with the tall drink cups for smoothies last year and really like that, too, but it wasn't suitable for chopping veggies.

    I think the secret on the even chopping is the two-level blade.

    I've been wanting a mandoline so am glad to hear about the Oxo.
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    I have a Vidalia chopper ("as seen on tv", although I never have) that you can get at Target. It's the best kitchen device I own. Comes with two size chopping blades. If you're looking for a low-cost item that is worth the space in your cupboard (few things are), check it out.
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    I love my food processor, but I also have an old slicer that works good for other things. I think that it kind of depends on what you want it to do. I use the slicer more for potatoes and corn off the cobb.

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    i have both a vidalia and a ninja use the ninja almost everyday it is quick and easy and dishwasher safe.. i buy bulk carrots, onions and celery and bell peppers and chop them up and freeze them in cup containers usually using my shrink wrap but then i dont have to cut them again to make my casseroles and soups and stews i love it.. i dont have an idea on the cheese i buy mine ready shredded from costco sorry...i love the clean up ease with the ninja and they are not expensive i think about $30.

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    I have a Cusinart 11 cup food processor. Have had it for over 22 years!!! Love it. Just purchased another one like it at Macy's for $88.00!!! Am thinking about giving my old one to my daughter in law. I do dough for flour tortillas, scones, etc. Love the slicing discs also, especially for cheese; shredding. Bought the new one in Nov-Dec 2012.

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    After a lot of research I have a 11 cup Cuisinart on back order from Macy's on sale for $ 179.00 The reviews are excellent. If you find what you want and take the time to read the customer reviews you can get all your questions answered.
    Good Luck.

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    I don't have a food processor, but I love using my Salad Shooter for slicing and grating and shredding, etc. So fast, and not hard on the hands at all. It does take up space in the cupboard, but I do use it a lot, so it is worth it.

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    The Ninja is the best I haveevery had. I use the little one for onions,garlic, small stuff and have the full size for lots of slicing. Not the most expensive but it works great
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    I just bought one of these. Does veggies really well. The cheese got caught in the blade a little bit, but not worse than a hand grater. Make hash browns very nicely. http://compare.ebay.com/like/1110043...Types&var=sbar

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    I just bought one of these. Does veggies really well. The cheese got caught in the blade a little bit, but not worse than a hand grater. Make hash browns very nicely. http://compare.ebay.com/like/1110043...Types&var=sbar
    Can't figure out how that works! Interesting, thanks for posting.

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    I use to use a Cuisinart food processor all the time when my kids were home. Now I just buy the food already sliced, diced or shredded.
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    I have a mandolin and a food processor, both. I use my food processor much more than the mandolin. Like, I use the food processor 3-7 days a week, the mandolin maybe 4 times in the past year. I also have a Kitchen aid Pro mixer that I use almost as often as the food processor. I picked up the kitchen aid at maybe a 1/5 of the cost of regular cost by getting an open box(20% off) refurb (50% off) on senior discount day(15% off)! Found the food processor at a yard sale from a young gal who didn't know how to use it so she sold it for 10.00, and the mandolin for $1.oo at the thrift shop!!
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    I have worn out 2 food processers and am on my 3rd in 31 years of marriage. If you doing preserving they are a blessing when making relishes, salsas and such but mine have always been too bulky for every day use. I now own a mini one too for doing nuts and spices for baking etc. I need to check out the ninja based on what others are saying.
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    I bought a hand crank Mouli Julienne Rotary Slicer. They don't make them anymore, but you can get them on e-bay. It's orange, looks like an old spaceship. It has interchangeable cutting disks. I love it.
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