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Old 01-10-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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Hi people, I'm new here and this is my first post :) I have a question when mixing food in a blender. Do I have to add water all the time in order to blend properly? I am trying to make shrimp paste for my dumplings.

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Old 01-10-2013, 11:49 PM   #2
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Blenders work best with some liquid in the bowl. The liquid allows the food to settle down to where the blades can reach it.
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I think a food processor would work better for that kind of thing. Generally speaking, I use a foodpro for solid things like pesto, cheese, shrimp, etc. and blenders for liquids like soups and sauces.
Also a foodpro will give you more control over the consistency, which would probably be good for your dumplings since I'd think you probably don't want a perfectly smooth paste for texture reasons.
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Blenders work best with some liquid in the bowl. The liquid allows the food to settle down to where the blades can reach it.
Haha I see. I thought the water will make the food taste more bland >.< LOL.
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I think a food processor would work better for that kind of thing. Generally speaking, I use a foodpro for solid things like pesto, cheese, shrimp, etc. and blenders for liquids like soups and sauces.
Also a foodpro will give you more control over the consistency, which would probably be good for your dumplings since I'd think you probably don't want a perfectly smooth paste for texture reasons.
Too bad I don't own a food processor
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Haha I see. I thought the water will make the food taste more bland >.< LOL.

The liquid doesn't have to be water. Any of the liquids in a recipe will do.
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The liquid doesn't have to be water. Any of the liquids in a recipe will do.
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You could use the liquid in which you cooked the shrimp.
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If you don't have a food processor, you might want to try a pestle and mortar, which is what a lot of folk use for making shrimp paste. Otherwise, it's back to the blender, but if you need extra fluid, try oil or melted butter, not water.
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