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Old 05-24-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Food processor advice

Hi,

I have to follow a soft food diet because of jaw problems I have and I would like some of your opinions on which food processor to purchase especially for meat grinding?

I tried putting some cooked chicken and rice in my blender the other day but it just made a nasty looking puree.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Old 05-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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Hi,

I have to follow a soft food diet because of jaw problems I have and I would like some of your opinions on which food processor to purchase especially for meat grinding?

I tried putting some cooked chicken and rice in my blender the other day but it just made a nasty looking puree.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Pureed food looks nasty regardless of the machine you use. Blenders need liquid to make them work. FP can handle dry(er) ingredients.

The top contenders in the reasonable price range are Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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The top contenders in the reasonable price range are Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid.
I agree.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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I have both a Cuisinart and a KA food processer, and they will grind rocks. Very well-made. The KA, while smaller, is my go-to food processer. I agree with Andy.

A thought, can you contact a local nursing home dietician and get recipes for palatable ground food? When I worked at a nursing home many years ago and had to help with feeding, the food looked really good even though it was pureed.

Another thought would be baby food. Huge variety.

Hope you're back to chewing soon, and welcome to DC!
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:23 AM   #5
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Hi Janie,
Welcome to DC.

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Old 05-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #6
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No matter what you whirl in either a food processor or blender, it's going to look like "nasty puree". Does it have to be pureed? Can it be cooked very soft instead? You can break noodles up into very small pieces or use the smallest pasta, cooking it past package recommendation to a nice soft stage, then add sauces. Ditto some veggies. Not knowing just how bad the jaw problems are, it's hard to make more suggestions but I would puree the least possible (meats) and cook as much as possible very, very soft.
My CuisienArt will chop almost anything.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:28 PM   #7
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I cook foods the way I always do and them put them in the food processor. I have a Cuisinart. Be sure to only put one part of the meal in at a time. Don't put it all in the processor at the same time.

Cook your steak or chicken same as always. Pulse the processor, do not whirl it, you just want it finely chopped. Once chopped serve it with your sauce etc you would like. Same with veg and pasta etc, cook those a little past done to make them softer but not mushy. Lots of gravy and sauces make it easier to swallow, too!

Good luck! Holler if you need more help. I hope your jaw problems are fixed soon.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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From personal experience, I strongly suggest refurbished Cuisinart appliances, including your basic food processor. The cost is about half that of a new unit. HERE is a pretty good selection.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:16 PM   #9
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Hi,

I have to follow a soft food diet because of jaw problems I have and I would like some of your opinions on which food processor to purchase especially for meat grinding?

I tried putting some cooked chicken and rice in my blender the other day but it just made a nasty looking puree.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
Mine's a Magimix and about 30 years old. It's the biggest they made back then, as a small "family" processor is the work of the devil - not big enough for anything. The latest Magimixes have a set of bowls of different sizes and do everything bar make a cup of tea. They are not cheap but last forever.

Blenders are really only suitable for liquidising food such as soup, mayo, etc., and you have more control ov er a processor.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:52 AM   #10
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Food processors are not really designed to mince meat... like you found, you end up with mush.

I noticed in my Kitchenaid food processor manual that you must FREEZE the meat first...not until its solid...only 30 mins or so... but the harder the meat is the better it will 'chop' instead of 'mush'.

Never actually tried it, but you may want to give it a go?
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