"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories > Appliances
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-15-2009, 11:39 AM   #1
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cicero, IL
Posts: 5,093
Food Processors can't handle liquid??

I some of you may know, last year I got a Kitchenaid 14cup Food Processor for my birthday. I have been slowly learning all the things I can do with it, and making more than a few mistakes along the way, LOL. Apparently I need to practice with the chopping blades...
Anyway, I thought I could make things like smoothies and eggnog and whipped scrambled eggs in it... but nooooooo.... only if I do a small small amount otherwise it apparently leaks down the middle and out under the bowl and all over the counter!
Now, one of its features in the description is that the top of the housing is completely sealed and seamless to prevent liquid getting in and ruining the motor... so I guess they saw people like me coming?? LOL.
Bottom line, am I doing something wrong (everything is clicking into place and seems to be right) or do I just need to get a blender to do my liquids in?

__________________

__________________
Maverick2272 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 11:43 AM   #2
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
Nope you are not doing anything wrong. Use a blender for things like that. Use the FP for more solid things. Pesto consistency is about as loose as I would go in a PF.
__________________

__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 11:55 AM   #3
Head Chef
 
mcnerd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,326
Yup, Food Processors are used for chopping and processing food and Blenders are for blending liquids. I used to try just the opposite, of using a blender for processing some foods -- like the commercial of making guacamole by tossing avocados into a blender -- and it just does not work well.

or making grilled cheese sandwiches in the toaster.....
__________________
Support bacteria. It's the only culture some people have.
mcnerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 11:57 AM   #4
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cicero, IL
Posts: 5,093
Geez... where were you when my kids got a 'grilled cheese sandwich' stuck in my toaster?!?! LOL.

Thanks guys, I was afraid of that.... still haven't gotten around to getting a new blender, last one didn't last very long at all...
__________________
Maverick2272 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 12:16 PM   #5
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,281
I agree that a blender is probably what you want to be using for that stuff.

But I use my FP to make all kinds of liquid things, like salad dressing and the like. You need to be careful not to overfill it, though. Even if you do, not very much liquid should leak out through the middle. Not the amount I think you are describing. The liquid has to go up and under the blade and then out. Even when I have a lot of liquid in mine, maybe a T or so goes out.

If you are in the market for a blender, I bought one reconditioned from Amazon for less than half price of a new one and it's perfect.
__________________
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 12:38 PM   #6
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cicero, IL
Posts: 5,093
Yea it is way more than a teaspoon, it runs out and over the counter. I checked the blade attachments and I am putting them in right, but I don't see anything that 'locks' them into the base so I guess they must be 'floating' slightly if I have too much liquid in there.
The blender we had was a Black & Decker steel one with glass mixer and stainless steel mixer. Unfortunately, the thingy that screws into the bottom to hold the blades in place and prevent liquids from coming back out was made of plastic and cracked within a couple of months of us getting it. We should have called to complain and get a new one, but kept putting it off and then I tried to use it one day by gluing it but it didn't work and ran out all over it and into the motor.... bonk!
__________________
Maverick2272 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 01:32 PM   #7
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,281
Maybe the force of the liquid is lifting up the blade.

With a 14 cup you should be able to make some liquidy things in smaller quantities. For the smoothies, etc. a blender is better anyway.

Or a hand or stick blender. Those can be useful, too.
__________________
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 01:33 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Metro New York
Posts: 8,764
Send a message via Yahoo to ChefJune
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maverick2272 View Post
I some of you may know, last year I got a Kitchenaid 14cup Food Processor for my birthday. I have been slowly learning all the things I can do with it, and making more than a few mistakes along the way, LOL. Apparently I need to practice with the chopping blades...
Anyway, I thought I could make things like smoothies and eggnog and whipped scrambled eggs in it... but nooooooo.... only if I do a small small amount otherwise it apparently leaks down the middle and out under the bowl and all over the counter!
Now, one of its features in the description is that the top of the housing is completely sealed and seamless to prevent liquid getting in and ruining the motor... so I guess they saw people like me coming?? LOL.
Bottom line, am I doing something wrong (everything is clicking into place and seems to be right) or do I just need to get a blender to do my liquids in?
You CAN use the food processor for those things, BUT you have to make very sure the level of the liquid does not exceed the height of the hole in the center where the blade sits.
__________________
Wine is the food that completes the meal.
ChefJune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 01:59 PM   #9
Head Chef
 
MexicoKaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico
Posts: 1,914
I often use my 14 cup for liquids - especially pureeing soups and sauces, because it is safer than a blender (ouch). Just don't over fill it.
__________________
Saludos, Karen
MexicoKaren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 02:13 PM   #10
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,403
When it comes to blending liquids, he FP is the wrong tool for the job. Yes, you can do it, but it's just not the best choice.

Blending hot liquids in a blender is also problematic as you can blow the top off the blender from the steam buildup. That's why you often see TV chefs place a towel on top of a blender with hot liquids. The key is less than half a container full of hot liquid.

I almost always use an immersion blender for hot liquids such as soups and puree right there in the pan. It's a snap as long as you keep the end of the blender in the liquid.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.