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Old 09-22-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Need a food processor

OK, gonna pull the trigger on a FP.
At a member's suggestion, a mini is too small and I believe him. So I'm looking for comments on what might be the perfect size for me to get. I see there are 7's, 9's, 11's, 14's... it seems all kinds of sizes. Very confusing.
Is there such a thing as getting too big a one? I typically only cook for myself, so let's discount chopping an onion, but what about "capucchino cupcakes" (for instance)....
Can a FP really shred? Will it do something like a head of cabbage (cut into wedges maybe?).
Are multiple blades really that useful? Or do you find you leave the same blade in all the time?

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And any considerations I may have missed.

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Old 09-22-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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pacanis... I just did the cappucchino cupcakes with a hand mixer. It worked out just fine.

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Old 09-22-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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Thanks, but I don't have a hand mixer.
A food processor might multi-task better for me.
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:55 PM   #4
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I've got one and I occasionally use it, mostly for pureeing cuz the blender doesn't do it as well. Also for small batches of pizza dough (shame on me). Tried the discs that came with it and wasn't impressed. I'd rather do most tasks by hand, if the truth be known. Better control on the results. A FP doesn't really take the place of a mixer - apples and oranges so to speak.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:03 PM   #5
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I find I use the FP when I have to work with larger quantities than for a dinner recipe. For example, three cups of shredded carrots for a carrot cake takes no time at all in a FP. A large quantity of cabbage for a slaw - same thing.

I have also used the FP to make a quick pie crust and it does a fine job.

As far as using it to slice an onion or cucumber, I reach for a knife.

Also, I have found a regular blender is much better at pureeing liquids like soups. A FP can only handle smaller amounts of a liquid because it will leak out under the blade.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:13 PM   #6
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I pretty well agree with everything Andy M. says. I use my blender for blending, and my food processor for grating (though my grater blade bit the dust a few months ago). I use it for pastry and, obviously for those of you who have tuned into the thread, cappuccino cupcakes! I also do use it for some dips in my catering that are thicker as my FP has a bigger capacity than my blender. Mine has a french fry blade that makes great curly fries and so do those for fun sometimes, but do most of my fries and other slicing by hand.

It is great for large quantities of grated cheese, carrots, slaw, etc. but for a small amount I use a hand grater...less clean-up.

If you get one, I would suggest going larger than small and getting one with full metal blade units - mine had plastic centres and there are some with pieces that are interchangeable. These, as I found out, tend to break after heavy use.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:01 AM   #7
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If you're going to grow all those tomatoes for canning next year, may as well plant a bunch of basil too, and make pesto w/ your new food processor.

I use it for large amounts of shredding also.... cheaper to buy block cheese and shred it yourself, then seal in smaller packages. ..... then you have another use for the vaccum sealer too!
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:24 AM   #8
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I was given a 9 cup KitchenAid FP and I am very happy with it. I make my own sofrito to bag and freeze. It is the foundation for most of my savory sauces, soups, and stews. It's great for grating carrots for cake and muffins, too.

I use my stand mixer for cakes and heavy cookie doughs. I have good knives that I used for slicing onions. I love using my knives. I use the hand mixer for box cakes and cupcakes.

I wouldn't give up my stand mixer, hand mixer, or food processor for anything.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:38 AM   #9
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Hi Pacanis - I just got a 12 cup Kitchen Aid. It has a 4 cup mini bowl. Knd of best fo both worlds. I "just" got it and have not played yest. It does seem capable of all the things that you are asking for.

Family dinner comming up this weekend, I'll tell you then.

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Old 09-23-2008, 05:34 AM   #10
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Wow.. this is perfect.. I've been thinking about getting a FP again. I've been lookin at getting a 9. I want to make pesto and hummis, breadcrumbs, etc.

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