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Old 02-09-2014, 06:37 PM   #21
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Can an immersion blender do a lot of the things a Vitamix does?
I've never used a Vitamix, but I sure love my KitchenAid stick blender. The blade thingy pops off and can be washed separately. It does a great job on gravies, sauces, and anything else in the pot or container that needs chunking up or making smooth. I also have a little Black and Decker.

And I just saw your post, Kayelle, and would agree regarding the Vitamix hype.
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I've never used a Vitamix, but I sure love my KitchenAid stick blender. The blade thingy pops off and can be washed separately. It does a great job on gravies, sauces, and anything else in the pot or container that needs chunking up or making smooth.

Which KitchenAid stick blender do you have? I'm researching to see which one is best for me. I see that KitchenAid has a number of different models.
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Which KitchenAid stick blender do you have? I'm researching to see which one is best for me. I see that KitchenAid has a number of different models.
You'd have to ask! Mine's about 15 years old, has a dial on the top, and just one blade. The newer ones come with more attachments, I think. Mine is Model KHB100.

Both KitchenAid and Cuisinart are pretty reliable brands, don't think you can go wrong with either one.
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You'd have to ask! Mine's about 15 years old, has a dial on the top, and just one blade. The newer ones come with more attachments, I think. Mine is Model KHB100.

KitchenAid now has 3-speed and 5-speed models, plus a cordless Pro model. Very confusing to decide which one to get. I was going to get a food processor but now that I've heard about immersion blenders, I'm thinking twice. Maybe I should start a new thread about this?
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KitchenAid now has 3-speed and 5-speed models, plus a cordless Pro model. Very confusing to decide which one to get. I was going to get a food processor but now that I've heard about immersion blenders, I'm thinking twice.
I have a little KA food processor that's very old too, and I use it a lot as well. Stuff like pesto and shredding cheese and slicing cucumbers would be hard to do with a stick blender, I guess it depends on what you plan to do with either tool. I'd get both!

Yes, maybe start a new thread.
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I have a little KA food processor that's very old too, and I use it a lot as well. Stuff like pesto and shredding cheese and slicing cucumbers would be hard to do with a stick blender, I guess it depends on what you plan to do with either tool. I'd get both!

Yes, maybe start a new thread.
I currently have a small 3.5 cup KitchenAid food processor. I was going to get a larger one, but maybe I don't need it if I get the immersion blender?
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I currently have a small 3.5 cup KitchenAid food processor. I was going to get a larger one, but maybe I don't need it if I get the immersion blender?
I don't think you can go wrong with a stick blender. And if you already have a little FP, you have your bases covered.
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I don't think you can go wrong with a stick blender. And if you already have a little FP, you have your bases covered.

Thanks for helping me figure this out. One of my favorite food bloggers suggests using a food processor for blending cake and cookie batters. Can that be done with an immersion blender?
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For what it's worth, my big Cuisinart food processor is in the cupboard next to the blender.

I only haul it out during the holidays when I'm working with a huge amount of food. I don't like cluttered counters as you can tell.

My knife skills work just fine for the amount of daily chopping I do. And if I want cucumbers or potatoes sliced extremely thin I almost hate to mention my mandolin.
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Thanks for helping me figure this out. One of my favorite food bloggers suggests using a food processor for blending cake and cookie batters. Can that be done with an immersion blender?
We have many wonderful bakers here, I am not one of them! I use a hand mixer on the rare occasion I make cookie dough, I don't think the stick would work as well for dough, but others who know better might have more advice. The FP is a more heavy-duty machine, and would hold up better to the dough. The stick is more for blending and liquifying hot stuff.

And as Kayelle said, the mandolin is great for slicing small amounts. I do like my FP for large amounts of, say, cukes for freezer pickles.
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