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    Was it worth all the money ...???

    Zurie
    Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:46 pm
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    A year or so ago I needed new food processor and through a local online site I ordered a Kitchenaid ... as you know, Kitchenaid does not come cheaply!!

    Well, it wil outlive me, has some attachments, weighs a ton ...

    I have come to wonder whether it was really worth the money I spent!! It seems more like a semi-industrial machine that one for the normal kitchen. It is no easy job to clean it, and I think it was really badly designed for cleaning.

    Let me be clear: it is amazingly fast and efficient! It does have a smaller bowl to process smaller amounts. It's just not all that cleverly designed, and I often put the top parts in the sun in the yard to dry out completely after cleaning, because NO WAYS can I get into the nooks and crannies to do it properly!! icon_lol.gif
    duonyte
    Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:12 pm
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    You know, I still use my little Cuisinart - it was not little when I bought it, I believe in 1983. It's a 3 1/2 cup model. But for a lot of things I find I can use my stick blender. I need to be sure to use a deepish dish or canister to contain the product, but overall it seems to work well for the majority of things I need "processed" every day. The Cuisinart is not bad to clean, but the stick blender is a dream.
    Jacqueline in KY
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:08 am
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    I have 3 food processors, my last was a small KA one and I use it quite often, but my big one, don't recall who made it, maybe CA and my other is smaller but it came with the blender I first bought and I don't use it at all. The small one I keep out, the two others have made their way to my rarely used appliances in the basement. Oh my counter top I have my Ninja 3 in 1 cooking system, my vitamix and KA stand mixer. I use all of them quite often so they are no problem being on the counter top. I could add a few more to the counter and still have plenty of room, but I hate clutter.
    tasb
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:02 am
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    I find I have re-claimed the money I spent on my KA processor. I love the large bowl for when I shred cheese. I buy the 5 lb blocks of cheddar and mozza and shred them myself. I can do 1/2 before I have to empty the bowl. I do have the shredder attachment for my KA mixer but didn't like the way the cheese came out.

    I have tried slicing but am never truly satisfied with the results. I want even slices, not just thickness but not things on an angle either. Comes from being a trained cook where consistency in cutting is mandatory.

    I also make my pie crusts in the processor. I find them flakier when when I do them by hand. I use less water too with the processor, which helps with the flakiness.

    I hate the attachments for my mixer because I am trying to get the bowls up near the attachments and being I am short I have to stand on a step stool to add anything to them.
    Zurie
    Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:54 am
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    I also find my stick blender a dream. Makes such velvety soup!

    Tasb, yes, if you have big jobs like you shredding cheese, the KA is great. I do, however, think I should have chosen a smaller one, like the German-made Braun. Their stuff is so good.
    Bonnie G #2
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:40 am
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    I've never had a food processer until I got my Ninja System which comes with a small one. Trouble is I've still not figured out which disc to use for each different job so guess I can't really answer this question as I'm a novice. I have the KA mixer and would be lost without it. Have had it for years and don't think it's ever going to break down so I can buy the newer model icon_wink.gif but I do love it and use it often.

    tasb I'll have to try the dough in it; maybe with it I'll have luck with pie dough which has always been my downfall.
    Riverside Len
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:51 am
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    I don't use a food processor that often but when I do it's the right tool for the job, so to me, yes it's worth it.
    kseiverd
    Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:41 am
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    After a few food proessors (inexpensive brands), splurged on a basic Cuisinart model several years ago... little under $100, I thiink. Was SO happy with the power, made purchase worth the $ from first use... and this was NOT a high-end model. Then FOUND another one in a THRIFT SHOP for $8! Had all the blades and ran just fine. Figured... spare bowl at least!?! Ended up it was a step UP from one I had... bigger capacity. NO regrets on $ spent on FP at all!

    Same with KA stand mixer... again the "standard" model... maybe $200 or so, on sale around the holidays... NO regrets on that purchase either. Then I FOUND (at a thrift store) a "vintage" KA for $19.99!! Kinda faded yellow, crank up/down model, with bowl, paddle, whisk & dough hook. Ran just fine... just couldn't pass it up. Larger capacity bowl... actually FOUND a spare bowl a few months later... again in a TS! I cleaned it up really well (wasn't cruddy to begin with), taped everythiing off and spray painted it flat black with heavy-duty paint meant for outdoor gas grills... looks GREAT.
    Bonnie G #2
    Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:20 pm
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    Sounds like some great finds and everyone is right; if you need it, use it then it's sure worth the money icon_wink.gif
    **Tinkerbell**
    Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:05 am
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    I rarely use my food processor. I have the Ninja Prep system, the VitaMix, a regular blender, and a stick blender. My FP is a Kitchenaid, and it is big, but when I need it, I really need it. I use it for pie crust and some dips that are thick to blend, and when making horseradish - grating horseradish root (omg! that stuff is so strong, without the FP it would be like trying to chop down a tree with a butter knife!), and most importantly, I grind my own ground beef out of chuck roasts with the food processor.
    Really, even though I don't get it out very often, it still has a front-row space in my kitchen pantry with the most-used crock pot and the Food Saver.
    I have had it for about 13 years and I definitely think we've got our money back, on ground beef alone! icon_smile.gif

    I actually had a funny incident with my food processor, I can't believe it survived, but it did! If you want to read about it... When Good Gadgets Go Bad...
    *Tink
    Zurie
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:16 pm
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    Tink, when I read your post one tip stood out: you grind meat in your KA processor! That, I think, is what I need to do.

    In this small village I have no luck with meatballs and meat patties, and the main problem is that they use the worst bits of beef to grind up -- I find it full of tiny bits of gristle. I suppose I could go wider afield and find better butchers, but with gas/petrol the price it is now, I try not to drive too far unless it is necessary.

    So, it would be best to buy decent red meat and grind it up in my KA processor! (Only problem is, I hate ground meat ...! icon_lol.gif Hate working with it, and therefore has never been good with meatballs! rotfl.gif)
    **Tinkerbell**
    Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:09 pm
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    Zurie wrote:
    Tink, when I read your post one tip stood out: you grind meat in your KA processor! That, I think, is what I need to do.

    In this small village I have no luck with meatballs and meat patties, and the main problem is that they use the worst bits of beef to grind up -- I find it full of tiny bits of gristle. I suppose I could go wider afield and find better butchers, but with gas/petrol the price it is now, I try not to drive too far unless it is necessary.

    So, it would be best to buy decent red meat and grind it up in my KA processor! (Only problem is, I hate ground meat ...! icon_lol.gif Hate working with it, and therefore has never been good with meatballs! rotfl.gif)


    I totally hear ya about touching ground meat. However, I've found that I have much less of a repulsion when I know I ground it myself from a good roast and I can choose how much fat I want in it (more for burgers and meatballs, less for anything on the stove). Above all, I know it's not gristle or bone, or whatnot.
    Also, I make my meatballs with a cookie scoop. Try it, you'll never hate making them again. icon_wink.gif
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