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immersion blender versus cuisinart

mudaba Jun 23, 2006 01:04 AM

I recently received an immersion blender as a gift and I love it! Now I'm wondering if I still need the cuisinart that I was lusting for, or if the immersion blender will cover any chopping needs I may have. What say the boards?

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  1. farmersdaughter RE: mudaba Jun 24, 2006 12:49 AM

    You definitely need both. I don't do soups in my food processor, because the immersion blender does a much better job. But there are so many things that a food processor does that an immersion blender does, my advice is to get both.

    Example: making pesto-type sauces, shredding cheese (or anything else for that matter), making pastry, and a bunch of other things that I'm forgetting right now.

    1. MMRuth RE: mudaba Jun 24, 2006 06:46 AM

      I agree - they do two different things. I also find that about half the time that I use my immersion blender, I end up running the soup through the regular blender ... don't know if I'm using the former incorrectly or what. Food processor is also great for making pie dough/pate brisee etc., slicing onions/potatoes when you need to do in bulk. Just made some pesto tonight ....

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        Funwithfood RE: MMRuth Jul 3, 2006 02:15 PM

        I got a high-powered immersion blender--no more pieces left, as with my Braun.

      2. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: mudaba Jun 24, 2006 09:36 AM

        Definitely go get the Cuisinart. The immersion blender really isn't designed for chopping things (unless you get one that has a mini-processor attachment, and even then I findthat thing a pain), and the Cuisinart can also shred a pound of cheese in the blink of an eye. It has certainly earned its permanent spot on the counter many times over now.

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          hbgrrl RE: mudaba Jun 30, 2006 10:21 PM

          You need both.
          Yes, 'need'.

          The Cuisinart is indispensible for so many things, you'll be wondering how you ever went without one. Chopping large amounts shredding, quickly putting together a pie crust. But an immersion blender? That takes care of easily blending soups, fixing a lumpy sauce, puddings, salad dressings.

          1. mudaba RE: mudaba Jul 5, 2006 07:28 PM

            This is so helpful--thank you everyone. I want my kitchen to be so pared down (pardon the pun) that always think I can get away with just one, smaller appliance. Or I hope I can. But apparently it's not possible to be totally pared down...

            So with the Cuisinart, can you actually julienne carrots and zucchini? As in, I get my farmer's box and I don't feel like chopping everything, so I dump it in the Cuisinart, and it's all taken care of in thin, beautiful strips?

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              rtmonty RE: mudaba Jul 5, 2006 09:46 PM

              Sure you can. There's a shedder blade that comes with it. You can shred a pile of carrots in no time at all. BTW, that's certainly something you could not do with an immersion blender. I would suggest the 11 cup model. I't plenty big for almost anything without taking up a ton of counter space.

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