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AJSoprano Jan 6, 2009 05:15 PM

I am looking to purchase a food processor in the $30-50 price range. Needs to able to make salsas and soups. Any recs are appreciated. Please include where you purchased if possible. Thanks.

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    defboater Jan 7, 2009 06:21 AM

    go with a Cuisinart

    1. HaagenDazs Jan 7, 2009 06:23 AM

      Good luck - you can buy a mini-processor for that price. Otherwise you simply won't find one.

      Soups are best pureed in a blender anyway...

      Your best bet for that price range is look for a used one on craigslist.

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        bnemes3343 Jan 7, 2009 06:30 AM

        If you really want to keep the price in this range for something other than a mini, the Hamilton Beach 6 cup FP is only $30 on Amazon. Can't comment on how good it is, but I'm sure it would do an adequate job on veggies for soups and salas (although I would probably just use a chef's knife for those jobs).

        1. Candy Jan 7, 2009 11:22 AM

          If soups and salsas are your aim, get a Cuisinart stick blender. You will get more use out of it than a mini food processor, especially with soups

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          1. re: Candy
            HaagenDazs Jan 7, 2009 12:00 PM

            Agreed - or a regular blender. I don't know why someone would buy a food processor exclusively to make salsa and soup, but for soups an immersion blender or a regular blender works wonderfully.

            1. re: HaagenDazs
              roxlet Jan 7, 2009 01:11 PM

              Second the notion of an immersion bender. Actually, if you're pureeing soups, it's the only way to go...

              1. re: roxlet
                HaagenDazs Jan 7, 2009 01:22 PM

                Yeah, it eliminates any steam-blender explosions.

                1. re: roxlet
                  meadandale Jan 8, 2009 09:50 AM

                  After trying to scoop hot soup from the pot into a blender ONCE, I bought a stick blender and never looked back....

              2. re: Candy
                billieboy Jan 7, 2009 08:58 PM

                Ditto on the immersion blender for soup. Works great. For the salsa use a Chinese food processor AKA knife.

              3. karmalaw Jan 9, 2009 11:05 AM

                well.. if you're not in a rush and you shop well -- it IS possible: I have a Kitchenaid 7 cup that I purchased on clearance at Target last year for........... $17.48 because the color (onyx black) was being discontinued in Target (not elsewhere).

                That being said -- I still haven't used it.. hahaha... I get more use out of my stand mixer, good knives, and blender.

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