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Food processor than can handle ice, hard cheeses, lobster shells?

pplepiew Mar 6, 2010 10:21 PM

My (very bad...black & decker) food processor just bit the farm from chopping/grinding stale bread into bread crumbs. I hated that hunk of plastic so all's good but I'd like a replacement that can handle everything I throw at it. I tend to use my knife for pretty much everything and only think of using the food processor on the rare occasions I have something hard that I want to grind to a pulp.

Any suggestions as to which food processors are up to the task?


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    Blueicus Mar 6, 2010 10:24 PM

    The Vitaprep. You're going to pay up your nose for it, but it's worth it.

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      pplepiew Mar 6, 2010 10:32 PM

      Huh, that's a really interesting suggestion. For some reason a high-end blender never came to mind as a potential replacement for my food processor but it might make sense for what I use it for.

      1. re: pplepiew
        Blueicus Mar 11, 2010 09:14 AM

        Actually, I sort of tuned out the food processor part of the post and focused on ice and lobster shells... in which case I suggest a robocoupe... similarly expensive but with a great warrantee. Of course a kitchenaid's pretty decent for the home cook, I think the blade design helps too.

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      overresearched Mar 7, 2010 08:34 AM

      If all you are doing is chopping/grinding stale bread into bread crumbs and have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, buy the Food Grinder Attachment (FGA).

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      1. re: overresearched
        pplepiew Mar 7, 2010 07:38 PM

        Thanks, we do have a stand mixer but I'm not sure the FGA is the best option for bisques (lobster or shrimp shells) I'm also not convinced I'll make the jump to grinding my own meat (I'm assuming it's primary use) as we're lucky enough to be very close to an excellent butcher.

      2. BobB Mar 11, 2010 11:48 AM

        Cuisinart. I have an ancient DLC-7 with which I regularly make fresh horseradish - and if you've ever cut up a horseradish root you know that its consistency is somewhere between that of a carrot and a stick of wood. I just peel it and hack it into 1" - 2" chunks, and let 'er rip. It makes a bit of noise when I start but does the job reliably and repeatedly.

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          pplepiew Mar 19, 2010 10:28 PM

          I got the vitaprep 3 after all (couldn't handle the thought of another appliance unable to handle what it's meant to do), Well worth it and thanks for the tip Blueicus! Big bonus is that we've been making green smoothies every day now, pulverizing kale (and various fruit) into smooth, no lump, drinks. No comparison between this and a typical home blender.

          It definitely handles ice in a pinch. Haven't made a bisque yet but I'm sure the shells will be a cinch. The only "downside" I can think of is that a food processor is great for pie crust dough whereas I'm not convinced it can be done in the vitaprep, although I could be wrong. I guess it's back to the old two fork and bowl method...


          1. re: pplepiew
            pothead Mar 20, 2010 05:45 AM

            I know this sounds weird, but before I got my food processor I used to use my potato masher (the good old fashioned waffle kind) for pie crusts. It worked great.

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              Blueicus Mar 26, 2010 07:51 AM

              I use a simple box grater to grate the butter into a manageable size. It's easy to rub it into the flour after that

            2. re: pplepiew
              Paulustrious Mar 26, 2010 10:50 AM

              Lobster shells do not break easily. They are light and strong and tend to get tossed around rather than pulverised. I tried it last week in a Cuisinart food processor. Maybe a blender will work better.

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