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good "starter" food processor that works?

collegekitchen Mar 29, 2010 06:48 PM

I love soaking up y'all's knowledge and would really appreciate some advice on a good food processor that's affordable but effective. I know, I know.. you get what you pay for. Which is why I'm steering clear of the $19.99 variety. I am a poor college student and I work night shifts for $9 an hour, so, no VitaMix for me unfortunately. I don't need anything super-extreme (I have no immediate need to crush lobster shells or grind narwhal horns), just a good, quality food processor that does its job, won't set me back too far, and won't break in two weeks.

Any specific suggestions?

  1. Sarah Mar 29, 2010 06:58 PM

    How much cooking do you do and for how many people in general? Maybe an immersion blender with processing attachments?

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    1. re: Sarah
      collegekitchen Mar 29, 2010 07:12 PM

      Right -- forgot that. I normally cook for no more than two, and I cook a lot. As often as I can. I've only had one experience with an immersion blender, attempting to puree the ingredients of a curried carrot soup, and didn't have an easy time of it.. maybe I just didn't get the hang of it? Are they at all powerful?

      It sounds like a good idea, though. I'll definitely check into it. Any brand suggestions?

      I certainly don't need one of those gargantuan, family-sized processors. I don't even have room in my puny little shelves for that.

      1. re: collegekitchen
        Sarah Mar 30, 2010 10:17 AM

        Here's a link for you to pore over. Hope it helps!

        1. re: Sarah
          collegekitchen Mar 30, 2010 12:23 PM

          Thank you for that link, Sarah. I'm interested in the Bamix (I tried a Braun and it was the same situation.. just sort of spun things around, no real blending). It'll set me back $100 but I think it might be worth it. We shall see.

        2. re: collegekitchen
          ferret Mar 30, 2010 10:49 AM

          Don't buy into the mini processors, even the Cuisinart MiniPrep. Looks good on paper but essentially useless.

      2. Fuller Mar 30, 2010 07:43 AM

        Did you check places like craigslist? Used processors may not be the greatest thing in the world, but you certainly can buy a better quality unit if it's used versus new.

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          overresearched Mar 30, 2010 09:54 AM

          What is it you want to do with the processor?
          Make perfect julienne fries everytime?

          In other words, what fruits or vegs are you going to run through the device.

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          1. re: overresearched
            collegekitchen Mar 30, 2010 12:24 PM

            I would love something that can slice AND dice. I don't need anything heavy-duty.. most of my concoctions would be for soups/stocks, dressings, marinades, ground spices, etc.

            1. re: collegekitchen
              pothead Mar 30, 2010 02:27 PM

              Since the introduction of the new Elite models, older version Cuisinarts are on sale almost everywhere nowadays. The 7 cup is now $79.99 at Macys, for example.

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