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Should a Single Male Buy a Food Processor?

I'm on a tight budget and agonizing over this decision. Seems like you need to spend about $140 for a decent unit. I'd primarily use it for:

- chopping vegetables for a standard stew I make (not that hard currently with a mandolin slicer
- making homemade almond butter (not even sure it will work with blanched almonds, which would be my preference)
- making puree'd vegetable soups (rather than "chunky" style, which I currently do.)

Are any of these potential uses so amazing (does pureeing vegetable soup make it that much better?) that they justify the expense and having more "stuff" in my apartment?

Thanks in advance...

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  1. They come in more than one size. :)You don't have to buy a huge one if you don't need a huge one.

    I have a medium sized one for 2 of us and it's perfect.

    I puree soups with an immersion blender or a regular blender. My immersion blender is probably my favorite kitchen appliance and it fits in a drawer.

    1. I agree that an immersion blender would probably be useful enough for you, it's perfect and way easier than a processor for pureeing soups. You could also buy one of those mini processors which might work for small batches of your almond butter. Both the immersion blender and the mini processors are available for under $50 each and both are much easier to store than a big processor.

      1. I can only agree with the others that I big processor would be overkill for what you're after. Either a mini-processor or a blender sound more suited to me, a hand blender would be fine for the soup but a worktop blender should do the almond butter (which will be fine with blanched almonds) too.

        You can always spend the difference on a good knife so you can throw away the mandolin :)

        Nick

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        1. re: litrelord

          Well... I like my mandolin :)

          thanks for the thoughts. Could somebody recommend a good "worktop" blender." My understanding was that making nut butters required a reasonable amount of horsepower. And another issue related to size, is that when I make vegetable soup, I make 10 portions at a time using a big pressure cooker.

          So, I'm still wondering if I wanted to do the tasks I mentioned whether I need at least a 7-cup model (?) (Does that qualify as "worktop"?)

        2. I'm not sure I have much to add, except for this. I have one of those tiny 2-cup chopper/processors, and frankly it's mostly useless. I can't even make tahini in it before I start to smell the motor burning out.

          I would encourage you to try an immersion blender, regardless. I use it about 10x more than I would normally use a food processor simply due to ease of use. I have my doubts that it would work for nut butters, but it's worth a try. They're tiny, and take very little effort to assemble, use, breakdown and clean.

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          1. re: egit

            2C is definitely too small, I find a 4 cup is perfect and isn't a beast to clean or move around.

            Like this:
            http://www.casa.com/p/cuisinart-dlc-4...

            (I'm not endorsing this machine or this site, its just an example of the size.)

            1. re: weezieduzzit

              Just a word in favor of the small food processor - though I don't think it would help the OP with his needs.

              I have an old Oskar 2 cup processor and I use it as much as, if not more than, my larger one. It is especially useful for chopping nuts, salad dressing, herbs.

          2. Well, I like to puree, and I use a plastic Braun immersion blender I bought almost ten years ago for about $15. It is vastly easier for blending soups or sauces than either a food processor or a blender because I don't have to transfer the hot liquid! Fewer spills and burns. I use it constantly. It works fine for smoothies as well. Mine can grind up frozen whole strawberries. I am pretty ruthless with it. My husband, who is about as anti-gadget as it comes, likes it and uses it regularly. I no longer own a regular blender. I do have a KA food processor (KFP 720) but don't use it nearly as much. The main bowl is 7 cups, and it comes with a smaller bowl and blade set, which can be handy.

            The immersion blender is very compact. I bought one for my dad as a gift, and he loves it. His wore out and he replaced it. I think he uses it for smoothies and maybe whipping cream or something for use with coffee. So the men in my life seem to like and use them, so I would suggest that it might fit the bill.

            I made peanut butter at home once. I guess it was educational for my kids, but I will never bother again!

            Mandolins scare me.

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            1. re: willownt

              An immersion blender is also my go-to gadget for mayo. If you use the immersion blender/ jar method is turns out perfectly in seconds every time.