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dixiegal May 14, 2013 09:07 AM

I am thinking about getting a food processor. I have always been content just to chop my food up with a knife and cutting board. But for large quantities, I am thinking I might like a food processor.
I am about to embark on a new journey of making my own raw sauerkraut. So I will be chopping up lots of cabbage and maybe some other things. I thought about one of those big, old fashioned cabbage shredders, but I really like my kraut chopped better. Besides, where does one keep one of those gigantic shredders? I could hang it on the wall. They do look kinda cool and rustic.

So, what are some suggestions for food processors. Seems there are mixed reviews on all of them. Especially the less than 200.00 and under ones. Some of the complaints sounds like the users are expecting a lot out of them. Like bread dough. I am thinking that is best done with a good mixer. Or liquid. That would be best done with a blender. I just want to slice and chop. I have a blender for grinding and liquefying.

Then I will be looking for a stone crock for fermenting..............

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  1. JayL RE: dixiegal May 14, 2013 09:12 AM

    I have shredded literally thousands of heads of cabbage in a RobotCoup R2...but you probably are looking for something a little more economical.

    LoL

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      monavano RE: JayL May 14, 2013 09:19 AM

      Well that's about as helpful as a one-armed paper hanger!

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        JayL RE: monavano May 14, 2013 09:30 AM

        LoL

        It does work well though. LMAO

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          monavano RE: JayL May 14, 2013 09:45 AM

          I bet. Truly an investment piece.

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            JayL RE: monavano May 15, 2013 05:45 AM

            Investment pretty much sums it up. Sort of like purchasing a VitaMix or a KitchenAid blender. The KA works fine, but the VM is stronger and will likely not wear out in my lifetime.

            Between my VitaMix and Robot Coup R2 I never plan on making another blender or food processor purchase in my life. The expense is worth it to me...longevity & enough power to handle any job you throw at it. Yes, they are luxuries in the home kitchen...but should be economical in the long run. Performance CAN'T be beat!!!

            My first Robot Coup R2 was for a seafood restaurant where we made cole slaw daily. The R2 chewed through thousands of heads of cabbage every year...year after year.

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              JayL RE: monavano May 15, 2013 05:48 AM

              Honestly, I'm not really suggesting the OP run out and get a commercial food processor.

              It was originally meant as a light hearted joke. LoL

              I do like talking about it, though.

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                dixiegal RE: JayL May 15, 2013 08:42 AM

                >Honestly, I'm not really suggesting the OP run out and get a commercial food processor.
                It was originally meant as a light hearted joke. LoL<

                I totally understand. I do have a Blendtec Blender, that I use a lot now that I make smoothies. And if I thought I would be using a food processor a lot, I would go high end and high price. But I just don't think that I will at this time.

      2. juliejulez RE: dixiegal May 14, 2013 09:18 AM

        I have this Cuisinart: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/foo... and it works great for everything I need it to do so far. I've used it mostly for making pesto, sauces, and salsas, and I've used it to shred cheese and slice/shred large quantities of vegetables like carrots. I've never tried something like cabbage though so hopefully someone else could respond about that. The large opening on the feed tube is helpful though, as is the "flat" lid with the small round opening at the top that it comes with when doing something like salsa where you don't need a feed tube but want to be able to.

        I've also not tried doing bread dough or anything super liquidy (the sauces I've done are a bit thicker, tomato based types). I have a KitchenAid for the bread, and a Vitamix for anything very liquidy.

        Oh and I purchased mine for around $110 on one of those flash sale sites (ruelala.com for this one I think) a couple years ago.

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          coll RE: juliejulez May 19, 2013 04:24 AM

          I love my Cuisinart processor, but not for cabbage. I like mine shredded fine and it comes out nowhere near how I like it. I haven't found a better way than by hand, unfortunately.

        2. splatgirl RE: dixiegal May 14, 2013 12:41 PM

          IMO a food processor is not the best tool for this job, and I love and use mine often. An old and still going strong Kitchen Aid, fwiw. I chop or shred cabbage at least once a week, never with my FP. It's a great tool, but not my choice for this task. If you are set on one for kraut prep specifically I would choose the largest capacity that falls within your price range. Also consider the size of the feed tube if you intend to use the disk attachments for big things like cabbage.

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            Cam14 RE: dixiegal May 14, 2013 08:41 PM

            I just finished up my first journey making raw sauerkraut. My large Victorinox Fibrox 10" Chefs knife made the work go really fast. I threw the mandolin off to the side after the first couple swipes. Only made a batch with a few heads of cabbage. It wasn't worth the effort to drag out the Cuisinart. I think your mention in the other thread of the Ohio Stoneware crock is probably an excellent choice. I had really good luck with their standard 2 gallon open crock, but it sounds like a fermentation crock with the water seal will give more consistent results. Have fun, waiting for it to ferment is the hardest part!

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              dixiegal RE: Cam14 May 15, 2013 03:34 AM

              How big is your crock? I have a little one gallon that I might experiment with. I always chop my cabbage with a knife foe cooking, but that is just one head. If I make slaw, I just buy the precut. I just thought a food processor would make it go faster and chop finer that I do. Most of the time, I think small kitchen appliances are not worth dragging out and cleaning up, but for a big job, (like several heads of cabbage)it might be. Then again, on of those cabbage board slicers (looks like a giant mandoline) seems to be a favorite of serious kraut makers. But that would not be good for anything else that I can think of.

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                rasputina RE: dixiegal May 15, 2013 07:06 AM

                I've used a kyocera mandoline for slicing my cabbage for sauerkraut many times. I also use it for coleslaw, slicing corned beef for sandwiches so I don't have to drag out the electric slicer, and sometimes for other veg for the consistent even slicing.

                I like my Cuisinart Elite FP, but I just don't use it for sauerkraut.

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                  JavaBean RE: rasputina May 16, 2013 09:25 AM

                  +1. Me and bunch of others once made coleslaw for a school picnic using a variety a different methods. The FP cut the fastest, but finished last overall because it took a while to setup, feed through the tube, empty and clean. I did ok just using a knife, but those with a mandolin ran circles around me.

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                    dixiegal RE: JavaBean May 19, 2013 04:19 AM

                    Yea. That is my problem with a food processor and other small appliances. More trouble to drag out and clean up. Did the mandoline you use just the every day kind? Not the big slaw cutter. The attraction, for me, to the FP is that the cabbage could be chopped. I think chopped slaw and kraut is easier to eat, than the long strings.

            2. Candy RE: dixiegal May 16, 2013 09:52 AM

              I just bought the Cuisinart 14 C. Elite and gave my 11 C. to my niece. I am quite happy with this new one and I was happy with the old one (only about 5 Y.O.) the 14 C. Elite will shred cabbage with ease. The other thing like about the Elite series is that you can fill the thing with liquid and it won't leak. Big improvement over the regular models. With this and my 25 yr.+ Waring blender, which has never let me down (I did have to cut out a new gasket from a square of Neoprene) I don't need the silly Vitamix. IMHO they are over kill and over priced and I do sell the things.

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                rasputina RE: Candy May 16, 2013 11:14 AM

                I have the Elite too, but FP's shred shorter lengths than a mandoline because the blade spins too fast for you to get full strands.

              2. Will Owen RE: dixiegal May 16, 2013 04:26 PM

                I would not use my processor unless I wanted the cabbage chopped instead of shredded. I've not seen a slaw cutter in eons - they were all over the place in Tennessee, mostly old ones but often still usable, but not so much here in SoCal - but a really good mandoline I'd think would be the weapon of choice. Since mine is a rather flimsy, way-too-clever Swiss thing, and I do my cabbage-cutting just one head at a time, thanks, I stick with my Chinese rectangular-blade knife.

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                  dixiegal RE: Will Owen May 19, 2013 04:15 AM

                  I actually live in middle TN and I have only seen those grat big wood frame slaw cutters in antique stores or hanging up as a decoration. They are sold online and possibly in one of the Amish stores. They are just so big to store.

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                  comestible RE: dixiegal May 16, 2013 07:37 PM

                  I've got an old (10+ years) Cuisinart model with two discs that work well for cabbage. It accommodates about half a large head at a time. Of course you still have to cut out the core and slice sections that will fit into the feed tube. I still think it's worth doing, as it shreds finer than my knife skills allow. Cleanup is pretty much just rinsing, hot water, no biggie.

                  1. Crockett67 RE: dixiegal May 16, 2013 08:01 PM

                    Totally unrelated to sauerkraut, but never use my food processor for cabbage because I like big pieces.

                    If shredding for a batch of Sauerkraut, totally with you on the food processor just for speed and reducing activation energy.

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