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Help with pureeing food...

I am a full time caregiver for my parent who has advanced dementia. I now need to puree food and my Kitchen Aid blender is not producing the texture I need when pureeing meats. Instead of a texture similar to baby food, I end up with small shreds and the addition of extra liquid results in wetter small shreds floating in liquid. Still a choking hazard.
My local kitchen gadget shop suggests I purchase a different blender which costs a significant amount of money.

I hate to invest so much if a blender is not the way to go. My Google search turns up conflicting advice concerning using blenders or using food processors.

What do you all use to puree?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Get a Vita Mix and your troubles are over. Yes, it costs a lot, but it will turn anything into a smooth puree very quickly. Nothing else comes close.

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    1. re: rjbh20

      Ditto. I have a Waring Pro blender which is very nice, but it isn't anywhere near as powerful as a Vitamix. I'm waiting for it to die so I can justify buying a Vitamix!!!!!

    2. You can get an inexpensive immersion blender and that should work well. It also is a lot easier than transferring food in and out of the Kitchen Aid blender. Good luck to you, dementia & Alzheimers is a horrible disease. Just lost my father to it last December.

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      1. re: Barbara76137

        Best advice I've seen. There is less waste of whatever is being pureed using an immersible blender. I've stopped using the other kind of food processor and blender.

        I save wide mouth jars in which the immersible blender will fit. My greatest use is making a puree of hot peppers for chili and 'arrabbiato minestrone denso' (very spicy thick soup).

        Just use a silicon spatula to scrap what clings to the blender into the jar when the blender is unplugged and removed, and screw on the jar top.

        Clean up is easy for me because I'm a container saver. I save containers from 3 pounds of ricotta. Another wide mouth jar will also do if you do not have a ricotta container. When it is time to clean the blender fill the plastic container about half way with hot water, add some dish washing detergent, plug the blender in the socket and make it whirl around in the soapy water. Detach the spinner from the motor, rinse the spinner and let it dry.

      2. I agree with a stick immersion blender if you don't want to spent a significant amount of money. It will take longer to puree, but it does what it needs to do. They also come in varying prices and strengths. I don't find that food processors actually "puree" as well as I might like.

        Someone else has said that the NutriBullet does a good job of blending/pureeing, but I'd be more inclined to buy a good name blender (KitchenAid, etc.) before a NutriBullet.

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        1. You can also get a food mill designed for baby food that should work.

          1. A food processor is what you need. Both Kitchen Aid, and Cuisinart make a mini-prep with a 2cup bowl. Might run you around $25.