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May 7, 2014 09:20 AM

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. I make baby food for my children. Sometimes the problem is the food isn't cooked enough or moist enough. I always steam or boil (baking always leaves a hard layer that doesn't purée) and cook the crap out of it.

    I use a small 1 cup cuisinart food processor that tends to work for me.

    Good luck!

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    1. re: Siegal

      Yes, cooking the food well is important. Braised meats, cooked long and slow, veggies steamed until they break with a wooden spoon. One of the main differences between baby food and adult food is the sheer quantity. For that, I'd think a larger food processor might be better.

    2. Hi,

      Basically, a food processor is designed to chop, mix, or blend food with a wide variety of different consistencies. There is usually a selection of different blades for different tasks. You aren't usually producing a liquid, although it's a possibility.

      A blender is used with a single set of blades, and it's used to produce a fairly liquid mixture, usually with foods that mush down fairly easily.

      If you search for a food processor in the kitchen department of Amazon, be sure to check how much power the motor uses. The more, the better. You probably don't need much capacity in the bowl, but you need a strong motor. You don't need any speeds other than "on" and "off" and "pulse."

      If you search for "ice crusher" in the kitchen department of Amazon, you'll turn up all the heavy-duty professional blenders with powerful motors.

      I really don't know which is better for your use, but in our house, we only use the blender for smoothies. The little stick blender is good for baby food, or other small quantities of things. The food processor is the main workhorse.

      FYI, I use a Cuisinart Prep 7. Wouldn't go any smaller than that and expect much power. (Mine is about 10 years old, so I could not vouch for the current ones.)

      Good luck!

      1. I think a good food processor is the appliance you need.

        I don't know if you will be able to get the consistency you want from meats without starting with ground meat. You might want to get to know your butcher and ask him to grind the various meats you'd like to cook. Or you can use a Kitchen-Aid grinder attachment or the food processor to grind meat while raw before cooking.

        With other foods the food processor should work well. You will be amazed at the kinds of foods you'll be able to make in puree form.

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