I'm thinking about buying a food processor, because my blender isn't cutting it when it comes to making bean dip, etc., and I'm just wondering....how big of one do I need?
I have a tiny chopster for mincing onions, but I'm looking at being able to pour a few cups of beans in, or doing pie crust, or chopping vegetables and the like.
Is it worth it to get the 12-cup one?
Would the 7-cup one be just fine?
Also, is it worth it to get the Cuisinart/Kitchen Aid processor, or would one of the humbler brands do just fine?
My recommendation is always to get the model with multiple size bowls. I use the small bowl far more often than the big one, for everything from mayo to spice rubs. But i need the big one for things like chopping 5 onions for a day's worth of cooking, making food for a party/holiday, or even just making a batch of pate. Dishwasher safe is a huge consideration though, assuming you have one.
I would stick with the big brands on something like this.
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I use mine all the time and certainly would have burned up a cheapo model in about six months--nut butter anyone? Certainly spend as much as you can afford--the holidays are coming up, maybe you can request Amazon gift cards? (my ILs never know what to get us, so that's what we do) I have also seen nice food processors (almost new, still in the box) on Craig's List--people are decluttering and realize they never use it.
She doesn't do any baking though.
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I do have times when I wish I still had the small bowl to fit on my blender base, but if you can afford one with different-size bowls, go for it!
I'm eating less meat and I'm finding that a lot of the recipes in Vegetarian Times call for a food processor: bean spreads/dips, pureed vegetable soups...
I've tried using my blender, but it just seems like it makes everything into a smoothie.