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Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

On the odd occasions I borrow mother's I use it for pastry and making paté; not at the same time though: that'd be just plain odd.

Blending down onions for currys is a good one too. Other uses all depend on what other gadgets you've got.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've got a very cheap one which is fine for quick pastry and breadcrumbs but I can't say I use it for a lot of things. As its only a cheap thing there's no pulse on it or variable speed and it does have an alarming habit of cutting out when it thinks the going is getting too tough - so large quantities of pastry aren't possible.

boisdevie1



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I use a Kenwood for:

mixing pastry
mixing dough for bread
cutting veg
grinding meat and making sausages

And I wouldn't be without it

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

boisdevie1 wrote:
I use a Kenwood for:

mixing pastry
mixing dough for bread
cutting veg
grinding meat and making sausages

And I wouldn't be without it


That sounds more like a food mixer than a processor.

I think we're on about the smaller ones with blades in a bowl you can seal, rather than the big ones with an open bowl. 'Course, I could be wrong...

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes it's a processor rather than a mixer and although I have managed without one I'm not going to look a gift hourse in the mouth and I promise to use the electric sparingly...

P.S I made meatloaf, bacon pudding, peppermint creams and ganache during my experiments last night.

joanne



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I haven't used mine in over a year - Although I do use my hand held blender alot and its various attachments.

I did used to use it alot for making things in bulk but I haven't been doing that recently - One of my resolutions for next year is to get back into the habit of making stuff in bulk and freezing it.

2steps



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

use mine for all in one cake mix, pastry and breadcrumbs mostly. But have also made meragnes in it. If I have a lot of veg to chop, like when I'm doing a bulk cook I use it for that too, ours has a blender attatchment that we use for milkshakes, smoothies and pancake/yorkshire pud mix. I have a tiny little proccessor I bought for making baby food. the big one often didnt mix the small amounts properly and it saved on washing up I use that for spices and small amounts of anything

onejohndog



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Would anyone recomend a particular make model, is there one that does proccessing as well as mixing? We currently have a processor with no name (lidle I think) that is just about dead,and are looking to replace in near future , have used Kenwood chef(i think ) in rented holiday acommodation and was impressed.

chez



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Breadcrumbs
Smoothies (or 'lumpies' if you don't run it for quite long enough)
Tomato sauce/puree

I think I even whizzed my orange peel in it for a few seconds before I put it in the marmalade this year, with quite good results. I tend to do pastry by hand though.

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Haven't got a processor, but have an old Kenwood chef that does all sorts of great stuff; blender, spice mill, mincer, sausage stuffer, slicer and shredder (great for quickly making breadcrumbs or crisps), and occasionally we even use it as a mixer

I would say we use it two or three times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less, but its often the only 'gadget' that gets used (other than the electric kettle).

We don't use it for grating up veg very often; good knife skills are better and faster I think, and leave less washing up! And unless there is LOADS to be grated you're better doing it by hand.

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have an el cheapo food processor that I got years ago as a free gift from a catalogue. I use it regularly for chopping veg, making paté, marinades, dips, hummous, breadcrumbs, etc (not really big enough for pastry). The wretched thing just won't die so I can get a smart new one.

It does get used a lot more than the Kenwood, which is mainly used for sausages.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

jema wrote:
Come to think of it carrots/celery get diced as well for ragu sauces.


I've never diced veg/onions in a processor, always find they lose so much in texture. All mine is done by hand.

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I read somewhere that onions shouldn't be done in a processor as it destoys the structure of the vegetable to the detriment of the flabvour - makes them much more bitter/acrid or similar. Same with garlic I believe.

RosemaryJane



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I haven't had a food processor for years and recently when I had a little windfall I bought a Magimix (the best in my opinion but not cheap) It is wonderful.
I use it to make Mayo, hummus, pastry, cakes, chop veg when I am cooking in bulk for the freezer, coleslaw...
I havent had it long so I am sure there are loads of other things I could do. I am looking forward to using it more over the holiday.

Arjan



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 06 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We hardly use it, I'd rather use a knife.
In the past half year I only used it to puree hazelnuts for hazelnut-honey spread, and to liquidise a soup.

We got it for free as well when we bought something else, but if it would break down I don't think I would replace it.

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