Mix and Stir Friday Five

As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:

In a minor domestic crisis, my food processor, or more precisely the part you use for almost everything for which I use a food processor, picked the eve of the festive season of the year to give up the ghost. A crack in the lid expanded such that a batch of squash soup had to be liberated via that column shaped thing that sticks up on top.

Can you tell this is not my area of strength?

Next week, I'm hosting Thanksgiving. I need your help. Please answer the following kitchen-related questions:

1) Do you have a food processor? Can you recommend it? Which is to say, do you actually use it?

Well, clearly, I asked this question. Mine is a Braun. I've had it for a long, long time. I use it to puree things occasionally. I use it to make Apocalypse Chocolate Cake, because that one works better with the mixer. See below for more specifics.

2) And if so, do you use the fancy things on it? (Mine came with a mini-blender (used a lot and long ago broken) and these scary disks you used to julienne things (used once).)

Back in the day, I used the little blender attachment a lot. One of the pieces broke, I replaced the piece at the Appliance store. It broke again, and by that time the little Appliance store that actually carried parts? Had gone out of business.

We experimented with the scary disks. I think we did carrots once and potatoes once. But usually I want things cut up smaller than that if I'm using a food processor.

Mixer

3) Do you use a standing mixer? Or one of the hand-held varieties?
(And isn't that color delightfully retro?)

That color is so cute. The mixer comes in about a dozen different colors. It also costs a lotta lotta money, more than I ought to spend or even want to spend. But it's pretty.

I do use the mixer function of the food processor. It has a dough hook, which I believe I used once.

Most things we mix in a bowl with the hand mixer or a spoon.

4) How about a blender? Do you have one? Use it much?

I do. We use it more in the summer, the smoothie season of the year. It is also ancient. It came with a small attachment I really liked and used a lot before I had a food processor. That's broken, too.

I'm coming to the conclusion that it's time to refurbish my small appliances.

5) Finally, what old-fashioned, non-electric kitchen tool do you enjoy using the most? 
Probably the whisk. I have a new one that I love! It came with a set of kitchen utensils from Cutco.

Bonus: Is there a kitchen appliance or utensil you ONLY use at Thanksgiving or some other holiday? If so, what is it?

The rolling pin!!!

Seriously, whether you play the meme or not, if you have advice about a food processor, I would love to hear it!

20 thoughts on “Mix and Stir Friday Five

  1. Teri

    I have to confess that I only have a mini food processor. For most things I use a submersible hand blender (to puree) or my pampered chef food chopper (for, obviously, chopping).
    I’m going to play now too–thanks for a great FF!

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  2. cheesehead

    I have a mini-chopper and a full-on Cuisinart. I use them a lot, even though they are pain in the butt to get out and clean afterwards.
    I’ve never used the scary disky things.
    But I love, love, love my Kitchen-aid stand mixer!

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  3. Auntie Knickers

    If you only use your rolling pin once or twice a year, then I suppose the ability of the processor to make piecrust wouldn’t be a big plus for you. Could you get by with one of the handheld blender things for pureeing? As long as the mixer part still works, you could then hang on to the old processor. Of course, prices may go down too. Cooking.com has some rebates and so on going on now for the mixer and its attachments (I’m wishing a little for a meat grinder).

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  4. KathyR

    I have an old Cuisinart. It lives in the cabinet and the heavy thing only comes out to make salad dressing or dip. I guess I just don’t get food processors and never figured out how to work one into my kitchen.
    I have a stand mixer and a hand mixer and a hand blender. I use ’em all. I use the hand mixer the least.
    We have a blender, but I don’t use it. Ever. Once or twice a year, the boy will get it in his head that he wants a milkshake. So he is the only one who has used the blender I bought to replace the one that died a couple of years ago.
    Favorite non-electric tool: hard-boiled egg slicer. I love that thing.
    Turkey Day Only instrument: an electric carving knife. My mother bought it for us. My husband wields it. I’ve never used it myself. I just wash the blades and put it back in the box every day-after-Thanksgiving.

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  5. Julie

    I have a mini-chopper and desperately want a food processor! I’ve asked for one for Christmas this year and assured my husband that I am not the kind of woman who would complain about getting an appliance for a Christmas gift!

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  6. La Reina

    1) I have a small-ish Cuisinart I bought 12 years ago. I had the bowl replaced once after it cracked (lifetime guarantee, so the new bowl was free). I mostly use it to make hummus, chop nuts, puree things and shred stuff. It’s easy to clean.
    2) I never used the attachments I had for my old food processor, so I didn’t invest in attachments for this one. The main reason I chose Cuisinart – apart from the reputation – was because the feed tube was larger. You can fit a large potato in it – whereas my old off-brand processor had a feed tube half the size so everything had to be chopped first. Didn’t make much sense to chop and then process!
    3) I LOVE my tilt-head Kitchen Aid (like the one pictured in Songbird’s blog, only mine is almond). As a chef friend told his mom: You’d have to be mixing cement to need the extra power of the larger model. I don’t know anyone who’s ever used the extra Kitchen Aid attachments (grinder, juicer, pasta extruder, etc…). I bought my Kitchen Aid when I was in college and use it a lot. A solid investment for anyone who cooks or bakes. (Seriously – $200 spent on a Kitchen Aid is a better investment than $200 spent on some electronic gadget that will be outdated in a year or two.) It is indispensable. I used it yesterday, and will use it to knead bread dough for Thanksgiving.
    4) I have a blender (not the hand variety) that I use maybe once every other year when I decide I want a milkshake. I’ve never been able to get a blender to work right. I had a Braun immersion blender that I used right up until it died.
    5) My favorite old-fashioned kitchen utensil is probably the potato masher. Or the pastry blender – yeah, the pastry blender because it allows more control over your pie crust, to ensure it’s as flaky and tender as possible. (I’ve been making pie crusts since first grade, so I tend to be a bit snobby about them!)
    And the one thing I only use at Thanksgiving or Christmas (the years I host, anyway) is the special measuring cup that pours liquid from the bottom, so you get the flavorful part of the pan drippings and not the fat, which floats above!

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  7. Mumpastor

    yeah, that mixer is expensive, I used my Nana’s inheritance money on it, since she was a great baker, it seemed like the right thing to do. But maybe you don’t need the food processor if you have it? Anyway, great play, and great FF Songbird!

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  8. RevAnne

    Thanks for your comment, and for this F5. I was already in the mood for a little holiday cooking!
    Re: your question: Stick blender=immersion blender=hand blender=submersible blender=invaluable kitchen tool!

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  9. sherry

    I have a food processor…a Regal La Machine. It is older than my marriage and still works…..at least it did 10 years ago when I last used it. If you want it, and those pesky shredder tools that go with it, let me know and I’ll mail it to you.
    The blender we use. The kitchen aid mixer (bought refurbished) we use.
    My favorite cooking tool is the telephone.

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  10. Diane Roth

    I got that very mixer as a wedding present from my congregation (tho not in that color). I wish I had time to play. Lately it just doesn’t seem like I do. 😦
    Our newest appliance is the COFFEE POT. also Kitchen Aid and very la-di-dah.

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  11. Kathryn

    I’m so hopeless at all kitchen gadgets that I didn’t even try to play today…but found myself writing a post about Stir Up Sunday, which seems rather apposite!

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  12. Becky

    My mama gave us a KitchenAid for a year’s worth of celebrations (due to the cost) when we were first married and we use it A LOT. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I would steer away from buying one from a box store like H…. D…. because I have heard they have their own line of the brand name varieties and therefore you don’t get the wonderful sturdiness of the true KitchenAid.
    Food Proc: ours died last summer in the middle of a batch of coleslaw; I realized it’s a LOT easier to slice cabbage by hand and haven’t replaced it.
    Marden’s special blender: used occasionally in our household but bought two years ago because we felt a gap. I’d say EITHER food proc. or blender is necessary; we also have a wedding present stick blender that we use frequently.
    Happy Thanksgiving: my older son is being confirmed tomorrow and I am very, very happy about his decision!

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  13. Mary

    I have had my Kitchenaide Mixer for at least 25 years and have used it LOTS!!!!! You will not go wrong with one of these. It is built like cast iron and can mix anything! I have the slicer/shredder attachment and love that, too. The only other accessory I have is an extra bowl, which comes in handy at Christmas baking time.

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