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Blender Food Processor Combo
The World of Food Processors and Blenders
If you're in the market for a blender food processor combo, I have put together a collection of some of the best and most versatile blender food processors out in the market. No matter what your budget, there is a one of these wonders available for you, at a price point that fits your wallet. It will become a welcome addition to your set of kitchen tools so that you can be more productive cooking while simultaneously saving time. Because these machines have the latest motor technology, they are usually faster and more efficient that the older models. Also, some of the models are constantly being evolved by companies like Cuisinart, DeLonghi, Oster, Black & Decker, companies that are dedicated to making better and more technologically advanced products all the time. So, if you are a smoothie lover, or a real cook in the kitchen, I am sure this page will have something for you. Take a look!!
If you look at any modern kitchen nowadays, you'll find that everyone has a food processor of some kind. Whether is something as simple as a nut blender or something as sophisticated as one of the high end Cuisinarts, there is no shortage of food processors in the kitchens of the world.
Combine that with the popularity of smoothies and weight conscious foodies trying to maximize nutritional value while at the same time minimizing the amount of caloric intake, and you'll find that the food processor is an ally to the food lower. You can make just about anything with a food processor, all the way form cookie dough to guacamole and everything else in between.
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Some of the better models out there
In the past, the one appliance that dominated many kitchens was the blender. Many a recipe was created which required a blender and it became a staple of the kitchen. However, there was one problem. The blades spun too fast, even at the lowest setting. So, if you wanted to do something like basic chopping or just small repetitive hits to break up some vegetables it was impossible. Eventually the food processor was born to dice, chop, slice, shred and do things that the blender was never designed for. It became a very popular kitchen item. So, as time went on, some bright person said, hey, why don't we combine the two and now people can have the best of both worlds in one unit. And so the blender food processor came to be.
Yet another winner from the Cuisinart family, the Cuisinart BFP-603 continues to be popular even though newer models have come out since then. The main reason I think is because not only is it a great blender, but people really appreciate it's capabilities as a food processor as well. A 600 watt motor and ease of operation set this appliance apart from so many others out there.
Ninja seems to have gotten the idea one day that the world of cooking in the kitchen really needed more than just a blender, and they went ahead and created system that include everything, food processor, blender, individual cups for self servings and just about everything you would need to go on a cooking binge and never miss out on all the accessories you need to achieve your recipes.
What's the Difference Between a Food Processor and a Blender
Blenders have high speed blades which are perfect for liquifying foods and or creating very fine evenly mixed material. Even though there is an ultimate high speed, some of the lower speeds work better for some things than others and most blenders come with a variety of speed settings that over time have worked best for whatever cooking situation. Just press a button for the situation at hand and you're good to go.
Food processors, on the other hand, come with a variety of blades, for different jobs and usually spin at lower speeds. The processor is great for things like grating cheese, slicing vegetables, making cookie dough, and liquefying foods to the puree level, which is coarser than what the blender would do.
When to use a Blender
Blenders work best when liquefying material or mixing liquids or almost liquids. For instance, if you're making a cream of anything soup out of a can, placing it in a blender will give a great smooth texture, eliminating the lumpiness that can happen through normal cooking. Or if you're making a milkshake, it will blend all the ingredients perfectly.
Using a Food Processor
The best use of the food processor is to do all the jobs you used to do by hand previously. For instance, grating anything can be done in seconds in food processor. Cutting up vegetables can also be done in seconds, you don't have to stand there and use knife. Kneading dough, although the manual exercise can have certain therapeutic values, is something that can be done very easily and quickly in a food processor. The reason for this is that for each of these jobs, the food processor has different attachments especially designed for these jobs. Another thing, if you're a lover of Mexican food, you can make great guacamole and great salsa with a food processor in a fraction of the time it would take making it by hand.
The Blender Food Processor Advantage
So, when you get any of the blender food processors on this page, you're getting the best of both worlds in one product. By just changing the cup and the blades, you have a completely new machine at your disposal. And the base takes up the same space, so you're not looking at two appliances cluttering up your counter.
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How to use a Mason Jar as a blender jar and avoid buying a Magic Bullet
Every since smoothies became a national sensation as a way to lose weight, people have been investing in all kinds of different machines to help them make the best smoothies they can make at home. One of the most popular of these is the Magic Bullet. The Magic Bullet is basically 4 set of small cups that can be screwed onto a blender food processor base, and then the cup also becomes a drinking cup.
Rather than pour out the contents from the blender to a traditional drinking glass, people prefer this arrangement, because the cup from the magic Bullet blender usually has a lid that will screw on and then you can take that on the go, since a lot of times, people make their smoothie at home in the morning to take to work or to assimilate it a little bit at a time. What if you already have a blender and food processor and you didn’t feel like buying yet something else that is going to take space on your counter?
What if I told you that you could do this with your existing blender or food processor and just make a small investment in a mason jar. That’s right , you heard correctly, a good old fashioned mason jar with a lid. Apparently, the majority of mason jars have the same dimensions as the bottom of the jar on most blenders. Which means that the blade part screws on perfectly.
So, what you can do is, put the materials that you would use to make your smoothie, the fruits, the milk, the ice, etc. The take the blade base of your blender and screw right onto the mason jar. In most mason jars it will fit, if not, bring the blade of the blender to the store till you find a mason jar that works. Once you’ve screwed this on to the mason jar tightly, you can now put the mason jar on the blender. The mason jar now becomes the blender jar and you can make your smoothie just like you’ve always done.
After you’ve finished, screw the blade off and you can either drink it right out of the jar, or put the lid of the mason jar on and then take it on the road. You can buy a couple of mason jars you’ve avoided buying yet another contraption that’s just going to take up space in your kitchen and clutter things up.
To see it all in amazing technicolor, check out the video below... :)
Smoothies are a relatively recent invention in the ever growing field of dieting. Now dieting doesn’t always have to be for weight loss, sometimes you want to diet for weight gain. One of the reasons why smoothies are so popular is that even though the vast majority of people use them for weight loss purposes, by adding protein powder or muscle builder powder, you can actually create weight gain for your work outs.
However, we are going to focus here on the ones that are actually for weight loss, since I think when people think smoothies, they think nutritious weight loss. Cause that’s the thing, it’s one thing to lose weight, but you could lose weight in a non-healthy weight, such as by starving yourself. However losing weight by counting calories, carbs and combine that with regular exercise, it really becomes a formula for losing weight that is going to work in a healthy way. The main gripe most people have is that they’re not losing it fast enough. But as long as you’re losing weight you’re on the right track for your diet.
One of the great tools for creating smoothies is the blender food processor combo. You can use the food processor aspect of it for breaking down the whole vegetables and then turn to the blender aspect to really smooth down that drink to the level that you’re really happy with .
Now there are a lot of great fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices that you can use to make your smoothies, and each has certain qualities and benefits, not only in the nutritional aspect, but in the actual creation of the smoothie aspect. Also, you can modify your smoothie even more if you add additional food such as Skinny B cereals, which have vitamins and minerals that can up the power of any smoothie you’re making.
The recipe I’m listing here however is designed for the simplest approach to making smoothies, which is by using fruits and vegetables that can be easily found in your local supermarket and coming up with a great smoothie that will satisfy the most discerning palate.
When making the smoothie itself, there is a certain logic to follow so that you can make the best out of the ingredients that you’re using. For instance, if you’re using something like coconut milk or any other kind of fluid, that should go first. Secondly, put in any viscous types of materials, such as yogurt, or peanut butter next. You’ll thank yourself later that your viscous ingredient is becoming a part of a solution of whichever liquid you may have put in first. Third, whatever solids you are going to be putting in. Of these you start with any fresh fruits or vegetables that make up your recipe. If by chance you decide to use frozen fruits or vegetables, put those next after the fresh vegetables.
The logic is you want to put the softest things first followed by the hardest things. And that’s really it. You may have had to use the food processor first to cut up the vegetables or fruits that you were required by your recipe. After processing, put these to the side and then add them to your recipe in the order I outline above.
Enjoy your smoothie making experience!!
- Prep time: 5 min
- Ready in: 5 min
- Yields: 1
- 1 cup water cold water
- 6 ounces of greek plain yogurt
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 teaspoon of sweetner of choice (optional)
- 4 ice cubes (optional)
- First and foremost, if you have a food processor and a blender, then you can mash up the strawberries first and you can pour them from the jar.
- If you're using a blender food processor, then you can mash up the strawberries, put them on the side, then add the ingredients in the order I outlined above.
- Likewise, the bananas (unless you're a fan of cutting up your bananas by hand).
- First put in your cold water. It all depends on how cold you want your smoothie to be (I've included optional ice cubes if you want it nice and cold. I'm not a fan of super cold smoothies).
- After you pour in your water, put in the 6 ounces Greek yogurt or plain yogurt of your choice. I'm sure you have a favorite you always use.
- Now, as far as the sweetener, I usually don't use any because believe me, 2 bananas is sweet enough, but I've had people tell me if I could make it sweeter, so I just put that line in there as optional.
- In my opinion, I think you're going to be just fine with the ingredients, without any additives.
Mangos and Papayas as smoothie fruits
Combining carrot with other fruits makes for a delicious smoothie that has all the beta carotene that a carrot can provide and at the same time, the goodness of those fruits and vegetables. IN this recipe, we’re going to go a little south of the border using fruits that are more common in South America than here.
We’re going to be using a mango. Mangos are very common in South American countries and the Caribbean. It’s a staple fruit in many of the islands and lands of central and South America. It is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Antioxidants is one of the main reasons mangos have had a resurgence in recent years. There are a lot of healing and health factors that have been attributed to mangos over the years. Because of its high alkali content, it alkalizes the whole body and people love this because having an alkali body is one of the main deterrents of cancer. Also because of its high vitamin A content, it is deemed as good for the eyes. Also a good ingredient that balances the insulin in the body. So, if you could only eat one fruit, mango seems like a winner because of its health benefits.
Another favorite of south of the border is the papaya. Papaya has a lot of healing qualities, and blended into a smoothie gives you one great source of papain. The peel of the papaya has been used to heal wounds faster. Papayas are also rich in minerals and vitamins. Unknown to many, papaya’s have one of the highest concentration of vitamin C than many other fruits, higher than oranges and lemons. It also has a large amount of vitamin A. As a matter of fact if you can’t get carrots and all you can get is papaya, this would act as a great vitamin A supplement. Even the seeds in a papaya are edible, although they’re not sweet, they have a peppery taste to them but it’s also bitter, so not a big favorite among the masses. However when used in a smoothie, the sweetness of the fruit drowns out the bitter taste of the seeds. And some people take them out altogether. One of the big draws of papayas is that it has s a sweet juice and many people like to drink papaya juice.
If you want to add a little more exotic flavor, you can use wild card fruits, you can add strawberries, or tamarind, apricot, any slightly sour fruit you can think of for flavor mix. If you really like to have your smoothies sweet, try a banana.
Carrot Caramba Smoothie
I'm a big fan of carrot juice and over the years I've drunk gallons and gallons of home made carrot juice. However recently while experimenting with diffrerent way sof making smoothies I came upon this combination which actually tasted different and great. i just added papayas and mangos to a cup of carrot juice. And then somnetimes I add strawberries, other times, mamoncillo, and still other times, when I want a more sweet concoction, I throw in a banana. I also like bananas a lot, so it works well for me. Your mileage may vary... :)
- Prep time: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: 1
- 1 cup of carrot juice
- 1/2 fresh papaya
- 1/2 fresh mango
- 1/4 banana
- You can do this all in the blender. Some people have food processors that they like to mash up the fruits first and then add them to the blender but I just throw everything in the blender.
- First, make some fresh carrot juice and pour one cup into the blender
- Then add 1/2 a papaya, cut up or whole, your choice
- Continuing, add the 1/2 mango
- Lastly, add a 1/4 banana or other fruit to give an extra special taste sensation
The story of Guacamole
It all began with an avocado. Guacamole is such a common Mexican dish, one would believe that it was something that was invented in late 19th century as a staple Mexican food. However, it actually goes back further than that. It supposedly dates back to the times of the Aztecs. When the Spaniards started to do their conquistador thing back in the 1600s, they discovered this as one of the things that the Aztecs shared with them. They thought it was a great thing and tried to bring it back to Spain. However, avocado trees didn’t grow too well in Europe, so the guacamole dish remained a treat that was indigenous to the New World. Eventually it seemed as though it was a post Spanish invasion dish, but in reality, it’s really as old as the hills in Mexico.
Somewhere along the line, Americans fell in love with Mexican food and it became a staple of many cities, the larger urban centers having many Mexican restaurants (I live in New York, so I can throw a rock in any direction and hit a Mexican restaurant, they’re that abundant). So, nowadays, it just feels strange to go to a Mexican restaurant and not have guacamole. Strange would be the Mexican restaurant that didn’t have guacamole. It’s like going to an Italian restaurant that didn’t have pasta on the menu. (Of course, some people will try to tell you that pasta is a Chinese dish, but then, we have to get into the whole Marco Polo thing and this story would never end)…
Aside from the fact that it tastes great, one of the reasons guacamole is so popular is that it’s so easy to make. You really have be bad in the kitchen not to be able to get at least decent guacamole. But for the vast majority of people, once they’ve made guacamole the first time, they wonder why they haven’t been making it for years and years.
The recipes vary too, as would for any dish that is as popular and as old as this one. Some people like to use jalapeno peppers. Others like to use other types of hot peppers. Still others don’t like it spicy, so they don’t use peppers at all. Some like to add cilantro, and that definitely gives it a very nice taste. Other people really go for basic, or lazy persons guacamole that consists of just guacamole tomato and onion. I mean seriously, you either have to be poor or lazy. But the recipe that I’m going to show below is going to have more than that. And some suggestions for varying it.
Another thing is if you have a food processor, and this recipe is aimed at having a food processor, then it’s really a snap. Some people like to do the whole grinding it down by hand thing, but I’m a big believer in letting the machine work for me, not me working for the machine. Plus, then you make it in like 5 minutes. The whole idea is you want to make this quick, especially if people are coming over to the house for a little get together so they can munch on something tasty with chips while having drinks. So, try the recipe below and get some guacamole into your life!!
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 5 min
- Ready in: 15 min
- Yields: 4 (2 if they're really hungry)
How to make Guacamole
There are I'm sure hundreds of ways to make Guacamole, but this is one of the most popular ways and you can substitute some ingredients for others depending on your taste. For instance, I'm going to suggest jalapenos, but some people like regular hot chili peppers.(not to be confused with the music group). So, depending on how spicy you like, you'll either use some kind of pepper or none at all (I fall into this category). Most people will use onions (I'm one of them) but then, some people would use scallions instead (I tried it once and it was ok). Also, some people like lemon juice, others like lime juice. So, whatever your preferences may be, there is really no right way to make guacamole. There is the way that appeals to your taste buds. That's the final arbitrer of haute cuisine... :)
- 4 ripe avocados
- 1 chopped up onion
- 1 chopped up tomato
- jalapenos (or whichever you like)
- lemon (or lime if you prefer)
- ground pepper
- So, we're going to make this with the food processor, but we don't have to go hog wild and do EVERYTHING in the food processor. Just at the end. So, take your onion, peel it and then chop it up into nice little squares. Then take the tomato, cut it up into 4 parts and de-seed it. Take the cilantro and cut that up higgly piggly till it's all a fine mess. Finally, take your avocados, cut them along the edge and pull out the seed (they're ripe, it'll come right out). Next take a spoon and scoop it out of the peel into a dish. Take your lemon and cut it in half.
- Now put the avocados, the onion, the peppers, the cilantro, salt, pepper all into the food processor and start mixing up all these ingredients. As they're mixing up, take the lemon and squeeze both halves into the ingredients as they blend. In about 2 minutes you're going to have a very nice smooth avocado paste. When you see this consistency, stop mixing.
- Next we're going to use the pulse button and were going to blend in the tomatoes so that they stay chunky in the guacamole. Do this a couple of times with the pulse button until they're pretty blended in but you can piece of tomato.
- And that's it. Scoop it out of the food processor jar into a nice dish, serve with some chips and people will eat it faster than you can make it. That's one of the phenomenoms of guacamole. Enjoy!!
Latin Black Bean Soup
Serves: This will serve around 4 people, depending on whether your family big or little eaters
- Prep time: 20 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- Yields: 4
- Two cans of Goya Black Beans
- 1 bottle of olive oil
- Couple of garlic cloves
- 1 green pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 tomato
- Salt and Pepper
- Take your large pot and put in Â¼ cup of olive oil. Heat it up at medium to high heat until it starts making frying sounds. Into the put a chopped up onion, chopped up pepper and a chopped up garlic clove. Also cut up a tomato. You’re going to put it into the pot with the hot olive oil basically fry these. If the olive oil starts evaporating, put in a little more. You want to keep cooking these until you start seeing that they’re pretty soft.
- t that point you want to pour in the two cans of black beans. Keep heating this mixture until every thing is nice and hot and the beans are kind bubbling here and there. When it gets to that point, you can shut off the stove and now you have a choice here or either making soup or puree.
- If you want to make soup, put it into your food processor on high and processes it until you see that the beans are blended together, but not broken down into a puree. Just broken up into small pieces. If you want a puree, then definitely go for the blender and put it on high until everything is this liquefied concoction.
- You can add salt and pepper to taste or you can allow your family to add the salt and pepper they want. All in all, it’s a great way to enjoy a tasty soup that’ll warm you up on the cold winter months, or just a nice appetizer for your everyday meals.
A prelude for the nut milk recipe
Nut milks have been an alternative to milk for many decades now to scores of vegetarians. However, you don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the benefits of a nut milk. Although the favorite of many out there seems to be almond milk, you can basically make nut milk from any nut, be it brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, you name it. It all depends on how adventurous you want to be or how bored you are with your regular fare. And the great thing is that nut milks are healthy as well. So, it’s not like you’re making this food and it doesn’t have any health benefits. It has great protein value and the oil of nuts are good for your skin. So, it’s a good way to experiment with new foods.
There is a little bit of a catch when making nut milks in that you have to prepare for them before you actually make it. You first have to soak the nuts. I prefer to do it overnight so the nuts get nice and soft and they’re a lot easier to blend in the food processor. And that really is biggest drawback of making nut milks, the waiting on the soaking of the nuts. Other than that, they’re one of the easiest foods to make. Another thing to bear in mind when making a nut milk is that it tastes kind of bland, so you want to think about using some kind of healthy sweetener to make the taste more palatable. Some people like to use maple syrup and others will go as far as adding flavors, like vanilla and chocolate.
Lastly we come to another aspect of making a nut milk which is sort of a personal preference. When you blend the nuts in the water, no matter how finely or how fast you grind them, the nuts are always going to be in a suspension in the liquid, very finely ground. This is nut meal. Some people like to strain the resulting blend of nuts and water (which is now the nut milk) and keep the remains as nut meal that they can use in the baking. Others, just drink the suspended nut particles as part of the whole concoction which is a nut milk. I prefer the latter. That’s how I started to do it from the beginning until somebody told me that they were straining the nut milk. I asked “Why???” I was told they didn’t like the nut particles while drinking. I think they took the notion of milk in the nut milk a little too far and were expecting a liquid that was like milk. But, to each their own, and these folks liked to bake, so for them it was a win/win situation. For me, it was just easier to drink the whole combination together and that’s how I’ve always done it.
So, whichever way you like to do it, the important thing is, I think you’re going to like it. You may want to start with almonds, since that is a very popular choice of nut milk. Also, you can use the finished product in your favorite smoothie, that way you really get the most food value out of your food processor. Happy drinking!!! :)
Creating Nut Milk with a Food Processor
Nut milks have become very popular over the last couple of years among healthy diet oriented people. It's a drink that can be had by itself or mixed in your favorite smoothie. Some people even use it with their cereal. If you're new to nutmilks, you're going to love how easy they are to make. You just have to soak them overnight. For purposes of this recipe were going to use almonds.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 day
- 1 cup of almonds
- 3 cups of water
- Honey or maple syrup
- vanilla or other flavoring
- First, soak the nuts over night. Just put them in some container that you can seal with enough water to cover them. Once they're soaked, the next part is easy.
- Pour the 3 cups of water into the food processor
- Add the almonds
- Blend at high speed for 3 minutes or more depending on how finely blended you want this (you can use a blender too if you don't have a food processor)
- And voila, you have your nut milk
- You can either drink it like that, or you can strain it using a strainer and cheese cloth. You can then keep the nut meal for baking or just eating as a snack
- Add some kind of sweetner, like honey or maple syrup. You can then for more flavoring, add cinnamon or something like vanilla. this is an area where you can get creative.
The Romance of the Food Processor
People's love affair with a food processor usually starts when they get one as a gift. at first they don't know what to do with it, and later on, and they explore recipes and different ways of cooking the foods they made before, they start to wonder what they did in the kitchen without one all those years ago. People have all kinds of love/hate relationships with food processors. Some people swear by Cuisinart and others hate it. Other people really love the Kitchen Aids, but there's a whole bunch of people that feel that they’re somewhat limited.
And there has been a whole new slow of machines out there coming out form different manufactures. The Ninja brand has created a series of food processor suites that can do just about anything with all the attachment and additional bowls. So, they've been practicing hard to try to take the lead in the food processor world.
One unexpected development of food processors has been using them as baking utilities. With the right food processor, a lot of people wear by their food processor and the ability to knead dough quickly and easily. AS a result, jobs that took hours before and a lot of elbow grease, now take minutes in comparison and the dough is ready to be baked, and the only waiting time is waiting for the oven to do its job.
Since the smoothie first came to national attention, blenders have gotten a new lease on life in the kitchen. Whereas before a lot of people would have said that yes, the blender is definitely a very useful tool, in the kitchen, since the advent of smoothies, they have really become popular. So much so that there are actually dedicated blenders out there for the making of smoothies, and these come with recipe books that have many different ways of making the one food that the unit was purchased for.
Potato pancakes is another recipe that people have transferred over to eh food processor to make as opposed to the old way of mixing the batter by hand. Although, the hand blender was the weapon of choice in the old days. So, the food processor has simply taken over the job of the blender in this case.
Minor History of the Food Processor
So, what makes the food processor so great? Well, the tasks that the food processor has made easier for all the cooks of the world are usually tasks that either took a lot of time or they require muscle power that left one quite tired at the end of the day. Whereas in the old days people actually suffered accidents in the kitchens from using the old tools i.e., graters that would scrape, a knife for cutting vegetables that would slip and leave a nasty gash, to just feeling tired after grinding using a hand cranked grinder, the food processor has eliminated all those evils and instead, created a whole new world of how we cook in the kitchen.
The infatuation with the food processor started back in the 70s, when the first machines had come down and in price and a large marketing campaign was making housewives feel that they really needed on in their kitchen. And who wouldn’t want a food processor when they gave promises of tasks that were being done far more quickly than any human could do it, and the idea that something that could only be done by factories, such as grinding nuts, could now be done in the privacy of your own kitchen.
One of the first wonders that marveled the first adopters of food processors was the fact that it could make mayonnaise. Before this was a messy affair and people would just rather buy it ready made from the store. But with the arrival of the food processor, anybody could make mayonnaise, it was one of the simplest things to make on the food processor.
Some food processor have become these hybrid machines, there they are not only food processor, they are blenders too. And that really appeals to a lot of people. Cause whereas in the past, you had a reason to have a blender and a food processor, now there was no reason to, the same machine would do both jobs by either switching the jar or doing it right in the same container. Most of these hybrids usually do have two jars though, one for the blender, one for the food processor.
Cuisinart was the first company to develop the ability to make dough in the food processor and that won many a baker over. No more having to knead dough by hand. Although, all things considered, to many there is a certain Zen of kneading dough. So, not everybody is going to abandon the manual dough kneading, but if you have a large family that you’re trying to feed, you don’t have time for that, you want o make your baked goods quickly.
I know that the food processor has changed how I work in the kitchen and I imagine that there is a before and after story for all those people that started without a food processor and eventually one entered their life, by either curiosity or as a gift. We usually think of the great inventions of life as the railroads, the car, the airplane. But we also have to make room in that list for the food processor, cause without eating, it’s really hard to invent some marvel of modern technology.
Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Blender/Food Processor (BFP-703) Demo Video
This is one of the better Cuisinart blender food processors out in the market.
The Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB 9 cup food processor
The Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB 9 cup food processor is one of the better and more popular models out there. It has been designed from the ground up to make work go faster with many features. One very popular feature is that it has a larger and wider feed tube than earlier models. This allows you to process larger vegetables whole or with minor cutting down to size. It does this task quickly with its four blades. It has a dough blade, so you can make dough for pizza and even gluten free recipes. A chopping and mixing blade to get your chopped onions perfect every time. It also has a slicing disc, great for cutting carrots and tomatoes. This combined with the wide mouth feed tube guarantees that whole fruits and vegetables are sliced to easily and quickly. Lastly it has a shredding disk so you can get your lettuce just so. At 9 cups, the bowl is a perfectly large size.
The unit is constructed in such a way, that unless it's put together correctly the machine won't start, as a safety feature. This minimizes accidents that could occur with machine powered with a very fast motor. Which brings us to another great feature of this food processor: its powerful motor. It has enough power to cut through anything and allows you to do things quickly. The blades are made of stainless steel, making them durable and easy to clean. One thing to note is that this Cuisinart 9 cup food processor model is simply a larger version of the Cuisinart 7 cup food processor model. This means all the parts and accessories that come with the 7 cup model, come with the 9 cup model. And the blades are interchangeable.
Inasmuch as there is no such thing as quiet kitchen appliances, the Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB is quieter than most blenders. That's a plus if you have to use this for extended periods, noise is not an issue. Consumer reports highly recommends this unit, another reason why it's so popular on Amazon with many great reviews. Ease of cleaning is another plus of owning this unit. It's very easy to clean, and best if cleaned shortly after using. That way it doesn't give food a chance to start caking in many nooks and crannies that the unit has. If you're looking for a food processor that will take care of any job you throw at it and will look good on your counter, you can't go wrong with the Cuisinart DLC-2009CHB 9 cup food processor.
Vitamix CIA Professional Series
In spite of its ominous sounding name, the CIA stands for Culinary Institute of America. That being said, you're dealing here with a super deluxe blender which is like no other. Vitamix has created a blender that can be used by professional chefs and food establishments alike, as well as the average person in their home. This is a blender that can do anything that a blender is supposed to do amazingly well. You want to create smoothies? No problem, the Vitamix will blend all your vegetables and fruits so that they're a liquid slush. The 2 peak horsepower motor and stainless steel blade will cut through anything. You can put all your vegetables and fruits in the container, set the blender to liquefy, and in no time, you'll have a smoothie in your blender. This blender can chop, heat, grind, cream, and churn. With its chopping, it can do some basic food processor tasks. The machine is also self cleaning. All you have to do is put some warm water in the blender, some soap, put the machine on high for 30 to 60 seconds, and it basically cleans itself.
Vitamix CIA Professional Series comes with a cookbook with 300 recipes. It also has a DVD to teach how to get the most out the machine. For a machine with these many features, this is really a great help because, you have an experienced chef walk you through the use of the blender. Another thing about Vitamix that's very popular with customers is its return/repair policy. If your machine should happen to breakdown, simply return it to Vitamix and they'll try to fix it. If they can't fix it, they'll either replace the unit or give you your money back. Most customers describe their experience with the Vitamix CIA Professional Series as great. This is a very well reviewed model, and very popular and most everyone has something great to say about it. Some feel that there is no comparison to other blenders, others thought that they were going to use it a couple of times a week and wind up using it a couple of times a day. It just makes cooking easier and making raw foods into something palatable a cinch. If you are a person that heavily depends on a blender for a your cooking style, and want something that will last many years and backed up by a great guarantee, the Vitamix CIA is something to seriously consider.