S/O How do you mix your food?

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which is the most important tool when it comes to food-mixing?
    Food processor : (10 votes)
    25 %
    Immersion blender : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Standard blender : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Stand mixer : (7 votes)
    18 %
    Hand-held mixer with the two spinning things : (9 votes)
    23 %
    Elbow grease : (9 votes)
    23 %
    Other (Please tell us more!) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @discokitty:  i have every one of those kitchen appliances and use them all for different purposes.  the immersion blender is the one i use the least.  i think my stand mixer and my standard blender i use the most.  if i didn’t have a mini chopper, i’d probably use my food processor more often.

    Post # 4
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I use my stand mixer for baking and mashed potatoes, and food processor for things like hummus, finely chopping onions, etc. I find hand mixers to be redundant if you have a good stand mixer. A stand mixer can do a ton of things that a hand mixer can’t, but the reverse isn’t true, so I think it’s the better option.

    Post # 5
    2973 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @discokitty:  Maybe I over analyze things, but I think it depends on what you’re mixing. 

    If you’re whipping up eggs & add a little milk and maybe some flower (I do that sometimes to give the eggs a little extra so I don’t eat any actual bread) for yourself then I just do it by hand. 


    If you’re making cake batter that is bigger than 2 servings, I would use one of these bad boys:

    KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer - Empire Red


    For things like, Guacamole, olive spread, pesto or things of the sort…I use this guy:


    Blending things like smoothies, fancy drinks, soups, I have one of these: 

    Ninja™ Professional Blender with Single Serve Blending Cups


    The handheld mixer with the two spinning things is maybe useful for some things…but I feel like it’s mostly stuff you can do by hand (and I don’t have one). 

    Not sure if this helps, but those are the items that work for my lifestyle..Maybe it’ll help get an idea for what works for you? 

    Post # 5
    2884 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i have more than one which i used for different things. i have a big food processor, a mini food processor (for up to a cup of stuff) a blender (unlike food processor only really works if there are liquids in whatever i want to blend), a hand held mixer for cakes (with the two spinny things. also with a dough hook for bread)

    if i had to pick one, id go with the big food processor

    Post # 7
    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @discokitty:  You are right a lot are redudant. I would register for the main 3. I actually registered for 2 hand helds.


    Hand held-definitely the most versatile as to what you can make. I have a standing kitchen aid mixer and always prefer my hand held over using the standing mixer.

    Blender-Good for crushing ice, smoothies, soup or liquid blending… etc

    Food Processor- I rarely use this. But i do use it for chopping nuts and such up. 

    Post # 8
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Your question is a bit confusing. What mixing are we talking about? Sometimes I use a bowl and spoon for things that overmixing will damage. Sometimes I use a stand mixer for cakes, cookies, and frostings. I use an immersion blender for soups. I use a food processor for finely chopping, etc.

    Post # 9
    8388 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    It depends on what you’re cooking.  I would want everything except for the hand mixer if I wanted to cook the variety of things that I do (i.e. sauces, soups, breads, cakes, pastry dough, etc).

    Post # 10
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    It really depends what I’m mixing. I use my hand mixer and kitchen aid fairly often. I also use my blender once a week (mostly for drinks/smoothies). I considered registering for an immersion blender but decided against it. I would like to get a food processor in the future. I think you could get by with just a hand mixer if you don’t have a lot of room. If we didn’t have a spacious kitchen I would not have so many appliances. Since we have a huge kitchen though I will keep collecting awesome appliances 🙂

    Post # 11
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We have a tiny blender for smoothies and protien drinks, but other than that, I use elbow grease for everything else. Always have since I was a wee little one.

    Post # 13
    8498 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Usually a food processor.

    I only use my blender for smoothies, it doesn’t really work very well for chopping vegetables.

    I would use a stand mixer for baking (cakes, cookies, frostings, bread, pastries) or mashed potatoes.

    Food processor I use for lots of things.  Veggie burgers, chopping up nuts, hummus, chopping veggies.  I actually do pie dough in the food processor too, it’s wonderful and really easy.

    I use elbow grease for things that you don’t mix very much: pancake batter, muffins, quick breads, etc.

    Post # 14
    3424 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I like getting my hands dirty

    Post # 15
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    If you’re not much of a cook, I wouldn’t think you’d need an immersion blender, a stand mixer, or a food processor.  That being said, I find the hand mixer annoying, and a blender is a pain in the ass for soups.

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