What size food processor?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a 3 cup food processor and an immersion blender. Once in a while I’ll find it to be a bit small, but I really don’t have room for much else!

What will you use the food processor for that you won’t use the immersion blender for?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

If you want it for smoothies and veggie chopping, you might find that small. I only really use my food processor for things like grinding nuts or cookies

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d definitely go bigger, I have a 9 cup and I find it on the small side somtimes now

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

If you don’t do much cooking or make large quantities, this will probably be fine.

I love my Kitchen Aid food processor, and the smaller Cuisinart wouldn’t be sufficient for my needs, but I cook quite a bit and Darling Husband and I are hoping to have several kids.

The food processor is definitely the best tool for making hummus and chopping vegetables.

You could do a smoothie with an immersion blender if you make it in a tumbler (or make enough for 2-3 smoothies at a time in a bowl).

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Smoothies work great with an immersion blender, a lot of immersion blenders today even come with a smoothie cup.

I really only use my food processor for making pesto, chopping nuts, making dips, etc. So that is why the small size works for me.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Darling Husband and I got a 3 cup one, and it’s a big upgrade from our old one (1.5 cups!). we hardly ever use it though, so 3 cups is enough for us.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Somehow I ended up wtih 2 mini food processors.  I think they might be 1.5 cups each.  They are awesome for a lot of things, but you definitely want a bigger one as well. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs. Wallaby:  i have that same one too. it’s great.

coming from someone who has every big and small kitchen gaget for chopping, slicing, blending, processing, etc it is a great tool.  i just use it for chopping things, carrots, onions, etc. and for making caeser dressing.  i love the size, it is very convenient.  i use it way more than my big full food processor.  if you have the immersion blender too, you won’t need much more. 

i do still prefer a regular blender too, for cocktails.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@Mrs. Wallaby:  My KitchenAid has a small inner bowl as well as a larger reservoir. Can’t remember the exact capacities, but I think the smaller bowl is 3-cups? It was a little pricey, but well worth it (especially with the 20% off coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond).

Before I got it, I used to make hummus in the blender, and I burned out the motor on several before I finally decided that it was a false economy to keep buying and ruining cheap blenders rather than just getting the KitchenAid. Now, about a decade later, I’m so glad I broke down and bought it – it’s been well worth it!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@mypinkshoes:  +1 ,I would stay with the smaller one, and just use a regular blender for smoothies and cocktails.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs. Wallaby:  honestly, this size is not so bad.  the only thing is doesn’t do is slice/julienne things.  i had another one just a bit smaller for many, many years and it finally broke from over use and my dh bought me this one to replace it.  this is the one i personally use the most.  as for the liquifying, i would pick the regular blender over the immersion blender.  you can make your soups in it along with smoothies, cocktails, etc.  i rarely use my immersion blender and it has all of the attachments with it.

this is just me; you will have to decide what you will be cooking, preparing the most and then decide what is best for your kitchen.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I cook a lot so I have the 12 cup. I could get away with the 9 cup, but I wouldn’t go any smaller.

I really hate chopping food, so if I’m making a soup or something that uses tons of veggies I chop them in the food processor. My apple pie this year was amazing because the apples were such nice even slices. They all were cooked thouroughly. I also make a lot of hummus and the food processor is great!! The larger sizes food processors are a lot more powerful and they really whip everything perfectly.

I leave mine out on my counter year round, just like my mixer. I have like 5 blades and I just loooove it!

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