Tell me about your food processor, especially if you use it to make peanut butter.
Our food processor's bowl is cracked, and rather than replacing the bowl, we're thinking of upgrading. Consumer Reports recomments a Cuisinart ($180-$300) or Breville ($400), but the high end of that price range seems too steep for us, considering how much we use the thing. That said, we're willing to pay around $200 for a good machine. I'm interested in your recommendations.
The primary use of our food processor is make peanut butter from roasted peanuts, about once a week. We frequently make hummus (though I imagine just about any food processor could handle that task pretty easily). I also commonly use it to make vegan loaf
, which means chopping up nuts fairly fine and also chopping up some veggies, and a little light processing, as well as chopping up stale (sometimes very hard) bread for breadcrumbs.
We don't use our food processor to process large batches of soup (we have an immersion blender that we like), or make dough. (We have a brute of a Kitchenaid mixer with a dough hook. 'Nuff said.)
Our current food processor (a Regal "La Machine", probably from K-Mart 15 years ago), is miserable at slicing or shredding. I'd love to make more beet salads and cole slaws and the like, though.
What we care about:
- Noise. La Machine est très bruyant.
We would like something quieter.
- Durability. Obviously. Don't want to drop $200+ on a machine that will burn out in a couple of years.
- Small size. Our barely-6-cup food processor is pretty great, size-wise. We have enough capacity to process in one batch 95% of the time, and it stores easily. Also, I like how our current model can mince a couple cloves of garlic dropped into an otherwise empty bowl, and I fear that a larger model might not do as well. (This is based on comparing small-sized choppers, good at chopping finely, to larger food processors, which are less good at chopping, but I don't know if it's a linear relationship...)
We don't care if it comes a million blades and accessories, and kind of prefer not. If it chops well, great. If it shreds excellently, that's a nice bonus.