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What Food Processor to Buy?

Hey all,

It's about time I bought a food processor. I've looked around a few of the shops and was amused to see some priced at over 500 francs.

Anyone have any recommendations for something less expensive? I don't need anything too large or for commercial use, just something of average size.

p.s. mini choppers are too small

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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

What are you going to use it for? If you are doing soups, then a hand/stick blender is the best. You can blend in the same pot you cook in too, so less washing up. For cutting and chopping mine has an attachment that i've hardly ever used since I find a knife is easier.
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

I want it to make falafels, hummus, moutabal and other recipes that require a processor and not a blender. I have the hand held but it only works well with wet ingredients. Processors are great with dry ingredients. Any ideas?
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Old 14.09.2011, 16:42
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

Braun, Philips, Moulinex, all can be had for under CHF 200 (and sometimes below CHF 100).

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Old 14.09.2011, 16:44
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

I can second that. I use a simple stick blender with removable blade (just throw in the dishwasher). I use it for everything, pancake mix, pesto sauce, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, muffin dough.
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Old 14.09.2011, 16:47
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

I've been using the Braun Combimax 600. Got lots of different choppers, graters and mixers and it isn't too big for our caravan-sized kitchen.
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

In America, where I had my restaurant, I used robo coupes, but here, just for personal use, I bought a Bosch 800W and it's been doing yeoman's work. It's been 3 years so I can't really remember, but I don't think it was too expensive.
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

Do not buy the cheaper ones that have plastic containers. I bought a small one, the Migros Star brand, and regret it every time I use it. It doesn't chop, but only makes mush and the plastic has changed in a short time which makes the cover is nearly impossible to take on and off.
I would now happily spend 2 or 3 times as much instead wasting my money and time with the cheap one. Not to mention the issue of recyling this one and buying another. I try to be careful about how much garbage we create, and I get really annoyed when things are so badly made.
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I've been using the Braun Combimax 600. Got lots of different choppers, graters and mixers and it isn't too big for our caravan-sized kitchen.
I had the 700, finally died after ten years of use last year (the plastic, not the motor), got it on sale for CHF 89 back when.

Toppreise.ch has the 600 for about CHF 110, and the 700 for CHF 150.

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Old 14.09.2011, 17:15
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Hey all,

It's about time I bought a food processor. I've looked around a few of the shops and was amused to see some priced at over 500 francs.

Anyone have any recommendations for something less expensive? I don't need anything too large or for commercial use, just something of average size.

p.s. mini choppers are too small

Many thanks.

What is "average size" for you?

How much food do you need to process at once?

Too bad you said "cheaper than 500 CHF" or I would have said "Bosch MUM 86"
http://www.bosch-home.com/de/produkt...onal/list.html

It costs 900 CHF in Switzerland, though...
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What is "average size" for you?

How much food do you need to process at once?

Too bad you said "cheaper than 500 CHF" or I would have said "Bosch MUM 86"
http://www.bosch-home.com/de/produkt...onal/list.html

It costs 900 CHF in Switzerland, though...
Smaller and much cheaper, the Bosch MCM4100 gets a good review in Which? (the UK consumer magazine).

As Rainer_d said, how big do you want it?
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What is "average size" for you?

How much food do you need to process at once?

Too bad you said "cheaper than 500 CHF" or I would have said "Bosch MUM 86"
http://www.bosch-home.com/de/produkt...onal/list.html

It costs 900 CHF in Switzerland, though...
564.50 at http://www.onlineboss.ch/bosch-kuche...__store=german

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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

Hi there. I have a little restaurant and we make hummus, pesto, cole slaw and a bunch of other stuff with this little guy:

http://www.conforama.ch/produit_hr-7..._232336__42059

The link is for french but I'm fairly certain conforama has a german option too if you prefer.

For us, it's probably too small but I bought it before we were really rocked and have literally used it every day without a problem for 1.5 years. Anyhow, we actually have a new one that is 'pro' and good but I still find myself reaching for the good ol' philips every time. Now, I will say that it doesn't compare with the cuisinart that I had in the states but it certainly does the job.

Best of luck with your search.

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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

Any recommendations for something at a "decent" price that is strong enough to grind nuts to a paste without blowing up?

I was toying around with the idea of making homemade nut butter without the added sugar found in the store-bought stuff, but not sure if it's worth the investment...
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

Personally, I wouldn't recommend trying to make your own nut butter. It will be MUCH easier and cheaper to buy sugar-free organic nut butters from your local bio/natural market. I think I saw you're in Zürich so there should be tons of those types of places there.

One thing I WOULD recommend making at home rather than buying at your local bio/natural market is nut 'milk' or rice 'milk' if you're interested in that sort of thing. Yum. It's awesome for smoothies and, at least here in Vaud, they charge a bijillion francs for it.

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Any recommendations for something at a "decent" price that is strong enough to grind nuts to a paste without blowing up?

I was toying around with the idea of making homemade nut butter without the added sugar found in the store-bought stuff, but not sure if it's worth the investment...

Maybe an Indian mixie? I bought one second hand for 50 sfr once.
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

I'd suggest "any woman" that knows how to use a knife. In addition to chopping, slicing, grating and making shakes, she can sweep the floor and wash the windows whilst my meal is being prepared. Most models are trained to be multitasking these days and operate from either 110 or 230VAC. Maintenance can be fairly high if they require top ups of bling though.
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Re: What Food Processor to Buy?

I have a hand-held Braun Stabmixer (changeable 'blades') for soups, frosting and cake batter and an Aldi blender (with milling accessory) for pesto, curry pastes, smoothies, dried green tea leaves and nuts. The blender cost CHF30 with a 2- or 3-year guarantee.
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I'd suggest "any woman" that knows how to use a knife. In addition to chopping, slicing, grating and making shakes, she can sweep the floor and wash the windows whilst my meal is being prepared. Most models are trained to be multitasking these days and operate from either 110 or 230VAC. Maintenance can be fairly high if they require top ups of bling though.
You're just spoiling for a groan aren't you ?
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You're just spoiling for a groan aren't you ?

Just "mixing" it up with the mixers.
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