I don't need a food processor, do I?

I've survived more than 50 years without one, so why on earth am I thinking about buying a food processor now?

1. Someone burnt out the motor on my precious liquidiser (that I love and adore) by trying to mix a very sticky cake in it. I cannot imagine life without a liquidiser for making soups and smoothies which are my go to healthy fast foods. I love this piece of kit so much, especially as I can just chuck it in the dishwasher afterwards.



2. Many of the recipes I want to try insist that you use a food processor, even basic things like Hummus. Perhaps a food processor would rekindle an interest in food? Good food I mean, I've NEVER lost interest in cake.

3. Aldi is advertising a very nifty and cheap food processor today and I'm trying to decide whether to drag Smiley out and use her tank buggy to push through the crowds and grab one before they all go.


I know that I should do some research but there are hundreds of models available at every price point, which just makes me feel overwhelmed. When that happens I usually don't buy anything at all. So I asked the wise women of the Irish Parenting Bloggers Group and everything became a lot clearer.  The lovely Sinead from Bumbles of Rice (one of my go-to recipe sites) shared an article that apparently tells you what you need to know about food processors and she also recommended this one from Argos which seems to tick all the slicing and dicing boxes, or something like that.

So now I'm on the horns of a food processing dilemma. What would you do? Go and brave the  queues in Aldi? Pop up to Argos? Or stick with the wooden spoon?


15 comments:

  1. I don't have and have never has a food processor so feel free to ignore me! For baking I use a hand-held electric mixer and for hummus and soup I use a hand-held blender, I find both tools brilliant and I never find myself wondering if I need something else. I only use my smoothie maker in the summer and really only for the kids, I'm not mad about smoothies myself. I always think Aldi have very good quality stuff but a recommendation from Sinead from Bumble

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  2. Part 2!!!: s Of Rice is a recommendation from someone who knows and Argos will have theirs in stock for ages, you won't have to rush to get it and you could do Click&Collect there to avoid any crowds.

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    1. Believe it or not: that Argos one that Sinead recommended was out of stock everywhere, as were all the similar models! It must be the time of year for buying them. But I managed to pick up the Aldi one. It's not perfect, but it was so cheap it will give us all a chance to try one out :)

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  3. I did without a food processor for about 15 years but then bought one, funnily enough, because I wanted to make humus. Now I would say I could not do without it. Yes you can grate cabbage for coleslaw, mash potatoes by hand, grate potatoes for latkes, make tuna pate with a fork, etc... but it's so much easier to use the processor. It will change your life.

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  4. I have one and use it loads. I thought the one I recommended was a great price. I used a compact kenwood one for about ten years and found it great too. I love being able to pulverise things in it, I use my current one, another kenwood, a replacement for the last one for baking mostly

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    1. It was an excellent price and thank you for taking the time to help :)

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  5. Thanks Joanna! I love mine, my first was a compact kenwood one that lasted about ten years and I've moved on to a bigger kenwood now. I thought the recommended one was a great price.

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  6. I never had one but my kids love smoothies and this week I have decided to purchase!

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    1. Cool, I hope that you will blog about your experiences x

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  7. I was given a Kenwood when I married. Loved it and had it for ages (20+ years). Then it started to not work so well so I used my supermarket points and got a new Kenwood. Its a bit noisy but its fabulous. I'm thinking of getting some additional appliances to go with it now, ie juicer. Deb x

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    1. 20 years is excellent for an appliance, glad the new one is fabulous x

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  8. I lived without any kind of mixer, food processor, liquidiser for years and years and then a few years ago got a mixer and it revolutionised my baking (which was non-existent before then), then I wanted a food processor and used my tesco clubcard points to get a kenwood one (so in effect it worked out free!) and I love it - it has ice strength liquidiser so great for making smoothies with frozen fruit and I've gradually made use of the various blades in the processor attachment so can now easily grate carrot, potato etc which used to take me ages with a grater by hand and can blitz breadcrumbs in seconds. I now wonder how I lived all these years without one. And kenwood brand seems to last forever - I still have my mums old juicer and she died over a decade ago and she had it for years before then. Saw from above comments that you got one now so hope you enjoy it. x

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    1. Yep, I actually have my Grannie's Kenwood mixer (bowl broke) that is at least 35 years old! x

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