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Marlboro Man

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 12:26
I was looking to get a food processor, mostly because I want to try and make different type of all natural nut butters, like pistachio or almond butter. I'm a college student so i dont have a big bidget to get one so my question is if anyone has had luck with the inexpensive mini-processors (<$25) or if it will be a waste of money and should just buy the butters from a health food store?
thanks in advance
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mammasix

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 12:35
All brands pretty much work the same to me. If you want one on the cheap, try your local thrift store.
Anything you can make yourself is always going to be better for you, and cheaper to produce.
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Pixiestyx

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 12:44
I say try Walmart. A lot of times I will go into Bed Bath and Beyond and check out all the kitchen gadgets and drool. Then go over to Walmart that is in same center and find exact gadget cheaper.
You might want to think about stick blenders (immersion) A lot of them come with a mini food processor and a blender cup. So you get a few kitchen items for 1 price. You might spend a little more then 25 but think how you can take that stick and make say fresh peanut butter one day then fresh whipped cream or soup the next.
shmiller

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 12:49
I have a magic bullet and I love it. I use it every single day AND the cups have snap on lids, so you can store whatever you whir up without needing to dirty another dish. BONUS! I got mine at a kitchen supply outlet store, but they're everywhere.
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Marlboro Man

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 17:55
i had seen those stick blenders and thought they were cool, but was unsure on the power. It'd be nice though cause i could easily bring it to college with me and not have to wash a whole blender in my little bathroom sink.
magic bullets seem too small and everywhere i see them they are expensive.
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Pixiestyx

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 19:28
Depending on stick blender you can get some decent power from them. I've used mine to mash potatoes at Thanksgiving with no problem( till I placed hot pot on cord without realizing it and killed it. had to replace lol). I used it other day to make chicken salad with leftovers and made dressing with it. Oh even crushed ice with it. So they do a great job.
If you want a magic bullet instead Walmart carries a GE type that works just like the magic bullet and cost me only 20 bucks. Oh and very easy clean up on stick blender. Little soap hot water and a cup or attachment you used and whip up the soapy water then rinse and the soap is now foamy and cleans attachment too lol ( I've thought about seeing if it would work as shaving cream lol)
Hermiones...

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 20:15
The little mini Cuisinart is reasonable and very useful. It's small enough to sit on a counter and very simple to use and clean. I use it for pestos, mashed potatotes, mashed cauliflower, etc. Just recently I toasted the ends of my sprouted wheat bread and threw them in the Cuisinart to make bread crumbs. Worked fine...but haven't decided what to do with the bread crumbs yet.
Marlboro Man

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 20:22
i dont think the stick blender will be powerful enough to chop up nuts, but maybe so. i was actually looking at a mini cuisinart today on amazon, seemed decent. there's one on there right now that is a full size one, typically costs $75 marked down to like $25. i'll probably get it. oh and this is what i'd suggest to do with the bread crumbs Smile

Chicken Spinach Parmesan

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 Tbsp Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp grated Parmesan
¼ c. marinara
1 small clove garlic, crushed
3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
2. As the oil is heating, pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness, then sprinkle with bread crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper, pressing so the crumbs stick.
3. Place in the pan with the garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Top with hot marinara. Add the spinach, turning frequently with tongs until it wilts (about 6 minutes).

Per serving:
395 calories 32 g protein, 19 g carbs, 22 g fat (3 g saturated), 608 mg sodium, 5 g fiber
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Pixiestyx

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 20:42
I have done the nuts with my newest stick but it also has many speed settings. And old had only one and it did nuts too. So it does work but up to you as you have many choices. Smile
Hermiones...

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Posted: 05 Apr 2011, 22:11
Buck Deblo -- thanks for the recipe. I am always on the look out for new things to do with chicken breasts. By the way, if you make this with bread crumbs from sprouted wheat bread, the carbs go down and the fiber goes up. There's only about 4 grams of carbs in a whole slice of sprouted wheat bread.
shmiller

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 08:18
I paid less than $20 bucks for mine, and I have three cup sizes, 1, 2 and 3 cups.

good luck.
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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 08:25
If you're looking on amazon rad through the reviews if you haven't. I one time bought a teeny one for making baby food and grinding spices. When I opened up the box it specifically said not to use it as a spice grinder. Argh!
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Sherillynn

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Posted: 06 Apr 2011, 12:56
I have a Braun hand held one that works great. It'll chop nuts...and fingers too if you aren't careful. I think it was only about $25-30 when I got it. I've had it for a long time and it was well worth the price. Plus its easy to store since its small.
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roygbiv55

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Posted: 07 Apr 2011, 04:01
I had the little mini Cuisinart, it was great. I used it, to chop (no fat)burgers for my Hub. I was powerful enough.I don't think nuts would be a prob. I have a stick too. Nuts??? I don't know about that. Walgreen's here, usually has them every so often(check the net for their sales,maybe they ship?)for like 15 to 20. When they start to bulk things for sales. Like Mother's Day. Wore my Little Chopper out. Now I use the Big one. Good luck.



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