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2021-09-09 10:10:09 AM  
I don't like that they open with the description of him looking like a hulking mischievous elf, but then never back it up.

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There he is. What a cute little capitalist he was.
 
2021-09-09 10:28:51 AM  
If I was consistently cooking for 6+ people, a food processor would be handy.

However, on my typical scale, I find the cleanup process to be more trouble than it's worth. I'd much rather use a chef's knife, spice grinder, mortar & pestle, grater/microplane, or blender, as those are all far easier to clean.
 
2021-09-09 10:41:14 AM  

olrasputin: If I was consistently cooking for 6+ people, a food processor would be handy.

However, on my typical scale, I find the cleanup process to be more trouble than it's worth. I'd much rather use a chef's knife, spice grinder, mortar & pestle, grater/microplane, or blender, as those are all far easier to clean.


Cleaning isn't much of an issue if you at least rinse the container right after using it.

And while I wouldn't give up either, I find us using the food processor more than the blender.  They both have different strengths/weaknesses depending on what you're trying to make.
 
2021-09-09 10:48:25 AM  

olrasputin: those are all far easier to clean.


Blender?  Easy to clean?  You're off your rocker ;)  But the cuisinart will leak liquids.  Blenders only do that if you mess up.


And that's my main complaint about the Breville Sous Chef (stupid name for a food processor).  My olde-but-gold 5 cup Cusinart was easy to clean (liquids not withstanding) and, most importantly, easy to scrape out with the included spatula that was PERFECTLY sized to deal with the dimensions of the work area.  The Breville just makes a mess of everything, the stopper for the chute has 3 parts and oils/liquids get all inbetween, if you use the small-work-bowl insert you still have to clean the larger bowl because it leaks out, it has soo many flanges and ridges for things to get stuck in, and there's no "perfect" spatula (though the vitamix bendy sticks come close).

chawco: I don't like that they open with the description of him looking like a hulking mischievous elf, but then never back it up.


OMG, he really is a mischievous elf!

/I completely forgot about that part of the article. I thought they were just negging the guy they were about to idolize.
 
2021-09-09 10:52:00 AM  

olrasputin: spice grinder,


so what are you grinding spices with? I've found that a hand-crank conical burr '"coffee" grinder is my go-to for just-in-time grinding (e.g. when you only need a teaspoon worth of something ground).


/But don't use that grinder for coffee... unless you're truly a reckless coffee cowboy
//Cumin and Celery Seed Coffee, anyone?
///No?  Just me? ok.
 
2021-09-09 11:19:45 AM  

mekkab: olrasputin: spice grinder,

so what are you grinding spices with? I've found that a hand-crank conical burr '"coffee" grinder is my go-to for just-in-time grinding (e.g. when you only need a teaspoon worth of something ground).


/But don't use that grinder for coffee... unless you're truly a reckless coffee cowboy
//Cumin and Celery Seed Coffee, anyone?
///No?  Just me? ok.


I've got an electric burr grinder for coffee, so I'd been using an old blade coffee grinder for spices. That died, and I bought a new blade grinder that's specifically for spices--everything that makes contact is removeable and easy to clean.

I don't care about fines if I'm using a grinder for spices, because I want powder. I use the mortar and pestle for coarser stuff.

And yeah, I needed to grind up some Szechuan peppercorns the other day, and was idly wondering how hard my wife would murder me if I went on to use that to grind beans for a batch of coffee just to see how it tasted...

mekkab: olrasputin: those are all far easier to clean.

Blender?  Easy to clean?  You're off your rocker ;)  But the cuisinart will leak liquids.  Blenders only do that if you mess up.


I've got a pretty nice Oster blender, and yes, it is easy to clean. Seals hold amazingly well and all metal in sight is stainless. When you're done using it, take it off the stand and rinse it out pretty good, then fill it halfway with water and add some dish soap. Blend that for a while, then rinse again. Repeat if necessary.

I'll break it completely down for a thorough cleaning every few uses to make sure nothing's getting between the gasket and base parts, but nothing ever has.
 
2021-09-09 3:48:01 PM  
My grandmother absolutely adored her Cuisinart (which was almost certainly purchased at Bloomingdales, per TFA), and used it extensively for holiday cooking.

I use mine for the same thing. Passover charoset wouldn't be the same without the Cuisinart, nor would Hanukkah latkes. I don't really have a day-to-day need of it, but I'm super-glad it's there when the occasion arises.
 
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