Stand mixers/food processor - do you use yours often?

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Posted: 1/10/2013 7:46:07 PM
What do you use yours for? I am on the fence of both, but not sure if I will use them. Convince me!
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Posted: 1/10/2013 7:54:45 PM
I have a very old Sunbeam and I only have about 3 recipes I use it for. Other than those, I use my handmixer. I would love to have a Kitchenaid but then I think of the amount of non use it would get and I can't justify the cost.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:26:20 PM
I use my Kitchen Aide mixer all the time, at least 2 times a week. To me it is totally worth it.

I don't have a food processor because I don't feel like I would use it much. Everyone I know who has one says they use their a lot, but I don't think it's for me.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:28:30 PM

It was a hard sell but I say this as someone with very limited counter space: it is counter worthy.

I bake of course
Mix casserole ingredients and sauces
Shred meat for everything from chicken salad and fajitas to soups and stews

I can't believe how it changes cooking .

I've recently become addicted to my food processor too. $30 Hamilton Beach model. I use that everyday - sometimes multiple times.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:42:21 PM
I love my Kitchenaid! But I bake a few times a week. I use it to mix meatloaf and to shred chicken but also use the attachment to grate cheese! I love it!
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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:56:24 PM
I use my KitchenAid mixer at least once a week, and my Cuisinart food processor 2 or 3 times a week. I use the mixer for breads and desserts, and the food processor for smoothies, slicing, and chopping. I haven't tried making bread dough in my food processor yet.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:56:39 PM
We've traded down (some might say) to a middle of the line Ninja.
We didn't use our blender and don't use the old food processor that we had.
We needed a new chopper (as our old "slap the hand on the top" kind got old and worn and we needed a new one.)

So middle of the road Ninja set for us. MIL showed us hers (she the bigger set up) and how she was able to chop/dice/blend... all kinds of stuff.

Now Kitchen Aid type stuff? I don't have one. But I use MIL's.... when I want to mix up a bunch of sugar scrubs or homemade body butters. Those things are really nice for that. (Oh, and she uses it for baking and the such... hehe.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:36:36 PM
mixer, yes, food processor, no. It is just how my mom did things and what I am used to. I actually have both a hand mixer and a stand mixer since I sometimes "need" two.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:45:41 PM
I just got a food processor for Christmas. So far I have used it once but do think I will use it often. I would love to hear what others use it for since I may find new uses I hadn't thought of.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:46:48 PM
Love my food processor!!! I make cole slaw, make pesto, slice and shred veggies for soup and stir fries, make dough for challah, pizza it and use it often!


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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:52:05 PM
LOVE my kitchenaid. One of the things that sold me on our house was the cabinet pullout that holds it for me. So it isn't taking up space on my counter. I use it at least once a week.

I have a magic bullet that I use a couple mornings a week to make smoothies for dd and I for breakfast.

I have a large Cuisinart that I use at least once a week to shred or chop. And a small one that I use a couple times a month when I just need a small amount of something chopped.

I also have a Salad Shooter, my mom had one when I was growing up (and still has and uses it), so I bought one about 6 months ago. But I tend to forget I have it and use the Cuisinart to shred instead of it. But it is really the best thing for shredding cheese an carrots.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:56:28 PM
The Kitchenaid is a necessity if you're a baker. I burned out two hand mixers before buying mine.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:58:06 PM
I use both appliances several times a week, if not daily.

I have the grinder and pasta attachments for my Kitchen Aid, which increased the functionality of my mixer and the frequency with which I use it.

I cook and bake a lot, though.

I think the amount of mileage you'll get out of these appliances depends heavily on how often you cook and bake, and the kind of food that tends to come out of your kitchen.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:58:36 PM
I use my Kitchen Aid once a day, at least! I won it in my divorce and cherish it.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:06:57 AM
Yes, both.

KA mixer, I use primarily to make bread dough. I bake bread every week. Though I also make mashed potatoes and cookie dough too.

Food processor, I use to chop onions and garlic, to puree soups,and to grate cheese.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:41:52 AM
Use both frequently enough that they both stay out on the counter...taking up prime kitchen counter real estate.

I have rheumatoid arthritis, with bad hands/wrists, so I use as much help as I can get for any kitchen tasks.

Food Processor:
-grate cheese
-make bread crumbs
-make pie crust (holidays, special events)
-chop onions in bulk
-shred carrots
-chop nuts in bulk
-slice cheese
-slice potatoes
-slice stir fry veggies
-chop up garlic for large meals/bulk cooking

Stand Mixer (KA)
-anything that needs to be stirred. I figure I'm going to dirty up a bowl anyway if I hand stir, and bowls are easy to hand wash.
-shred cooked chicken
-whip cream (rarely)
-mix ingredients (meatballs, baked items, twice baked potato filling, etc.)
-bread dough
-apple sauce and tomato sauce (with the strainer attachment)
-grind beef (with attachment)

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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:50:09 AM
I use my stand mixer at least once a week during the year, but TONS during the holidays. I make pizza dough, bread, cookies, cupcakes, frosting etc. I LOVE my kitchen aid and wouldn't part with it for anything.

I used to have a nice food processor but didn't really use it much. I haven't found any *great* reason to get another. We have nice knives and can cut food pretty easily, and we have a cheese grater and slicer for other types of processing.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:26:44 AM
I have an old (circa 1970/1980) Cuisinart food processor that I use once in a while. I haven't used all of it's features yet as I'm not quite sure how to use it. It was my grandfathers that was given to my mom then given to me so I've got to ask her to give me a run down on it.

As for my Kitchen Aid, just got it NYE from my future in-laws as a Christmas gift, and since then I've used it once, but I've been sick and a majority of the time I've had it!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:29:00 AM
I used my food processor for the first time early this week to make the dough for chicken and dumplings. I couldn't believe how fast the dough came together and the dumplings turned out perfectly. I also made cookies and again, I couldn't believe how fast the cookie dough came together. Plan on making a batch of vegetable soup this weekend and am looking forward to using the slice/chop features of my food processor.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:33:03 AM
Hold the phone! A KA shredder attachment? Do you love it? My food processor wastes away in the basement, waiting for the day I have a big shredding job. ( I have a ninja for everyday chopping and blendering). I just so happen to have $50 from Christmas...



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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:33:56 AM
My stand mixer I use once a year for Christmas baking. I got a food processor a couple of years ago and don't know how I lived without one for so long. If I could pick one, I'd pick my food processor.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:39:40 AM
I use my KA mixer many times per week (for 25+ years.) It earned its counter space. I bake a lot. And make pasta.

The food processor is in a cabinet, but I still use it once a week or so. I puree squash and pumpkin for muffins, make pie dough, grind nuts, make cranberry relish, shred cheese. I have the KA processor -- I burned through several before this. The KA is awesome -- very powerful. This one has lasted 10 years.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:29:45 AM
I have a stand mixer and rarely use it. I wouldn't get rid of it, but it's definitely large and in the way. I finally moved it into the pantry in the first of December and then I had to pull it out 4 times in a week for cookies, candy, cupcakes and to shred chicken.

I don't have a food processor but I have a Ninja Master Prep Pro and I use it almost every single day.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:34:07 AM
We have a KitchenAid mixer. It gets used maybe three times a year. We're just not frequent bakers or food processors. Maybe if we had more attachments we would use it more, but we just don't.

I'm glad we have it but we could certainly live without it.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:38:27 AM
I have a KA that I use 2-3 times a week. I use it for anything that needs to be stirred, shred chicken,mashed potatoes, frosting, baking, mix meat for meatloaf or meatballs. I have a small Oster with a food processor and blender attachment. I rarely use it. I can't remember the last time I use either part of it. I make smoothies every morning and bought a Oster My Blend for that because it is smaller and the container is a sport bottle. So much easier to blend and go. My KA is one of the most used small appliances. I've had it since 2006 and it still works like the day I bought it. I would love some attachments mentioned.

ETA: I do have a mini food processor that holds 1-2 cups. I use that several times a week to chop onions, carrots, nuts, tomatoes, etc. It is used a lot but only because it is so small and easy to store.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:45:41 AM
Love my KA, too. Don't use it as often yet, but I will be using it more. Also have a KA blender that is supposed to double as a food processor...well I'm calling BS on it being a food processor, too. LOL. I mean I love it as a blender - heavy duty and all, but I will be getting a separate KA food processor. I already have my eye on it. All 3 tools will be used regularly, so it won't be a waste. We use the blender daily as it is.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 8:08:55 AM
I got a KA chopping and shredding attachment for Christmas. I can't wait to use it. This is what I got


I am hoping it'll make my mixer even more useful.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 8:20:51 AM
I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer at least once a week; my food processor, not so much.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 8:32:17 AM

I think the amount of mileage you'll get out of these appliances depends heavily on how often you cook and bake, and the kind of food that tends to come out of your kitchen.

I don't think this is necessarily true. I cook and bake from scratch a LOT, and I don't use my KA stand mixer that much (although I like it very much). I also have a KA hand mixer, which is easy to pull out and powerful enough for most things. I use the stand mixer primarily when I'm making big batches of something that the hand mixer can't handle, or for things that have to mix a loooooong time (like the marshmallows I made over Christmas), and I also like it for mixing meatloaf ingredients. I don't even own a food processor because I just don't think I would use it much. I'm okay with cutting/chopping things with a knife and cutting board.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:01:26 AM
Thanks for all the variety in answers. I am pretty convinced that I will purchase these items. I love kitchen appliances and anything that will help me would be great! Thanks ladies!!
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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:02:34 AM
I use my KA at least once a week. I also still use my hand held mixer too. It just depends on what I'm making. I have arthritis in my hands and wrists, so if it is a stiff batter or has to be mixed for a while, the KA wins out.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:04:13 AM
I make cookie dough with my KA mixer ... love that thing but feel like I'm under utilizing it ...

I also have a KA food processor with every attachment known to man I NEVER use it because I don't really know what to use it for I love it but I really need to learn some helpful recipes



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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:07:06 AM
I use my Kitchenaid mixer all the time. To make pizza dough, cookie dough (dd makes them about twice a month), some quick breads, etc. My food processor I use a couple times a year.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:34:09 AM
I use both at least 1-2 times a week. Sometimes everyday! I've had my kitchenaid mixer for almost 20 years (wedding gift) so I didn't think I "needed" food processor. I got a cuisinart last year for Christmas and now I can't live without it! In addition to the usual pie crust and cheese shredding, I love it for making pasta dough and pizza dough. It's faster and the dough is smoother than with the mixer.

ETA - I don't use the cuisinart for most chopping/dicing. Too uneven, I'd rather use a knife. It does work well for big slicing/shredding jobs.
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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:39:33 AM

I just got a food processor for Christmas. So far I have used it once but do think I will use it often. I would love to hear what others use it for since I may find new uses I hadn't thought of.

Just this week it has been used to:

Shred/chop meat for both beef stew (shredded leftover roast)
Shred chicken for chicken and dumplings & chop veggies for same
Slice broccoli and carrots for salads and recipes
Slice and dice onions for a variety of recipes
Chop pretzels for a crust

Grate cheese for a variety of needs from nachos to salads

I actually broke our older, larger food processor and this was a quick replacement. I am personally so much happier with the new one because it does not have the side chute option (I never used) and thus is smaller and more compact to slide easily into my limited cupboard space. It just fits together nicely and slides right in.

Example: I am getting ready to prep tonight's meal. I will chop onions for the meatloaf in the food processor & mix all ingredients for meatloaf in KA
Make mashed potatoes - again KA (May pre-slice in food processor for lightning quick cooking)
On second thought I may make au gratin potatoes. In which case slice potatoes and dice onions in processor, grate cheese, mix up sauce ingredients and bake. Easy peasy.

Will make crust for dessert in Food processor
Will make body of dessert in KA

Vegetables and cheeses for salad will use the food processor.

The Processor is so handy and cleans up easily. I just keep a sink of hot soapy water and can slice/dice/chop faster than I could with a cutting board and knife.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:45:12 AM
Since I started making more "homemade" items - tortillas, pita bread, crackers et...I use my mixer and food processor more than ever 5-6x a week.
I do have a large food processor, that I didn't have counterspace for and hated hauling it out. I found a smaller 4 cup version at costco that sits on my counter, I now use it daily. Never realized how handy it was....

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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:57:49 AM
I was given a KA stand mixer as a wedding present 23 years' ago.

I cook a lot, but I don't use my mixer often. I only use it when I make pizza dough and cookie dough. I love it for those tasks!

I used my mixer for the first time recently to shred a pork roast. I thought it took more time to put the attachments on the mixer and clean out the bowl afterwards than it would have to just shred the pork roast by hand.



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Posted: 1/11/2013 4:24:20 PM
I use my KA mixer every time I bake and I love it. I've had cheaper ones but they just don't do the job especially if you have to beat egg whites or whipping cream.

Use the food processor for pizza dough and occasionally to process ingredients if I'm making a large batch of something. With just two of us, it is usually easier to chop things by hand.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 4:26:38 PM
I use them both often. The KitchenAid at least 2 or 3 times a week and the food processor at least once a week, but often more. I would hate to be without either.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:25:29 PM
I had an old 1940's Sunbeam that was my aunt's, but last year the motor gave out and my SIL gave me her Kitchenaid as she doesn't use it. I use mine when I bake. Definitely worth the investment. Hand mixer is fine but for some recipes you need the bigger mixer (On my second hand mixer---the motor burnt out of the first one when I was in the middle of making a cake from scratch). Truthfully, I liked my old Sunbeam better than the Kitchenaid, but time I upgraded!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:24:30 PM
Writer mom-I have a Hamilton beach as well. It got good reviews from customers as well As consumer reports. And it was in my price range.

Does anyone have a good recipe for pizza crust? Especially whole wheat ? I wish the processor came with an idea/recipe book.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:46:03 PM
I use my KA stand mixer probably 3-4 times during the holidays and then maybe 4 other times in a year. I use my Cuisinart food processor also 2-4 times during the holidays and maybe 2 other times in a year.

I keep them in a lower cabinet so they're kind of a pain to get out, but I could never have them on the counter--that would drive me nuts.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:05:49 PM
You all had me so excited I just had to buy them both! I can't wait to start to use them
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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:17:09 PM
I use my kitchenaid mixer at least 3 times a week, I absolutely love it!
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