What can I use instead of a blender for my smoothie?
My blender is broken and I have no idea if a smoothie can be made without a blender! D:
btw I dont have a food processor, all I have is a cake mixer… lol
And I dont have time to buy a new blender atm
Buy a new blender. Or a Magic Bullet.
What is a good Christmas gift for a woman who likes to cook?
She has 3 good blenders. Two really nice Fridges. A very nice mixer. Food processors. A juicer. Pots, pans, knives, silverware. I’m not sure what to get her. She loves to cook but I know little about cooking. I was thinking a bread maker but not sure. I also thought about replacing the kitchen cook top with one of those that rises like a robot but don’t remember the name. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
I would definitely recommend a bread maker, we had one when i was younger and the bread was delicious!
Does she cook or bake? If she likes to bake they have all kinds of cool cake pans now like that big top cupcake thing.
I assume she’d have a chopper, but you didn’t mention it..
Get her some kindof journal-like blank cookbook so she can write down her recipes or a box with index cards and space to store her favorites.
Is it OK to mix ingredients w/ a food processor when baking?
Is it advisable to mix ingredients using a food processor or a blender? I don’t have an electric mixer. I plan to make cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.
Of the two appliances, neither is really good for baking. The cup cakes would probably work ok in the blender providing the batter is not a thick one. A food processor would mix it thoroughly but it wouldn’t allow any air to get incorporated and that’s part of the “lift” in a cake. They may turn out more dense than usual.
Now the cookie dough would be ok in the food processor except you probably should fold the chocolate chips in by hand so they don’t get chopped to bits.
Might sound silly but what can food processors NOT do? Can they mix pastry, bread, cake batter?
I’m undecided whether to buy a good mixer or food processor as I want something which will whisk/beat cake batters and make bread dough and possibly pastry. The dicing and slicing would be great!
Think about what you’re going to be using it for the majority of the time… and go with the one that seems most suitable!
I don’t mind chopping/slicing things… Can never be bothered to get out the food processor to do it anyway! If you’re chopping stuff with it, you might find it completely minces some parts of it and then barely chops others.. it’s better just to cut them by hand.
I have a Kenwood cake mixer and use it for everything… cookies, cakes, dough, pastry etc… it’s brilliant! It comes with a whisk for doing meringue or pavlova, dough hook for breads and then general mixer for everything else, I would definately recommend it!
where can i buy an industrial cake mixer second hand?
I’m looking to buy a commercial cake mixer or food processor. Something big with two whisks to agitate milk. I don’t know if I’m describing it very well but it’s not for me, it’s for a couple who want to make butter.
Look in your local yellow pages under : restaurant supplies-used. you’ll find all kinds of dealers that speacialize in used equipment.
Cooks, is it worth having both a food processor and stand mixer?
My fiance purchased a great food processor for our apartment but now my mom offerend me her kitchen aide stand mixer, which I origionally wanted for the pasta and ravioli maker. I realized though that it also comes with a mixer for dough and cookies. I was wondering, should we return the food processor. I like to cook a lot and often use the food processor for pie crusts, mixing fruits/veggies and nuts for healthy recipes and mixing cookies for cookie crusts. I also love to bake a lot of cakes and cookies. Would it be worth having both if I bake a lot?
TAKE THE KITCHEN AIDE!!!
I want one so bad, but they’re really expensive. They’ll mix up ANYTHING! (Fudge, divinity, pastillage, as well as all the stuff that normal mixers can do.)
They do a completely different thing than a food processor though, so I wouldn’t return that. And it’s better for things like pie crusts where you don’t really want it mixed into a uniform paste.
Should I get a KitchenAid stand mixer or food processor?
This is probably a pretty weird question, but should I get the stand mixer or food processor?
I’m an at-home cook and baker who is also quite interested in health.
If I get the mixer, then that means cookies, bread doughs, sponge cakes, etc. can be made, but because I also care about health and natural foods, with a food processor I can make raw energy bars, nut or seed butters, banana soft serve, etc.
KitchenAid’s an expensive brand so it’s not like I can get both at the same time, but I’m not sure what to get! Asking for your opinions!
A good food processor can also make cookies, bread and cakes but I find food processors to be more difficult to clean. What you need to look at are the wattage and the attachments.
The KitchenAid comes in two basic power models, 350 watts and 575 watts. The 350 watts is the same as most stand mixers and therefore are no better than say Sunbeam except that it looks nicer. The 575 watt version is what you want if you’re making bread doughs. Some Big Box department stores strong arm the manufacturer to make similar products at a lower price so there are 300 watt and 450 watt versions too. But the KitchenAid isn’t the most powerful mixer on the market. The Cuisinart comes in 800 watts and 1,000 watt models and are far better for making bread dough but it may be harder to buy accessories for the Cuisinart and it doesn’t have the good looks of the KitchenAid. You can usually find a food processing accessory for the mixers as well, indeed food processors started off as mixers, just with a bottom drive.
The Bosch Magic Mixer is an 800 watt bottom drive mixer which many people would call a food processor. It’s been around for decades, at least 40 years and newer versions are still available. They’re called the Bosch Universal mixer now. These units mark the transition from mixers to food processors.
If your intent is to actually bake a lot, the Cuisinart 1,000 watt would be the choice. If you were buying this as a gift, the KitchenAid would be more warmly received. For a bit of history, the Bosch Magic Mixer, especially the old version would be a conversation piece. All of them have a food processor attachment so you don’t really have to choose between food processor or a mixer.
Can I use a food processor instead of an electric hand mixer or my hands?
Planning to make a dozen lemon cupcakes, and the recipe says I should cream the ingredients together using an electric hand mixer or hands. I do not have an electric hand mixer yet, and do not really have time to mix by hand. Can I use a food processor or blender instead?! Also, the ingredients are the basics, stuff like flour, sugar, butter etc. Thank you.
I always use a processor for my cakes. I just add a little extra baking powder, even when using S.R. flour as you do not get quite so much air beaten into to the mixture.
Why would I need a Food Processor if I am getting a blender? What is the difference?
What are the pro’s and con’s to the two? Also what is better a hand mixer or a stand mixer? I am registering for my wedding. Do I need a food processer, and a blender? Do I need a hand mixer and a stand mixer? Thanks.
Our kitchen might not be huge when we get married, which of these would I need more than the others?
A food processor works better for cutting, chopping things. Also does some stirring. A blender works well for stirring things, making drinks, some chopping (if you add water.) If you can only have one, I’d get a blender.
Hand mixer is for light mixing jobs. Like mashing potatoes, or using in pots over a stove burner. Stand mixer is heavier duty, and does a better job of making cakes, cookies, breads. Best of all, would be a stand mixer that will detach from the stand so that you could use it as a hand mixer.
Could I suggest, too that you register for a wood block stand with really good knife set.
Does anyone have a recipe for a cake that is layered with fresh fruit and possibly a type of custard?
This cake, I think, is used as a birthday cake in Italy?
TROPICAL FRUIT FLAN
1 c. all-purpose flour
4 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. cold water
1 c. skim milk
2 tbsp. diet butter
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
6 packets equal
1 tsp. brandy extract
1 c. sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 c. fresh blueberries
2 fresh peaches, pared, pitted & sliced
1 fresh kiwi, pared & sliced
1/2 c. unsweetened apple juice
1 tsp. arrowroot
1 tsp. strawberry extract
4 packets Equal
Crust: Combine flour and butter in food processor, mixer or by hand. Process with on-off motion, or blend until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Add water and blend until mixture forms a ball. Roll out on floured surface to 12 inch diameter circle, 1/8 inch thick. Line greased and floured 9 inch tart pan with pastry. Trim edges. Cover pastry with 9 inch circle of wax paper; prick holes through paper and pastry with fork. Cover waxed paper with uncooked dried beans or rice to prevent air bubbles. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, remove dried beans or rice and wax paper. Continue baking 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Carefully remove from pan if desired.
Custard: Bring milk and butter to a boil. Blend eggs with flour in food processor or mixer until thick and light colored. Add small amount of hot milk mixture to eggs and flour. Blend egg mixture into remaining hot milk in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Blend in Equal and brandy extract. Spoon into pastry shell.
Topping: Arrange fruit over custard.
How do you make buttercream icing without a mixer?
I don’t have a mixer. Not a stand mixer, not even a measly hand mixer. All I have is a food processor and my two hands, along with a few stirring utensils. I have a cake to make this Saturday. Does anyone have any tips or recipes that work well without a mixer? Thanks in advance!
I never use a mixer when making my buttercream icing. I always use my whisk and make sure the butter is really soft. You can do it!
What do you use your food processor for and what are your favorite recipes?
I just bought a food processor and I’d like to use it soon. I’m not much of a cook, so I hope it will make it easier for me to prepare some good homemade meals at home. What things do you typically use your food processor for, and what are your favorite (preferably healthy) recipes? Dinner recipes especially — thanks!
Mine is a large one, by the way – holds 10 cups.
Food Processor Recipes You’ll Love
1. You can make your own peanut butter or any other nut butter that you like in your processor. Cashews make wonderful nut butter too.
2. Speaking of peanut butter, peanut butter cookies are the easiest recipe in the world: 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla if desired. Toss them into your processor; give it a whirl for a few seconds until well mixed. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and scrap it on the side of the bowl to even the spoon, drop onto a cookie sheet and smash it down with a fork to make the cross hatch design. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes and you have fabulous, gluten free peanut butter cookies.
3. Make steak sandwiches by chilling, but not freezing, leftover steak in the freezer until firm but not frozen. Slice with your processor and then add to a skillet in which you have been sauteeing bell peppers and onions. Put it all on a sandwich bun, top with jack cheese, and enjoy. I know, who has leftover steak? Plan for this and throw an extra steak or two on the grill next time.
4. Specialty butters are definitely a favorite of mine. In fact, I get ideas from many restaurants, constantly seeking new flavors to spread across bread. Armed with my food processor, making specialty butter has never been so easy. My favorite is basil-garlic butter. By processing a stick of butter with a couple cloves of garlic, I can then add some crushed basil leaves and let it sit in the fridge for a week or so in an air-tight container. Then, it’s French bread and wine for dinner. Sometimes I even use it on grilled cheese with mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and bacon. So delicious!
5. For fresh lemon sherbet, mix equal amounts sugar, milk, and half-and-half with freshly grated lemon rind and some lemon juice. Then pour into a pan and freeze it, covering it for at least two hours. After frozen, use your food processor to blend it until smooth. Four hours in the freezer later, you have a wonderful dessert to go with anything you can cook up!
6. Another great idea is to take blackberries and sugar, blending them with your food processor until they’re smooth. Then, pour the mixture through a strainer into a pan and stir in some buttermilk. When frozen, break into chucks and beat with an electric mixer until smooth again, and then pour it back into a pan and cover it until firm. This is a great way to make a cold, berry concoction that the whole family will love, especially on hot summer days. And you can substitute blueberries or raspberries as well!
7. I am a huge fan of chocolate, and my food processor allows me to take melted chocolate chips, some tofu, salt, 3 egg whites, half a cup of sugar, and a quarter cup of water and turn it into a light, chocolaty masterpiece. My chocolate mousse is a favorite amongst all of my friends, and can be topped with either grated chocolate, whipped topping, or both!
8. My 14 cup processor will hold an 18.5 ounce cake mix. I can have the cake ready to bake in less time than it takes me to haul my big mixer out and find the correct beater.
9. I always use my processor to make pie dough. I even chill the bowl and blade in the freezer to help keep my dough chilled and flaky.
10. One of my favorite uses for a food processor is making soup when I’ve had a hard day. Some chopped onion, garlic, milk, a bit of flour, chicken broth, broccoli, cheese, and pepper can be easily put together to make an excellent meal. After saut�ing the onions and garlic, add all ingredients except milk and flour and cheese, cooking over medium heat for 10 minutes. Afterward, combine with milk and flour and cook an additional 5 minutes, then let cool while adding cheese until it melts. Place in a food processor, and you have smooth, creamy broccoli-cheese soup that can relieve any stress-filled day.
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