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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 31st March 2011, 10:36 am

My lovely Breville blender that I have had for 10 years died on me at the weekend. It was the one gadget I used more than anything.
I've been looking for the same model to replace it so that at least I could use the jug from the old one as a spare, however I can't find one.

So, does anyone have any recommendations for a good, not too expensive, replacement or should I invest in a food processor instead??
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Post by Adrian on 31st March 2011, 10:49 am

MY single regret is not acquiring a Kenwood Chef to bring here, so I make do with a hand blender for now, which is ok, but limited and on its last legs..

Kenwood equivalents are close to $500 here, which would be a big investment from our limited funds and I am not able to justify one over a $20 blender stick.

I am v interested in seeing what you decide on and why.


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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 31st March 2011, 12:48 pm

I do have a cheapo stick blender, which will do for now for soups, but it's no good for making bread/biscuit crumbs, smoothies, blitzing up onions to a mush for my curry sauce base or for crushing ice for frozen Margaritas

Have never really bothered about a food processor before as I like to make cakes & pastry by hand and it always seems to me that I would spend more time faffing about cleaning the thing than actually using it but I'm open to suggestions
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Post by Adrian on 31st March 2011, 1:10 pm

I used to have a fairly decent food processor when we lived in Blighty, it was cracking for shortcrust pastry and it took me forever to crack handmade after we moved - not entirely opposed to getting a new one in the near future.

Would love to know more about your onion curry sauce base ...

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 31st March 2011, 1:44 pm

I'm a Kitchenaid man all the way. It is the best piece of equipment in my kitchen. Not the cheapest perhaps but sturdy as a Tiger tank, and when it did break once (a blade snapped and go buried in the drive shaft meaning the bowl could not be removed) even though the warranty had expired the aftersales was a flat fee of £50 to collect it, do whatever repair was necessary and send it back. Which considering it is made of cast iron and weighs a ruddy ton, was pretty good going just on the courier, to say nothing of the fact they then replaced the whole unit and even had one shipped in from the States for me because they didn't have the same colour in their UK range.
It does abso-fricken-lutely everything and is a doddle to clean. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Post by Adrian on 31st March 2011, 1:46 pm

Interesting, KitchenAid is big here as well, do you recommend any particular model?

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 31st March 2011, 1:50 pm

http://www.hartsofstur.com/acatalog/Kitchenaid_Food_Processors.html?gclid=CMa54ZPr-KcCFYFB4QodmFMnpQ

Apart form the white one which i think is a less powerful motor I think they are al the same apart form the colour scheme.

Ideally you want one of these as well:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/KitchenAid-Artisan-KSM150BAC-Stand-Mixer/dp/B000094U5K/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1301575749&sr=1-3

which has every add-on under the sun - sausage stuffers, ice cream makers, pasta mills, meat grinders, you name it does it.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 31st March 2011, 4:25 pm

You can get them way cheaper than that - the mixer I have seen for around £70. I wouldn't bother with the blender tbh - the food processor does everything it does and more.

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Post by Dandelion on 31st March 2011, 7:15 pm

Wilhelm Von Rhomboid wrote:You can get them way cheaper than that - the mixer I have seen for around £70. I wouldn't bother with the blender tbh - the food processor does everything it does and more.

Completely agree - the things I love my food processor for are making pastry (can't bear it under my nails...), mincing meat from the roast to make shepherds pie, and slicing potatoes for casserole tops. I've had my Moulinex food processor for over 16 years, and it was a cheapy comparitively speaking.

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