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decisions, decisions...

Sandra_'s picture

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I'm updating and improving my fairly basic kitchen equipment slowly, as I can afford it. Choice right now is between a KitchenAid food processor (roughly $300) and spending an equivalent amount on decent knives. My old Braun food processor (may it melt in hell...) has finally gone kaput, and I like the KitchenAid features and specs better than I like the CuisinArt (my alternate choice.) But I also feel like I should invest in better quality knives, though I have recently (i.e., within the past couple of years) bought some fairly decent, very inexpensive IKEA knives. Advice sought and appreciated. TIA

FlavourGirl_'s picture

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IMO, if you use the food processor a lot then buy it now. You can buy the knives you need one at a time at a later date.

Carole's picture

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Sandra, I agree, even though I have a Cuisinart processor. I use it constantly. I,too, would like new knives; but will have to save for them... One good knife can be bought, then another, and another but not all at once. As my DH keeps saying "Save your money".

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Buy the food processor and then knives one at a time.

I have never owned a Kitchen Aid food processor. I have the mondo cuisinart ($700.00). whatever brand you choose get the largest most powerfull one you can afford.

Sandra_'s picture

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Thanks, one and all. KitchenAid it is, then. MC, I always buy either the best I can afford or the cheapest that will do the job, depending on how excited I can get about a thing. (Food processors = very,dishwashers = not at all.)

Chiffonade_'s picture

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If you like the IKEA Knives and they sharpen well, with full tangs and riveted handles, treat yourself to the Food Processor. I have a Cuisinart DLC-7 Super Pro (purchased in the early 80's) and I love it. I would have gone for the really huge one but then I'd have to buy all new accessories...cha ching! I love the safety features of the Cuisinart too.

I also agree about buying the knives one at a time. Unless you are really starting from scratch and can actually use every knife in a set, individual purchases are a good way to go.

Happy Shopping!

Sandra_'s picture

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Chiff, actually, yes, the IKEA knives are well-made, fully riveted, good steel, and have a nice 'heft' to them. I've been thinking about upgrading as a result of reading about the Global knives here, though. I was also thinking about getting a full set because DS will soon (I hope!) be out on his own, and I planned to give him the IKEA knives to start out with.

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Talk about a win/win situation!! If you decide to keep the IKEA knives, you can always
i supplement
your collection with a Global (or two ;). However, if you decide to gift your son with your "heirloom" (professionally sharpened) Ikea knives as a start up set, you get to buy a
i whole set
to replace it.

This thread is aptly named...
i "decisions, decisions."

i . o O (My two cents...if you are in a financial position to purchase an entire set, pass your IKEA knives to your son - ensuring his use of a quality product - and one with a history at that.)

sanderson_'s picture

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My old Braun food processor (may it
melt in hell...)
I opted for the cheapest that could get the job done...Hamilton Beach processor. I had dependable knives...just had to get better at sharpening them. My Braun came from dh after he read a consumer digest article. Needless to say, consumer digest lost points mega big time. I couldn't believe how awful a machine it was...small workbowl, low power, leaky knife setup, rotten slicing gizmo and the direction manual...a joke. Enjoy your Kitchen aid. Remember to give DS a penny with the knives so you don't cut the friendship.

Sandra_'s picture

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Sanderson,I'll never, ever buy another Braun product again -- aside from the problems you mention, the little plastic do-hickey on the lid that triggers the motor has broken off twice,meaning an expensive replacement for the sake of a .02 cent bit of plastic, and the controls are in absolutely the wrong place. I went to a speech by the head honcho of Braun's design department -- he as much as said that they don't care about function -- their aim is to make the product look good. Well, they've succeeded in sucking me in for the last time.

Gretchen_'s picture

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Get a Kitchenaid processor with the accessory small bowl. It is a great piece of equipment. Don't know where you are but I just saw it at Service Merchandise for $169. See it at most for $199. Will post a site in Asheville that has great prices on knives--something like Complements to the chef. May have the processor also.

CLS's picture

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I thought it was just me! My Braun food processor did the exact same thing - the little plastic thingy that makes it run came off and wouldn't stay on and without it you can't use the thing and for the price of replacing the workbowl you might as well buy a new FP! I am so P.O.ed at them. I love my Braun hand blender, but other than that I will never, ever buy another one of their products again. I have decided on the 11-cup Cuisineart as my ( make that, DH's) next purchase. I find that I can't make half the stuff I need to make without it!

Re: knives, has anyone ever used a Lamson-Sharp? I found them quite by accident when I was in culinary school. I have really small hands (size 4 ring!) and needed a chef's knife that was comfortable. I was talking to a man in a knife shop and he had an 8" Lamson-Sharp chef's knife that had been part of a set, but the other 2 knives were missing, so he sold it to me for $30.00 (a very good bargain, I might add!). I absolutely love it! It's the only fully forged knife made in the U.S., so it's quite a bit less expensive than the imports, and I like it a lot better than my Henkel's knifes. It takes and holds an edge extremely well, it fits in my hand perfectly, it's got a full tang all the way to the end of the handle, and it has a nice deep blade (much like a German knife). What I also like is the one I have has a rosewood handle. Soooooo beautiful - of course, that's purely aesthetic, but still, nice if your knife is pretty and functional! Anyway, it takes a lot of abuse and still is my favorite knife. I don't know if anyone else has tried their chef's knives, but I thought I'd throw them out their - I very much recommend them.

Sandra_'s picture

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Hi Gretchen. I'd die from sheer happiness if I could find a KitchenAid for $169. Alas, I live in Canada, and with the dollar differential, that would still be more than $250 (Can.) and with the postage and handling charges, I really wouldn't save more than $1.49 or so. Up here, the going price is about $329, though a department store currently has a 20% sale on them. I agree -- the smaller workbowl and blade is one major selling point.

And CLS, maybe we could start a whole new thread dedicated to slagging Braun products. Would make a refreshing change from dishing Martha dirt.

Wolverine's picture

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You know, X-Mas is upon us, maybe knives or processor as a gift??? Drop hints to DH, DS, etc?? ;-)

It's a great way to get what you need - has never failed me!

Sandra_'s picture

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Wolverine, XMas hints don't work at our house -- DH would only ask for a solid brass locomotive -- retails for about $1,400 (he's a model train fanatic) and DS would only want a $5,000 Mac computer. we long ago established a Christmas tradition of silly, under-$10 presents -- keeps everyone sane and solvent -- IMHO the two biggest hurdles of the Christmas season.

Chiffonade_'s picture

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I think everyone in my life knows that cooking gifts are always a hit with me. No hints necessary...LOL :) People pick up information...and it starts from a very young age.

I took my daughter to see Santa at a mall in Brooklyn when she was 4. We took our place in line to wait for our pictures to be processed. There was quite a crowd, so I picked her up. She then asked me (quite loudly), "Mommy, what do
i you
want from Santa? A new knife??" Every head turned to look at us. She continued, "A new pot?" Every head turned back as the crowd realized she wasn't talking about a Bowie knife.

Ah, New York.

Wolverine's picture

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For a moment they must have pictured Kathleen Turner! ;-)