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Old 07-08-2011, 14:20   #31
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Re: Manual Food Processor or Blender?

Sorry it took so long. The hand crank, two speed blender, is a standard item at REI. The trick is to find an REI for those of you who live a long way from mountains and backpacking country .....

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Old 07-08-2011, 14:27   #32
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Re: Manual Food Processor or Blender?

Call your Tupper Ware sales person. They have a arm power chopper / food processor that my wife bought... Does a decent job and no no plug needed.

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Old 07-08-2011, 14:40   #33
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Re: Manual Food Processor or Blender?

Offshore with crew I chop the heck out of things and send the result up to the watch in a mortar and pestle. Keeps them busy and entertained. *grin*

Sailing near home with Janet I flip on the inverter and use an immersion blender as noted by others above. The immersion blender is much easier to clean than a food processor. My Kitchenaid even came with a mini-processor attachment that works pretty well.
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Re: Manual Food Processor or Blender?

"My wife loves her handheld 110 volt blender thingie, but recently got a VitaMix."

Wow! A Vita Mix. I bought one back in the eighties then even the container was stainless steel. Used it for 15 years until the blade assembly fell apart and the company no longer carried the parts. They would give a discount if I wanted to buy a newer model. But, it was still a couple of hundred dollars. It was a workhorse though. Use to grind flour in it too! You could probably open up a shoreside Margarita Bar if you wanted using it. Though it would be overkill for my on board needs. Like some others a chef's knife and a Braun immersion mixer (powered by a twenty five year old 250 watt inverter)
with a chopper container takes care of my food prep needs these days.
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Re: Manual Food Processor or Blender?

I also use and recommend an immersion blender when you really want a smooth puree quiickly. I have a Cuisinart immersion blender, but it only gets used dockside with shore power. None of the small inverters I have on board can handle the surge amps when the blender motor starts.
When away from the dock I use either a food mill or ricer (Sailing Topics). These are slower and messier than the blender, but get the job done. Someone else recommended a Chinois, which is normally used to remove any food fragments that have not been liquified by the puree process. I use a fine sieve strainer for that purpose.


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