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  1. jbondr

    jbondr Member Gold Member

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    Am I the only one having trouble with the pastry blender? Today, I broke my second one. I must be an aggressive pastry blender. On a positive note, I did learn that the Mix'n Chop is great for blending pastry. :)
     
    Aug 15, 2009
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  2. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    That's good to know! I really don't like the MNC for what it was intended (meat)...but open for other uses!

    Sorry - Can't help you with the pastry blender. I don't have it.
     
    Aug 15, 2009
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  3. Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky Advanced Member

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    Are you serious??? I think think the MNC is God's gift to ground meat...lol! :love:

    Just thought I'd nudge ya over that. LOL :D
     
    Aug 15, 2009
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  4. jross93

    jross93 Member

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    I am in TOTAL agreement!!
    Jen
     
    Aug 15, 2009
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  5. lpacker

    lpacker Member

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    And the pastry blender is super for mashing potatoes.
     
    Aug 15, 2009
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  6. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I think they get a bad batch every once in a while. There are only a few contact points holding the Pastry Blender together. I love it, though.
     
    Aug 16, 2009
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  7. leftymac

    leftymac Veteran Member

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    I prefer using the mix n masher, or whatever it's called for a pastry blender. It's also great as a whisk for sauces in nonstick cookware.
     
    Aug 16, 2009
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  8. chefcharity

    chefcharity Advanced Member

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    I agree!!! I use mine for meat, breaking up ice cream in punch, making strawberry jam, and anything else I can think of! I like the pastry blender idea! I'll try that... back to the pastry blender from the OP.... I didn't see the need for it since I use my hands to blend the pastry dough. I've never gotten the hang of a pastery blender and I bake quite a bit. I have always thought the hands on approach worked better. (Hard to sell that though!)

    Probably just a bad batch, tho. Like stated above. :)
     
    Aug 16, 2009
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  9. Pampered Jean

    Pampered Jean Novice Member Gold Member

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    I don't personally have a pastry blender, but I did have a customer at a booth say she'd gone through 2 or 3. :cry: She liked them but wasn't going to buy another, eventhough she was able to get them replaced easily.

    The Mix N Chop is quite awesome :sing:! Isn't it!
     
    Aug 16, 2009
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  10. JAE

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    I know I'm a bit late on this thread, but I'm having a little trouble with my pastry blender. It doesn't cut well and my bowl is deep enough that the "rest" or "stop" is too low. The blender is sort of bending and not sturdy enough for this butter and flour. I'm making pastry for banket right now.

    Oh, and I will agree that the Mix N Chop is not my favorite product, either. I'd rather use the spatula to break up the meat. I never tell my guests that, though. I always say how it's a great seller and how people just love it and buy it for others for gifts.

    JAE
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  11. cookingwithdot

    cookingwithdot Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I LOVE the mix n' chop too - mashed potatoes, ground meat, etc ... I heard that it is PC #1 selling tool - selling 5,000 a week!
     
  12. Pampered_Ashley84

    Pampered_Ashley84 Member Gold Member

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    I can see how the MNC would be the best seller, I'm pretty sure it's my top seller. I sold 10 of them at one show a couple of weeks ago.
     
  13. JAE

    JAE Legacy Member

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    Funny how this thread turns back into a MNC discussion! :)

    JAE
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  14. JAE

    JAE Legacy Member

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    Just found a new use for the MNC, so now I like it. I'm making banket and the almond paste is quite hard. I used the MNC to break it up and then mix in the egg. After that I used my mixer, but my mixer would have thrown it all over the place w/o breaking it up with the MNC first.
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  15. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    You can send some of that banket my way! I haven't made it in a while but it's SOOOO good!
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  16. JAE

    JAE Legacy Member

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    I helped my friends make 42 loaves of banket the other night because they were selling it for a fundraiser - $10 a loaf. Now that I have all that experience I figure I can try it for myself. Almond paste is pricey, but the taste is worth it. I hope I don't mess it up.
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  17. lisasfuncooking

    lisasfuncooking Member

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    MNC is awsome. One of my biggest sellers. I found my daughter using it the other day making egg salad with it. I'm like- what a great idea.
    But I agree I have alot of customers complaining that the pastry blenders break often.
     
  18. cathyskitchen

    cathyskitchen Senior Member Gold Member

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    I broke my Pastry Blender the first time I used it, and never bothered to get a replacement. I use the old one and love it. Never thought of the Mix N Chop - thanks!
     
  19. Never thought to use the MNC as a pastry blender! Thanks for the tip! I love my MNC for mixing meatloaf! workss great and I don't get my hands all messy!
     
  20. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    My MNC gets stuff all over the pinwheels when I use it! The few times I've used it, I have to use a scraper along with. Maybe it's all in the wrist ...

    Getting back to the original point ... what are you using it to blend? Actual pastry (pie dough) or cookie dough? I would think it would be too thick for it. After I'm done mixing cookie dough with a mixer, I give up and use my hands.
     
  21. JAE

    JAE Legacy Member

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    I would assume that the Pastry Blender should work great for any kind of pastry. The ingredients were butter and flour. I didn't care for it at all. I'll try the Mix N Chop from now on.

    BTW, my banket looks amazing! So excited. :)

    JAE
     
    Dec 22, 2009
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  22. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    But does your Banket taste amazing? That's the question!
     
    Dec 22, 2009
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  23. JAE

    JAE Legacy Member

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    It looks too good to cut into. I will let you know after the first family party. That will be Christmas Eve night. The filling tasted good. Hee hee!

    JAE
     
    Dec 22, 2009
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  24. smarteez2

    smarteez2 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I love my pastry blender, I have never used it for pastry per say but use it for deviled eggs quite a bit and for mashed potatoes I have used it for many other things to but I can't remember what they were, but anyway I love my pastry blender.
     
    Dec 24, 2009
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