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Review - Manual Food Processor

leftymac

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I wanted to start this thread for actual reviews of use for this product as opposed to the other threads where people are talking about other aspects of it.

I got mine today and immediately went to make three things:

  • Salsa
  • Tuna Salad
  • Strawberry Ice (from the new SBRC)

First up was the salsa.

I used the same salsa fresca recipe I've always used, that was in the Fall 07 catalog when the salad chopper came out, and is the same one that is on the PIG for the MFP, I believe. I've always made this salsa without measuring and just threw things in.

After wedging the onion on the Veggie Wedger (which worked wonders, and I even managed to cut the onion into 12 wedges), I placed 5 of them (2.5 normal wedges) into the MFP, with a handful of cilantro, and 2 cloves of garlic. The pump mechanism worked smoothly and I had no problem processing it until it was coarse. I then added 2 roma tomatoes cut into wedges on the veggie wedger and processed. The mixture immediately became very thick and I knew I couldn't add the remaining tomatoes without emptying it. So, I emptied that into a bowl and did the 2 other tomatoes. Add some lime juice and salt, and I had a tasty salsa.

Salsa Verdict: Delicious, but not the same consistency that I get when I do it with the salad chopper, though much easier on my hands. Next time, i'll do the tomatoes separate from the onions, or just make a smaller bitch. I do wish this machine were bigger. Some of my tomatoes weren't evenly chopped, but I think it was because I had too many in there.

Next up: Tuna Salad

I threw in a few wedges of onion that I cut before, and 2 sticks of celery that I cut into 4 pieces each. A few pumps later and it was a beautiful fine chop. Definitely recommend it for this. Then, I added 2 cans of drained solid white tuna and processed it all together. I like how it made the tuna nice and fine. If you like a chunkier tuna salad, don't process the tuna. Dumped it all into a bowl, added some mayonnaise and it was a great consistency. I didn't try processing it with the mayonnaise. I may have to do that next just to see. Then, just for fun, I added some Chili Lime Rub to the tuna. It gave it a nice flavor!

Tuna Salad Verdict: Great for this -- I love how nicely it chopped the onions and celery. I'll definitely use it again. But, I wish this machine were bigger. Three cups isn't a lot.

Finally, Strawberry Ice.

I followed this recipe exactly, except I may have used too many strawberries. Eventually some of the strawberries in the middle weren't getting processed. Once I added the sugar mixture though, they processed beautifully. I love the final texture of it and I can't wait to have some later. I love that it's the consistency of ice cream, so it's great for Weight Watchers. I'll definitely be making this often and trying other fruits!

Strawberry Ice Verdict: Get thee to the supermarket fast and buy some frozen fruit to make this!

As a final bonus, I had some additional frozen strawberries that I decided to process plain just to see if it would work in the MFP. It chopped them up quite nicely with no problem at all. I don't know what I'll do now with my tiny chunks of frozen strawberries though. I guess I'll just eat them.

Final Verdict
It's a fun machine, and I'm glad I have it -- even though I have a regular food processor. It certainly won't replace my full-size, but it's a nice companion to it. I definitely love it better than the FC for cutting up onions, celery, etc. I'm looking forward to trying it again for other things, and for redoing my salsa later on.

I don't think it will revolutionize our shows, but I do think it will enable us to do fun things. The strawberry ice alone is perfect for the summer. It's definitely something I would recommend. I'd give it 4 out of 5 chef hats.

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Now, I ask that you share your comments on my review, or reviews of your actual use. How about we refrain from empty comments such as "I think it sucks" or "I think it's great!" unless you have actual examples to back it up.

I'm such a teacher. I embrace it.
 

christinaspc

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So I watched you do this and you forgot to let them know that yes you can chop Pineapple in it and it is so so but could get the job done...

I used it the other day for some veggies and it worked good I am glad they did bring it out but I would love it to be a bit larger.

Now if a person wanted to get wild with it you could lever it so much where you could have baby food I know at our spring launch they said no more over processing and getting baby food but I disagree.

So my over all comment is how wonderful of a review and it was very exciting watching your own kitchen show and how well this could work for many different recipes.
 

leftymac

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Yes, Christina watched me do all these recipes via FaceTime chat, so it was like a real cooking show!

The pineapple came out just fine. I've cut pineapple before with the Salad Chopper for the pineapple salsa and it got all frothy. Done in the MFP, it's still a little frothy, but nowhere near as much as with the SC. I still think the pineapple salsa recipe is best done with a knife.
 

Intrepid_Chef

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Strawberry Ice: I think I am going to cheat, since I don't have the MFP, and use this recipe in my NON manual food processor! I have frozen strawberries AND frozen mango up there, so I'll try it on both. Won't be useful for shows, but will be yummy just the same and make room in my freezer!

I don't feel compelled to run out and get it because I rarely use my regular food processor ... but for celery? I'm in. I hate mayo and won't be making the tuna salad but I find it kind of pointless to use my food chopper for celery. By the time you cut the pieces small enough to fit under it, you might as well keep using the knife.
 

Amyskitchen2

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Now if a person wanted to get wild with it you could lever it so much where you could have baby food I know at our spring launch they said no more over processing and getting baby food but I disagree.

I actually used mine to make baby food. My LO is eating chunkier foods so it worked quite well (cooked squash with rice). I love the SC for salsa so I will have to wait and see if I like this better. I honestly don't think that it will revoluntionize our shows but I do think that some people will absolutely love this.
On a side note a few weeks ago I sold a Food Chopper to someone who wanted one to replace her TW little processor thingy because she hated it.
 

wadesgirl

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What we discovered with the salsa is that you cannot finely chop the first part (onions, cilantro, etc). Chop a few times to get a course chop and combined. Then add the tomatoes in. It made a better consistency than finely chopping the first part.
 

leftymac

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What we discovered with the salsa is that you cannot finely chop the first part (onions, cilantro, etc). Chop a few times to get a course chop and combined. Then add the tomatoes in. It made a better consistency than finely chopping the first part.

Thanks..that's good to know. I probably chopped it too much in the beginning because I got eager.
 

Barry Carlton

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We unexpectedly had 2 of our grand children over night last night. We found ourselves w/o apple sauce for the baby. I was both lazy in not wanting to go out and also wanted to do something with the MFP. It worked very well making a smooth apple sauce. I did find that I had to make more than I wanted to. I tried a quarter apple first but there was not enough volume to process well. 1/2 an apple was enough to get a smooth sauce.

Tomorrow the Turkey and Pesto.
 

wadesgirl

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Thanks..that's good to know. I probably chopped it too much in the beginning because I got eager.

We did the same thing because we were passing it around and playing with it at our meeting. So we made another batch and it turned out much better.
 

cmcchef

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I also tried the salsa with roma tomatoes although the recipe called for grape or cherry (can't remember which). I too had bigger chunks of tomato than I would have liked and it was a little frothy. And I over did it with the onion (as in I used too much).

I'm eager to give it a go with some other stuff. Love the tuna salad idea. I usually buy mango peach salsa, so maybe that's up next.
 
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I used my MFP today for the first time and yes it worked, but I am not happy. I chopped some carrots and now the bowl is discoloured. At first I thought it was just my eyes but no, it is discoloured. What's with that? How can I demo this at shows and be positive about it. :thumbdown:
 

gbakes27

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did you use the dishwasher? would a baking soda paste work on it? I just got mine today and look forward to trying a few things tomorrow but I feel it is way overpriced and won't be a huge seller.
 
Apr 22, 2010
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Decided to make the Strawberry Ice which turned out to be very good but at the same time noticed the staining wasn't only on the bowl but the lid too. Called HQ to report the issue and a new one is being shipped out. I have a show Friday so I am keeping my fingers crossed that the new one arrives by then. I looked back through the Product Use and no mention of possible staining. I am hoping someone else will try the carrots and tell me it hasn't happened to them and that mine is an isolated case.
 

leftymac

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Mine didn't stain at all, and I even left the lid on the counter with strawberry stuff on it for a while.
 

jbondr

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Did you have any problem with the fact that the lid doesn't lock onto the bowl? I haven't had time to use my MFP yet but I am concerend about that little detail.
 

quiverfull7

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I LOVE IT! I made egg salad this morning and those eggs were done in NO TIME! I can't wait to keep trying new things in it! It's fantastic!
 

leftymac

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I LOVE IT! I made egg salad this morning and those eggs were done in NO TIME! I can't wait to keep trying new things in it! It's fantastic!

Did you process the egg salad with the mayonnaise, or just stir it in afterwards after the eggs were chopped?
 

Aurora

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I haven't had a chance to test mine out yet. But one comment from your review had me giggling!

Salsa Verdict: Delicious, but not the same consistency that I get when I do it with the salad chopper, though much easier on my hands. Next time, i'll do the tomatoes separate from the onions, or just make a smaller bitch.

:D Heeheehee!
 

SonyaVerrillo

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I used the MFP to chop 3 cups of pretzels for the Choc PB Crunch Bars. I hate that using the meat tenderizer & the plastic bag always makes a pretzel dust mess on the counter (& at shows!) I put in 1 cup of pretzels & chopped them up in 3 batches. It worked well for my recipe, with minimum pretzel dust in the bowl!
 

Dutchess

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I made a salad tonight and my 8 yr old was so excited he was bubbling bc he wanted to use the MFP, it was one of those had to be there moments it was so cute

we started with 3 eggs and then worked up to 5 and it did them swimmingly!!!

It was also easy for him to pull the blades out, set them on the counter and dump the eggs into the salad.

(didnt put mayo in it so cant help you with that)

I do think that it being kid friendly is a def plus and a great selling item!!!
 

pchockeymom

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I made pesto in the MFP for chicken, tomato, and pesto flatbread. It worked fabulously even when I forgot to add the pecans until the end. I was amazed how well it chopped and mixed the basil. It took about 45 seconds all together to make it. Easy clean up too. Love it.
 

wadesgirl

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I noticed that for me it seems easier to hold it with my right hand and push the handle away from me with my left hand. Something about the pushing towards me with my right hand that sort of hurt my hand - but I do have bad wrists.
 

nancycookspc

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I used the MFP to chop 3 cups of pretzels for the Choc PB Crunch Bars. I hate that using the meat tenderizer & the plastic bag always makes a pretzel dust mess on the counter (& at shows!) I put in 1 cup of pretzels & chopped them up in 3 batches. It worked well for my recipe, with minimum pretzel dust in the bowl!

that brings up the thought- I have to make the chicken enchilada ring- it calls for crushed tortilla chips- I can use that!
normally it makes such a mess
 

quiverfull7

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Did you process the egg salad with the mayonnaise, or just stir it in afterwards after the eggs were chopped?

I did not try that. Guess I should have. I was just so thrilled with how great the eggs were, I just stirred it together with a scraper and wa la ... done! :)
 

BethCooks4U

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I made a chicken salad in the MFP and while it didn't like chopping the chicken (I had cubed it but it was still somewhat warm), it eventually did a good job of it. I added salt and mayo at the end and it did mix the mayo in well.

My thought process in adding it in the MFP is that I didn't want to dirty another bowl and I like the serving bowl to be "clean" - you know, just put the food in it, garnish and serve; not mix after in the bowl.
 
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I used the MFP to chop 3 cups of pretzels for the Choc PB Crunch Bars. I hate that using the meat tenderizer & the plastic bag always makes a pretzel dust mess on the counter (& at shows!) I put in 1 cup of pretzels & chopped them up in 3 batches. It worked well for my recipe, with minimum pretzel dust in the bowl!

I am really excited for this tip! Thanks!!!
 
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First, I made some salsa with grape tomatoes.... worked WONDERFUL... then last night, I chopped eggs in it for english pea salad... I was AMAZED at how good it chopped them, then clean up was super easy... Usually, I do the eggs with my chopper, then its hard to clean, but not with the MFP... I love this thing....
 

raebates

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I chuckled at the comment about it being too expensive. Several of the people I've shown the mini-catalog to have asked questions about it and then commented about how inexpensive it is. Everything's relative.

I love it. I made my favorite salsa recipe (the one on the SW Seasoning Mix), and it worked fabulously. i used the Veggie Wedger* first to get the tomatoes to a manageable size.



*A friend keeps calling this the Veggie Wedgie, and I have to stop myself to keep from calling it that.
 

wadesgirl

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I chuckled at the comment about it being too expensive. Several of the people I've shown the mini-catalog to have asked questions about it and then commented about how inexpensive it is. Everything's relative.

I love it. I made my favorite salsa recipe (the one on the SW Seasoning Mix), and it worked fabulously. i used the Veggie Wedger* first to get the tomatoes to a manageable size.



*A friend keeps calling this the Veggie Wedgie, and I have to stop myself to keep from calling it that.

Isn't it bad how one comment can make you think that way! I will never again say at a show when talking about cooking chicken in the DCB "it depends on the size of your breasts". One guest looked at me and said "well mine (big) or yours (tiny)?!" I cannot talk about chicken in the DCB without thinking of that.

Or the fact that the mini scoop and measure looks like a boob when looking at the top! Someone pointed that out when we had them for HWC. They thought they were designed that way since it was for HWC.
 

pattybrady

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I made a blueberry ice in my MFP last night and it was super easy and tasty. It was a little watery but I think I nuked the berries a little too long. I also rinsed the MFP immediately after b/c I was concerned about the blueberry juice staining it. It rinsed clean, but I'd be nervous about letting it sit for a while. Something to remember if I use blueberries, carrots, or other potentially staining foods at a show. Normally I just throw all my dirty tools into a tub and wash them when I get home.
 

pattybrady

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*A friend keeps calling this the Veggie Wedgie, and I have to stop myself to keep from calling it that.

See, I hadn't thought of that but I sort of like that name for it. Good for a laugh at the shows and guests might be more likely to remember it when ordering? I dunno. :)
 

wadesgirl

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I made a blueberry ice in my MFP last night and it was super easy and tasty. It was a little watery but I think I nuked the berries a little too long. I also rinsed the MFP immediately after b/c I was concerned about the blueberry juice staining it. It rinsed clean, but I'd be nervous about letting it sit for a while. Something to remember if I use blueberries, carrots, or other potentially staining foods at a show. Normally I just throw all my dirty tools into a tub and wash them when I get home.

The strawberry recipe called for the fruit to be slightly thawed so I'm wondering if with blueberries, you might not need to thaw them at all since they are so much smaller.
 

pattybrady

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The strawberry recipe called for the fruit to be slightly thawed so I'm wondering if with blueberries, you might not need to thaw them at all since they are so much smaller.

Yes, that's what I'm thinking too...the size difference between strawberries and blueberries would mean no, or minimal, thawing required for blueberries.
 
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