As you may or may not have noticed, my household is devoid of only one major cooking implement (well, aside from the 10,000 btu wok burner, that is). You've seen me chop, slice, dice, blend, and make dough, but always by hand or with a mixer or blender.
I do not own a food processor.
Yes, that's right, I have somehow managed to do without that most ubiquitous of gourmet gadgets for years. My wife, however, has decided, that just maybe we can consider getting one of these marvels.
So I have two questions for our loyal readers:
One - do I need a food processor? Will it make that much of a difference in my life or my cooking? Or will it sit on the shelf mostly unused?
Two - If I do get a food processor, what size do I get? I "inherited" a mini food processor from roommates long gone, and I think the thing is useless. By the time I get the thing out, plug it in, use it and clean it I could have done the work twice with a knife or immersion blender.
My good friend Paul (he of locussolus and formerly of Too Many Chefs fame) recommends a 7 cup processor, with the warning that it's easy to get a machine that's too big for many jobs. When I've looked, the 14 cup processor certainly seems oversized, but I'm intrigued by the 11 cup model. Or is that too big, and I should be thinking about a 7 cup model?
So do I need a food processor, and if I do, should I get a seven or eleven cup model? What do the cooking masses think? Leave your opinion in the comments.
OK, I'll add a third question - Cuisinart or another brand, and why? Thanks to all who leave informed opinions.
UPDATE: OK, based on the feedback, I think I will defer purchasing a food processor for now. It seems clear that space is a determining factor. We have a kitchen that's pretty full of stuff already, and to be honest I don't know where the beastie would go. I may still get one in the future when we move to a new place next year, but for now, it's no processor for me.