- Joined Feb 1, 2007
Because I have no counter space to speak of, my FP lives on top of the fridge---along with the stand mixer and blender. When you have to move an appliance so radically, you make sure you actually need it.
To be honest: both. It seems that I've read somewhere that your hand should straddle both the handle and part of the cutting blade. Hence, that's what I've been attempting. By the way, when I've dropped the knives it's been when I was pulling one out of the block and when I knocked one off the table accidentally with my elbow. It's never been while I was cutting.As to holding the knife: Are you cutting by holding the handle or by holding the blade?
Good idea - thank you /img/vbsmilies/smilies//smile.gif I remember that episode of I love Lucy - hilarious, as always /img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gifI've found cleaning a FP is easy if I dump some hot water in the work bowl with the blade in place, put in a drop (just a drop) of dishwashing liquid and whir for a few seconds. I take the bowl and blade to the sink and rinse. How hard is that? The machine does most of the work if the bowl and blade are really gunky. Just don't put too much dishwashing liquid in the bowl before you turn it on otherwise you'll think you're in an I Love Lucy episode with suds going all over the kitchen.
The "Swiss brand called Zwielingen" is actually not Swiss but located in Solingen, Germany. Their brand is called Zwilling through most of the world, but is primarily known as "Henckels" in the US. Here, Zwilling is J. A. Henckels' collection of their German made knives. "Zwilling" means twin; and the Zwilling series have two little men holding hands screened on the blades as a marque.As far as your knives are concerned, I would advise to buy reasonable priced branded pieces there is a Swiss brand called Zwielingen they have twins as their logo, they last a lifetime at least with me they do.
Doug, i think given your tendencies, unless you have limitless counter space (and if you cook, there is never enough counter space, to my mind) and limitless funds, you don;t need the processor. I make pesto and hummus in the blender. It would be absurd to buy a processor for pesto. I make hummus, and even chicken liver mousse in the blender. Yeah, a pain in the neck because you can only do a little at a time, but i make the liver mousse once a year and the hummus only once in a while and not in huge quantities. So really, i can't justify the space it takes up.I've been pondering the same question this thread posts. I have a blender, drop bowl KA mixer, and intend to get a hand blender for certain sauces, chilis, etc. I also have a food mill and hand crank grinder as well. I've avoided getting a mandoline to force myself to use the knife as much as possible. I figure I'd do bread, pastas, etc by hand or with the KA mixer. I've never made a Pesto or Hummus, but I'd like to. Would a food processor do an appreciably better job than any of the above appliances to justify the cost and counter space? I take no issue in dicing a bunch of onions with a knife or shredding cheese with a hand grater.
Sorry to hijack,