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    Default Food processor - protein balls

    I'm not a fancy baker or anything but I think I need a better food processor. I have a Kenwood food processor (an old version of the image attached) which I've barely used but recently have started to make protein balls...blending nuts and dried fruit etc.

    Last night it took me 40 mins to make which I thought was too long...I was blending in stages and even then the processor had a high pitched sound as if it was struggling. Does this sound normal or the signs that I need a better processor?

    Years ago we were going to get a thermomix but currently that's not on the cards (financially)


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    Default Food processor - protein balls

    That doesn't sound right at all! I don't have a proper food processor (I have a braun mini processor similar to this pic) and I can process mixes to make balls in only a couple of minutes max (small batches obviously as the bowl is small). Have you tried different settings?
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    ETA my braun is about 15 years old it's very well used and still going strong like new!
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    @gingermillie there's only 2 speed settings plus a pulse setting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogis Mumma View Post
    @gingermillie there's only 2 speed settings plus a pulse setting
    Why did it take so long? Was it just getting choked up or not being able to chop the stuff? Was it a massive batch?
    It just seems really way excessive and I'd definitely be looking at a new machine
    In my tiny little 15 year old Braun I can make a huge batch of pesto with pine nuts or apricot balls in just a few minutes so I'd expect a full size machine to do it in a couple of minutes flat!

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    It was the total time of chopping up items, blending a big handful at a time then rolling. It wasn't a massive batch in the end.

    I thought chopping things up first would 'help' the blender. I'm finding the protein balls to be a great snack t the moment and would rather the whole process just take approx 20 mins.

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    I can blitz things for bliss balls like nuts and dates in probably 1-2 minutes in my Bellini intelli. Definitely get a new food processor!

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    Subbing because I have recently started researching food processors myself. I am trying to do bliss balls and slices, but my old (and very cheap) food processor doesn't chop fine enough. I'd also like to give making my own nut milks a go, and mine just isn't capable. I'm looking at the breville something wizz 2000W motor. Most likely will only have the 1000W motor within budget.

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    Definitely a new processor. I have the Breville Kitchen Whizz and it chops things so quick. I can have a whole block of cheese grated in 15 seconds. I do things like nuts in it all the time. Usually only takes a couple of presses on the pulse button to get stuff crumbly.

    Never tried making protein balls though. I have some bits of nuts and dried fruit hanging around. Might go have a squizz at some recipes.

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    We got a Ninja processor a few months ago and it comes with an attachment for food prep (you hold the machine bit upside down over the bowl part). There's only one setting but it works a treat for blitzing, takes up little room, and isn't too pricey.

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    @Ahalfdozen - that's the one I want! Do you have the 1000W one or the 2000W one? I have found loads of reviews for the 2000W one, but the 1000W one is lacking.


 

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