i just purchased a mini food processor, even though it only cost me around 30 bucks, im afraid i wasted my money.
attempted to make nut butter and aside from the thing being extremely loud, it doesnt even fulfill its job at making "butter", i tried sitting there (i have to physically press it the entire time) for over 5 minutes, and nothing but dried out small little pieces remain.
am i doing something wrong or do i need to get a real full size food processor.
asked byjake_13 (439)
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on March 15, 2013
at 02:35 AM
I have a miniature chopper / food pro and my main use is to grind up garlic, oil, and spices into a paste for marinades. For that I use it at least once per week.
on March 15, 2013
at 04:16 AM
I've got a little mini food processor, $20 at Target. It doesn't handle nuts well, although I've been able to make a red pepper and cashew spread in it with much time and noise. It works much better for salsa and that type of soft stuff. I recently inherited my grandma's old full sized food processor. It's 30+ years old, and pretty good.
A month or so ago I got it into my head to try and make almond butter. The old food processor couldn't handle it, and the small one was worse. That led to me buying a ninja blender with the tall blender jar and the food processor jar.
I was able to make my almond butter, with some patience. I do like the ninja for smoothies, thai curry pastes, frozen banana ice cream and stuff like that. It's powerful, and not nearly as expensive as a blendtec or vitamix. I know there's a cult following to those two brands of blenders, but I'm not spending $400+ on a blender. The ninja was just over $100, and has a good amount of power to it. I'm very happy about it and the only drawback imo is the jar isn't glass.
TLDR: Your mini processor probably won't cut it for nuts, unless it's soft nuts like cashews and you're adding water/other stuff.