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fiamma
Oct 24th, 2008, 05:06 PM
I made a Raw Flourless Carob Cake yesterday using medjool dates and it pushed my trusty stick blender over the edge :( It got too hot to handle and I'm sure I saw smoke coming out of it :eek: It was making strange noises too... I'd switch it on again but I'm too scared *wuss*

At least it died in the line of duty for a worthy cause :D (the cake was delicious, it even won over a meat-eater :thumbsup:)

So I've decided I'm gonna buy the mother of all food processors tomorrow. Anyone got any tips?
Any considerations?

Thanks guys :smoochie:

flying plum
Oct 24th, 2008, 05:17 PM
i have a kenwood processor that was actually my gran's, from about 1985. it's still going, so i recommend their brand...expensive, i think, but they are hardwearing.

amanda

Hemlock
Oct 24th, 2008, 05:18 PM
Tip: Don't eat dates, they are disgusting :)

fiamma
Oct 24th, 2008, 05:33 PM
LoL, bit late for that :D

cobweb
Oct 24th, 2008, 07:10 PM
Tip: Don't eat dates, they are disgusting :)

couldn't agree more :p
(sorry fiamma, not v.helpful)
if you have money to burn those vitamix things are meant to be good
i just use a 10 job from Tesco but i hardly even use that - i'd give it to you if lived nearby! :D

emmapresley
Oct 24th, 2008, 07:28 PM
Mmmm..dates.

i agree with flying plum..i've had a kenwood since turning 21 years old and it's still the amazing beast it once was.

flying plum
Oct 24th, 2008, 07:51 PM
i've always wanted one of those kitchenaid mixers. i have no idea if they make good cakes, but my goodness, talk about applicance porn...

meanwhile - UP KENWOOD. on my research, i realised it's british. but of course ;)

amanda

cobweb
Oct 24th, 2008, 08:09 PM
Mmmm..dates.

i agree with flying plum..i've had a kenwood since turning 21 years old and it's still the amazing beast it once was.


blimey if it's lasted that long they must be good :p

bryzee86
Oct 24th, 2008, 08:25 PM
dammit, I could have given you a stick blender whilst you were here if it'd gone last week!

emmapresley
Oct 24th, 2008, 08:53 PM
blimey if it's lasted that long they must be good :p

oi u cheeky wench :pissed:

:bigsmile2:

ms.vegan
Oct 24th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Hi! just been reading this thread! well, I rate Kenwood also, have had mine for years, and it's made stacks of cakes, all shapes and sizes, but none with dates in...urg, gross lol! Mind, I hafta say, anything that's "branded", rather than ya cheap muck, aughta be alright! good luck pickin a decent one gal! Jennie. xx

fiamma
Oct 24th, 2008, 10:34 PM
Thanks so much folks for all your input... and for the offer bryzee!!!

I am going shopping tomorrow morning so I shall let you all know, perhaps even post some appliance porn LoL :lol:

piggy
Oct 25th, 2008, 04:44 PM
it helps to soak dates in a bit of (warm) water for a while before blending them :)

fiamma
Oct 25th, 2008, 05:35 PM
Thanks piggy; the recipe did specifically say not to, otherwise the cake would have been too soggy. It was a great little blender and lasted me well, I guess its time had come :down:

piggy
Oct 25th, 2008, 05:46 PM
i've also noticed that my stickblender (well it's my flatmate's actually) starts to smell funny when i try to blend very dense stuff. it works great forliquids or stuff that is easily liquified, but i think one needs a proper food processor for stuff such as dates and other solids.
things that push my blender to the edge are chickpeas (if i don't add enough liquid) or blending cooked potatoes.

fiamma
Oct 25th, 2008, 05:48 PM
You're right, definitely; I get that funny overheating smell too :D

Probably getting it to blend dates was asking just that little bit too much.

Herbsman
Oct 26th, 2008, 11:30 AM
The smell is a mixture of ozone from the electric motor, plus warm hot metal, grease and plastic.

vava
Oct 26th, 2008, 02:28 PM
I thought this was a new blender called a 'rip stick' - it should be - that is a cool name for a stick blender!:)

Ruby Rose
Oct 26th, 2008, 03:18 PM
^ LOL! I so want a rip stick blender now! :)