So the more I get into cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, the more it's growing on me. As I get more involved, I'm realizing that adding to my collection of kitchen gadgets would make cooking even more enjoyable, since certain tasks would be faster and easier, and it could try more and different recipes. I already have a hand mixer and a few other things, but I'm starting to think maybe I should look into getting a food processor.
Now, keep in mind that I'm a total kitchen n00b, so. Um. That's why I'm appealing to the infinite knowledge base known as the internet. First of all--I considered a blender, but Google tells me that blenders are better suited for liquids, and I do basically none of that. My repertoire consists of meats, breads, and veggies. Being not a fan of dairy, and avoiding carbs from flavored drinks or juices, smoothies are right out...plus the gooshy texture is a bit of a no-way for me. Food processors are overall more versatile (again saith the Google), so that's what I'm leaning toward. Chopping, grinding, etc--that seems right up my alley.
After extensive research (aka typing "food processor" into Google shopping, and fiddling around on Amazon), this seems to be the product most likely to fit my needs.
It's a Cuisinart, which I do at least know is a reputable brand, and at 4 cups capacity it seems to be a nice small-medium size. I'm single, cook for just myself, and don't need something huge. I do make decent-sized batches of things to freeze and carry to work, though, so I don't want something teeny-tiny.
So, I guess my question is--for that price, should I go ahead and get it? Is it worth it to buy a food processor in the first place? Has anyone had any bad experiences with Cuisinart, food processors, or anything like this in general? Is it a silly idea to drop money on an appliance like this when I only cook three nights a week and even then just for myself? Or is it an amazing kitchen gadget that nobody should do without and you have no idea how I've made it to 25 years old and 4 years out on my own without ever having used, bought, or owned one for myself?
I cast myself upon thy infinite wisdom, O Internet. So, you know...tell me what you think?