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Post# 448257   12/1/2021 at 19:59 (813 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I just picked up an interesting GE food processor at Goodwill for $3. I believe it dates from the late '70s, based on the almond and brown color scheme and the non-polarized plug. It is unlike any other food processor I have seen. Unlike most food processors, where everything twists and locks into place, this one has a metal locking pin on the lid with a release button on the body of the machine. The really oddball part is on the underside of the container, which has a coupling like a blender to attach it to the motor unit. This one only has one speed with an on/off switch and a pulse button but apparently, there was also a six-speed version with a blender jar. The blades are pretty basic—a chopping blade and a two-sided slicing/shredding disc. While handy for storage, I can't imagine why one would want to use it such a configuration, but you can install both blades at the same time. The thing seems to be very well built—almost commercial grade by modern standards—and appears to have seen very little use. I didn't really need it but for $3, it just had to come home with me. I'll post photos tomorrow but for now, here's a photo of one I found online.


Post# 448261 , Reply# 1   12/2/2021 at 09:36 (813 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Post# 448277 , Reply# 2   12/2/2021 at 19:16 (812 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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My grandmother had one like that, my aunt had gotten it for her at a garage sale. You are right, these are late 1970s/early 1980s, just before GE sold its small appliance division to Black and Decker in the mid-1980s.

If I remember correctly, these were made overseas, but I don't remember where. I wonder if another company made these for General Electric.

Post# 448279 , Reply# 3   12/2/2021 at 20:27 (812 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
American made...

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Perhaps production was moved overseas later in the production run, or maybe after the sale to Black and Decker, but the ratings sticker on the bottom of mine says 'Made in USA'.

Post# 448296 , Reply# 4   12/3/2021 at 17:31 (811 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I'm guessing by the looks of this machine that it's sturdy, heavy and probably has some real power

Post# 448300 , Reply# 5   12/3/2021 at 21:32 (811 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The build quality on this machine is quite solid. When I plugged it in and turned it on after I got it home, it sounded anything but wimpy. I'm looking forward to putting it through its paces. No doubt it will perform well.

Post# 448475 , Reply# 6   12/8/2021 at 00:40 (807 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

My sister has one very similar to yours. It's a real work horse, I think it will become a staple in your kitchen!She uses it for chopping lg. amounts of walnuts and the like.

Post# 448636 , Reply# 7   12/14/2021 at 15:16 (800 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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So I finally created an opportunity to try out my new (to me) vintage GE food processor. All I can say is that thing is a BRUTE! It absolutely pulverized an onion and a bell pepper in about three seconds. In fact, it did it so thoroughly that I decided it was a bit pointless to saute them before dumping them in the slow cooker. All in all, I'm quite pleased with it, especially for the paltry sum I paid for it.

Post# 448651 , Reply# 8   12/15/2021 at 09:45 (800 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Best $3 Food Processor Ever...

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UPDATE: I tried it again later in the evening to shred an 8oz. block of cheese to go on the chili. It handled the job with gusto and the best part is the 'throat' on the lid is actually wide enough to accommodate the entire block without having to slice it in half lengthwise.

The fun part was the quasi-girlfriend was standing there and very dismissively said, "well, that thing looks old as hell", to which I replied yes, but it was made when things were still built to last. She did change her tune once she saw it in action.

They certainly don't build things like they used to!

Post# 449499 , Reply# 9   1/23/2022 at 18:04 (760 days old) by BriGuy (Wichita, Kansas)        
I have one too

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I've owned one for quite a few years now. They are great machines. We use ours all the time. There were 2 models, on one the bowl had a handle, the other it did not. Not sure which came first.I'm a Golden Girls fan, and if you look closely you'll see this model on their counter in almost every kitchen episode. They pop up around here at estate sales and thrift stores on a regular basis.

Post# 449504 , Reply# 10   1/23/2022 at 20:41 (760 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Hey, if it was good enough for Betty White, it's good enough for me!

Post# 449511 , Reply# 11   1/23/2022 at 23:38 (760 days old) by BriGuy (Wichita, Kansas)        
Betty White

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Absolutely! I agree 100%

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