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Anyone here have a Food Processor?

KraytKrayt Posts: 765Registered Users
Any recommendations for a brand and which "level" of that brand is the best to get?

I have been looking at some Cuisinarts from Kohl's since my parents have a 30% off ticket, which would make financial sense.

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  • LucilleLucille Posts: 588Registered Users
    Cuisinarts are nice. I have a Kitchenaid, which I like.
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    Both my mom and my mother in law have Cuisinarts and they last for ever. We have one too, but we've only had it for 3-4 years.
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  • KraytKrayt Posts: 765Registered Users
    Any ideas on how expensive up the Cuisinart ladder to go? Since they are a good name and we have 30% off coming, any suggestions on how big is "too big" or "too powerful"?
  • LucilleLucille Posts: 588Registered Users
    Is it for you? What will it be used for and how often?
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I think you should look at size. How many people will you be cooking for generally? Do you entertain a lot? How much counter space do you have?
    To Trenell, MizKerri and geeky:
    I pray none of you ever has to live in a communist state.

    Geeky is my hero. She's the true badass. The badass who doesn't even need to be a badass. There aren't enough O's in cool to describe her.
  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    I have a KitchenAid 12 cup. The only drawback to it is that it has a safety feature that doesn't allow it to turn on unless the plunger is inserted a bit. I like that feature right now as I have kids and when you're not looking they like to poke buttons :wink: I don't mind having to cut things here and there to get them to fit under the safety line, but some may find it an unneeded step.
  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    Any ideas on how expensive up the Cuisinart ladder to go? Since they are a good name and we have 30% off coming, any suggestions on how big is "too big" or "too powerful"?

    Have you heard of America's Test Kitchen? They are a show from Cooks Illustrated and they do equipment testing and ratings. The Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 and Prep 11 Plus are very well rated.
  • KraytKrayt Posts: 765Registered Users
    Well I have now and will certainly check them out.
  • B-wavyB-wavy Posts: 1,733Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have a KitchenAid 12-cup and really like it. Both KitchenAid and Cuisinart are excellent brands, go for whichever one you like best & is on sale for the best price. If a 12-cup capacity sounds really huge, keep in mind that the instructions will tell you that you can't actually put 12 cups worth of something in there, I think it's more like 7 or 8 cups -- there has to be some excess space in there while the food is chopping. Totally depends on what you're going to use it for, but if it were me, I'd rather err on the side of getting a larger one.
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I think an 11-12 cup should be good for everyday use and normal entertaining. I don't think you need a YOOGE 20 cup unless you frequently cook for an army.
    To Trenell, MizKerri and geeky:
    I pray none of you ever has to live in a communist state.

    Geeky is my hero. She's the true badass. The badass who doesn't even need to be a badass. There aren't enough O's in cool to describe her.
  • B-wavyB-wavy Posts: 1,733Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    geeky, I didn't even know they made 20-cup capacity, I thought the 11 and 12-cup were the largest ones! Shows you how much I know, hehe :oops:
  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    i heart my cuisinart..


    don't skimp out and get the baby kind.. you need/want the power of the basic regular sized one..

    my mother's first cuisinart kept her counter company for over 20 years.. they got it as a wedding gift.. some of my best childhood memories included making chocolate chip cookies with the cuisinart :)
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  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    thanks for the info! I'd been resisting getting a food processor because I have the mini prep and a good knife. Finally decided to get one as the bread making is getting more prevalent (whole grains so the stand mixer isn't enough) and I like to make homemade hummus, plus usually avoid making pate brise unless I HAVE to due to lack of large food processing abilities.

    Found that Linens n Things has the 14cup one with free shipping (or in store pickup) plus you can google for a 20% off coupon and it comes out to $170 including tax. I like the 14 cup because it can handle 3lbs of bread dough (at least two loaves) and doesn't take up more room than the 11 cup. Plus it has the raised buttons instead of the new seamless ones that tend to crack and break according to reviews. I thought about the kitchenaid and love my stand mixer but honestly reviews for bakers and those who deal with dough all pointed to the Cuisinart as having a stronger motor. (I believe even Cooks Illustrated admitted this).
  • picklesgirlpicklesgirl Posts: 1,955Registered Users
    Mine is nothing fancy just a HamiltonBeach I bought at Target for like $25 but I love it. It has this little schute that comes off the side so when you grate cheese with it you can put a bowl right under it and catch all the cheese. I use if for cheese all the time.