does anyone have any experience with the cuisinart 3 cup food processor? is it just a toy, or is it a good appliance worth buying? I want a food processor but don't have room in my kitchen for one, and also, i am cooking for just myself most of the time. I don't mind chopping veggies, but it just takes so much time. would love to get a tool to help shave time off.
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on August 09, 2013
at 11:41 AM
In Nov, 2011, I purchased a bright red KitchenAid Chefs Chopper Series 3 Cup Food Processor for about $31 (USD) from Bed Bath and Beyond, using their 20% off coupon.
It is excellent!
I purchased the small 3-cup one because I only had a couple of specific tasks I wanted to accomplish with it.
I've processed pecorino romano cheese, ground up cooked Italian sausage to use in homemade Italian sauce and on pizza. I also grind up my homemade chili to remove the larger lumps for use on chili hot dogs.
I heartily recommend it!
on August 09, 2013
at 11:14 AM
I have the 3-cup mini-prep one that's going for $26... they're ok, but too small for making anything substantial. For example, it takes forever to shred a cauliflower head into cauliflower rice. Something like 8 or 9 passes of using a knife to chop the florettes off the stem and feeding the food processor. So much so that I'd rather just steam it/stir fry it instead.
On the down side mine has a plastic cup, and looking at the blades, I see a small crack in the plastic that attaches the blade to the motor, so it has a bit of built in obsolescence in mind (i.e. cheaply made, will easily break). On the upside, you can spend something like $10 to buy a replacement blade, which I did, so when it breaks, I can continue to use it. Mine came with only a single blade, it can be used to cut in one direction and grind in another (the motor reverses directions and there's two buttons on the base.)
The plastic cup means that anything containing oils will stick to the insides of it and will be very difficult to clean. It also means that if you use it to chop alums (garlic, onions), it will hold on to the smell... You'll have to leave it soaking in dish detergent overnight, and even then it doesn't get rid of the smell.
It's useful for some things, but I find a larger blender to be more useful most of the time. Yes, it's not a food processor, but it almost does the job. Sadly, using a blender to make riced cauliflower doesn't work, but making mayonnaise does.