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Jul 9, 2007 11:45 AM

Cleaning the food processor bowl?

I don't use a food processor all that often, but I recently splashed out (with a Sur La Table gift card) on a big KitchenAid model after using the mini-model (5 C) for years, until the top broke.

I made my first batch of pesto of the season over the weekend, and somehow there was pesto in the handle of the bowl! Despite wasting gallons of water and dish soap, I could not get it completely clean.

Any ideas?!

Many thanks in advance,


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  1. My first thought was a bottle brush would help. But I don't have a KitchenAid so I can't take a look at the handle. Try calling customer service at KitchenAid.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Romanmk

      Can you stick it in the dishwasher? That's what I do w/ my Cuisinart one.

      1. re: MMRuth

        I was about to say the same thing.

        1. re: MMRuth

          I think the manual said not to, and the bowl of my previous one got really hacked up by my doing that (among other things). And it's such a fiddly little space I'm not sure if the dishwasher spray would get it. But it's worth a try.

          I'm going to stop at SLT on my way home one day this week and see if they have any helpful suggestions...

          1. re: LindaMc

            According to Kitchenaid, the only part that is not dishwasher safe is the motor base.

      2. If you don't feel like running around, you could check their web site. Of course, calling is good , too.

        1. KitchenAid has a forum where you can ask your question:

          1. a long soak in hot to warm soapy water will loosen most anything. I spritz mine with a little Simple Green to loosen any food in the hard to reach areas. Simple Green is a degreaser but it's a great surfactant as well.

            1. I called customer service. I haven't had food in the handle of the bowl, but I have a hard time drying the areas we're discussing. I have been putting a fan on the bowl and lid to dry completely....takes 2 days!!! Customer service said that she never submerges her bowl and lid. Wow, what a design!!! I asked her to pass along our concerns to their design department. Good luck with the pesto....could be you have a faulty processor. I think they would send you a new bowl, if you called them.