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Cleaning the food processor bowl?

LindaMc Jul 9, 2007 11:45 AM

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,


  1. Romanmk Jul 9, 2007 11:53 AM

    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
      MMRuth Jul 9, 2007 12:34 PM

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

      1. re: MMRuth
        ChefJune Jul 9, 2007 12:57 PM

        I was about to say the same thing.

        1. re: MMRuth
          LindaMc Jul 9, 2007 01:01 PM

          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
            JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 9, 2007 11:18 PM

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

      2. yayadave Jul 10, 2007 05:39 AM

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

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          bakergal Jul 10, 2007 11:45 AM

          KitchenAid has a forum where you can ask your question:


          1. scubadoo97 Jul 10, 2007 12:01 PM

            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.

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