Help! I just burned out my food processor!
After 25 years my trusty Cuisinart just bite the dust. I use a processor a lot for baking but now that I need to get a new one I'm remembering all those commercials showing all kinds of bell and whistles on the newer ones - blending and mixing, although I mostly use a stick blender these days. And I always think it's easier to use my knife to chop things than clean a processor bowl later...so - before I go order another Cuisinart - the 2011 ( i think ) got good review from Comsumer Reports, but anyone like the KitchenAid?
Thanks, I need to do this right away, because I'm on the hook for a wedding cake in two weeks!
I have the 12 cup Kitchenaid and while I love it it, and it is solid, it has some weaknesses.
1. Doing liquids in it it tends to leak around the underside of the blade and top pieces.
2. The little bowl inside is not held taught in place and often loses energy to bowl movement and often drops small pieces of what your grinding to the bigger bowl underneath.
3. The accessories box does now have a latche or something to keep it closed.
I know that last one sounds like splitting hairs, but considering you always have to store it right side up its a storage problem and it's irritating considering the price. I love the idea of replacing mine with the Cuisinart Elite; seems to have fixed the 1 and 2. However if you're comparing it to the cheaper Cuisinart processors I'd lean toward the Kichenaid model.
Yikes onthelam, same thing happened to my 30-year old 14-cup Cuisinart while I was grinding peanut butter last year! Over the years, I had replaced the bowl a couple of times and a blade or two, but I thought the motor would last forever.....I guess they all self-destruct after 25 to 30 years. Since I had just replaced the bowl not two months before, and that was not cheap, I ended up replacing my Cuisinart with their new stainless steel 14-cup model which takes the same size bowl and blades as my original DLC-7 model. I used a 20 percent off coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond and the final price for the replacement was $140.
Frankly, the newer model doesn't seem to be the same quality as the original. I doubt this one will last 5 years, let alone 30 years that my original one did.
The Wolfgang Puck processor on HSN allegedly has a much more powerful motor.and seems to have more versatility. I don't know if it's any good, but it's a lot cheaper.
I don't actually own this but it looks really cool. It's a new cuisinart model called the cuisinart elite. Check out these links:
The 16 cup version sold by williams-sonoma: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/9968082/?catalogId=90&bnrid=3180501&cm_ven=Shopping&cm_cat=Froogle&cm_pla=default&cm_ite=default
The 14 and 12 cup versions on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-FP-14...
Hope this doesn't mean my DLC Suoer Pro 1984 vintage is about to bite the dust too. Cook's Illustrated gave the KA one their highest recommendation in this month's issue - and it comes with a small bowl that fits in the main one for storage. If I had to I would get either the KA or the great big new Cuisinart (also has the small bowl).