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Cuisinart Miniprep Food Processor

michaelnrdx Jul 6, 2010 10:46 PM

Costco is selling a 4-cup Cuisinart miniprep food processor for $20. I don't have a processor, and I'd like to get one. Is the miniprep a good model, and is 4 cups a useful size?

  1. food face Jul 7, 2010 03:16 AM

    Hopefully the 4 cup is more useful then the 2 cup which sucks. It came with my 7 cup one for free so at least I didn't actually pay for it. unless there is lots of liquid it won't even process more than 2 cloves of garlic.

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      ferret Jul 7, 2010 04:30 AM

      Not very versatile and obviously underpowered. I have one that I use for very light duty. Keep your expectations low.

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      1. re: ferret
        michaelnrdx Jul 7, 2010 10:49 AM

        What do you usually use your miniprep for? I don't plan to chop carrots or other vegetables with it. I'd use the food processor for things like pesto, peanut butter, grinding nuts into nut flours, making bread crumbs, making pie dough, and grinding spices. Do you think this underpowered model works well for these tasks?

        1. re: michaelnrdx
          SanityRemoved Jul 7, 2010 11:11 AM

          I have the original model and thankfully they have made some refinements, most notably the blade no longer has to be removed from the spindle to change between chop and grind. I'm sure there were plenty of people who cut themselves while doing that. The other improvement is the bowl size.

          Pie dough is probably a bit much for it. The other tasks it should handle. I do pesto all the time. As with any food processor there is always the possibility that something is too low for the blades to hit without a little jostling of the food processor in between running it. It does have holes that you can add liquids through slowly. There is no chute, you must put items in the bowl first so although you can end up with a pretty consistent outcome you can't do things like slice or grate that you can with a larger food processor.

          It can be a time saver and is nice when you want to do a small batch of something.

          1. re: michaelnrdx
            ferret Jul 7, 2010 02:11 PM

            Pesto is fine (I do chimichurri in mine). Peanut butter may well be pushing it; pie dough - forget it. It's not well suited for grinding spices, an electric coffee grinder would be better.

            To be fair, I've never tried nut butters or dough, but I've heard enough of the "little engine that could" sounds from this thing to have a healthy fear of straining the motor.

            1. re: ferret
              SanityRemoved Jul 7, 2010 04:49 PM

              True and one thing I forgot was that the older model which I have has lo and hi buttons versus chop and grind. Can anyone who owns a chop and grind model confirm that there is only a fast setting and the ability to pulse?

            2. re: michaelnrdx
              grant.cook Jul 8, 2010 09:32 AM

              For spices, i'd get one of those Krups mini-coffee grinders.. works a lot better

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            grant.cook Jul 7, 2010 11:50 AM

            I find it useful for small jobs - used it last night to puree some dill in greek yogurt. Definitely for light duty only... you could probably make mayo in it, that sort of things..

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