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7 Cup Food Processor Enough?

For a number of years, I had a combo Blender/Food Processor that I occasionally used but that I got rid of because it was kind of a crappy blender and a crappy food processor. I inherited a nice, heavy duty blender. So, now, I need a food processor. Is a 7 cup food processor enough to handle the typical things? I was thinking of this Cuisinart http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-2...

I have small kitchen, so I don't want a monster, but I don't want to be constantly disappointed that I can't do basic things, like make a batch of scones, in my food processor either. I don't want to overspend because I have seldom used a food processor in the past (maybe because I had a lousy one?) but I don't want to replace this one in 5 years because it's been a disappointment...

Thank you!

~TDQ

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  1. I have this one
    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-8...
    It has an 11 cup workbowl and I have found it perfect for my needs. Looking at the specs, this one isn't much bigger footprint wise than the one in your link. I've had if for about 5 years and it works very well. I also think that if the workbowl was smaller that my rugelach dough recipe wouldn't fit in it.

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      1. re: iluvcookies

        Oh, whoops, I un-did my order. Do you happen to know if the bowl is BPA-free?

        ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Oh good... I never thought about that.
            Now we can be food processor buddies!

            Oh dear, how "Sheldon Cooper" does that sound?

      2. I agree with ILC, if you can I would go with the 11 cup unit. I have a really old (25+) smaller unit that I think is 6 cups and I have a fairly new DCL8 Super Pro that I bought a few years ago to replace my old 11 cup. I rarely use the small one for anything except chopping nuts and if it the damn thing ever breaks I wont be replacing it.

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        1. re: foodieX2

          Oh and I meant to say that if you have the space (and the $$) invest in an extra work bowl. This is a huge help when wanting process wet and dry ingredients, doing large batches of things. So much easier than washing/drying between batches.

        2. It depends on how you will mostly use it, if you care about having to do split batches and what volume of recipes you usually make.

          I have the 16 cup cuisinart elite. I had the old DLC 8 for many years. Are you going to use it for slicing and shredding? The extra volume is nice for that but I still have to empty the bowl and slice another batch for some recipes. The volume capacity really comes into play with the non elite versions when doing anything liquid.

          1. I have had this one for about 8 years, don't put the bowl / blades in the dishwasher (had to replace the bowl once), but other that it has been a work horse, use it for pizza dough even though I have a kitchenaid mixer.

            http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DFP-1...

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            1. re: kindageeky

              Thank you. I looked at that one. Silly, but true, it's just a wee bit too tall to slide under my kitchen cabinets. I've decided that, in order to get the most use out of this thing, I need to keep it on my kitchen counter... We shall see.

              ~TDQ

            2. If you haven't already purchased one and don't plan to use it for Thanksgiving, WS and SLT offered their electrics at 20% off between black Friday and Xmas last year... maybe they'll do the same this year, maybe not.

              Anyway, I bought a Magimix a few months ago because it showed up in the sale section in WS for $200. I couldn't pass it up. It's a 12 cup model and I think it's just right for a family of 2. I love making banana bread or other kinds of quick bread in that thing.

              All 3 bowls nest nicely into each other while being stored. It also came with an attachment box. And it's 1/4" shorter than the Cuisinart model that wouldn't fit under your cabinet... hehe.