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Food processor

Ok we've got every kitchen gadget around-or at least it looks that way
I don't see the need for a food processor but the bf does. I think I'll splurge for Xmas but I'm
Not sure which way to go.., kitchenaid? Cuisinart? I'm looking at the lower
End I believe-less than 200 any suggestions? He really enjoys baking, we are both fairly decent cooks
And are pretty good about being adventurous in the kitchen. Thanks for your help!

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    1. re: wonderwoman

      ww is right . AND as a chef for 40 yrs,(home and professional), i wouldn't even consider a Kitchen Aid. Cuisinart all the way. Don't forget about buying used through craigslist and amazon.
      I bought my first Cuisinart when they were first available here, and still it is a workhorse; but for my business I also bought a number of used Cuisinarts and they are all still going. Some things you really want to buy the best because it will last you a lifetime- good quality knives, pans, a Kitchen Aid 5 qt. mixer, and a Cuisinart.

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        an opposing point of view:

        10 years ago, one of the kitchen catalogues made me a deal i couldn't refuse (on sale, free shipping, $25 rebate and, they threw in a 10-inch stainless steel saute pan) for an 11-cup kitchen aid. still going strong. although, i have seen that the newer versions don't measure up to the older versions.

        1. re: wonderwoman

          HAY ZEUS!!!! tell me the name of that catalog! i'll get on their mailing list.. even if i have to wait another 10 years it'd still be worth it!

    2. I still use my Robot Coupe from the 80's ocassionally because of the bowl size but use the cuisinart all the time for pureeing, making hummus and mark bittmans pizza dough.

      1. We still have and use (occasionally) our original Cuisinart CFP 5. It was relegated to back up status when we bought the 20 cup Cuisinart DLC XL. No multiple bowls or adjustable blades or other newer improvements. If you are not sure of what these machines can do, look for a good cookbook. The only one I ever recommend, ad nauseum, is Abby Mandel's which is available used on ebay. It is good and full of ideas and tips. Good luck with your decision and choice.

          1. DO NOT purchase a KitchenAid. I bought a beauty about a year ago; has a nice plastic box for all the attachments, etc. There are several major problems that I've discovered: 1) When grating (as in cabbage), there is not a shutoff at the top of the lid when the container is full. Because of that, a piece of the lid actually broke, and I had to purchase a whole new lid (at approx. $40). 2)The blade does not stop immediately after releasing the Pulse button, sometimes resulting in over-processed ingredients. 3) One of biggest problems I have had is making breadcrumbs from croutons (though I'm sure it would apply to other ingredients being processed finely). Because of a poor lid design, the ingredients are able to work their way out of the container and onto the counter. This happened yesterday when I was processing bread cubes into crumbs, and they ended up everywhere---a real mess. It was then I decided ENOUGH! Anyone want to buy it. . .cheap??? I'm going for a Cuisinart. Any recommendations on models?

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            1. re: Jessiet

              Because they are such workhorses, i do think you'd be likely to have good results buying one through craigslist or ebay. i have done both and had no problems (except long ago when i bought an older model that could not take my blades). As to model, unless you have a large family or food business, i'd recommend not the Pro, but the largest domestic use machine. If you buy a new machine, i would rec you also purchase a #2 and #4 slicing blade and TWO all purpose blades(be future minded; i use mine so much, i'm happy to have a really sharp new blade on hand when my first blade finally goes duller.) Forget the grater blade because it's easier to clean a box grater than the cuis. blade and the feed tube. I would highly rec you also look into a small food processor -which i find invaluable for nuts, parm, small quantities of vinaigrettes, pureeing anchovies, breadcrumbs...... (fyi, my Cuis. model is not ideal because there is no feed tube or lid opening good for adding oil to a vinaigrette etc.)

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                After many years of my pondering the ownership of a food processor, my husband put an end to it and bought me a Cuisinart for Christmas. Mind you, I have had it less than a month but so far, so good.

                It isn't the pro model but the largest non-Pro one. I think (but I could be wrong) it is the Custom 14 cup model. I am very glad I didn't buy one as I would have gone smaller.

                I have grated large quantities of cheese and learned to soak the grating blade in soap water prior to putting it in the dishwasher so no problem getting it clean. (I am entirely too lazy to grate cheese by hand)

            2. I would avoid Kitchen Aid food processors personally. They should stick to mixers, as their food processor models commonly have quality issues and only come with a 1-year warranty, where 5-years is common among the competing processors from Cuisinart and Waring.

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              1. re: JosephBrown

                My KitchenAid FP (model KPF750) was giving me problems. It's about 4-5 years old but doesn't get heavy-duty use. The bowl has become difficult to attach properly and once locked, it, more often than not, will not engage and "spin". Turns out that there is a small piece of plastic that broke off inside the handle, which did not allow the safety lock to fully engage. I have to shake the handle so that it (the broken piece) is moved out of the way. I'll be getting a replacement bowl, but I might start saving up for a Magimix.

                1. re: JosephBrown

                  Totally different experience here. I've had a KitchenAid 11-cup FP with a nesting smaller bowl for a decade and it's still going strong. It's easy to use, I've never had a single issue, and it gets used at least once or twice a week.