With its powerful motor and large capacity, this food processor is perfect for the serious home chef. The possibilities are almost limitless: it chops and pur?es fruits, meats, vegetables, and cheese; makes pastry and bread doughs; and slices and shreds … see full wiki
Pros: sharp blades, small or large quantities, discs work well, large capacity,
Cons: Bowl, disc stem, and food pusher all cracked becoming unusable in just under four years
The Bottom Line: We used to love this until three main parts cracked and broke in under four years. STAY AWAY from CUISINART PRODUCTS NOW! They are not what they used to be.
Cuisinart 14 cup food processor
UPDATE: I have greatly reduced the rating of this machine as I am furious with Cuisinart. This machine I did the review on had to be replaced with the identical model approx 3 years ago or so, and after not quite 4 years, the feeding tube pusher cracked SEVERELY making it almost impossible to use, the stem for the discs cracked right up the middle, making it impossible to use, and the bowl cracked (not having been abused) and soon it might be unusable.
Replacment costs for these items is well over $100 and I am furious. So we purchased a KitchenAid Pro-line 16 cup processor and it is FAR better than the Cuisinart. Now that I can compare, I can see how cheaply made the Cuisinarts have become. I just wanted to explain my low rating and contradicting review below. I have reviewed the KitchenAid if you are interested- check my profile for the link to it.
When we first entered the world of Cuisinart, we bought a Classic food processor. It is about a 7 cup capacity processor.
With the large amount of preservation that we have done with food, the Classic just was not enough. However, we learned to make do with what we had.
Then it happened. My parents gave us some money for Christmas one year and told us to buy what we needed. Well, we saw the CUISINART FOOD PREP CENTER in the Chef's Catalog and decided to purchase that machine.
WHAT IS THIS MACHINE LIKE?
The CUISINART FOOD PREP CENTER is a 14 cup capacity machine. It is not that much bigger than the Classic model that we have, but it has some significant differences in the way that it is made.
First of all, the blades are more curved and the edges are serrated, like the kind of knives that you do not need to sharpen.
This alone is reason enough to get this model over the Classic and other lesser models.
Because of this design difference, this machine actually chops herbs and small amounts of vegetables quickly and efficiently with much more uniformness than the smaller units of Cuisinart do (we have three of them).
The cover has a very large feed tube which allows for larger slicing of tomatoes or other vegetables or fruits that you might want to use on a fresh fruit plate.
The dough blade that comes with it is very nice and capable of making a decent loaf of bread.
The container is much taller which allows for more chopping, mixing or slicing between emptying of the container.
WHAT DOES THIS MACHINE COME WITH?
The FOOD PREP CENTER is a delightful kit for processing food.
Here is what this machine comes with.
14 cup container metal chopping blade (curved and serrated) dough blade (plastic) stainless steel medium shredding disc stainless steel medium slicing disc detachable stem for discs compact cover without feeding tube video of how to use this machine whisk attachment (do not come with this anymore) recipe and instruction book
The cord on this machine is medium length allowing for placement on counter a good distance from the plug. The cord is heavier duty than normal and the plug is a flat wall plug that goes in one way only. It is polarized.
The rubber feet on the unit do not allow it to travel when using. Only once in a while when using heavy mixing will it travel when the feet are dirty.
The small feeding tube that sits inside the large feeding tube allows for slicing of carrots, celery or other smaller produce.
The larger feeding tube allows for large tomatoes or other large produce to remain large for nice slices.
The detachable stem for the slicing discs works very well. Spring loaded, it allows you to remove the stem to store the discs more easily.
The discs that come with the unit work well for almost anything. I have the additional disc set for the classic, and still found us using the medium the most anyway.
The bowl is lexan and shatterproof. I would not put in boiling things, but it does hold up well.
The blade is so well designed that it will chop up small amounts of things or large amounts with the same efficiency.
The dough blade will knead about 3 lbs of dough in a few minutes.
The whisk attachment (does not come with it anymore) is delightful. Never had anything whip egg whites so fast and beautifully in my life.
Motor handles large loads without overheating.
Comes with a spatula that I rarely use. It is not soft, but hard plastic.
Two switches- ON- perpetual spinning of blade or discs.
PULSE- you control the pulsing of the blades by pressing down and when you let up, the motor disengages.
This unit has the following capacities:
chopped pureed foods- 3 cups
chopped meat or poultry- 2 1/4 cups
bread dough- 3 pounds (6 cups flour yielding 2 loaves- I just make one loaf recipe- 2 is too much on motor)
Nuts for nut butters- 3 cups
Sliced or shredded cheese or vegetables- 14 cups
cake batter- 4 pounds (5 - 8 inch cakes)
cookie dough 3 1/2 pounds (90 cookies)
The book that comes with this unit is excellent. The directions are clear and concise. There are lots of photos and they are easy to understand.
All recipes tell you what blades to use and why.
The assortment of recipes given are also excellent and useful in most every kitchen. I use this book constantly for mayonnaise and other recipes.
There is a circuit breaker in the motor of this unit. If you use it too long and it gets too hot, it will shut off. Simply wait about 10 minutes and you can use it again.
There is a safety switch in the cover and bowl. If both are not locked, then the unit will not run.
Excellent safeguard for children.
3 years on machine
5 years on motor
You can get a blade set from chef's catalog (www.chefscatalog.com) for about $30 or so. There is a storage center for them as well, making this a nice way to display and store the discs.
Without this stand, it is kind of annoying to store the discs.
Some stands also have a place for the blades too.
This food processor is a delight to use. It is designed to do large or small amounts of things. I have two smaller Cuisinart processors, but we all use this one most of all. We rarely use the smaller ones unless this one is dirty and we need something right away.
I would not recommend dishwasher for these parts. That makes them dull and does make the lexan prone to cracking. Wash this by hand please, it is worth it.
DO NOT LEAVE THE BLADES OR DISCS SOAKING IN WATER. They will deteriorate, and the blades CAN have spots develop if left in water too long. Clean as soon as possible to avoid any problems. This unit is durable, but not indestructible.
The chef's catalog is an excellent place to buy it as they do honor warranties and if you have any problems (and have a receipt), they will help you straighten them out.
They have replaced something that broke after only a year for me.
This would be a perfect gift for that special someone that love to bake and cook. It is professional in performance and results and made to serve you well.