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Cuisinart DLC-1 Mini-Prep Food Processors

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Brushed Stainless
  • Powerful chopper/grinder; 21-ounce work bowl; 2 speeds for precision chopping
  • Patented reversible blade chops or grinds; brushed stainless steel base
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Instruction/recipe book
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Learn how to choose the right food processor with the Cuisinart Food Processor Buying Guide. A Cuisinart food processor is the ultimate kitchen assistant, and finding the perfect one for your kitchen is now easier. Use the Food Processor guide to compare models, browse colors, explore the collections, and shop miniprocessors and choppers.

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Product Details

Color: Brushed Stainless
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  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7 x 5.1 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00007IT2M
  • Item model number: DLC-1SS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (421 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,956 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Color: Brushed Stainless


The Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor stands 8 inches tall and just over 4 inches wide, but don't let the size fool you. The base houses a motor so powerful that you need to stabilize it with one hand when using the high setting to whip up a strawberry-banana smoothie for one in less than a minute. The clear plastic prep bowl locks into place with a simple twist, while the blades can be set sharp side up for chopping onions or grating Parmesan cheese, or turned blunt side up for making walnut pesto or whipping up chocolate frosting. The set includes a spatula and a cleaning brush to remove coffee grounds.

For best results, cut ingredients into small, even pieces--about 1/2-inch square or so works well. In general, use the sharp-edge approach for low speed and the blunt side of the blades for high speed. If you need to run the motor for longer than one minute, pause and begin again. The bowl, cover, and blade assembly can all be run through the dishwasher, but watch your fingers when dissembling the machine, as the blades are extremely sharp. --Irene Svete

Product Description

Don't Underestimate Its Size

The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Processor is the perfect kitchen helper for your small food preparation tasks. This compact processor occupies minimum counter space yet offers major advantages: more power than other choppers, 2-speed operation, large 21-ounce capacity and several colors to choose from.

Cuisinart DLC-1BCH Mini-Prep Food Processor:

  • Powerful chopper/grinder
  • 21-ounce work bowl
  • 2 speeds for precision processing
  • Patented reversible blade
  • BPA free

Dimensions: Measures 4.63 in. x 6.25 in. x 8.00 in.

A Closer Look: The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Processor also comes with a stainless steel blade with sharp and blunt edges, a spatula and an instruction/recipe book.

Take Care: Dishwasher-safe parts.

About the Brand: When the food processor was introduced in 1973, it wasn't known as a food processor; it was commonly referred to as a Cuisinart. The rest is culinary history.

Made in the USA

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Customer Reviews

Easy to use, easy to clean!
Suzie Q
This food processor is perfectly sized for small jobs, for those who do not need a huge processor.
Brian Burkett
It does a terrible job of chopping onions, carrots, herbs, nuts and just about anything at all.
Mary Parlato

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

347 of 354 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2003
Color Name: Brushed Stainless
I highly recommend the Cuisinart Mini-Prep. I've had one for 6 years and it is still running beautifully. For such a small unit it has a surprisingly powerful motor. It can chop or puree vegies, fruits, - even cooked beef, chicken, and fish. When I first bought it I used it mainly for chopping onions, garlic, herbs, etc., but then I began to discover the possibilities. Ofcourse, the portions you are able to prepare are small, but if you're alone or have a very small family, it's a great little machine. Also a breeze to clean (not like the large Cuisinart units). Only negative is that it is rather noisy, however, for this price it is a terrific value. I must add that I bought two other mini processors prior to this one (both by Black & Decker) and was thoroughly dissatisfied with them. The motors were not powerful at all and the blades were in a different position than Cuisinart Mini-Prep. They could not chop more than 1/4 to 1/2 cup of food at a time or it would not run. Neither unit would puree anything, only coarse chopping was possible. If you're looking for a good mini processor the Cuisinart Mini-Prep is it!
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278 of 288 people found the following review helpful By Southern Review on September 28, 2004
Color Name: Brushed Stainless Verified Purchase
A time for every seasoning......and a utensil for every purpose. The Cuisinart Mini Prep does not serve well as a primary processor for heavy jobs. That was not its intended design, or function.

I obtained my first mini prep as a promotional gift with a DLC-7 purchase. For many years they have been contributing to my cooking enjoyment as a problem-free, complimentary team in a busy kitchen. When their lexan lids eventually chipped, (which admittedly is a major cause of aggravation with Cuisinart's products) I opted to replace them rather than spend up to 50% of their new cost for replacement bowls. I upgraded the old DLC-7 that is still mechanically perfect, with a MP-14 TM Limited Edition.

The Mini Prep perfectly compliments larger processors. I specifically elected to stay with Cuisinart's older, boxier design; because its function is favored over the newer, sleeker model, the DLC-2ABC.

The mini prep makes delectable, creamy homemade sauces and dressings. It performs equally well making pesto, crèmed butter, chopped fresh herbs, including garlic, chopped nuts, small portion purees, deviled eggs, spreads, and speedy fresh salsas. It has a fast and slow lever whose function I like because they may be "pulsed" on and off with an instantaneous response. This offers a demanding cook tremendous control over several types of prep functions conducive to small processors.

Mini Prep seems perfectly designed to make one and a half cup portions of emulsified sauces and dressings, such as cilantro mayonnaise for grilled fish, or a dollop on fresh corn salad.

Here is a basic example of how I use this workhorse.

Herb mayonnaise: place dry seasonings, a dab of honey, poupon mustard, flavored vinegars, or lemon/lime juice in the jar.
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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Spyce VINE VOICE on October 20, 2006
Color Name: White
I have been using the Mini-Prep for a few years. I like to use it for small jobs like chopping herbs, parmesan cheese, and for making pesto. I haven't had any problems with processing parmesan cheese as one reviewer did. The blade has two sides, a blunt side for processing hard items like parmesan cheese, chocolate, and coffee beans and a sharp side for processing soft items such as onions, garlic, meats, and mushrooms. The sharp side is labeled sharp. If you alternate between processing hard and soft items, you have to remember to check the position of the blade to make sure you are processing with the right side. In addition, the processor has two speeds, HI & LO. The LO speed is recommended for use with the sharp side of the blade and pulse action while the HI speed is recommended for use with the blunt side of the blade and continuous processing. The Mini-Prep has a lot of kick to it for such a small appliance, and I have found it best to hold it steady with one hand, particularly when processing hard food items, because it will jump when powered on.

One thing I noticed, in the instruction and recipe manual under Operating Techniques, the instructions indicate that hard cheese is processed with a blade and position speed of Blunt/HI but the instructions for grated parmesan cheese in the recipe section uses Sharp/HI. I pulse at BLUNT/HI and then do continuous hold until its grated like I want it. For best results, cut the cheese into small pieces as indicated in the instruction manual before processing.

The Mini-Prep does a fairly decent job of chopping onions and garlic. On occasion I find a stray piece that the blades missed but that's probably because I don't always cut the pieces as recommended. Overall, I think this is a great little processor and well worth the price. Just remember to read the instruction manual before you start using it.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stormie on October 7, 2007
Color Name: Black Chrome Verified Purchase
This is now my go-to chopper for onions, peppers, celery, nuts, spices, and anything that I need smaller quantities of. Super impressed with the blade and how quickly it gets things done. No big hunks of unchopped food left in there like with my larger food processor. If this one dies, I will buy it again!!! Love it!!!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Konigsberg on August 28, 2007
Color Name: Black Chrome Verified Purchase
For making seasoned butter, herbs, nuts --- small puree needs, the is a handy little gizmo for your kitchen. Sure beats cutting or dragging out the big gun processor.
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