Cuisinart DLC-2ACY Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, Chocolate Cherry
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- 250-watt food processor with 3-cup plastic work bowl
- Chops and grinds with patented reversible stainless-steel blade
- Simple push-button control panel; durable, yet lightweight plastic body
- Dishwasher-safe bowl and lid for quick cleanup; spatula included
- Measures approximately 8 by 5 by 9 Inch; 18-month limited warranty
- 24-ounce work bowl with handle
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The Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor, the most useful food prep tool, just got better. Featuring a 3-cup bowl with a convenient handle, an auto-reversing Smart Power Blade feature and a chop/grind touchpad control that lets you chop or grind ingredients instantly at the touch of a button.
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While doing my research several people warned me, "Careful! Three cups is pretty small". Well, yeah, it is--especially if you are comparing it to a full-size processor. This machine is not meant to be used as a regular-sized processor. Try to use it for a "full-size" job and no doubt you will be disappointed!
I wanted a little processor to prep small jobs. It needed to be handy enough so that I would actually use it. I had gotten into the habit of standing at my cutting board and debating if it would be quicker to get out the big processor or do the chopping job by hand. "By hand" was winning out, because when I added up the time it takes to pull the machine into a position where it could be used, finish aligning the parts and adding the blade, do the chopping, then finding room in the dishwasher to clean the bulky parts, well, it just wasn't worth the effort. It had actually become "extra" effort.
I already have the largest Elite processor that Cuisinart makes. I also have an 11-cup Premier that I prefer over the Elite.
So, here's why I did good by choosing the three-cup in the Premier style:
--It is so convenient. The curved shape of the Premier is the shape of this little processor. It makes for a smaller footprint; it is easy to pick up with one hand, and moves around the kitchen easily. The curved shape of the Premier is less bulky and easier to pick up with one hand than the square shape of the Elite style.
--It works quickly and effortlessly. Two pulses in one direction and one or two in the other direction gets most of the jobs done. It opens quickly and dumps easily, making it simple to change ingredients or do another batch quickly. It's only got three parts to clean, and they fit very efficiently in your dish washer.
--It is a specialty processor--not meant for all jobs and never meant as a less expensive choice of a full-size processor. Think through what your chopping jobs really entail: Chopping an onion, carrot or pickles, chopping nuts for a batch of cookies, grating cheese for your pasta dinner, grinding livers for a small pate, making a salsa for your nachos--then this is the size you want. If you're shredding cheese for a 9 X 13 pan of mac and cheese, well then, get out your big processor. If you're grinding meat for burgers, get out your big processor. If you're grating potatoes for a big batch of potato pancakes, get out your big processor. If you're slicing cukes for pickles get out your mandolin.
--The large choice of colors and its smallness makes it easy to leave out on your counter--just about anywhere. It's really easy on the eyes. I love that about it. It's an appliance that I can leave totally out in the open, in the most convenient spot, and not have it staring me in the face.
--FYI--MAYO: There are two 1/8" diameter holes inside and at opposite ends of the little grip handle on top. Per what is said in the Cuisinart video on this product page, you should be able to make a mayonnaise in this little machine. The holes are tiny and the oil drip will be slow, but it is neat how the handle in the lid is designed to form small reservoirs for thin fluids.
--FYI--COLOR: I was looking for a pale yellow, kind of like L o' L unsalted butter. This is darker. It's not a bright yellow, but it's not a soft, light color either. It's got a bit of mustard yellow to it. Still, it's not bad looking in my kitchen that needs pale colors.
This is the perfect little kitchen companion.
As for how this processor works, well, I Love it! Although my BF's full-size Cuisinart processor blends sauces in about 4 pulses, this mini processor can still make all of my sauces without any hassle or mess. The processor parts (basically just the jar, blade and lid) snap together easily. Then, while blending, everything stays down, in the center, so no mess up along the sides of the jar. It is also easy to scoop out the contents since the blade comes right out (much more difficult to get all the contents out of a blender).
My concern, however, is how plastic-y this little appliance feels. For $40 (some stores sell it for $60!) it should really be a bit more substantial. Instead, it feels more like a $10 child's toy. The magenta base is bright, shiny plastic. The clear plastic jar feels thin; like it could easily crack. I am a little surprised at Cuisinart for making a cheap-looking/feeling item, but it does the job, so I really hope it lasts.
Not only did my 2 cups of ingredients barely fit in the "3 cup bowl", the motor burned out within the first 3 minutes. A waste of time and money.
If you wanted to chop herbs or make a little baby food, it might be the right tool but if you want to do anything substantial, look elsewhere!
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