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Cuisinart DLC-2BL Mini Prep Plus Food Processor, Blue
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- Ideal for making pesto, grinding cheese, chopping onions, herbs
- Two-speed, with patented reversible blade
- Blade's sharp edge chops soft foods, blunt edge grinds hard foods
- 21-ounce hard plastic work bowl is dishwasher-safe
- Compact, just 8-1/2 inches high
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Why Is This The Perfect Mini Processor For You?
The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor handles a variety of food preparation tasks including chopping, grinding, puréeing, emulsifying and blending. The patented auto-reversing SmartPower blade provides a super-sharp edge for the delicate chopping of herbs and for blending and puréeing other soft foods. The blunt edge offers a powerful cutting surface to grind through spices and other hard foods. Pulse activation gives maximum control for precision processing, whether chopping or grinding. Spatula, product manual and recipe booklet included.
Using Your Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor
The powerful high-speed 250-Watt motor works hard and fast to accomplish any small job with ease. Chop herbs, onions, garlic; grind spices, hard cheese, purée baby foods; blend mayonnaise and flavored butters, all with the same compact appliance. The Mini-Prep Plus Processor takes up minimum counter space and stores neatly on the countertop or in a cabinet.
Best Practices When Using Your Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor
Always cut large pieces of food into smaller pieces of even size – about 1/2-Inch. If you don't start with pieces that are small and uniform, you will not get an even chop.
You don’t want to overload the 3-Cup work bowl. Use the quantities given in the included recipe section of the product manual. As a rule of thumb, remember that after being processed, food should not reach more than 2/3 of the way up the central hub of the blade assembly.
Selecting the Right Operating Control
Use the Chop function for chopping, puréeing and mixing. It’s the best option, for example, when chopping soft, fragile food such as herbs, celery, onions, garlic and most cheeses. It is also the right choice for puréeing cooked vegetables, making mayonnaise and mixing salad dressing. Pulse action is best when you are using the chop function. Two or three pulses are often enough.
Use the Grind function for grinding spices, and for chopping hard food such as peppercorns, seeds, chocolate and nuts. Continuous-hold action is best when you are using the grind function.
You can add liquids such as water, oil or flavoring while the machine is running. For example, you might want to add oil when making mayonnaise or salad dressing, or you could add vanilla or alcohol when making frozen yogurt. Pour the liquid through one of the two openings in the cover.
Removing Food From the Sides of the Bowl
Occasionally food will stick to the sides of the bowl as you process. Stop the machine to clear food away. After the blade has stopped moving, remove the cover, and use the spatula to scrape the food from the sides of the bowl back into the center.
Cleaning and Storage
Read to clean up? No problem! To simplify cleaning, rinse the work bowl, cover, and blade immediately after each use, so that food won’t dry on them. Wash blade assembly, work bowl, cover, and spatula in warm soapy water. If you have a dishwasher, you can wash the work bowl, cover, blade assembly, and spatula on the top rack.
The Mini-Prep Plus Processor stores neatly on the countertop in a minimum of space. The hidden cord storage underneath the motor base will help to keep excess cord off the countertop. Store the unit assembled to prevent loss of parts.
Just a Few of the Many Foods You Can Prepare
|Seeds and Dried Berries||Grind. Pulse to break up, then process continuously to desired consistency.||Coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, sesame, poppy, and juniper berries|
|Herbs, fresh||Chop. Pulse to chop to desired consistency.||Rinse and dry completely. Remove leaves from stems to chop.|
|Onions||Chop. Pulse 5-10 times to chop to desired size.||Peel; Cut into 3⁄4-inch or smaller pieces of similar size.|
|Mushrooms||Chop. Pulse to chop to desired consistency.||Choose firm, fresh mushrooms. Cut into quarters or even-size pieces, no larger than 3⁄4-inch.|
|Nuts||Chop. Pulse to chop to desired consistency.||Toast nuts first for maximum flavor. Allow to cool completely before chopping.|
|Vegetables, cooked||Chop. Pulse 5-10 times to chop, then process continuously until desired consistency is reached.||Cook vegetables until tender. Process to a smooth purée for baby food or sauces; may need to add liquid for consistency.|
This little 220-watt workhorse conveniently steps up when a big food processor is unnecessary. Making pesto or a salad dressing? The 21-ounce bowl is just the right size, and two receptacles in the lid have pinholes for one or two oils to stream into the bowl while the processor is working, providing excellent emulsification. Chopping onions, herbs, or bread crumbs? Press the "chop" button and Cuisinart's patented reversible blade employs its sharp edge to do the job right. Grinding cheese or nuts? Press the "grind" function and the blade's blunt edge takes on the task. Compact at just 8-1/2 inches high, with a lightweight plastic body, the Mini Prep Plus can be tucked away in a cupboard. The plastic bowl and lid are dishwasher-safe, but the stainless-steel blade should be hand washed to protect its edge. --Fred Brack
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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.
The machine is easy to use. Put together, plug in, press the button. The button on the left spins the blade in one direction, the button on the left goes the opposite and is maybe a little faster. It's easy to clean up as well- take apart, wash (or put in the dishwasher, top rack), and unplug. Again, I wish I had one of these years ago, but at least I have it now. The wide variety of available colors is a plus, too! I love my lil' green Cuisinart mini food processor!!!