Today we’ll talk in detail about the Cuisinart 14-Cup food processor. According to users reviews, Cuisinart 14-cup food processor is the best food processor for most homes.
Although it’s pretty big, a food processor this size is best for people who cook larger batches of food and freeze for during the week, families that have to feed hungry mouths of growing children, and for anyone that does a lot of slicing, shredding and cooking in general.
The characteristics of Cuisinart 14-cup food processor:
- it measures 15 inches tall, 10 inches deep and 7.5 inch wide
- it’s heavy, about 18.4 pounds
- plastic housing base with suction feet,
- 14-cup work bowl,
- lid with extra large chute,
- small and large pushers,
- it comes with a 4 mm slicing disc, a medium shredding disc, a detachable stem that fits both discs, and an S-blade
- a plastic spatula and
- instruction manual with recipes
- control panel buttons: two levers – turn on/ process continuously and pulse/ turn off.
Note to yourself:
I wouldn’t use it for processing spices, ice or coffee. Because the bowl will get scratched.
There’s a max line on the bowl and the food shouldn’t reach higher than this. If higher, the machine won’t work because the security lock is engaged.
Both discs and S-blade are made of stainless steel.
Cuisinart 14-cup food processor in action
To see how the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor works, we’ll check how well it deals with dough, hummus, tomato puree and then slice and shred some veggies. I referred reviews.com, users reviews on Amazon.com and a review video on YouTube, BestKitchenReviews.
S-blade: mince, puree, knead, mix, chop, emulsify.
To evenly process any type of food, you want to start with a Pulse option. Why? When pulsing the ingredients, the blade stops and the food drops to the bottom of the bowl and goes through the blade when it starts up again. This is how you get the most consistency out of every food processor. On the other hand, with a continuously “on” option the food doesn’t have time to fall to the blades again.
Whenever you’re processing food with a lot of water in it, like onions, tomatoes,
keep an eye on the bowl because it can quickly turn into a puree.
The food processor makes it so easy to make your own sauces, spreads, dips, etc. at home.
And the most important thing – you control the ingredients that go into it, making it as healthy as it gets. For me, this is one of the best perks of having a food processor, really knowing what you eat.
Next, dips and dough.
Hummus is thicker, have more ingredients than just one, thus more work for a food processor and is one of my favorite dips. Find recipe on Facebook group, “Vegan for beginners“.
With Cuisine 14-Cup food processor making a dip is effortless. The hummus is smooth, creamy and super quick to make. To buy a batch this big would cost a mini fortune, not to mention added preservatives and, for environmentally aware people, carbon footprint to get the product from point A to point B.
Now the thing with making a dough in a food processor – a lot of people over process it.
The dough should start to clump up and not form a ball in a processor’s bowl. If you form a ball in a processor, it’s already over processed.
You’re aiming for clumping up. At this point, take the dough out of a food processor and form a ball by hands.
Find recipe on Facebook group, “Vegan for beginners“.
You can also make pizza dough really quickly in the processor.
Slicing disc: slicing
For slicing disc, you’ll need to insert the stem into the disc to hold it up in place. It’s a turn and lock system, and it’s easy and self-explanatory.
Once you have disc in place and lid on, put the veggies of your choice in the chute, remember than it shouldn’t reach over the “max line” or the food processor won’t work because of its safety lock mechanism.
Push your veggies down with a pusher. It literally takes a second to slice capsicum.
Shredding disc: shredding
Let’s try something tougher, cabbage.
To fit cabbage into the chute, you’ll have to cut it. Then the same as with capsicums: place the cabbage inside the chute. To push it down use a pusher. The cabbage is shredded in 5 seconds. It’s fine, even and just perfect.
When you want to shred smaller, thinner ingredients, like leek, parsnip, etc. use a small chute to keep a better control over shredding.
The large pusher part has the small pusher in place. Put the large pusher part in the chute and put your thinner ingredients in small chute. Proceed as before.
Cleaning the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor
Cleaning is easy. I always prefer to wash it right after use. This way, the food doesn’t have time to dry out and stick to the bowl, specially when dealing with dough.
Personally, I’d hand wash it with hot soapy water and let it dry.
However, the bowl, lid, pushers and discs are dishwasher safe and you can chuck them in a dishwasher without a worry. The housing of a motor isn’t dishwasher safe and to clean it, you can wipe it down with a damp cloth.
Cuisinart 14-cup food processor is a solid product that works really, really well. It’s easy to use and easy to clean. The quality of it’s processing is on a professional scale – consistent, smooth and just wow. It’s built sturdy and powerful – it processes food within seconds, literally. The discs are tough and don’t bend under pressure, the motor is strong enough to just do whatever it has to do without a problem. The only thing I can see that makes it maybe tricky, maybe, is a stem attaching to the discs. But you just need to get a feeling for it, do it couple of times and it’s easy as.
I’m so impressed by this machine I had hard time writing a review because it really is so good and straightforward – have your ingredients, have a food processor, process, 5 seconds later = Done.
I really found nothing to complain about. Thumbs up.
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