Cuisinart 14-cup food processor

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.

 

food processor discs
Stainless steel discs and S-blade.

 

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.

 

onion-tomato
Fine, even and beautifully processed onion. And smooth tomato puree. For bigger, chunkier cut, process for shorter amount of time. Picture: YouTube, BestKitchenReviews

 

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.

hummus-dough
Hummus is even, smooth and thick. Dough should be processed until clumping up point.

 

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.

 

slicing capsicum
The slices are even and round and beautiful. Picture: YouTube, BestKitchenReviews

 

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.

 

shredding
Again, perfect results with shredding.

 

 

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.

 

 

Conclusion


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.

 

You can check the latest price of Cuisinart 14-cup food processor here.

 

 

If you liked what you’ve read, please leave a comment bellow. Your comment help to push this post so more people can read it and find the info they were looking for.  I also have a growing Facebook group called “Vegan for Beginners” where you can find more recipes, related topics and like-minded people – perfect place to chat away.

Till next time,

Katya

15 thoughts on “Cuisinart 14-cup food processor”

  1. By the result you have shown in the picture, I think this is one of the best processors I have seen. Especially the slicing result. It is just perfect.

    And the fact that I can wash it totally without any tiny unreachable spot is amazing, I have bookmarked this post, it is a good one for me.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • Hi Adyns68, I’m so glad I could help! I know you had a stuck food problem with your food processor, so yes, Cuisinart will definitely solve your problem and step up the game 🙂

      I too was stunned how well the Cuisinart works, it looks like a machine that can handle anything you thrown in it.

      Best,

      Katya

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  2. Hi!

    I have been passionately making smoothies lately and my blender just broke 🙁

    I thought of buying a new one but then I realized that I could as well buy a food processor just to have one around in case I need it (and to make dozens of smoothies a day).

    This Cuisinart 14-cup food processor is suitable for making smoothies right?

    Reply
    • Hi Harry, smoothies are the best! I’m a huge smoothie lover as well.

      Unfortunately, food processors aren’t meant for smoothies – although they slice and shred and all that, they top pulverise ingredients, like blenders do. If you’d try to do a smoothie in a food processor, no matter how good, you’d end up with a concoction that you’d still need to chew, have odd half processed seeds, etc. In short, the fruit would be processed, but not blended. I know this, because I tried it, and my partner said it tastes OK but it has a “vomit consistency” – which sounds gross but you get the picture..

      If you’re after a blender that will last you ages and blends super smooth smoothie, check out my review on Vitamix 5200 blender and Blendtec Total Classic blender – I have both and love them with all my smoothie heart 🙂

      Hope this help you out. If you have any question, ask away 🙂

      Katya

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  3. I love the picture results you show, we can see exactly what this machine is capable of doing. It is so disappointing when you buy a new machine and do not get the results you were looking for. I also like that it is easy to clean. The size is also great so it comes in handy when need to shred for large dishes. Thank you

    Reply
    • Hi Anglewolf, thanks for leaving your comment. Cuisinart 14-cup food processor is a really tough through product – clean design which makes it easier to clean and store, powerful motor makes it super capable and sturdy, plus high quality that will last for years 🙂

      Best,

      Katya

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  4. Hi! This is exactly what I need! I have to feed hungry mouths of growing children (as you have said, LOL) and the Cuisinart 14-Cup food processor seems perfect.

    I went and measured the place were I want to place this food processor and it fits just fine. I’m grateful because that would be a draw back for me.

    I like than in all the reviews I’ve read, it’s reported to work really well. I’ll purchase one! Your review has made me make up my mind.

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  5. The Cuisinart 14 Cup food processor is a great product. I had a kitchenware business for 11 years and always found it reliable and at the right price for my customers. The Magimix 5200XL is comparable though about 4 times the price – though it does have a 30 year guarantee. What kind of warranty does the Cuisinart 14 cup offer? It use to be 3 years though I have been out of the game now for a couple of years.

    The processor is the right price and you still could get longevity.

    Reply
    • Hi Peter, I’ve heard and read reviews of Magimix but because of the price, I decided for Cuisinart. The warranty with Magimix is very generous and I love that.

      I tried to find what’s the deal with Cuisinart’s warranty but I got couple of different statement:

       – the marketing says lifelong – which I highly doubt, there’s always a fine print to such claims,

      – amazon’s users say 3 years or sometimes 1 year.

      I feel they should put it out more clearly and transparently for people, warranty is a big player in decision making.

      Best,

      Katya

        

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  6. Hi! very nice looking website and informative article. By the review and stats you provided about Cuisinart 14 cup food processor, it seems very good, much better than my current old school machine. By machine like this you can basically make almost everything, just pick your favorites or healthiest choices, mix and you are able to choose of those millions of mixes available. I will consider buying this if its shipping is available to the EU area. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • I’m sure they ship to EU as well or have their official dealer. I love food processors for whenever I decide to pull out my big pot and make a massive batch of whatever – and that’s pretty much every week. And as you said, just pick whatever ingredients you like and play with the choices at hand.

      Best,

      Katya 

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  7. Food processors are probably one of the most useful appliances one could have in a kitchen.  My wife and I have been using a food processor very similar to this one for many years for everything from slicing veggies for a salad to chopping up ingredients for soups and salsas. We’ve even used them to chop nuts and seeds so our smoothie machine didn’t have to work so hard.

    As you say, It only takes seconds to do the job and clean-up is a breeze. 

    The wife of a good friend of mine has been looking for a good food processor. I’ll be passing this info onto her ASAP.  I think she would like it and the price is very reasonable as well.

    Wayne

    Reply
    • Hi Wayne, I think it takes a bit of time before you decide to get a food processor but once you do it’s such a relief. It’s so nice to open a cookbook and pick whichever recipe, no matter the prep time because you’ll have a whole pot ready and cooking in couple of minutes 🙂

      Best,

      Katya

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  8. Hello,

    Nice and accurate explanation. Also, in detail: different kinds of discs and S-blades. The Cuisinart 14-cup food processor looks like an ideal machine almost for everything: starting from shredding and dicing vegetables and making the dough in the end. I love the idea that easy to clean but, a little bit on the heavy side ( I have arthritis in my right arm).

    Overall, the processor is perfect to be in every family’s kitchen; also, the explanation in detail is significant and useful before deciding to buy it.

    Thank you again for the excellent pictures and accurate explanation.

    Reply

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