One of the handiest tools you will ever use in your kitchen whether you can, dehydrate or freeze food for preservation or even if you don’t do any canning at all is a food processor. They can save you so much time and effort when it comes to food and meal prep that once you use it for the first time, you won’t know how you ever lived without one.
The DFP-14BCNY food processor by Cuisinart is one of the best on the market. It isn’t the most expensive, but it does have a lot of features that more expensive food processors boast. Some of the features that stand out for me are:
- Large 14 cup bowl. Let’s you cut and prepare more food without having to stop and empty the bowl.
- Wide feed tube. Other food processors have small feed tubes that require a lot of knife work before you even make it to the food processor.
- Powerful motor. Able to chop the hardest cabbage into coleslaw with ease.
- Easy Clean-up. If an appliance isn’t easy to clean. I don’t want it anywhere near my kitchen.
Easy to use
The Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY is so easy to use. There are only two buttons on the machine to make it work and they aren’t really buttons at all. They are wide paddles near the bottom of the machine labeled On and Pulse. The paddles are wide enough for even my large fingers to find and operate while watching the fingers on my other hand as I slide food into the feed tube. Not that I have to worry much. The safety features of this food processor make it nearly impossible to hurt yourself on the stainless steel blades.
The motor in the unit is a whopping 720 watts. What that means for you is that you have 1 horse-power of chopping, slicing and shredding power at your fingertips. Now, 1 horse power may not seem like a whole lot to you, but when you consider that the average garbage disposal unit run
s between 1/2 and 3/4 horsepower. You depend on that thing to chop up all your waste, including chicken bones and such, into pieces small enough to slip through your home’s plumbing and out into the waste treatment plant without a hassle. I think 1 horse-power can handle your aged Parmesan cheese.
If you are considering picking up this food processor for cutting food for processing like pickles or slicing to put on your dehydrator, this is the perfect machine. The stainless steel slicing disk gives you perfectly uniform slices every time.Uniform cuts are so important in canning and drying foods. It allows the brine soak through your vegetables and finish the pickling process at the same time. It allows your foods to dry in the dehydrator in the same amount of time. The “S” blade makes easy work of salsas, sauces and can even make whipped cream and dough for pies and pizza.
Before I got my big boy food processor, I used a little two cup model. All it did was chop foods. There was no slicing, or shredding to this little guy. It did a fine job of making salsa (That was really all I used it for) but, the way this family goes through salsa, I had to make three batches in that tiny toy. With the 14 cup capacity of this food processor, I can make 1 batch. That is 4 times as much as I did in the three batches total with my old food processor. I get a lot more salsa and waste a lot less time.
Did I mention it is easy to clean?
Everything comes apart super easy and is able to go straight into your dishwasher. If you prefer, you can wash all the pieces with warm soapy water. Sure, it has nooks and crannies for food to hide in. All food processors do, but not to the extent I have seen in other brands. I had one one time that I had to use a bamboo skewer to scrape the cheese out of the space between the lid and the feed tube. Terrible. I do try to wash by hand as much as I can, especially after making dough. Not because of the food processor, but because of my dishwasher. I really need a new one of those.
Here is a video put out by the folks at Cuisinart that shows the unit in action and runs through a lot of the great features this power packed appliance has to offer as she puts together Salsa and Guacamole. If you are interested, the Molcajete (the big stone bowl in the video) is available on Amazon. You can see it here.
What comes in the box?
- Dough blade
- Chopping/mixing blade
- Medium shredding disc
- 4mm slicing disc
- Stem adapter for slicing and shredding discs
- Small and large food pushers
- Plastic cover with extra large feed tube
- 14-cup capacity work bowl
- Housing base
- Manual/Cook book
It’s a Cuisinart
Cuisinart introduced the Food Processor to kitchens in 1973. With help from famous cooks like Julia Child and James Beard, the Cuisinart name brand spread and became synonymous with quality kitchen products. That hasn’t changed. Cuisinart now produces many items we see in home and professional kitchens all around the world and the name still stands for quality and is recognized as such the world over.
Cuisinart stands behind this food processor with a three year warranty. If something goes wrong with the unit, you do have to pay the postage to get it back to them, but chances are, you will never have to worry about anything going wrong.
If you have never had a food processor. Get one. Use it. You will be glad you did. I highly suggest if this is your first food processor that you spend the money and get a good one like the Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor. You can buy cheaper appliances, but you will end up wishing you had spent a little more. If this is a an upgrade from a current food processor, or if like me, you are tired of messing around with toys in the kitchen, You won’t regret buying this. You can check out the pricing on Amazon here.