1 Store15 Reviews
Pros: Powerfull Motor
Cons: ONE shredding disc.
Unshredded food in bowl.
No hand feeding.
I bought this Cuisinart 12 Cup Food Processor to replace my Braun KM32 stand mixer that came with shredding and slicing discs. All I really wanted was a shredder/slicer to make relish and other pickled preserves. I already have a mixer, a blender and a breadmaker and I'm pretty handy with a knife and cutting board for daily use. But these days, in order to get a good powerfull motor to do a big job, a do-it-all food processor is the only option. I bought this machine because I have other good Cuisinart appliances and because this one has a 1000 watt motor. It was also the most expensive one in the store. I assumed I would get what I paid for.
It looked good, sitting there on the counter with my "matching" stainless steel Cuisinart Bread Maker and Cuisinart Blender.
I had a large batch of cucumbers, peppers and onions from my garden to process into relish. To my delight the tube opening was large enough to put big chunks of vegetables in. That delight, however, was short-lived when I found that I still had to cut them up so that they would fit under the pusher, since the motor will not activate until the rod on it makes contact inside the handle of the bowl. No more pushing long lengths of cucumber through the shredder! I suppose this is a safety feature since the opening is now large enough to shred your fingers. As if I would?
Next, I found that having only ONE reversible shredding disc for medium or fine shredding is just not good enough. The medium is too fine - it turned my relish mushy. Not only was the consistancy not what I wanted, but I had to pick up large pieces of peel that slipped into the bowl that didn't go through the shredder. I didn't expect everything to go through, but what didn't go through should stay on top of the shredding disc and not slip through between the bowl and the disc. The gap there is too large. Even after I started boiling my relish I was still picking out chunks from the pot.
It was FAST processing, but I spent too much time cutting the vegetables and picking out what didn't get shredded.
I called customer service to see if my experience was normal and to see if I could get a coarser shedding disc. I gave up waiting on hold. So I sent an email. Three days ago.
Since I still had over 40 jars of relish to process and I didn't "relish" working with this machine, I brought it back to the store. I will be borrowing a friend's 20 year old Cuisinart processor to finish my pickling. It does a wonderfull job. Why don't they make them like they used to?