A practical approach . . .

Discussion in 'Cooking Equipment Reviews' started by venson, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. venson


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    Home Cook

    I've been cooking since I was a kid and am glad of it.  I'm even all the more glad since having to face a big cut in budget over the last year.  However, although I'm a scratch cook, in the daily doing of things I've never been the least ashamed to reach for electrical helpers.  Number one being my Cuisinart food processor.  I've had two over the years and had to leave the last behind when I moved.  I'm a household of one but want a 14-cup model to serve as an all in one tool.  Thus, I'm trying to gain some practical insight regarding the purchase of a new one.

    Beside making pasta, due to the hopefully bigger volume than the 11-cup model I left behind,  I anticipate turning out bread without a lot of hand kneading being necessary as my kitchen size also diminished along with my budget.  Please note that in past I'd always done bread and the like by hand but now, even though homemade bread is wonderful, I just want to do the job and get done.  The plan is to make large amount of bread dough and possibly bake a loaf or two on the day of making and freeze the rest for use later.

    Also, because of space constraints not allowing me room for a stand mixer, I'd like to use the processor to turn out pound cake and other scratch cakes if the results can be decent.  Creaming butter and sugar should be no problem using the blade but Breville's new food processor, the BFP800XL, has a disc for whipping egg white. Still, the $400 price is prohibitive.  Though it's a first choice, the Cuisinart Elite has no such device.  This might not be an issue however as I could go out and buy a cheap hand mixer for light duty like egg whites.

    Slightly earlier Cuisinart 14-cup models can accommodate a whisk attachment the company made for a while.  The whisks are still around at varied prices and some may even come included in the deal -- if they can be found.

    So, among my wonderings is whether it would be better to save some money by forgetting about the Cuisinart Elite FP14-DC and going for an earlier model that might save a substantial amount of money.  The attraction toward the Elite model is of course the nested work bowls, the stronger motor, the work bowl seals and the blade lock to stave off drips.  I am not aware of how much difference a 1,000 watt motor makes in comparison to a 760 watt motor for all the various duties you call on a food processor for.

    Basically what I need is a food processor that will help me balance my food budget by allowing me to make stuff I'd normally buy ready-made.  Waste of time?

    Any advice from persons who've had ongoing experience with Cuisinart would be appreciated.