THE COOK’S TOUR
Let me start by saying that I am not one of Cuisinart’s big fans. Most of their equipment, especially compared to what they built when they launched the company, is, in my opinion, utter garbage, WITH ONE notable exception. The Mini-Prep food processors provide a perfect size, and, somehow, Cuisinart didn’t manage to cheap out on the motors, so they are generally pretty reliable units, even if they’re louder than a Cuban 1950’s Buick on its fourth engine.
If you just need something chopped or ground up quickly, this powerful little food processor does the job, although it’s going to let you know about it every step of the way. See Pros and Cons.
WHAT IT’S GOT
- 250-watt food processor
- 3-cup (24-ounce) plastic work bowl with handle
- Chops and grinds with patented reversible stainless-steel blade
- Push-button control panel
- Plastic body that’s durable, lightweight
- Spatula included
- Limited 18-month warranty
A FEW GOOD USES
- Mince up vegetables and herbs or meats like ham
- Grind spice rubs
- Quick fresh cocktail sauces
- Compound butters
- Small amounts of salad dressings
STUFF TO THINK ON
- Chop works one direction, grind the other. They tag-team foods well that need to be reduced in size fast.
- Pretty powerful and the blade delivers a lot of bite for a long time.
- Easy to lock and load and to clean
- Motor can strain and smell;
- NOT dishwasher safe. Cuisinart says that it is, but my bowl fell apart after a few washings. The replacement bowl was expensive, so it’s always hand-washed now;
- Lightweight design can cause it to become wobbly and unstable if larger items like apple pieces cut a bit large are in there and you accidentally hit the “GRIND” button;
- Cord is too short.
There are a number of decent chopper products out there. Power to price, this one stands out as a good one, although it is certainly isn’t a wow in a number of areas. Cuisinart, to me at least, always means corners cut to the price. That’s a shame, because I had products of theirs that used to be built like tanks. My original food processor from the 1980’s lasted over 25 years.
It earns my Choicestuff™ Two-Diamond nod until they get get the motor quieter, and less mechanically smelly.