Cuisinart 14 Cup Elite Processor
I form personal attachments to many of my kitchen tools. Take – my 5-year-old OXO peeler; my trusty Wusthof paring knife; …my mom’s antique wooden chopping bowl and cleaver. I know that it is time to replace some of these, but they are reliable staples in my culinary life. And, I resist change, especially in the kitchen.
So, you can imagine how I felt when I realized that it was time to update my trusty Pro-Custom 11 Cuisinart Food Processor. This 11-cup wonder is still running perfectly, and I’ve used it regularly for 21 years, without a concern, a malfunction or a complaint. However, with our readers at the forefront, KosherEye tries to stay knowledgeable and on the cusp of food prep and kosher brands, we realized that it was time to update. We knew that the Cuisinart Processor family has moved along in 21 years, and wanted to explore the changes. Yes, there have been many updates and once again, this company has amazed us.
The Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 is a 14 Cup Food Processor with a 1300-watt power motor. The innovative updates allow versatility and include a removable and interchangeable 4½-cup bowl nested inside the 14-cup bowl. (In our opinion, 2 processors in one!) The processor has a touchpad control with on, off, dough and pulse options and an LED light up bar indicating when the unit is powered on. Pretty Avant-garde! Additionally the processor has a wide mouth feed tube for larger ingredients, which saves Prep time.
Accessories include a dough blade, reversible shredding disc, adjustable slicing disc, along with both small and large chopping/mixing blades. This model actually offers multiple food processors in one. Both small tasks and large are effortlessly accomplished!
The new SealTight™ Advantage System helps keep the ingredients in the bowl, and works to make processing and pouring efficient. We love, love love the feature that the blade stays put when we pour out processed ingredients. No more finger gymnastics trying to keep the blade in the bowl. All blades and removable parts are dishwasher safe and they fit in an easy to fasten storage case. Great for the neurotically organized, like me.
A specially shaped bonus spatula designed for the processor is also included.
So our results and recommendations; Cuisinart is the royalty of food processing. We like both bowl sizes. In fact it is like having an all in one mini and maxi processor. The 14-cup size makes preparation for a crowd easy and quick. It mixes, chops, purees, liquefies, slices, grates, kneads and more.
And the 4.5 cup bowl makes it easy to prepare dips and smaller recipes. Both make prep almost effortless and efficient. We also like the soft-touch control panel, with its intuitive, simple operation. No need to be a techie to operate! Although the processor has a larger footprint than our old model, we like the fact that it is a 2 for 1 appliance, and that all of the accessories are in a compact, lockable case. If you are searching for a new processor, this is the one! Buy it here: Cuisinart FP-14DCN Elite Collection 2.0 14 Cup Food Processor
We highly recommend the Elite 2.0 because of its versatility, power and ease of cleaning. Thank you Cuisinart! We love our new processor. However, we are not wasteful! We are transferring our older model our trusty 21-year-old processor base to our Passover kitchen and replacing the plastic bowl and steel blade with new ones. We’ll let you know when our 21-year-old Elite 2.0 reaches its 25th milestone anniversary. Just as we did with our prior processor, we are keeping this one parve.
We tried several recipes in our new Cuisinart, and are sharing some:
Homemade Challah Bread Crumbs
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Faux Kosher Crab or Fish Cakes
One more thing:
The ultimate guide to creating deliciousness with a food processor was written by chef, author, recipe developer and food lecturer Norene Gilletz. Her landmark cookbook shared hundreds of recipes using the food processor. The original cookbook is now out of print, however the updated edition “The Food Processor Bible 30th Anniversary Edition - 600 fast & fabulous recipes” is now available. We have both the original and the updated version front and center in our personal culinary library!
Buy the anniversary edition here: The New Food Processor Bible: 30th Anniversary Edition
NEW GIVEAWAY: Cuisinart and KosherEye have partnered to give away the Elemental 8 cup processor- the compact wonder for every day use! Read about this processor and enter here.