Merry Christmas to Me!
Here’s what I received this Christmas:
My mom thought I needed a Cuisinart, and I had a list of objections:
1. One more appliance.
My cupboards and counters are full of kitchen helps, and I didn’t feel I had room for more. I’ve gotten along just fine without it, so do I really “need” it?
I have a little food chopper that has been doing a great job for many years, and I didn’t think I needed something “bigger and better”.
It seems like the lid to the Cuisinart ends up being a million pieces. Actually, it’s only 3 pieces: top, big plunger, and little plunger. Still, this would take up nearly the entire top rack of my dishwasher! I wanted something simple with a bowl, blade, and lid.
To buy or not to buy . . .
After doing a bit of research, I found what I thought was the perfect machine. We ordered it (three days before Christmas) and I used it Christmas day. Indeed, it is PERFECT! All my concerns have been resolved:
1. One less appliance.
I was actually able to get rid of two appliances I had–my small food chopper and the Magic Bullet. The Cuisinart food processor can do everything they did, only better. Truth be told, my chopper blade was so dull that it had a hard time with parsley. The Cuisinart is so sharp, it shredded carrots, sliced celery, and chopped jalapeno like butter. It’s also SO MUCH quieter.
I’m waiting until salsa season comes around, because it might replace my manual salsa chopper. For sure I’ll prefer to chop all my onions, garlic, and peppers in the Cuisinart, but I’m not convinced it will be as good with tomatoes. I’ll let you know!
2. Perfect Power.
I opted for a smaller size–7 cup bowl instead of 9, 11, or 14 cups. I have a family of four, and this is perfect for our needs. I’ve found it does a better job at chopping onions and peppers than my small chopper, even with a bowl capacity that’s twice as large!
3. Extra lid.
Not all the models came with this, but you might be able to order one for the others as well:
It came with a compact cover to use for chopping. That means that I only have to wash three pieces: bowl, blade, and lid. Just like before–woo hoo! The compact lid has a little removable top in the middle that allows you to add liquid and small items while the blade is running.
If you’re happy and you know it . . .
I LOVE THIS APPLIANCE!!! I watched the instructional DVD, and had to give it a try that very day. I made a quick Cole slaw for dinner.
- Using the chopping blade, process 1/4 cup of fresh parsley until minced.
- Add 1/4 of a medium onion and process until minced.
- Add 1/3 cup of mayo and 1/2 TBS red wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper and pulse until combined (up to 10 seconds).
- SWITCH TO SHREDDING BLADE
- Shred 1 carrot. Cut to size of feed tube and lay down horizontally. This will give you long shreds.
- SWITCH TO SLICING BLADE
- Cut 1/2 cabbage into wedges, then slice each wedge.
- Dump contents into a large bowl, mix, and serve!