Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Cuisinart Food Processors plus lots of goodies

Amazon.com has a "sale" on Cuisinart Food Processors until the end of the year (so you have plenty of time). It's not a normal sale since the prices aren't lower than usual, but they are throwing in some more stuff. So, if you were going to buy a food processor anyway, you can get some more kitchen supplies with it.

The mail-in rebates include a cake pan, a food processor disc holder, and a Chef’s Classic non-stick stainless 8-inch skillet. Also, the KHBEVENTSALE coupon for $20 off $120 does work for Cuisinart food processors, so that's $20 off. (And, of course, free shipping.)

Of the companies that make food processors, I like the design and mechical build of both the Kitchenaid and the Cuisinart models (but I personally prefer the Kitchenaid food processors). I don't recommend buying the 7-cup model since it's a bit small for making pastry doughs and larger chores.

Cuisinart Qualifying Food Processors

Of the models that qualify for the rebates, I would suggest the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus for most home kitchens.

Leave a comment if this worked for you or doesn't work anymore.


At 1:03 PM, Anonymous said...

A question on food processors.. I thought they were only used to quickly chop or "blend" ingredients. Can they also do the chores of a mixer? I only asked, because you said you could use these machines to make dough.

At 1:23 PM, Michael Chu said...

Food processors are great at making biscuit or pastry doughs since they can quickly and effciently cut butter into the flour without warming up the butter. A mixer will smoosh the butter into the flour and using pastry knives will take more time and you might have to refrigerate the flour and butter once or twice before you are done. For most pastry dough recipes, you'll need at least an 11 cup for the food processor to work. Any smaller and the blade might just spin without moving the flour and butter around.

At 6:51 PM, Jessica said...

Did you see that Kitchen Aid has $10 mail in rebates till Oct. 31? I need a food processor but can't decide on the Kitchen Aid or Cuisinart. Why do you like Kitchen Aid better? I noticed the Kitchen Aids have those clean touchpads and the 1-year-replacement guarantee but they're also more expensive.

At 9:15 PM, Michael Chu said...

I missed the Kitchenaid rebate. I think they're also doing a mail-in rebate for a free cutting board when you buy a food processor...

I prefer Kitchenaid because the larger food processors come with a smaller minibowl that works really well for chopping small and moderate amounts of vegetables (instead of using the big bowl for it which often needs larger quantities of food for it to work efficiently). Also the buttons are a nice clean design. Those are the only two benefits that I can think of for chosing Kitchenaid over Cuisinart.

At 9:03 PM, Jessica said...

Hi Michael,
Well, I got the Cuisinart. I didn't need something as big as the 11 or 14-cup. I only need it to grind nuts for almond macaroons and nut butters. I prefer chopping and working with dough by hand.

The Cuisinart 7-cup was $80, which was a much better buy than a KitchenAid (the KitchenAid 5-cup was $99!). I also stacked five $10-gift certificates I earned from completing online surveys, so my total was $30!!!!

At 12:02 AM, Michael Chu said...


That's awesome. About a year ago, I managed to get the Kitchenaid Little Ultra Power (5-cup) refurbished for $20 (it was a deal that lasted less than a day on amazon before they ran out of them). It's great for small chores, but can't handle pastry dough or larger chopping and slicing jobs. Hope the Cuisinart helps make your cooking preparation a little easier and quicker.



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