I’m sure you’ve seen the Russian dolls that open up to reveal a smaller doll hidden inside. Depending on how large the biggest one is, you can fit a whole lot of smaller dolls inside until you get to the eensy meensy tiny one that makes up the center of the whole deal. They’re called nesting dolls, and I loved them when I was a kid. Did you know kitchen appliances can benefit from the same idea?
If things are made the right size, there’s no reason a larger unit can’t house a smaller one inside. The Cuisinart FP-14DC Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor does exactly that.
Bowls, Bowls, Bowls
It starts with the 14-cup bowl which allows you to make large quantities of food in small quantities of time. Unless you’re making some inordinately large amount of food, you can get everything you want and more from this one bowl. But what if you’re not making that much and you won’t be able to process the small amount because it will just barely cover the bottom of the bowl? Obviously, you need a smaller bowl, but most of the time that means using an entirely different food processor. With this machine, you can make it all work by using one of the smaller bowls that nestle inside the big bowl. In addition to the massive 14-cup bowl, you get an 11-cup bowl that sits right inside, and if that’s too big, there’s an even smaller 4.5 cup bowl.
I think this is such a great idea, and it solves a lot of my concerns with smaller units. Yes, I have had a couple smaller ones that were ok, but they didn’t have the power to do anything too significant. A little bit of chopping, sure, but not a whole lot of destruction or uniformity. That’s where something like this comes in.
Serious Power. Seriously.
To accommodate for all the different options that come in this one handy machine, you get the end-all be-all of super neat motors. 1,000 watts is a ton of power for a kitchen appliance. I’ve hardly seen a stand mixer boast those numbers. It has the ability to perform just the way you need it to without overdoing it on smaller amounts of food in the most compact bowl.
Do So Much At Once
One of the more frustrating things I’ve always found in food processors is the amount of cleaning that has to happen while you’re cooking if there are several elements to your recipe. I mean, if you have to process multiple ingredients for a recipe, there is a lot of pouring, washing, resetting, processing, pouring and washing again. The three bowls that come with this awesome piece of machinery make it so you can save more of the cleaning for when the cooking is finished.
Blades, Discs, Others
You get all the usual suspects (aka tools) with this monster machine, but the power combined with the attachments really increases your ability to get other stuff done as well. If you’re used to using your stand mixer for dough, you will be more than able to get your knead on with this bad boy. Use the dough attachments and let the processor work through it with the lid on tight and come back when you’re ready to pan it up and get to baking.
Power Isn’t Always Your Friend
Don’t get me wrong. I am totally enthralled by everything this motor should be able to do. Should is the operative word there, though. There have been several reports of the motor giving out or the electrical system not working well enough to power the motor to the level this machine is supposed to be capable of. And unfortunately, Cuisinart apparently doesn’t do a great job of upholding its warranties.
It’s Not Cheap
It’s actually one of the more expensive food processors on the market. As much as I love the idea of the nesting bowls, $260 is quite a bit of money for me to spend on something that may not be taken care of if I have problems with it.
Nesting In My Heart
I have not rendered this one down for the count yet. Not even close. This monster of a food processor has so much going for it, and I’m super impressed by the sheer number of things it can do and the amount of convenience it offers. It’s still on the short list because I love the innovations, but I’m not entirely sold on it yet.