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Every step I get further into the process, the more wrong I realize I was. I don’t say that often, so you better revel in it. Just please don’t tell my current husband or my ex-husband. They’d have so much to say about it.
Anyway, I kind of assumed food processors were one-size-fits-all. I mean, I knew you could get ones with different sized bowls and, presumably, different sized motors, but I thought they all really did the same thing. Put in food, run in a circle, move newly processed food to another receptacle, rinse, repeat. Voila!
Well, I’m figuring out that really isn’t the case. Food processors can be super flexible. You can get ones that are made just for getting everything ground up, and others which are designed to cut, slice and dice with the type of precision I thought you could only get with a steady hand and a lot of patience.
Get What You Want In Every Sense Of The Word
The KitchenAid KFP1322ER 13-Cup Food Processor with Exact Slice System is flexible in so many ways. And while it’s being flexible, it’s also being incredibly exact. So much so that the features listed on the box are called The Exact Slice System. Flexible precision. I like it.
How High Can You Go?
If you’re trying to decide what kind of processor to get, this is a great line start with because there are so many different options for size and power. This particular food processor is 13 cups. I think that’s a rather odd number, but it’s apparently common in food processors. If that’s not enough volume for you, you can go up to 14 cups with a nearly identical machine that has the necessary power boost to get the extra food all worked up. If you’re not sure you need something that big, you can go smaller.
Try the 11-cup, the 9-cup or the 7-cup. Check them out and see what looks most appropriate for the kind of cooking you do. The actual machinery is pretty much the same no matter which processors you look at, so you still get power and control at any size. That’s important to me.
And When You Want To Get Everything Precise…
You cannot go wrong with the Exact Slice System if you’re a perfectionist like I am.
Most processors let you choose the size of what you’re chopping based on the size of the blade you use or how big you chop things before putting them in the bowl. But this one is different. It’s way different. The Exact Slice System lets you pick the exact size of your slices. There is a level on the outside which gives you control over the size of the pieces you want so it’s not all left up to chance and a whole lot of time pushing the “pulse” button on the machine. Whether you’re looking for thick chunks or tiny, thin pieces, you can get it with Exact Slice with almost no effort. Pretty sweet, right?
Keep It Sealed
My mother loves and swears by her food processor, so who am I to tell her otherwise? However, hers is not the sturdiest thing in the world. The top doesn’t always seal properly, which means ingredients can go everywhere if you don’t keep pressure on top of the lid. I wanted to make sure this would not be my fate if I invested in a new unit. This one has a tight seal that closes up and keeps everything inside. It’s been tried and true and tested and it works.
One of the nicer things about this processor is that you not only have physical flexibility, but unlike a lot of processors, you get flexibility with speeds, too. The motor works at high and low as well as pulse, so it’s not a huge range, but it’s more than just the basics.
Some of the accessories that come in the box are pretty neat. In this one, you get a second bowl, which is called a work bowl. It goes with the set, but it also lets you separate out the things you’re mixing as you’re working. If you don’t need to process everything at once, you can pour it into the work bowl while you move on to the next part. I really like the idea of extra tools that all go with the same main unit.
Not Too Much Life
I don’t think you can fault this particular unit, because this is a problem that spans the world of kitchen appliances, but some of them have an issue with power. Some just don’t start, and some don’t last very long. It may have something to do with the long term effects of mass production on product quality, but whatever the reason, it’s a shame, but it is a common issue with many appliances.
It’s Pretty Big
At 13 cups, this is a really big processor. You’ll want to make sure you actually need a processor this big. While it’s nice to have the space, the blade won’t really work properly if the processor is mostly empty, so all that space can be just a waste. Instead of protecting your investment by making way too much food every time you use the processor, you’d do much better by getting an appropriately sized one.
Not Much To Complain About
I really like the idea of the Exact Slice System, and I’ve been thinking of all the different ways I can use it. There is so much that can be done with this machine, and it could give me more control in the kitchen than I’ve had in the past. I’m intrigued by the plethora of options, and the fact that I have a choice of colors isn’t so bad either. I keep going back and forth between the bright red and the stainless steel.