Small and powerful, but very loud.
This food processor by Cuisinart packs some serious power and is perfect for small jobs like grinding nuts, making curry pastes, grating cheese and more. The SealTight lid works well to keep the liquid in!
The food processor has become a ‘must have’ small appliance in today’s kitchen. They are able to perform so many various tasks and truly make the home cook’s life easier. Cuisinart recently released a new 7-cup food processor and they sent me one to try out and review it for The Black Peppercorn. I have had the opportunity to check it out and use it in a number of different ways making meals for my family. I also have a 12-cup and 7-cup food processor from other leading brands so I was able to compare how the Cuisinart performed in relation to other models.
I use a food processor almost every day in my kitchen and sometimes I use it for more than one function during meal preparation. From making curry pastes to simple tasks like grating cheese, the food processor regularly makes my cooking quicker and easier. I was eager to use the Cuisinart 7-cup to see how it performed.
Cuisinart has a reputation for making high quality products. They may be a little pricier than some other similar products on the market, but you get what you pay for. The Cuisinart 7-cup food processor is their ‘middle sized’ unit. They also sell 4-cup and 12 cup sized models. The base of the Cuisinart 7-cup is a solid plastic and has a silver finish to match the look of stainless steel which is typical of their products. There are three buttons on the front – on, off and pulse. Throughout my time using the Cuisinart 7-cup, I was pleased with how well it worked. It is an excellent food processor and is probably the best one I have ever owned. One thing that did surprise me though, was that even though this is a smaller unit, it was very loud. That does not impact the how well the unit performs, it is just that you will not be able to have a conversation with anyone while it is operating.
Here are some of the features of the food processor:
Product name: New Cuisinart 7-Cup Food Processor (MFP-107BCC)
Availability: Home Outfitters, Sears, Amazon
Suggested Retail Price: $99.99
- 7-Cup Work Bowl with Pour Spout, Handle and Measurement Markings
- SealTight System – Seals Bowls and Locks Blades
- Easy On/Off Locking System with Push-Button Release
- Reversible Slice and Shredding Disc
- S Blade and Dough Blade
- Electronic Touchpad Controls – On/Off/Pulse with Blue LED lights
- All removable parts are dishwasher safe
- BPA Free
- Limited 1-Year Warranty
From a design standpoint there are a few unique features with the Cuisinart 7-cup that I love.
- The work bowl is taller and narrower than many of the other food processors on the market, including the two that I own. This design works very well and keeps the food moving in the work bowl while the food processor is on. Since this is a 7-cup food processor and the bowl is obviously smaller than the 12-cup units, performing tasks with smaller quantities of ingredients worked far better than when using a larger model of food processor.
- There are four suction cups on the base of the unit. The food processor is very light and the suction cups keep the unit steady on the counter top when in operation.
- The lid has a rubber liner (similar to a washer) along the rim where it attaches to the work bowl. This is part of their SealTight System and I was extremely impressed with this feature. The rubber liner allows the Cuisinart 7-Cup food processor to perform effectively when working with liquid ingredients. When a food processor is operating with wet ingredients, there are often times with splashing and, if there are a lot of ingredients, it scan splash up the sides of the work bowl. The SealTight system prevents leaking and I used the Cuisinart 7-cup a few times with wet ingredients and never experienced any leaks.
I tried the Cuisinart 7-cup with many different recipes using the different tasks that it can perform. Here are some of my observations.
Most food processors come with a reversible disc for grating and slicing. I use the grating side often as I love it for grating cheese and vegetables. Using the Cuisinart 7-cup, the grating worked flawlessly. I used it to grate medium cheddar and mozzarella. In each case the cheese grated evenly with no clumping at all. I grated some carrots as well, and they came out perfect. Flipping the disc to the slicing function, I noticed that the slicer blade was quite sharp. I used it to slice carrots, celery and potatoes. The mouth on the lid was not large/wide enough to put in a whole potato so I did have to cut them into smaller sizes. The slicing was actually amazing. I have never had a food processor that sliced hard vegetables, like carrots, as smooth and even as this unit. It really impressed me.
This is probably the feature I use most often with any food processor I have owned. The food processor works well in grinding and chopping hard ingredients like nuts and seeds. It also works effectively chopping vegetables. Throughout my testing I used the Cuisinart 7-cup to make a mushroom stuffing, to chop pistachios and Doritos make Argentinian chimichurri, and sambal oelek. Each time, the Cuisinart 7-cup worked exactly as I needed it to. The chopping S blade works great whether you are just tapping the ‘pulse’ button or if you are letting the processor do a longer steady chop.
Food processors are good for much more than chopping up food. Many people regularly use food processors to knead dough for bread, biscuits and more. Using the S-blade with the food processor, you can quickly go from mixing to kneading in an instant. I was excited to try the Cuisinart 7-cup to make buttermilk biscuits. Normally, I make biscuits by hand so I used the same recipe but just did it in the Cuisinart. It worked really well pulsing the cold butter in the flour. It was the perfect even consistency. Next, I added the buttermilk and, while it worked well, it got fairly sticky in the work bowl. It was a bit of a challenge to get the dough out of the work bowl and remove the S-blade from within the dough. It could just be that it was my first time, and in the future I would be more efficient with the dough. In the end the biscuits turned out great and were just as good as when I make them by hand. I don’t have pictures of the Cuisinart 7-cup kneading the dough in the food processor, but here is a pic of the finished product!
The SealTight system allows the Cuisinart 7-cup to perform some smaller blending tasks that would typically be reserved for blenders. The rubber liner on the lid of the work bowl effectively prevents any leaking and the taller narrower work bowl creates a funneling movement of the liquid similar to that of blenders. Our family loves fruit smoothies and I always use our blender to make them. I made the smoothies using the Cuisinart 7-cup and it worked great. I had to make them in batches as I could not put as much in the food processor as I can in the blender, but it worked great at grinding up he frozen berries and making the smoothie just how we like it.
The Cuisinart 7-cup food processor is an excellent appliance and is perfect for anyone looking to add a multifunctioning appliance to their kitchen. It is compact in size for those times when you do not need the larger 12-cup model. The biggest problem with this unit is that it is extremely loud. The volume does not impact the quality work that the food processor can perform, but it can get annoying after it is on for a long time. Other than that issue, this food processor is great and it is excellent when working with liquid ingredients. If you are planning to buy a new food processor, I highly encourage you to check out the Cuisinart 7-cup.
Disclaimer: Cuisinart provided me with the 7-cup food processor. They did not pay me for this review and the views expressed above are my honest reactions after trying the product.