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Cuisinart Vs. KitchenAid Mini Choppers
By S. Burch
When I starting searching for a mini-chopper I was amazed by the huge rating divergence amidst the Cuisinart DLC2 and the KitchenAid KFC3100, so I purchased both and did a side-by-side comparison. The only comprehensible statement I may give for the ratings divergence is that Cuisinart buyers ought to have higher expectations. For most operations they have closely identical performance and for a lot of operations the Cuisinart is the clear winner.
Onions: Many Cuisinart reviewers panned it is performance here, claiming it made onion purée, but most KitchenAid reviewers praised it is onion chopping ability. I found almost no divergence amid the two. Maybe it is an issue with the instructions – for chopped onions you ought to use a few short pulses. A few more pulses and you get minced onion – more than this and both give you onion puree. I wouldn’t say either is outstanding at chopping onions, but both are evenly mediocre.
I likewise tested chopping nuts, and making breadcrumbs with similar results. Both performed in regards to the same for a course chop, even though the Cuisinart produced a more even chop on the nuts, but it is when you want a genuinely fine chop that the Cuisinart starts to shine. The initial reason for this is the grind feature found only on the Cuisinart. This spins the blade in the opposite direction which allows the flat, back-side of the blade to affect the food. More importantly, it redistributes the food, so if you’ve got a couple of chunks that refuse to be chopped, a short pulse in the opposite direction helps it drop into the blade. For perfect, fine breadcrumbs I substitute amidst the normal chop mode for a few seconds, and grind for one second.
The other reason the Cuisinart gives a better fine chop is that it does a much better occupation of cycling the feed through the blade. This is a real key when you’re working with softer foods like spreads, pâtés or purees. When I made a cream cheese disseminate in both choppers the Cuisinart did a far quicker and better occupation of pulling the ingredients down the center and into the blade. The KitchenAid held more spectacular chunks bobbing on top. If you’re making dips, spreads or baby food, the Cuisinart is the hands-down winner.
On the practical side, both choppers were evenly easy to clean. Both have little holes in the lid for pouring in liquids on the fly, but only The KitchenAid has a slot for arid or thick ingredients – if that’s primary to you. Overall, I found the Cuisinart requiring little effort to use for various reasons. First, the Cuisinart blade drops on easily, while the KitchenAid blade is keyed and I found myself turning it assorted times before it dropped in. Second, the KitchenAid lid ought to be got rid of original before you may lift off the bowl, but on the Cuisinart, the bowl and lid may be detached as an assembly. Finally, the Cuisinart blade has a “handle” that extends to the top of the bowl like a popsicle stick permitting you to remove the blade without getting your fingers in the food.
After all my testing, I genuinely can’t grasp the big ratings divergence amid these two. Neither is perfective – you’ll never get a perfect, even, course chop with things like onions or chocolate, but they do come in handy. For a heap of uses either one will give you gorgeous much the same results. Because of it is vantage with softer foods and it is ease of use, I commend the Cuisinart.
177 of 178 persons found the following review helpful.
I love my MiniPrep, it’s a great help!
I got this as a gift from my boyfriend and have been using it regularly. This is one of those things that you don’t think you ever need (and I did give this topic extensive thought), but once you have it, you would actually miss it.
The good is that it is actually good at FINELY chopping things.
The bad is that it is in truth good at FINELY chopping things.
Keeping this in mind, I’ve learnt when to use and when to just use my knife. For instance, when chopping walnuts for banana bread, I put a cup of walnuts into the processor and hit “Chop” – it without delay chopped the walnuts into good sized chunks, but there was a couple of walnuts that didn’t get cut yet, so I hit the “Chop” button a couple more times, but that turned the rest of the walnuts to a very little almost “powder” consistency. I tried it again, with in regards to the same results. I guess I could try putting in less walnuts at a time, but then that would defeat the intention of “less work” since I’d have to put in a little amount, chop, dump out the introductory batch, repeat. It’s much requiring little effort in this case to do a coarse chop with knife. Chopping Mushrooms in this device likewise was lacking, it kind of made a mushroom puree.
Where it shines even though is in my every day meals where I’m making a heap of kind of pan sauce. Just regarding all my pan sauces or pan meals start out with butter/oil, then saute’ing a heap of garlic and onions. I’ll just peel a few cloves of garlic, coarse chop an onion, dump it all into the MiniPrep, and presto, it’s done! When I’m ready to dump it into my pan, just remove the co, remove the blade and use a mini-silicone spatula to dump the contents directly into the pan. A quick rinse of the lid, blade, and work bowl, and the processor may be put away. That can’t be any easier.
For more prominent meals and more ingredients, it’s outstanding to just coarsely chop your items, dump into the processor, let it do it’s work, and then fill up your prep bowls with the dissimilar ingredients – making everything posing no difficulty once you’re cooking.
I find the “Chop” and “Grind” feature to be pretty much the same thing, just in opposite directions. The opposite direction thing is helpful to get the feed to drop down to the blade. If you don’t put too much in the processor, once the piece is chopped, it gets flung to the sides of the work bowl and sticks there, creating empty space for the unchopped foods to drop into the blade. Everything gets chopped evenly…it just gets chopped very finely too.
The entire unit is very easy to use and clean. The blades are exceedingly sharp, so be careful when washing those. The clear plastic work bowl does get a little scratched up and not so clear anymore after a bit of use…but then, it’s a work bowl. The buttons are underneath a protective plastic, sealed – so no probability of anything getting under the buttons, just a quick wipe and it’s clean!
Overall, the unit is small, solid, quiet, easy to use, and easy to clean. It’s great for fine chops to puree, not so great for coarse chops/dice. Perfect size for meals for 2 people. For making larger meals you may want to look at the larger cup sized processors, or just make a couple of batches.
163 of 168 humans found the following review helpful.
so… you want a feed processor?
By S. Rasco
I have the Mini-Prep and I have the big guy version, but I use the MP 10x as much. It does everything! Want chopped garlic? peel a couple heads, add 2-3T of olive oil and regarding a 1/4-1/2tsp. of salt. It keeps in a jar in the fridge and tastes a heck of a lot better than the store kind! Fresh herbs, nuts, peppers without burning hands…it’s great! When I’m done, I just rinse it out. This is my favored appliance after my blender, and if this made smoothies and margaritas, it would be my favorite!
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