189 of 194 people found the following review helpful
Not only is this a lovely looking item with a good weight and brushed stainless steel trim, it does a really good job of processing small amounts of wet and dry ingredients. The footprint of the unit is very small approx 4.5Wx6.5Dx8.25H inches. Liquid-wise it holds 500ml to top of spindle cover (but probably not practical to use this full with liquid because of the mess). I've chopped in one go - two medium onions cut into quarters + 2 large cloves of garlic left whole + a one inch piece of ginger cut in half and a handful of whole fresh herbs. The machine is fast and processed this amount by pulsing in approx 10 seconds without any problems and all processed the same no big bits stuck anywhere. It comes with a lovely little book and an even smaller spatula which is exactly the right size for removing processed items. There are recipes - Sauces: classic mayonnaise, aioli, béarnaise sauce, pesto, vinaigrette, crème chantilly; Dips: hummus, guacamole; Fruits & Drinks: cinnamon and pear compote, mojito.
I didn't buy for grinding whole spices as I already have an excellent grinder (Krupps Twin Blade Coffee Mill) bought for this dedicated purpose over 7yrs ago, and as I cannot comment on this function one star removed. Have done mayonnaise, hummus and guacamole with texture for each spot on.
The Amazon Market Trader I purchased from provided a good service(Grand Gadgets), ordered Sat 17th at 4.45pm it arrived this morning 20th at 8.45am.
197 of 203 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2008
I've only had the Chopper for a couple of weeks, but so far I'm very pleased with it. It looks very sleek and I'm happy with it out on the work top, rather than hiding it away in a cupboard.
Unlike other processors, it chops ALL the ingredients, as the blade reaches right down to the bottom of the bowl. I also love the dual function and the grind works equally as well - it ground a small handful of fennel seeds like a dream (which would be lost under the blade in a large processor).
Perfect in the dishwasher, as my large processor takes up a lot more space.
A very good buy and well worth the few extra pennies.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2013
Like many people I look for a product that will perform well, be reliable and be good value. We have a Magimix food processor which is great but the bowl and lid need replacing every few years because they crack. The replacement cost is now £35 so I thought I would look for an alternative. This product comes close to the top of the list when sorted by customer reviews so I took the plunge.
Operation is very simple: the bowl rotates and locks into place on the base and the lid rotates round into a safety lock. There are two buttons, labelled chop and grind. The blade is double sided and the the two buttons rotate the blade in opposite directions. The buttons are spring loaded, so have to be held down for the blade to spin. The instruction book warns against running the motor for longer than one minute, presumably because to prevent the motor from overheating. In use, most things I have chopped require less than 10 seconds blitzing.
It really is tiny though. That's an advantage because it is light to move round the kitchen and doesn't occupy a huge space on the worktop or in the cupboard. The downside obviously is its capacity is quite low. That said, I made a curry for six yesterday and it coped really well chopping onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes and chillies. The processor coped with everything and chopped the ingredients well. The only hitch came when I chopped a tin of tomatoes - the tin's contents fitted in the bowl okay but when I whizzed them some of the juice was forced out between the lid and bowl and some went down the spindle.
So for twenty quid I'm very pleased with this machine. It's not sexy or complicated like our old Magimix but I've spend the balance of my replacement bowl budget on a hand-held mixer from Andrew James (actually the two products cost me £37) which should do the jobs that this Cuisinart can't, like beating eggs and mixing batter and cakes. With its five year guarantee this mini food processor appears to be a risk-free purchase. It's a pleasant surprise to find a cheap product which does its job well.
109 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2008
This cuisinart product has proved to be an absolute boon. My wife came out of hospital having had pureed food for 6 weeks with the recommendation that this should continue for medical reasons. How were we going to puree small amounts of meat, vegetables, salad items and more, just for one person? Step forward the Mini Processor, it copes with everything we have tried in 6 weeks of use and does the job in seconds, including sirloin steak and even lettuce. It is easy to use, takes up little space in it's permanent place on the work top and is easy to clean. It might not be the cheapest but, for our purposes, it is definitely the best.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2009
goodbye chopping onions and watery eyes! this is an excellent mini-blender for making pasta sauces or chopping/blending all sorts of onions, chillis etc to make curry sauce or simply because you dont want to chop them individually.
It holds about 1 tin of coke in volume so it would be handy if it it was slightly larger but all in all, you simply use it twice. easy to store, easy and safe to use. works a treat for 2 people who like home cooking their own dishes.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2014
I rarely review on Amazon, but having had such a bad experience with this I felt compelled to warn others. I urge you to look at the 1 star reviews, which have commonalities. This is my second machine. The first lasted a year before it just stopped working. This one lasted 8 months. I use it maximum once a week. I too thought that with it having a 5 year guarantee it would be a sign of quality; not so. Irritating to have to return yet another machine. Other reviews have recommended Magimix, so think I'll go with that.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2010
This is the only mini food processor with a hole in the lid for adding liquids (for making mayonnaise). The motor is really powerful, so it can only go continuously for 1 minute at a time though, so be warned. My only concern would be that the plastic on the blade appears to be cracking. It has a long guarantee, so I'm not too concerned. I love it. Despite this, I am still giving it a 5.
It's sturdy and looks great in the kitchen. It has a very small profile and all tuckes away nicely, so it just sits on the shelf.
I usually use this great little gadget for making hummous. I love the fact that you can chop in one direction and then blend in the other. It also makes tzatziki, aioli and all dips really well. I find it just the right amount. I also used it for finely chopping walnuts (walnut frangipane topping on mini damson tarts).
I cannot recommed this product enough. I think its great. It lives proudly on the shelf. Only my espresso machine gets more usage.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2014
This is the first food processor I've ever bought - as a student on a budget, I just wanted something small, nifty and powerful for chopping and dicing, and making things like my own nut butter and hummus. I've tried previously to make such things in smoothie makers but it was never any good! However, this little thing handles absolutely everything with ease, despite its small size, and for such great value!! The blades are very sharp, so nuts/dates and other tricky things aren't a problem, and it comes with a handy spatula for removing the well-chopped items. I was looking at other models but heard excellent things about Cuisinart so decided to go for this, and definitely don't regret the decision! Perfect for small quantities, gets the job done in seconds, saves so much prep time. It's very well constructed and doesn't feel flimsy or shoddy in any way, you know you have bought a quality item. This will definitely become a staple part of my everyday cooking and will be recommending to anyone else who likes to cook!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2013
Cuisinart Mini Food Processor
I chose this mini processor as I wanted something that would finely chop ingredients for things like thai green curry paste, quickly and without me spending ages with a knife. I researched carefully on Amazon, deciding not to go for the cheapest make but not to spend a fortune either as I wasn't sure how much I would use it. I have not been disappointed. The machine is durable and capable of whizzing up small items of ingredients quickly and effectively. There is a useful spatula for getting all the food out; the chopping blade chops herbs, garlic, chillis, ginger, onions all very finely. I often use this to chop onions on their own just to speed things up when cooking and avoid sore eyes. There are also two holes in the top so you can add oil while it's running when making mayonnaise etc.
The only down sides (and they are not major): I tried using it for grinding spices (caraway seeds) but these were really too small I think and ended up scratching the plastic bowl. I would say for that you need a proper spice grinder. It does cope well with chopping nuts etc. In general the bowl is very durable, seems to be made of a decent plastic and washes up well. The other thing is that the capacity is very small - this may seem obvious to people buying a 'mini' food processor but just bear in mind that it's really for pastes, dips etc. and not for e.g. blending soups or large quantities of anything. Does fine with an onion if I chop it into halves or quarters and often that's all I really need.
I am very satisfied with the build quality and the operation. It looks nice on our work surface, is small enough to fit between the microwave and toaster and therefore is used regularly. It's been going strong for a couple of years.
I have used cheaper products - my Mum has a Kenwood Mini Chopper and when I used that a chip broke away from the bottom of the plastic bowl (sorry Mum!). Not as durable as my Cuisinart, which is only a few pounds more expensive on Amazon.
Thanks to all for previous reviews which helped me make the right choice.
52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
This little gadget is a big time saver. It can crush ice for cocktails, chop vegetable and herbs, and make salad dressings, rubs and pastes. It can also grind coffee beans and spices.
When I originally bought it, I thought I'd only use it for the occasional, more onerous task, such as chopping onions (which takes ages and makes me cry!). In fact, it's so simple to use that I'm almost going out of my way to find recipes that incorporate the need for food processing. Recently I've used it to make the the topping for a tomato tart (basil, mascarpone and parmesan blended into a creamy paste to spread on puff pasty, before adding tomatoes), and also to make a herb crust (apples, herbs, chili flakes, oil and lemon) to serve with pork escalopes.
The blades sit down very low to the base so that it's rare for anything to get missed when chopping. On the odd occasion it does, there's also a mini-sized spatula supplied to get down into the nooks and crannies of the bowl. Unlike larger processors I don't think it has interchangeable blades, so you won't be making dough or mixing cakes in this (it wouldn't have the capacity, anyway). But as a basic chopper and grinder, it's very good indeed.
Smart looks, with a brushed stainless steel finish, and a weighty and well-made feel. It's so small that you can leave it out on the worktop permanently, without it getting in the way, even in a small kitchen like mine. And it's very easy to assemble, disassemble and clean. I can't comment on long-term reliability having only had it for a couple of months, but so far, so impressed!
PS - If you use this to make cocktails you must crush the ice first, and alone, before adding any of the wet ingredients (no matter what the recipe says) - otherwise you'll end up with a terrible mess, since the violence of the ice-crushing forces all the liquid ingredients out through the holes in the lid! If you don't want a strawberry daquiri-coated kitchen heed my advice!