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Combining the Cuisinart® tradition of culinary excellence with groundbreaking innovation, the Cuisinart Elite Collection™ 12-Cup Food Processor sets the bar for the next generation of kitchen appliances. With a 4-cup work bowl nested inside the big bowl, plus the adjustable 6-position slicing disc and reversible shredding disc, it provides home chefs with multiple food processors in one! The exclusive SealTight™ Advantage System is designed to deliver maximum bowl capacity and clean processing and pouring. It is truly the finest food prep appliance available for today’s modern kitchen.
The food processor that re-invented the art of food preparation once again leads the way in innovation.
Superbly designed for high performance and ease of use, the Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) has the power, capacity, versatility, precision, and accessories to handle any task. From the two nested and sealed bowls to the adjustable slicing disc and reversible shredding disc, these incredible features create multiple food processors in one.
All of these pioneering, creative elements come together with Cuisinart’s leading reputation to give you the Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) Food Processor – the finest food prep appliance for today’s modern kitchen.
Features and Benefits
1. Housing Base and Motor
With a vertically projecting motor shaft, this powerful base will process through a variety of recipes with 1000 watts of peak power.
2. Touchpad Control Panel
These easy to clean, electronically controlled buttons, feature On, Off and Pulse options, for every food processing function. The contemporary, blue LED light will indicate when the unit is powered on.
3. Work Bowls
Designed with maximum versatility, the work bowl should be selected based on task appropriateness.
These nested bowls feature SealTight technology, which maximizes each bowl’s processing capacity, ensures safe handling, and keeps all the ingredients contained in the bowl you’re using! The bowls also include a locking feature to prevent them from coming out of position when pouring, and finger recesses (a) for user-friendliness.
The large and small work bowls are all made of durable material with convenient measurement markings (b) and pour spouts (c).
4. Work Bowl Cover with Feed Tube
Work bowl cover with SealTight Advantage feature allows for maximum bowl capacity during processing and pouring. To remove the work bowl cover, push in the release buttons (a) on either side of the handle interlock (b).
The Supreme Wide-Mouth feed tube (c) accommodates larger ingredients and saves precutting time.
5. Pusher Assembly
Secured with a snap-fit, the small pusher (a) inside the large pusher (b) allows you to accommodate ingredients of all sizes. The large pusher lock (c), located on the handle, enables it to be pulled out to lock and pushed in to unlock – this feature should be used when processing heavy loads.
6. Small Chopping/Mixing Blade
This small stainless steel blade will chop or mix anything in your small work bowl and also features the BladeLock System.
7. Large Chopping/Mixing Blade
Stainless steel in construction, this heavy-duty blade will process a variety of food in your large work bowl. The BladeLock System enables the blade to stay in place to prevent leaking, while providing optimal pouring.
8. Dough Blade
Designed for superb results, this blade will knead through all types of dough. The dough blade can be used only in the large bowl.
9. Adjustable Slicing Disc
The versatile 6-in-1 disc allows for thin to thick slices with 1 to 6mm indicators. This disc may be used only in the large bowl.
10. Reversible Shredding Disc
Provides the option of either fine or medium shredding for optimal results. This disc may be used only in the large bowl.
11. Stem Adapter
This user-friendly tool easily attaches to either disc or small chopping/mixing blade to engage the motor shaft.
Uniquely designed for use with either work bowl.
13. Cord Storage (not shown)
Keeps countertops safe and clean by conveniently wrapping excess cord under the unit.
14. Cleaning tool
This tool is designed to aid in the cleaning of the underside of the work blow cover, by using either the flat side or the brush side.
15. BPA free
All materials that come in contact with food are BPA free.
Before first use
Before using your Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) Food Processor for the first time, wash the work bowls, work bowl cover, pusher assembly, blades, discs, and spatula (see Cleaning, Storage and Maintenance ).
1. Place the food processor base on a dry, level countertop with the controls facing toward you. Do not plug the unit in until it is fully assembled.
2. With the large bowl on the base, use the handle to turn the work bowl counterclockwise to lock it onto the housing base.
To use the small bowl, place your thumbs in the finger recesses and align the pour spout facing opposite the handle.
The BladeLock feature is designed to keep the blade in place during processing, pouring, lifting, and handling tasks – but is not permanently attached. Handle with care.
Note: The chopping/mixing blades should not be removed with liquid contents above the hub of the blade in the bowls, as this will defeat the SealTight system.
Large Blade Operation
3. With your large work bowl assembled on the base, grasp the large chopping/mixing blade by its hub, align it over the centre of the bowl, twist into position and push down firmly to lock.
Dough Blade Operation
4. For use with the large bowl. Carefully lift and place the dough blade over the centre hub of the work bowl by lining up the markings and sliding the blade down.
Assembly Instructions (Continued)
Small Blade Operation
5. With both work bowls assembled on the base, position the stem adapter over the centre of the bowls, twist into position and push down to lock. Grasp the small chopping/mixing blade by its hub, place it over the stem adapter, twist into position and push down firmly to lock.
6. When using your large bowl, position the stem adapter over the centre of the bowl, twist into position and push down to lock. If using the adjustable slicing disc, use the rotating hub and indicator markings to select slicing thickness. Using the finger holes, align and insert the disc over the stem adapter.
If using the reversible shredding disc, determine whether the fine or medium side will be used and use the plastic hub to twist into position on the stem adapter. The finger holes may be used for removal of this disc.
7. Place the work bowl cover onto the work bowl by positioning it directly over the bowls, and push down on the front and back to lock into place.
To remove the cover, push in both sides of the release button (located on the cover interlock) and lift up to remove.
Note: The work bowl cover fits, locks and seals on the large bowl with any nested bowl combination. The work bowl cover will become easier to engage with repeated use.
8. Align pusher assembly and activating rod with the feed tube opening on the work bowl cover and slide it down completely.
9. Plug the food processor into a proper electrical outlet. It is now ready for use.
Note: The bowl, lid and pushers must be securely in place for the unit to operate.
The On control is a continuous button that allows the machine to run until Off is selected.
1. Properly assemble and engage the machine.
2. Add ingredients to the work bowl, either through the feed tube or directly into the bowl.
3. Press the On button. The blue LED light will illuminate and the motor will start.
4. Press the Off button when finished.
The Pulse control is a momentary button that allows the machine to run only while it is being pressed. This capability provides more accurate control of the duration and frequency of processing.
1. With the machine properly assembled and engaged, and ingredients in the work bowl, press the Pulse button repeatedly as needed. The blue LED On light will be illuminated upon activation.
Two nested work bowls are provided for a very versatile processing experience. We recommend using the work bowls in a manner that will optimize efficiency. For example, if your recipe requires using both bowls, begin with the small bowl to minimize cleaning. This way the small bowl can serve as a prep bowl to reserve chopped ingredients for a recipe.
Note that the bowls lock into place to pour while nested. The convenient finger recesses can be used to remove the small bowl with ingredients, or the bowl can remain nested during pouring or food removal.
Chopping certain foods may scratch or cloud the work bowl, this will not affect the functionality of your work bowl.
Chopping (using the Chopping Blade)
For raw ingredients: peel, core and/or remove seeds and pits. Food should be cut into even, 1/2 to 1-inch (1.3-2.5 cm) pieces. Foods cut into same size pieces produce the most even results.
Pulse food in 1-second increments to chop. For the finest chop, either hold the pulse down or press ON to run the machine continuously. Watch ingredients closely to achieve desired consistency and scrape the work bowl as necessary.
Puréeing (using the Chopping Blade)
To purée fresh fruits or cooked fruits/vegetables: ingredients should be cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces; a smooth purée is achieved easiest when all the pieces are equal in size. Pulse to initially chop and then process ON until food is puréed; scrape the work bowl as necessary. Do not use this method to purée cooked white potatoes.
To purée solids for a soup or sauce: strain the solids from the liquid and process the solids alone. Add cooking liquid and process as needed.
Kneading (using the Dough Blade or the Metal Chopping Blade)
The dough blade is engineered to knead through yeast dough, while the metal chopping blade is ideal for pastry doughs.
The pusher lock is recommended to be in the locked position when kneading dough to avoid it from moving around – some vibration is still normal.
Dough kneading should be done in the large bowl only.
Slicing (using the Adjustable Slicing Disc)
Always pack food in the feed tube evenly to slice. For smaller amounts of food, use the smaller feed tube. For cheese slicing, always use the large feed tube. The food will dictate the amount of pressure: Use light pressure for soft foods, medium pressure for medium foods, and firm pressure for harder foods. Always process with even pressure.
For julienne or matchstick cuts: Place food horizontally in the feed tube and process with even pressure to create long, plank-like slices. Replace stack of slices in feed tube vertically and process again using even pressure.
Machine Functions (Continued)
For round fruits or vegetables: Remove a thick slice on the bottom of the food so that it sits upright in the feed tube. If food does not fit in the feed tube, cut in half or quarters to fit. Process with even pressure.
For small ingredients, like mushrooms, radishes or strawberries: Trim the ends so the food sits upright in the feed tube. Take advantage of the smaller feed tube if appropriate.
When slicing cheese, be sure that the cheese is well chilled before slicing.
Shredding (using the Reversible Shredding Disc)
Always pack food in the feed tube evenly to shred. For smaller amounts of food, use the smaller feed tube. For cheese shredding, always use the large feed tube. The food will dictate the amount of pressure: Use light pressure for soft foods, medium pressure for medium foods and firm pressure for harder foods. Always process with even pressure.
To shred leafy vegetables like lettuce or spinach: Roll leaves together and stand up in feed tube. Process with even pressure.
When shredding cheese, be sure that the cheese is well chilled before shredding.
CLEANING, STORAGE AND MAINTENANCE
Keep your Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) Food Processor ready to use on the kitchen counter. When not in use, leave it unplugged.
Keep the blades and discs out of the reach of children.
All parts except the housing base are dishwasher safe, and we recommend washing them in the dishwasher on the top rack only. Due to intense water heat, washing the work bowl, cover and accessories on the bottom rack may cause damage over time. Insert the cover with the feed tube facing up to ensure proper cleaning of the seal. (Note: The seal is not removable and water will drain properly.) Insert the work bowl and pushers upside down for drainage. Remember to unload the dishwasher carefully wherever you place sharp blades and discs.
To simplify cleaning, rinse the work bowl, cover, pusher assembly and blade or disc immediately after use so food won’t dry on them. Be sure to place the pushers upside down for drainage. If food lodges in the pusher, remove it by running water through it, or use a bottle brush.
If further cleaning of the cover is necessary after dishwashing or handwashing, run faucet water pressure directly through the holes in the cover, while pushing up and down on the rubber seal.
If you wash blades and discs by hand, do it carefully. When handling, use the plastic hubs on the blades and finger holes for the discs. Avoid leaving them in soapy water where they may disappear from sight. To clean the metal blade, fill the work bowl with soapy water, hold the blade by its plastic center and move it rapidly up and down on the center shaft of the bowl. Use of a spray attachment is also effective. If necessary, use a brush. The work bowl is made of durable plastic, that is shatter resistant and heat resistant. It should not be placed in a microwave oven, as the aperture at the front of the pusher houses the metal rod that activates the motor. The housing base may be wiped clean with a soapy, non-abrasive material. Be sure to dry once clean.
Four rubber feet on the underside keep the base from moving on most work surfaces when the machine is processing heavy loads. If the feet leave spots on the counter, spray them with a spot remover and wipe with a damp sponge. If any trace of the spot remains, repeat the procedure and wipe the area with a damp sponge and nonabrasive cleaning powder.
Important: Never store any blade or disc on the motor shaft. No blade or disc should be placed on the shaft except when the processor is about to be used.
Maintenance : Any other servicing should be performed by an authorized service representative.
For your safety:
Like all powerful electrical appliances, a food processor should be handled with care. Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and your family from misuse that could cause injury.
Handle and store metal blades and discs carefully. Their cutting edges are very sharp.
Always place the stem adapter on the motor shaft before assembling the discs.
Never put blades or discs on the motor shaft until the work bowl is locked in place.
Always be sure that the blade or disc is down on motor shaft as far as it will go.
Always insert chopping blade and dough blade in the work bowl before putting ingredients in bowl.
When slicing or shredding food, always use the pusher. Never put your fingers or spatula into feed tube.
Always wait for the blade or disc to stop spinning before you remove the pusher assembly or cover from the work bowl.
Always unplug the unit before removing food, cleaning, or putting on or taking off parts.
Always remove work bowl from base of machine before you remove chopping blade or dough blade.
Limited Three- Year Warranty:
Full 10 year motor warranty:
If the appliance should become defective within the warranty periods, do not return the appliance to the store. Please contact our Customer Service Centre:
The first one I bought lasted just over 2 years then it would start to run after I plugged it in without using the power switch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert
It is perfect! Good quality, lot of accessories, very loud. 100% satisfy.Published 1 month ago by Anne-Marie Hamon
I have had the worst experience with Cuisinart, this is my third food processor from the same brand that gave up after a couple of years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JJ
Solid performer . We've been using ours for a while - nothing but compliments.Published 4 months ago by D
I purchased this model to replace my very old food processor that had recently quit. Since buying this model, I've used it to make biscuits, hummus, and shred vegetables for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kelly
After doing allot of Search found this powerful and rugged machine.Published 4 months ago by Asim N.