- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 33.7 x 47.3 cm ; 9.07 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 10.3 Kg
- Item model number: FP-12DCC
- ASIN: B003K2G18U
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: July 15 2010
- Average Customer Review: 172 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,160 in Home (See Top 100 in Home)
Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor 12 cup, Die Cast
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- 2 Food Processors in 1! 1000-watt food processor with 12-cup work bowl and nesting 4-cup work bowl with pour spouts and measurement markings
- SealTight advantage system – Seals bowls and locks blades; Easy On/Off locking system with push-button release; All removable parts are dishwasher safe
- Electronic Touchpad Controls – On/Off/Pulse with Blue LED lights
- Stainless-steel adjustable slicing disc (1 to 6mm), reversible shredding disc (fine/medium), large and small chopping/mixing blades, dough blade, Supreme® wide-mouth feed tube and cover assembly, spatula.
- Measures 7 by 10.5 by 15.2 inches; 3-year limited warranty; 10-year motor warranty
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Equipped with a 1000-watt peak-power motor, this convenient food processor quickly and easily slices, dices, chops, and purees, helping to reduce prep time in the kitchen. It supplies a 12-cup work bowl, plus a 4-cup work bowl that nests inside the bigger bowl--a versatile two-in-one design that can handle small and large batches alike. Both bowls feature durable polycarbonate construction, measurement marks up the side, and drip-free pour spouts. An exclusive SealTight Advantage System seals the bowls and locks the blades for clean, safe processing and pouring. In addition, the unit's wide-mouth feed tube accommodates larger ingredients, which reduces the need for cutting food into smaller pieces first, and its electronic touchpad control panel offers three selections for on, off, and pulse. Use the machine to quickly blend up individual or family-size batches of pesto, chop onions and green peppers for a veggie pizza, or shred cheese for omelets on a Sunday morning. Accessories include a stainless-steel adjustable slicing disc (1 to 6 mm), a stainless-steel reversible shredding disc (fine/medium), a large and small stainless-steel chopping/mixing blade, and a dough blade. Thoughtfully designed, the food-prep appliance also provides blue LED indicator lights, a simple on/off locking system with push-button release, and dishwasher-safe removable parts for quick cleanup. A spatula, "how-to" DVD, and a recipe/instruction book come included. The food processor measures 7 by 10-1/2 by 15-1/5 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty with a 10-year warranty on the motor.
From the Manufacturer
|Cuisinart extended the potential of every kitchen, with the introduction of the food processor in 1973. Now with the innovative Elite Collection, Cuisinart continues the pioneering tradition. Loaded with 1000 watts of peak power and innovative options, this ground breaking collection utilizes the exclusive SealTight Advantage system and a revolutionary nested bowl design to usher in the next generation of food processing. With two nested bowls, a reversible shredding disc and adjustable slicing disc (8 different options with 2 discs), a dough blade, and a versatile chopping/mixing blade, there is no limit to what you can do. The SealTight lid and blade assembly lets you utilize the maximum of each bowl's processing capacity without spills or leaks, and ensures easy cleaning and convenient handling. The motor housing base is extra-durable with a streamline design that provides a solid foundation for the demands of food processing. It's versatile, powerful, and user-friendly food processor--something consumers always expect from Cuisinart.|
Features, Benefits, and Operations
Cleaning and Storage
All parts except the housing base are dishwasher safe, and recommend washing on the top rack only. The housing base may be wiped clean with a soapy, non-abrasive material and dry after cleaning. If you wash the blades and discs by hand, do it carefully as their cutting edges are very sharp. For your safety remember when handling, use the plastic hubs on the blades and finger holes for the discs.
Bringing the Good Life Home
Cuisinart products are designed to make life delicious all day long, offering today's consumers a variety of menu options, and fun and easy new ways to entertain family and friends.
Cuisinart first came into home kitchens over 30 years ago when it introduced the now legendary food processor. People discovered that routines could be broken and creative cooking quickly became part of the new lifestyle. Preparing fresh ingredients with products that offered easy and interesting new techniques meant healthier meals and more free time.
Today Cuisinart develops products to make every meal memorable. From breakfast toast and coffee to elegant five-course dinners, the preparation and cooking have become a pleasurable part of the total experience. Today's relaxed lifestyles and the convenience of Cuisinart products make it easier than ever to Savor the Good Life, right at home with family and friends.
From the manufacturer
12-cup (3 L) Food Processor
Cuisinart Elite Collection
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.
- 8 Slicing and Shredding Options
- Easy On/Off - Lock the lid system in place with ease
- Supreme Wide Mouth feed tube
- 1000-watt peak power motor
- Large and small chopping/mixing blades and dough blade
- 10-Year Motor Warranty
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:
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- Amazing power
- Got it on sale for an incredible price
- Various attachments work well
- The neck where you feed items to chop or shred is too large so the item ends up sitting diagonally in the neck which causes the slices to larger then you want
- The slicing / shredding blade is too far from the top so the last bits of the item don't get sliced/shredded and simply spin around on top
- It doesn't have high and low power, just on/off and pulse; would be useful in many instances to chop a bit more slowly so it isn't just pulverized
- Lots of cleanup
- Generally easier to use a knife
- I use it once every 6 months because i feel like i should; generally though i just use a knife; i wouldn't buy it again
The lid cracked when it was dropped. It hasn't affected performance yet but I was surprised how easily it cracked (it wasn't a bad drop, it landed on vinyl flooring from waist-high).
My biggest annoyance is how difficult it is to clean. I don't use it for small jobs, that's for sure. It takes up a lot of room in the dishwasher thanks to all the pieces that need to be separated, and I usually hand-wash it although that's tedious too. It often takes more time to wash it than to just hand chop the food. I mostly don't like how hard it is to clean the inside of the blade pieces (the part that goes over the tube in the bowl). It's also difficult to clean around the rubber ring on the lid (which is what makes it able to handle liquids unlike some food processors). I lost the little plastic tool that was provided to help with cleaning the lid unfortunately, although it was still a hassle when I had it. I'm going to have to try to take the lid apart and give it a proper cleaning someday because I can't get it all out as is.
I'd like a high and low speed. I didn't realize how much that would annoy me before getting it.
All that said, it's a sturdy machine that I expect to last a long time, cracked lid and all. Hopefully as our family grows (we have two adults and two kids right now and I cook all.the.time.) it will get more use.
The unit does have a lot of crevices but is easy to clean using the brush supplied - it works great under running water! The various pieces can also be put in the dishwasher, which is handy, though we usually hand wash.
We love our new food processor and would highly recommend this model!
My only issue (and thus 4 stars) is that the rubber seal at the top often gets food bits caught between the seal and the top of the lid. These can be a pain to get to. I've tried to always clean right after using, so it ususally rinses out good, but if you made something particularly messy or had some food dry up there it would be very difficult to get to.
Works very well though!
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