A Powerful Little Food Processor

The Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor is A Powerful Little Food Processor!

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Do you own a food processor?

I have a Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor. Although I don’t use it everyday, it’s one of the small appliances that I feel is worthwhile taking up space on my kitchen counter. It can mix, slice, chop, dice, shred, puree, and kneed with the 2 stainless steel discs that it came with. For its size it is a powerful little food processor that is simple and easy to use.

I also have a Blendtec blender that sits on my counter. Although they could be stored in my cupboard I use them so often I feel that they are best left out. Plus this year I have vowed to do more cooking. Keeping these appliances on my counter encourages and motivates me to cook more often.

Do you really need both a blender and a food processor?

Yes, a definite yes! You can use your blender for turning food into liquids. Making smoothies and soups with a Blendtec blender are a breeze (One of my favorite things to do with my Blendtec blender! I usually make at least one green smoothie a day). Making nut butters is a breeze too.

You can use your Food Processor to make foods that are a bit coarser. Your processor can be used to shred cheese for homemade pizza (I love shredded cheese on my home made soups). It is also great for chopping nuts and shredding veggies. (I make a mean salsa with my Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor). It is my tool of choice when I need something with a coarser texture.
Food processors are popular with people who love to cook. Julia Child and James Beard both endorsed the food processor as a ‘revolutionary’ kitchen appliance back in 1973 when Carl Sontheimer who is the founder introduced it to U.S. public in 1973.

What should you look for in a Food Processor

  • They should be able to take on large pieces of fruits and veggies and dice and shred them quickly
  • Being able to shred cheese is a must in my books
  • Pureeing soups or sauces would be a plus
  • Kneading bread dough is an option
  • Having a large feeder tube is helpful
  • Ability to pulse is a must
  • BPA bowl
  • Stainless steel discs

How do you Use a Food Processor

Your food processor needs to be in the lock position in order for it to run. Cutting up food to about the size of the feeder tube helps with processing. This also helps from overloading you processor. Feed your chunks of food through the feeding tube with even, gentle pressure. Always stay close when using your food processor. Never leave it unattended.

My Review of the Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor

The Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor has a good size container for holding your processed food. It’s simple design and 2 discs allow you to produce evenly chopped foods as well as a fine or course shredded cheese. The grating / slicing discs allow you to make dough for cookies and nicely mixes your butter into the dough. You can shred a head of cabbage in just a few minutes… the Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor makes meal prep a breeze.

Pros:

  • 8 cup BPA free bowl with large feeder tube
  • Great size – not too big or too small
  • 350 Watts
  • Rubberized control panel with high, low, off and pulse buttons
  • Stylish and versatile
  • Reversible slicing and shredding discs (medium or fine)
  • Stainless steel blades for chopping/mixing/kneading
  • Easy to hand wash
  • Top shelf dishwasher safe
  • About 10 pounds
  • Approximately 15.19” high, 9.58” wide, 7.6” deep (length)
  • 2 year limited warranty

Cons: 

  • there isn’t a container or guard to store the sharp discs

About the company

Cuisinart is a well-known company and has been making food processors since 1973. Cuisinart processors have been referred to as the ‘king of food processors”. Cuisinart has their own website where you can register your product warranty online.

Wrapping it up

I’m so glad I found the Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor. I like how lightweight it is and how simple and easy it is to use. It’s the perfect size for a small family. I am impressed with how durable it is for how light it is. The base stays put while processing and doesn’t bounce around. It comes with 2 discs that are easy to use and do not take up a lot of space to store. It has just a couple of buttons Hi, Low, Off and Pulse that are straightforward to use.

I love that I can chop veggies, make guacamole or shred cheese in just a few minutes. The clean up is a breeze if you wash it right away in a bit of soapy water, rinse, dry and it’s ready to put away. In my opinion it is worth every penny!

Recipe: My Wicked Salsa

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8-12 Roma or garden tomatoes OR (28 ounce can whole plum tomatoes including juice – if no fresh available)
  • 1 small white onion peeled and cut in quarters
  • 1 – 2 jalapeno peppers seeded (cut in half)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin or to taste
  • 1 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1/4 – 1 teaspoon to 1 granulated sugar optional and to taste
  • 1 – 2 handfuls cilantro (optional)
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Add all ingredients to food processor in the order listed. Pulse a few times – process until texture is as smooth as desired.

Serve with your favorite homemade yam fries and enjoy!

Quote: “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” Wolfgang Puck

Affirmation: “I am worth the time and money I invest in my health.”

If you found my review helpful, feel free to pass it on to family, friends or share on social media.

Until next time,

Cheers,

Eliza

P.S. Disclaimer: I do make a small commission on this item if you purchase it through my link here on my website. There is no added cost to you if you purchase on my site as the price is the same as on Amazon. If you like my review I appreciate you purchasing through my link as it helps support keeping my website up and running.

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2 thoughts on “A Powerful Little Food Processor

  1. I have this very same Cuisinar Food Processor. I love using it to make coleslaw and salsa! I’m looking forward to trying your Salsa.
    Becky

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