I spent a lot of time studying all kinds of food processors and settled on this model - it's great.
The container is a good size for all kinds of jobs. I still prefer this tool for something as simple as chopping onion and garlic - and it mixes up a batch of yeast bread coffee cake with equal good results (no 100 strokes).
Storing it is a pain in the neck. I have it broken down for storage and sometimes I grumble in putting it together - but I usually put in the effort.
Gorgeous work horse!
I got this processor to replace my (still working) 5 yr old Cuisinart DLC-2011 white. This is a very similar model except that this one has a Stainless Metal base which is BEAUTIFUL and they have fixed a oddity of the previous model. In this model you can twist the lid off while the pusher assembly is still in the lid where as in my 5 yr old white DLC-2011 it required the extra step of removing the pusher first before you could remove the lid. There is a slightly different locking mechanism on this model that allows for this. This was a pleasant suprise that I was not expecting . I was fine with the other way because the machines capabilities far outweighed the little oddity. I had first accidently ordered the brushed chrome DLC-2011 and was dissapointed that it was infact silver plastic so I returned it to onlineshopdealer. I then ordered this Brushed Stainless DLC-2011CHB machine and recieved it. I am so glad that I didnt settle for the silver plastic one as this processor really is nice looking. I think it is great to combine beauty with power and performance and this one has it all ! Highly reccomend.
Another Utilitarian Tool in My Growing Food Perpetration Arsenal
Bottom-Line: The "Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN 11-Cup Food Processor" with stainless steel finish, is a keeper.
Modern American life leaves those with families precious little time to function like the families of yesteryear. Between the job commutes, working out, kids, chores, and other pressures, there is little time to cook a decent dinner. I do the majority of cooking in our household and it is something I enjoy, but it is increasingly hard to accomplish because of my ever demanding schedule.
But I like to prepare meals from scratch with fresh ingredients including an ever-increasing list of vegetable. Heretofore I have chopped the majority of my vegetables by hand and that is both time-consuming and tedious. And fresh shredded cheese, bread/pizza dough, fresh whipped cream: forget it!
So, I have been looking for a quality high capacity food processor to chop, dice, shred, and puree. I had thought to go with Kitchen Aid, but alas their offering was long on function and, well, short on aesthetics. So I turned to that other siren of kitchenware's Cuisinart for my food processor, namely the "Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN 11-Cup Food Processor."
In The Box
o DLC-2011BCN 11-Cup Food Processor w/ Touch pad Dough Control
o 11-cup Lexan work bowl
o Chopping blade
o Power Prep metal dough blade
o Extra-large (4-1/4 by 2-3/4 inches ) feed tube slices whole fruits and vegetables
o One-piece Cuisinart Supreme feed tube
o (4 mm) Stainless steel medium slicing disc
o (4 mm) Stainless steel shredding disc
o Detachable disc stem
o Recipe / Instruction book
o How-to DVD
The "Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN 11-Cup Food Processor" comes with everything one might need in one box, namely stainless steel chopping blade, dough blade, as well as slicing and shredding discs. At 14-pounds the attractive appliance is not light, but is easy enough to move about and store.
The 600-watt motor in the base automatically adjusts the blades' speed to ensure proper consistency when mixing bread and pizza dough's. Measuring in at 4-1/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches, the large oval feed tube can accommodate whole fruits and vegetables as well as large chunks of beef, chicken, pork and other meats.
A smaller cylindrical tube is located inside the pusher assembly and has its own hollow pusher, which removes with a twist. This can proved useful for slicing cucumbers, carrots and the like. On the bottom of the small pusher is a pinhole for dribbling fats such as oils into the bowl while making tartar sauce, or spreads.
The large, removable, clear, 11-cup Lexan work bowl is virtually impervious to heat or cold and shatterproof. (Existing Cuisinart blades and discs also fit this machine.) Cuisinart warranties the "DLC-2011BCN's" motor against defects for 10 years and the remaining parts for three years.
I am very happy with my choice of the "Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN 11-Cup Food Processor". This baby works and works well. All of the parts are easy to use and remove. My new "Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN 11-Cup Food Processor's" first mission: chop up alcove of garlic, an onion, and bell pepper for my homemade spaghetti sauce.
Using the "pulse" mode, the appliance made short work of the vegetables at hand and with a small modicum of tears. And because the veggies are more finely chopped than I can do by hand, the flavor of the spaghetti sauce was greatly improved.
Next up: pizza dough!
The "Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN 11-Cup Food Processor" with stainless steel finish, is a keeper. The combination of large cup size, versatile cutting, shredding, and chopping blades/ discs promise to help me get decent nutritional meals on the dinner table for my family.
Why did I wait so long?
We do A LOT of cooking in our household. Some 15 years ago, we purchased a food processor and have hated it ever since. It wasn't a Cuisinart but wasn't cheap either. In the time it took to put all the parts together, do the work and then clean the thing, we decided we might as well do everything by hand instead. Like I said, that was a long time ago. Obviously things have changed!
What prompted us to consider one again, was watching some of the cooking shows. Things seemed to be on the upturn as far as technology and simplicity of use so we did MUCH research and after a few months, determined that we'd try the DLC-2011CHB. We are now wondering why we waited so long.
In a nutshell....we love the feeding tube size which is large and eliminates the need to precut vegetables prior to slicing. It's easy to put together and take apart. Cleaning it is a breeze! It's well made and since we are leaving it on the countertop for quick and easy access, we also appreciate it's appearance. Cuisinart offers blade holders which are a convenient and safe way to store accessories. I've already purchased a new disc which I am VERY happy with.
We work hard during the week but still prepare nice meals at the end of the day. After having NOT had this tool, we surely recognize the time we have saved preparing meals WITH it. It also gives us a new outlook on dishes we usually reserve for weekends.
While I do like KitchenAide and have quite a few KitchenAide appliances, they just can't beat the Cuisinart's food processor. Compare before you buy.
I have had this food processor for about a week and done my best to put it to the test :) So far I have made salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce for tacos, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced veggies and meat for stir fry, sliced potatoes to scallop, made butter, whipped cream, mayonnaise, banana "ice cream", mixed cookie dough, chopped nuts, made meringue cookies, banana muffins, french cut string beans and pureed soup.
It will slice or shred any vegetable you throw at it. From delicate lettuce, to dense potatoes, every piece is beautifully uniform. You will wonder where this processor was all your life. I was impressed with how effortlessly cookie dough came together and how easy it is to make butter. Will I start making all my butter? No, but it is a fun novelty to try with the kids, or to whip up herb butter. I think the bowl is a good size. I cut all the veggies to make stir fry for 4-6 people without emptying the bowl. Best of all, every removable piece pops right into the dishwasher.
Cons: Shredding cheese and meat were not as easy as I thought they would be. However, Cuisinart suggests that you partially freeze these items before processing, which I did, but feel that some tweaking in this area may improve my results. The biggest surprise to me was that it didn't puree my corn chowder as well as I expected. My blender has done a better job in the past. I tried making meringue cookies merely out of curiosity. It worked, but not well. Guess I still need a mixer for some things.
The blades are SHARP! Despite being careful my hand slipped while I was trying to remove the blade from my banana ice cream and I cut my finger. When they say "precision cutting" they mean it.
Overall I am very pleased. I am looking forward to the next potluck so I can whip up a big batch of scalloped potatoes or slice veggies for a salad. I would highly recommend this food processor to others.
Best. Food. Processor. Evar.
This food processor far exceeded even the high expectations I had for it after reading all the reviews. I checked all over OnlineShopDealer and Consumer Reports before settling on this model and have to say I am so, so happy with it. I cook a lot, and use this 3-4 times a week probably. I bought it almost a year ago and it still runs like new, no problems, no wear cosmetically either. Easy to clean (it says pieces can go in the dishwasher but I haven't needed to do that) and takes up minimal counter space (relative to its capacity, of course). Don't think twice, if you're a serious cook looking for a really great processor, this is the one.
As a technologically challenged person (meaning I don't read the directions carefully enough) I Almost broke this the first time I used it. Luckily a friend was with me and saw that I had the cover on backwards. Yes, I did watch the video, but it really didn't get into the stupid details that I need to have.
Enough about me, the processor works great. I tried making fake soft serve ice cream, using only fruit. You don't have to buy that $50 device. You can use this processor and it came out creamy and perfect. Can't wait to try gazpacho with it.
I had an old La Machine from the early 80's that had seen better days. After much research, I ordered the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus food processor. What a great addition to my kitchen! This is a slick machine. Very efficient, much faster and sturdier than my original food processor. It's a breeze to clean and look great on my counter. So glad I purchased this.
Making bread dough just got so easy!
My husband is blown away by how great this is for making bread dough. Our old mixer with dough hooks died. Now we don't need to buy the expensive mixer because this is terrific. Oh yeah, it also slices, cops well. Duh.
So far so good!
I have only just purchased this item, so I can't speak to the longevity.
I found the video very helpful, and I've tried every feature/process out on this machine except for the dough making. Everything works spectacularly.
Many reviews said the bowls were flimsy. While they are plastic, they seem durable enough for me. The machine is easy to operate, and not as confusing as you first think when you open the box. I recommend watching the video first, then referring to the instruction manual if you still have questions. Also, the video includes various cooking/recipe suggestions as well as the occasional food processor user tip; I found those helpful.
I like that it fits on my counter (under the cabinets). Just barely, but it fits. : ) It's heavy enough that I don't want to have to store it on a shelf and haul it out whenever I need to use it. Yes, it will take some effort keeping this clean, I find it's best to wash it up right away, or to at least soak everything before the residue dries up. Dishwasher works great.