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Cuisinart Food Processor Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB Review

Home Test of Cuisinart's Food Processor - Mini-Prep Plus

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Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB

Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB

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I've used Cuisinart's original Mini-Prep, but this Cuisinart food processor has a larger work bowl and an auto-reversing blade. I wanted to see just how handy this new model would be - especially when it comes to the 4-cup size.

Product Description

    Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor DLC-4CHB
  • SmartPower® Blade
  • 4-Cup (1 L) work bowl
  • Chop/grind touchpad controls
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Parts are dishwasher safe
  • Limited 18-Month Warranty
  • MSRP $49.95
  • Visit Cuisinart for more information, manual and recipes
  • Includes Recipe and instruction book

How the Cuisinart® Mini-Prep® Plus Performed

November 22, 2009
As far as looks go, the style and finish is attractive, it cleans up easily and the unit is very compact - it takes very little counter space so keeping it handy is no problem.

Getting the work bowl and cover lined up correctly is crucial to the processor working properly or at all. But once you have this down pat, chop away. Until I had this step working well, I found that it was better to place ingredients in the work bowl after it was secured on the base, or the blade post could move and food get lodged underneath it when I fumbled to place it on the base. The cover must also line up correctly. It's really a matter of learning how to position it right on the base.

I tried various processing and grinding tasks, from dressings and salsa to chopping vegetables for pasta sauces, as well as chopping/grinding nuts and spices. I found it processes well and most of the time, a very short pulsing action was all it needed - it's easy to over-process. When vegetables are fairly uniform in size to start with and the bowl is scraped as needed, results are fairly consistent - typical of most food processors. Compared to Cuisinart's original (smaller) Mini-Prep, this 4-cup model's blade seems much sharper.

I like the auto-reversing grinding feature and it works rather well. I thought my 2-cup processor was perfect for everyday small chopping tasks, but this 4-cup size is even better - small enough to keep out on the counter and a time-saver to chop a larger amount of nuts or a mix of onion and peppers.

Overall Impression

I love the practical nature of this 4-cup processor - it can handle everyday common chopping tasks and that means not having to take out a larger unit unless you really want to. The size is compact - it takes very little room on the counter so I can keep it handy. It looks nice, is easy to use and the price is reasonable. If you take time initially to learn how it goes together and locks into place, you'll save time and enjoy using this little processor.

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