I can remember the first time I made pizza dough. We lived in an apartment at the time and space was an issue.
I would have so many different bowls out holding my different ingredients. I would make a batch, then let that rise while having to spend more time kneading more dough and the process would repeat itself.
The Cuisinart Prep-11 Plus will surely make life easier in the kitchen for any home cook or baker.
What Does the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Do?
It does quite a number of things which is why it excels at the top of my list. The Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Prep 11 Plus can chop your vegetables, slice your onions, dice your peppers and even puree your tomatoes too.
Just imagine how easy it would be to make your own pesto or salsa in less than 3 minutes. Just put everything in and blend them all together.
In addition to working with every vegetable from your garden, the Cuisinart Prep-11 also works wonders for making dough. It is perfect for those who like to do baking or make their own pizza dough.
I explain the special “dough mixer” setting as one of the best features below.
Examples for dough can range from chocolate chip cookie dough, or maybe bread dough for Italian garlic bread. And of course, what every Italian loves to do – make their own pasta and pizza dough.
What Does it Look Like?
This model is offered in stainless steel, however you can also get it in white. The buttons are touch pads which have black lettering.
Touch pad controls make it easy to press with your fingertips and are very easy to clean, rather than buttons or switches where food and liquids can fall into the crevasses. The feed tube is transparent and wide allowing for easy feeding of fruits and vegetables.
The feet are made of rubber which allows for secure suction so you do not have to concern yourself with it tipping over or moving around while it is blending.
This model is 7 deep by 9.5 length x 14.8 inches tall and weighs approximately 18 lbs. It is smaller than most other brands and I think that is a great benefit because it will easily fit on any counter.
What is in the Box?
The Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus comes with the following:
- Large 11 cup work bowl
- 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 feed tube for continuous processing
- Stainless steel slicing disc (4mm)
- Stainless steel shredding disc
- Chopping blade
- Dough blade
- Instructional manual with recipes
Cuisinart backs up this product with a generous 3 year warranty on parts, and a 10 year warranty for the motor. That is the most generous within the industry.
Additional accessories which are recommended for purchase are the Blade and Disc Holder and the DLC-DH Disc Holder. I use these at home and it was worth the extra purchase because they stay organized and safely out of the way.
Is it Dishwasher Safe?
Yes, the bowls, blades and discs are all dishwasher safe. Simply disassemble, place in the dishwasher and you will be on your way.
If you are concerned about dishwashers which use high temp scrub type settings, you may be better off washing some of the accessories by hand to prevent dulling.
The Dough Button Feature
Cuisinart has a patent pending feature which causes the mixer to adjust automatically to the texture of the dough, creating a perfect consistency when finished. Although smaller Cuisinart sizes such as the 9 Cup food processor, comes with a dough blade, they do not have the Dough mixing button which is specific to this particular model.
Anyone who makes their own dough, will appreciate not only the time which will be saved having to knead their own dough, but also the superb reliability this machine delivers each and every time.
This is a big plus for Cuisinart in my book and why I rate it above all the others.
The Pulse Feature
This Cuisinart also comes equipped with a pulse control function which allows for a quick stop and start – perfect for when precision timing is needed.
What Does it Not Do?
It will not replace your tall blender. This is a misconception many people have. You will probably still want to use your blender for recipes which require lots of liquids, such as soups. Some users have gotten upset stating the food processor spewed their soup out the top when they tried to make soup. You can read a bunch of personal reviews here on Amazon from other buyers.
Well, naturally that will happen because this is not tall like a blender which is designed to prevent such leakages. This is not a blender – it is a food processor.
It is not a bread machine either. It will give you the kneaded bread dough, but you will need to remove it and let it rise outside of the machine.
Can I use old Cuisinart parts?
One nice benefit is that many of the 7 cup Cuisinart parts can be used on this 11 cup one as well. So if you are upgrading and have extra parts, they will probably work on the 11 cup Cuisinart.
What is the Best Feature?
I find it hard to say because it does so well for all its features. For example, for those who love to make pizzas or bread, the dough setting might be the best feature. As I mentioned above, they have a special setting just for mixing dough and for those who like to make a lot of bread, cookies, pasta or pizza I think this is a huge plus.
However, there is one feature I know everyone and anyone would love and that is the excellent job Cuisinart did to make this machine run as quietly as possible. It is not silent as a whisper of course, but it is not as loud as a blender for sure!
Where to Purchase the Cuisinart Prep-11?
I find that Amazon has the most competitive prices and gives you even more information about this particular processor. You can also read other personal reviews posted by other users.