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Cuisinart 7 qt and Small Batches

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tgrayson

Cuisinart 7 qt and Small Batches

Just bought this machine to replace a KA that died.  (I wanted the DLX, but everyone was out of stock and I needed something soon.)  Anyway, I did a small, 1 baguette batch of dough and wasn't impressed.  The hook never really caught the dough and the outside edge of the hook just tugged at the dough ball stuck to the side of the bowl, moving it just a bit with every pass.  There was no turning the dough on top of itself like I got with the KA.  However, the dough seemed to have a fair bit of strengh at the end of the mix and I've got it fermenting now.  Is this normal with small batches on the Cuisinart?

 

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MickiColl

which blade were you using ? I have a new 7 qt. and it came with the "dough blade" as well as hte normal metal one. check your destruction book ..  for small batches you need to use the regular metal blades, specifically cause the dough blade  doesn't reach all the dough .

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tgrayson

Dough blade?  I've never heard of such a thing for a mixer.  Now, a food processor has a dough blade, which everyone says never use.  Are you talking about a food processor or mixer? 

Thanks

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MickiColl

sorry .. yes .. I was talking about the food processor. I have the cuisinart 7 C and the dough blade. I can attest that the dough blade works great.

I also have the Kitchenaide mixer .. and use it, but the food processor makes short work of any size doughs.

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tgrayson

Glad we got that settled.  ;-)  I was going to be very impressed if you had a 7 quart food processor.  I have exactly the reverse of you....I now have the Cuisinart mixer but I have a 7 cup KA food processor.

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SunnyB

Hi tgrayson, I'm thinking about buying the KA 7-cup. Are you happy with yours? Is there something else that is preferable?

Appreciate any advice you might have for me.. :)

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tgrayson

The Cuisinart is a nicely designed piece of equipment. It has several thoughtful design features: the timer, the fold button, the large speed dial, the bowl shield, non-stick coated accessories, heavy stainless bowl. The drawbacks: the tall, narrow bowl makes reaching to the bottom difficult, a particular problem when you need to fold ingredients, such as incorporating flour into an egg foam.

I also think the dough hook isn't as effective in reaching all areas of the bowl as the one I had for the KA, but I actually haven't had a reoccurrence of the problem I originally posted here, so this probably isn't a big deal.

I prefer the bowl lift of the KA, because the tilt-back of this unit means I have to slide it out from under the cabinet before I can remove the bowl.

The only reason I would recommend this over the KA is just that so many people report mechanical problems with the KA machines when making bread. Mine lasted 5 years before it died. I can't swear to you that the Cuisinart will do better, but I felt I should give it a chance. My intent before getting this unit was to get the Electrolux, but at the time, everyone was out-of-stock on that, so I ordered this. I still may get the Electrolux and reserve this one for cake batters and cookies.

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SunnyB

Thanks for the response tgrayson.. :)

I have the Cuisinart 14 cup and it's just too big for some things which is why I'm in the market for a smaller model. My pet peeve with the Cuisinart is the what I feel is excessive "safety." I have not heard of the Electrolux, why did you prefer it over the others?

I have to admit that I use the food processor as a glorified chopper. For cakes and sourdough breads, I use my KA mixers and yeasted breads I usually mix and knead by hand.

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tgrayson

My original post was about the Cuisinart mixer, not the food processor.  A 7 quart food processor would be an enormous machine, nothing you'll find in a home kitchen.  ;-)

 

 

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SunnyB

It's the food-processor I'm looking for, but I just reread the post. LOL.. I guess if you say Cuisinart, I think "food-processor" in the same way that if you say Hoover, I think "vacuum-cleaner." So Cuisinart makes mixers, who knew?

Since you do have the 7-cup KA food-processor, can you recommend it? Do you know if it's better/worse than the Cuisinart 7-cup food-processor?

 

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tgrayson

Actually, my KA Food Processor is the 12-cup version.  It has a smaller bowl that can be inserted into the larger bowl to reduce the capacity, but I expect that the Cusinart has the same thing.  The 7 cup verson of the KA doesn't get as good reviews as the 12 cup version, but otherwise I don't know anything about it.

[Ah, now I see where you got the idea I had the 7 cup Food Processor...I mistakenly said so in one of my replies.  Sorry!]

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hanseata

I own - and heavy duty use - my 7-qt. Cuisinart for 4 years now, mostly for pre-doughs and batches of up to 2 breads. Though I would no try whipping one lonely egg white with it, it's doing pretty well with smaller amounts of dough. Unlike my KA Artisan, and, also, the 6-qt. KA Professional (which I just bought), with the Cuisinart I don't have to switch from paddle to dough hook during the mix,  and, also, very rarely have to scrape down the sides of the bowl (a real time saver!).

But one circumstance can make it difficult for the machine to grab a smaller amount of dough - if you have to clean the bowl between mixes you should dry it well! Usually I don't have to wash the bowl between different batches, little leftover dough traces don't matter if you work from "light to dark", and mix one after the other. But a bowl with heavy, sticky (rye) dough traces, or a clean, but wet bowl makes the initial mixing more difficult.

I do like the bells and whistles the Cuisinart comes with, the timer with auto shut-off is immensely practical (it's often difficult to hear a kitchen timer over the noise of a running mixer).

And, since somebody mentioned it - much as I like Cuisinart products - their zealous striving for maximum safety is really a pain! It makes it so difficult to clean the food processor, and then their short cables! Do those engineers all have kitchen counters at home with an outlet per every foot of counter width? Is it really safer to have several extension cables clogging the precious counter space?

Karin

 

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johnr55

I have the Cuisinart DLC-X food processor, have had for about 15 years, it's the biggie with the gallon work bowl.  It will easily knead 3 loaves of bread with the dough blade.  If you like that kind of bread kneading.  Who exactly makes the Cuisinart mixer?  All I know is it's Chinese-made.  Who makes it?