Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Review

cuisinart dlc-2011chbModern American life leaves those with family’s 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.  This is where the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB comes into the picture.

 

 

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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, and 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-2011CHB (11 Cup) Food Processor.



In The Box 

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Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB w/ Touch pad Dough Control 
- 11-cup Lexan work bowl
Chopping blade 
Power Prep metal dough blade 
Extra-large (4-1/4 by 2-3/4 inches) feed tube slices whole fruits and vegetables 
One-piece Cuisinart Supreme feed tube 
(4 mm) Stainless steel medium slicing disc 
(4 mm) Stainless steel shredding disc 
Detachable disc stem 
Spatula 
Recipe / Instruction book 
How-to DVD 

The Cuisinart 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 this attractive appliance,  the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB 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 the  Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB food processor motor against defects for 10 years and the remaining parts for three years. 

I am very happy with my choice of this 11 Cup food processor, Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB. This baby works and works well. All of the parts are easy to use and remove. My first mission: chop up a clove 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-2011CHB 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.

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I replaced a 22-year-old Cuisinart DLC 8 plus with the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB  — what a number of improvements — and I was able to continue using all of the blades and the whisk attachment I had purchased years ago for that machine. They are essentially identical to the ones used for this machine (save for those being made in Japan and the new ones in China). It has a much bigger feed tube so a medium sized onion or tomato goes in whole. The size of the unit (for me) is ideal. Perhaps for very large families the 14 cup unit would be the way to go. It is of essentially the same design; however, the blades are not interchangeable between those units. 

What I really like is the redesign of the locking mechanism. In the old unit (the DLC 8 plus) [and also some current Cuisinart models] the locking mechanism to prevent start up of the machine unless the unit is assembled is controlled by a beam type latch made out of polycarbonate. I think this design is more prone to cracking. The new unit has a stainless steel beam which when inserted locks the unit. It is a great design. 

Another great improvement is redesign of the small feed tube. It is now made of polycarbonate. That material is much more indestructible than whatever lesser plastic was used to design the older small feed tubes. Bounce an old one off the floor and wham — the locking tabs would break off of it. That is not likely to happen with polycarbonate — the material used to produce canopies for fighter jets — it is very impact resistant. 

On top of everything else this model with the shape of its bowl and cover is much easier to clean than the old model. I only clean it in the sink though. I would not run this through the dishwasher repeatedly — especially with fully heated drying. After hundreds of cycles I just can’t believe the parts will come out in as good of shape as they would with hand washing. If you have plenty of cash then run them through the dishwasher and then replace parts in five to ten years. I am trying not to. My old unit suffered scratches in the bowl and cracks in the cover assembly and I am not sure dishwashing helped. 

Cuisinart offers a very wide range of discs (including a julienne, a french fry cutting disc and a fine grater disc) and a whisk attachment for this unit. If you buy a unit from another manufacturer without the range of this unit (made possible by all of the attachments) I think you may have shortchanged yourself.

Here is what one new owner had to say about the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB:

My first food processor. I have been salivating over these for many years. Don’t wait, just BUY IT.  I love, love, love, LOVE it. In the few weeks that I have had the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB,  I have put it through its paces.  I’ve sliced, diced, chopped, shredded, pureed, mixed, and made dough. I’ve done hard cheese, softer cheese, peppers, potatoes, onions, chicken breasts, cabbage, carrots, and anything else I could think of.  It has done all of these things beautifully.  This food processor has made cooking even more of a joy.  All the parts have gone through the dishwasher with no problem, and of course they wash up beautifully by hand. (K Parker)

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