Mini Food Processor Review Including Recipes

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Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor Cord wraps in on the bottomThree pieces plus the motor base.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor
Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor | Source
Cord wraps in on the bottom
Cord wraps in on the bottom | Source
Three pieces plus the motor base.
Three pieces plus the motor base. | Source

Cuisinart Mini Food Processor

The main reason I purchased my Cuisinart mini-prep food processor was to make vegetable mush for my two dogs. Many may think that this is a strange reason to buy a small kitchen appliance, but it saves me a lot of time. For those of you that are interested I will include the vegetable mush recipe below. Since first purchasing it over five years ago I've discovered it to be a very handy and useful tool when it comes to food prep.

I love to cook, and I love kitchen gadgets and tools. I've never owned a full sized food processor as I always thought that they would be a pain to take apart and wash. The mini one I find is quite useful and it works well for my needs in the kitchen.

What The Mini Processor Can Do

The Cuisinart mini-prep plus processor will do all of the following:

  • Grind
  • Chop
  • Purée
  • Blend
  • Emulsify

There are two buttons on the motor base giving you the option to either chop or grind. By holding and pressing down either button, will give a pulse activation giving you control for precision processing.


Reasons Why I Recommend the Cuisinart Mini

This appliance came with an 18 month warranty - I've had it over five years now and it is still working great. I've never needed to replace the blade or any other parts on this product.

It takes up very little room and can sit out on the counter, fit into a small space in a cupboard or a drawer. In the bottom underneath the motor base there is a hidden cord storage spot.

With only 3 parts to remove from the motor base, cleaning it is a breeze. It can be either washed by hand in warm soapy water or placed in the top rack of your dishwasher. The blade can be put in the cutlery basket.

Food Prep I've used the Mini Food Processor For

Food
Chop or Grind
Tips
Chocolate
Chop
Chilling chocolate in the freezer first will make chopping easier
Nuts
Chop or Grind
If you toast the nuts first this will bring out the full flavor
Coffee Beans
Grind
Storing unused grinds in the freezer will keep the grinds fresher
Garlic
Chop
I've added a bit of olive oil to the garlic and frozen it when I've had an abundance of garlic
Vanilla Wafers, Graham Crackers, or Saltine Crackers
Grind or Chop
Great for baking
Oreo Cookies
Grind or Chop
Perfect for that chocolate cheesecake or pudding pie
Butter
Chop
Add and blend with chopped garlic, lemon zest, herbs or shallots and make a delicious bread spread
Hard Cheeses such as Parmesan, Romano or Asiago
Chop and Grind
Easier than grating by hand
Soft Cheeses
Chop to a creamy consistency
Great for cheese balls
Fresh Herbs
Chop
Remove leaves from the stems to chop
Onions, celery, peppers
Chop
Great for making relishes, salsas and more

Instructions for Guacamole Dip

  1. Chop garlic, onions and jalapeno peppers in the bowl of the mini processor pushing chop ten times.
  2. Add the avocado, lemon or lime juice, and all spices.
  3. Chop and blend until creamy.
  4. Scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula and chop again making sure everything is well blended, smooth and creamy.
  5. Cover and refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. If adding chopped tomatoes, stir in right before serving.

Approximate time: 30 seconds

Guacamole Fast and Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers cored, seeds removed and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 large avocados peeled, pitted and quartered
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green or other onion of choice
  • 2 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of cumin
  • 2 tbs. of chopped fresh or dried cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes (optional) cored and seeded

This should yield approximately 1½ - 2 cups


Making a Vegetable Dip

Other Reasons I Love My Mini Food Processor

Salad dressings are so much tastier and healthier if you make them homemade. With the mini food processor you will be able to whip up your favorite salad dressings in no time at all.

Perfect for a few small or individual milk shakes or smoothies.

Shredding cabbage by hand can become very tiresome. Using the mini it can be shredded easily and quick.


Instructions for Vegetable Mush

  1. Chop and grind all romaine lettuce in batches and put into a large bowl.
  2. Do the same with the carrots, zucchini, apple and banana.
  3. Mix everything together really well in the large bowl.
  4. Depending on how small or large your dog is will depend on how much of the vegetable mush will be added to their food.


Dogs Vegetable Mush

Ingredients

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce washed and torn into small pieces
  • 2 carrots peeled and cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 zucchini's washed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 apple peeled, cored, and quartered (Be sure to get all the seeds out as they are not safe for dogs to consume)
  • 1 banana peeled


Healthy Dog Treat

For my two Newfoundland dogs, I feed them 1/2 cup of mush, three to four times a week. The servings can be put into freezer bags or freezer containers and frozen. I defrost it in the refrigerator the day before I plan to use it. Both of my dogs love vegetable mush. You can add other fruits and vegetables, but be sure to check that are safe for dogs to eat.

Cuisinart

5 stars for Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor

Mini Food Processors

Do you use a mini food processor?

  • I have one and use it all the time.
  • I have one but rarely use it.
  • I'd like to get one.
  • I have a regular size food processor and that's good enough for me.
  • I don't think I'd use one if I had one.
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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Lesley, They are a pretty hand tool for the kitchen. Thanks.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I haven't got a food processor, now I realise it's a 'must have' gadget!

It's something I have been meaning to get for ages, a great review thank you and voted up.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Peg, I have mine tucked in my cupboard and when it's on the counter it takes up very little room. Shame that you never used the big one though. Maybe you could re-gift it :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is so inspiring! I have a brand new never out of the box food processor that I asked for and received one Christmas years ago. I had a feeling it would be a pain to clean. But I have been looking at the cute Mini Food Processors and wondered if they would do the job and take up less space. They have Bullets at Cosco and I've hesitated on getting that model as well. Too many parts to store.

Thanks so much for this review of the Cuisinart; that has made up my mind to get one of these gadgets. I know I'll never use the big processor now.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Susan, Cuisinart really does make a good product that lasts. I have several of their small appliances, one being the coffee maker that comes with a three year warranty. I replaced the first coffee maker after six years and my second one is now going on four years.

Hummus is something I've never had and will have to try it soon as I love chick peas.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Susan, I don't have the Cuisinart, but I do have a cheaper version of a mini-food processor. I love it! I would love to have to the Cuisinart, though, because this is probably my third one.

I know people who love to make baby food with theirs, so I see no difference in making healthy food for your pups. Of course, you know, like you, our pups are like people at our house.

I love mine for shredding cheese and slicing olives and other vegetables. My husband makes hummus - yum! My daughter makes guacamole by hand, so I am going to show her your recipe - we love our guacamole and love new recipes.

Great information!! Votes and shares!! :-)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kelley, My dogs have always loved veggies, so I figured why not :) Thanks so much for the votes and shares.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, The bullet is one I've always wanted. Want to trade?


kelleyward 4 years ago

I also love my mini food processor. I've never heard of making vegetable mush for dogs. When we get our new puppy I'll try your recipe! Voted up and shared. Kelley


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Another kitchen gadget I am missing out on... geez... you people are going to make my husband go broke! Ha ha.... actually I have a bullet that is supposed to do the same thing and I have a few other kitchen gadgets that work for the same job. Great review. I will have to check into getting one of these!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hyphenbird, Thanks for stopping by and yes it does come in handy for dog food prep.

Julie, There are many good ones on the market. I find that any Cuisinart product I buy always goes years past the warranty.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, It actually chops the cabbage and sometimes I will still use the hand grater when making coleslaw. But the mini processor is great if I'm in a hurry.

theraggededge, I remember cleaning my step mothers food processor all the time and found it to be a pain :)


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

You know, I used to have one of these- but then it broke. You're inspiring me to go out and buy another! :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruchira, When I worked out of the home I would do all my prep work and a lot of the cooking for the week on the weekends.

Thanks for the votes, always appreciated :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Carol, Initially I did buy it for the dogs vegetable mush but am happy that I've found so many other ways to use it.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

The mini food processor has been used in many videos that I subscribe to concerning food preparation. I thought about getting one but am keeping possessions to a minimum so I didn't. It would come in handy though because I also make my dog's food and add vegetables. Thanks for the review.


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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales

I gave my processor away because it was easier to chop what I needed by hand than to wash all the bits up afterward. I like the sound of this one though. V.Up.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I do have a food processor but rarely use it, Maybe i'll try using it more. Never thought about shredding cabbage with it. Thank's I bet you are a great cook...


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

oh Susan...this is my favorite gadget. Thanks for Bed & Bath :)

I usually crush loads of ginger, tomatoes, onions at the start of my week so that cooking is done in a jiffy thanks to this processor!!

many votes indeed!!!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

moonlake, My dogs like the mush but if a dog doesn't care for raw vegetables I'm sure they wouldn't like this :) Thanks for the vote and comments.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Barbara, Thanks :)

Chrissie, My two love vegetables so the mush is a nice addition to their food.

Tammy, Thanks, I meant to mention baby food in my hub. Glad that you did in the comments :)


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I like this min-processor..less room. Looks like it does everything you need. I usually get the old knife out for almost everything, but I can see this processor may be a good investment. Thanks for sharing all this information.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Arlene, Speaking of jars wasn't that hub by Alan Rimmer great on the one touch jar and can opener.

I really like my mini processor and glad that my hub inspired you to start using yours again :) Have a great weekend.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I love my mini food processor I keep it handy and use it all the time. Dogs Vegetable Mush great recipe, not sure if my dog would eat it. We once had a dog hit by a car and while she was healing the only thing she would eat was bananas. Enjoyed reading your very interesting. Voted Up.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great suggestions! I will use mine more now that I have some better ideas. I have a tiny one that I bought to make baby food. Very helpful!


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chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

very interesting, might have to try the mush for my dogs!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Wonderful Hub as usual Susan. A Mini Food Processor would be my (pardon the pun) Speed too...plus it doesn't take up to much valuable Space. I'm going to pass the "mush" recipe onto my Son, who has a Dog!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bill, Really fresh bread .... I'll have try that. Thanks


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

TToombs, Thanks and I do hope you get another one :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, I'm surprised about the PC one ... they're stuff is usually pretty good. I have a stone rectangle pizza brick that I bought from them years ago that I use all the time that I love. Did you contact them and tell them? I'm sure they'd replace the blade for you.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

My mini food processor is buried on a shelf in my kitchen. You have given me hope. I don't care for the big Cuisinart. I need to ask for help with that one because if you don't screw it on right, it won't work for you. I have to ask my hubby for help on that one. I also have problems with "child proof" jars and bottles. Life is tough, but I'm getting out my little food processor because of your Hub.


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Bill Yovino 4 years ago

Great Hub! I use mine to make bread crumbs for meatballs and other dishes. Believe it or not, it works better with fresh bread than with stale or toasted bread.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I had one, but lost it in the divorce. :( Excellent hub on the pros for a mini processor. I think it's time to pick up a new one. Nicely done, Susan!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I do save so much time with my processor. The big one - a pain to use like you said. I can fill the whole top of the dishwasher with the parts afterward. So it seems much easier to just chop it by hand - I do have a mini one but I got it from Pampered Chef...does not work that well. The blade totally became dull after a few onions! Sorry PC...but it won't chop thru and onion skin now!

Great Guacamole recipe! I gotta try that!

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