To pick up a proper Cuisinart food processor, one simply can’t ignore the Custom series, especially the medium and large models.
The series is the most successful line of food processors from Cuisinart and is currently one of the top recommendations in Kitchen Small Appliance category on multiple online retailers.
Let’s take a look at the Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY 14-cup.
In contrast to the other collections, the Custom series highlights traditional values. Featuring physical paddle controls instead of electronic touchpads, Custom models steal the heart of users with simplicity and familiarity in designs.
The Custom unit has two paddles controlling the spinning: the ON and the OFF/Pulse paddle.
The ON mode will keep the motor running continuously until stopped with the OFF paddle, or until the lid or the large pusher is removed, which is a safety feature.
The fact that these units don’t have multiple speed choices does seem to be non-versatile.
However, according to many experienced owners, multiple speeds are not as useful as they initially thought. They usually get accustomed to a single speed mode and pulsing.
As the name suggests, the work bowl of DFP-14BCNY is 14 cups of capacity. The docking is standard as the bowl locks into the motor base with a simple turn counterclockwise. The lid uses the same mechanics as we can lock/unlock it by only twisting.
Regarding the feed chute, the Custom 14 Cup offers two feeding options: one small tube for small vegetables produce and one extra large feed tube and large pusher for big, round veggies and fruits.
The small tube goes together with a small pusher, which offers one more feature: a drizzle hole. It allows liquid to drop through at a moderate pace and thoroughly incorporate into your mayonnaise or vinaigrette.
The cool part of the work bowl is the hidden safety feature: the motor can only be activated when the lid or the large pusher is locked in. As soon as you twist them out of place, the machine will stop operating immediately.
Blade & Discs
As a model from a standard, classic line of food processors, the DFP-14BCNY offers tools suited for all your daily kitchen needs.
A stainless steel chopping/mixing S blade is included to help you puree, chop vegetables, mix/knead doughs, and grind nuts, seeds, or dried fruits.
The package includes a standard, stainless steel slicing disc (4mm) to cut up your produce into even slices, and of course, a shredding disc to let you shred your potatoes, carrots, or cheese easily.
Disassembling & Cleaning
The Custom 14-Cup, overall, is not designed with complexity. So rest assured that it won’t take long to take the unit apart to clean and store it.
The design consists of 3 big essential parts: the motor, the discs and blade set, and the work bowl/lid. The assembling/disassembling of the lid requires some getting-used-to.
The stem that goes along with the discs also has a bit of a learning curve. You need to know where the cue symbol and the locking switch is, and which way to twist the stem.
It’s truly not as complicated as it sounds. Once you’ve seen how each part works, it won’t be a problem anymore.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that all the parts (except for the motor) are dishwasher-friendly like your typical kitchenware.