Friday, December 16, 2011

KitchenAid Architect Series Food Processor

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KitchenAid Architect Series Food Processor 
product description (taken from the press release)

Reconnecting with loved ones over a carefully crafted meal is often a highlight of the season. Offering versatility, convenience and style, the new KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor is truly a culinary necessity when it comes to food preparation. An externally adjustable sliding blade coupled with exceptional performance ensures controlled and precise slicing, chop- ping and pureeing to help create a meal experience that brings the whole family together.


  • New external adjustable, stainless steel slicing disc provides ultimate versatility 
  • Dual shredding disc easily flips the disc from 2mm to 4mm to achieve ideal slicing thickness 
  • Large 13-cup (2.75L) leak-proof work bowl, plus chef’s bowl and mini bowl to efficiently 
  • Ultra Wide Mouth Feed TubeTM adjusts to 3 different sizes to accommodate foods of varying sizes, including whole potatoes and cucumbers 
  • 17 precise food processing options for speed-controlled slice, shred, chop & puree functions plus three maximized slice, shred and puree/chop blades and bonus dough, egg whip & Julienne blades 
  • 4 speed-controlled functions 
  • Comfort design side handle allows easy viewing while the food processor is in use 

  • New stainless steel multipurpose blade 
  • Maximized S blade for exceptional performance 
  • Dough blade 
  • Dual stainless steel shredding disc  


Contour Silver, White and Black

GUEST REVIEW by my husband Doug (who is definitely the chef in our family!)

We received this beautiful food processor to review. One of the first things we noticed was how sturdy it appeared.  It’s apparent right away that this is a better built countertop appliance then many.  While the bowl(s) are made out of plastic, it is a good bit thicker then the other food processors I have used in the past.

Also straight out of the box a big difference is that KitchenAid provided a storage box for all the standard attachments and accessories.  The box holds the two different sized blades, the dough attachment, and the slicing, julienne and grating plates.  The box has a closing lid so that everything can stay as you left it.

Once you start using it, it’s apparent that it’s more then powerful enough for almost every job.  I even used it to mash potatoes.  It struggled some, and you can likely mash them quicker with an actual potato masher, but it did it.  All of the cutting attachments are wonderfully sharp.

I had read some reviews of other KitchenAid food processors and there was some complaints about how it handled liquids and leaking.  This model however doesn’t seem to leak.  We tried filling it up with water to the maximum liquid fill line and adding ice tea mix and having it blend it.  The blades ‘click’ into place and seem to stay in place real well.  The lid has a very large red O-ring to seal the top.

I have found that the blades do a good job of chopping and mixing. Both the large and the small bowl. The dough bladed does quite well with pasta dough when I tried it.  The smallest pusher has a tiny hole in the bottom which allows you dribble in liquid ingredients.  It’s a neat feature and works smoothly.

 The slicing attachments work very well.  The slicer thickness can be adjusted with a slider on the outside of the machine.  The grater works tremendously well.  We’ve tried pizza mozzarella, medium cheddar, as well as parmesan reggiano  in it and performs beautifully.   I tried using the egg whip to make whip cream and it worked quite well.

All in all, I’ve been quite impressed with the food processor. If I were to offer any criticism it would be that the pusher and the bowl cover can be more difficult to clean, as there is a lot of nooks and crannies, and food has a tendency to climb into them and stick.  That being said, it is generally easy to clean except for those two small things. 


1 comment:

BlackberryQueen said...

I like the idea of the storage box for the attachments.

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