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Food processors are a great tool to have in your kitchen arsenal. They can slice and dice ingredients for mise en place, whip sauces and dips together, and mix pastry doughs. But they take up a lot of storage space and can be expensive, so finding the right one is key. Luckily, the Cuisinart model Ina Garten uses in her own kitchen is no secret, and it’s been my go-to appliance for years.
The Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 comes with everything most cooks need, including a 650-watt motor, a chopping blade, two sizes of slicing disks, a shredding disk, and a food pusher. It can hold up to 11 cups, so I rarely ever need to process multiple batches, making this tool useful for everything from large parties to family-sized meals to snacks.
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Many of Garten’s recipes use her food processor, too. I love taking it out to make different courses like her caramelized onion dip for crudites, sauteed shredded Brussels sprouts as a side dish, or a strawberry tart for dessert. It even makes meal prep a breeze—you can easily grind up hunks of parmesan cheese to store in your fridge, or send olive oil through the feed tube for emulsified salad dressings. The different disks also come in handy when grating carrots for coleslaws or shredding cheese for gratins.
The Cuisinart food processor has a minimalist design, is made from BPA-free materials, and comes in classic white or brushed chrome. Ina showcases it on her counter during her cooking show, but the Pro Custom 11 is small enough to fit inside one of my kitchen cabinets, which helps me save on valuable countertop space. Cleanup is also a breeze since the bowl and lid can go in the dishwasher.
Plus, the food processor is actually on the affordable side. You can add one to your kitchen for just $140—a steal considering everything it can do. Chanel Ina Garten while you cook and shop the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor on Amazon.