KitchenAid 13 Cup ExactSlice Food Processor Review

KitchenAid KFP1333CU Food Processor

In this week leading up to October Unprocessed, I wanted to do a killer giveaway that goes above-and-beyond. I enjoy a good bit of irony, too, so what could be a better choice than a food processor?

I contacted my friends at KitchenAid, and they happily suggested their brand-new 13-cup ExactSlice™ Food Processor. The very first ones are just starting to come off the production line!

To make sure that this baby was truly worthy, they shipped me a demo unit last week to test out. (full disclosure: I get to keep it! woohoo!)

My verdict?  This thing is a beast.

I mean that in a good way, of course. Upon unpacking it, I was quite surprised at just how big this machine is. It’s clearly designed to be a multi-tasking kitchen brute.  The main bowl has a huge 13 cup (3.1L) capacity! Thankfully, it also comes with a 4-cup “mini-bowl” insert — which makes it convenient for smaller recipes, too.

Designed to be versatile, it can slice, shred, chop, purée, and even knead.  It includes two multi-purpose blades (one for each bowl size), a dough blade, a shredding blade, a slicing blade, and, thankfully, a storage box for all those little parts.

What’s really revolutionary (get it?) about this particular food processor is the new “ExactSlice” system.  Unlike a typical food processor that may have a couple of different fixed-width slicing blades (if you’re lucky), this one allows you to change the thickness of the slices on-the-fly, without even opening the bowl, just by sliding a lever.  You can even adjust it while it’s running.

The dual speeds make it easy to control. I especially like how the “pulse” mode gracefully ramps up, rather than just kicking into high-gear right away.  Just tap the button and it’ll gently spin a few times around, but hold it down and it’ll come up to full speed in a just a second or two.

It also has a 3-in-1 Ultra Wide Mouth™ feeding tube, so it can accommodate large fruits and veggies without much prep work (you’ve still got to wash them, though!).  Another thoughtful touch: If you keep all the plungers nested together, the smallest one has a tiny hole in the bottom.  To drizzle in oil, or any other liquid, you can just pour a measured amount in the cup and it’ll slowly feed into the processor on its own. Precise and easy. Nice.

I had hoped to include some recipes with this post, but I’m a little behind because of all the work in putting together October Unprocessed.  Stay tuned, though — soon we’ll be sharing some great recipes that you can make easily in a food processor (I’m thinking in particular about the ones that are far cheaper to make from scratch, like hummus and pesto, and super-easy if you have a food processor!).

Okay, so I’m guessing by now I’ve convinced you that this machine is pretty sweet. Enough of my rambling — head over to Amazon to buy yours today!

Huge thanks to Rachel, Jessica, and @KitchenAidUSA!

(This post originally included a giveaway, now finished, for one of these new ExactSlice Food Processors.)

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Odette
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September 26, 2011 11:37 am

I shared this on my twitter:

Odette_Alvarez Odette Alvarez
A @KitchenAidUSA Food Processor Giveaway for October #Unprocessed! eatingrules.com/2011/09/kitche… via @eatingrules Fingers are SO crossed on this one!

I would absolutely love to win this since I’ve been using my blender for most recipes that ask for a food processor (hummus, black bean burgers, salsas). Lately I have been experimenting with Mediterranean recipes and I would I’d love an upgrade in my kitchen!

Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It
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September 26, 2011 11:40 am

Wow — that thing is a beauty! I’ve tweeted about the contest :). Thanks.

Genevieve
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Genevieve
September 26, 2011 11:42 am

This is so beautiful! I’ve shared it! I would make fresh bread and hummus, and salsa all day.

Cassie (Bake Your Day)
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September 26, 2011 11:45 am

I shared on Twitter! I would make everything in this that you can make in a food processor…I was making almond butter in mine yesterday and burnt up the motor! I have been looking at the KitchenAids for a while now and love them! Great giveaway. I just found your blog and I love it. I am going to commit to October Unprocessed, I love the idea!

Tania Stenzel
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September 26, 2011 11:47 am

Tweeted it! I think I would get even more lost in my kitchen with one of these! Hummus…bring on the hummus….

http://twitter.com/#!/lovebigbake/statuses/118395938841706496

Lynne
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September 26, 2011 11:48 am

Shared on Twitter (@EatDrinkLifeLuv). We’ve been considering a “real” food processor (an upgrade from our teeny 3-cup model). Chopping, slicing, pesto, sauces, salad dressings and dough would be a WHOLE lot easier with a full sized model!

Kelly Jaggers
Member
September 26, 2011 11:49 am

I tweeted because this is an AMAZING giveaway. Good going!!

“My friend Andrew @eatingrules if giving away an @KitchenAidUSA food processor. You know you want to enter! “

Kelly Jaggers
Member
September 26, 2011 11:50 am

Oh, here is the FULL tweet … the link got cut off on the last one.

My friend Andrew @eatingrules if giving away an @KitchenAidUSA food processor. You know you want to enter! http://bit.ly/nk7clV

Donna
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Donna
September 26, 2011 11:51 am

I need one desperately.

Kelley
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Kelley
September 26, 2011 11:52 am

I posted this link on Facebook. Just found your blog…glad I did! We love to make hummus with the food processor, I also like grating cheese with it…super fast!

Jodi a/k/a tampawinewoman
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September 26, 2011 11:54 am

I posted on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tampawinewoman as well as my twitter profile @tampawinewoman.

A few years ago I was lucky enough to inherit an almost new Kitchen Aid professional stand mixer. I can’t imagine life in my kitchen without it. Plus my food processor is about to die 🙁

Thanks,

Jodi a/k/a tampawinewoman

David Martin
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September 26, 2011 11:54 am

I shared this on my Twitter…

http://twitter.com/#!/EatCrumbz

Jlhpisces
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Jlhpisces
September 26, 2011 11:55 am

The kneading attachment has me interested – would love to try some homemade pizza dough! Tweeted, shared on Facebook and on Google+! 🙂

Morgan
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Morgan
September 26, 2011 11:55 am

Tweeted!

LiztheChef
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September 26, 2011 12:03 pm

I was happy to post on fb – my prehistoric processor needs to be replaced pronto. And I accidentally threw out the grating disc years ago…

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