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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