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Old 07-17-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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My food processor died and I need a new one. I am trying to decide which size to buy.

I am debating between a 9 cup and an 11 cup model.

I don't cook for a family and rarely need to make large quantities of food. I can't figure out if I would be happier with one that was slightly bigger than I might need, or a bit smaller.

How would you decide?
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My food processor died and I need a new one. I am trying to decide which size to buy.

I am debating between a 9 cup and an 11 cup model.

I don't cook for a family and rarely need to make large quantities of food. I can't figure out if I would be happier with one that was slightly bigger than I might need, or a bit smaller.

How would you decide?
Mine is about 15 cups I think, but I use it primarily for canning. I have a little 4 cup one I used regularly. If you are not going to use it for family food prep and don't do a lot of canning, I would go with an 8 or 9 cup one at the the most. That is plenty and doesn't take up as much shelf space.

Nita
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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You can even go 14 or 16 cup! I would buy the one with the most powerful motor and the fewest plastic parts. Most people never get full use out of their food processor. Many of the ones out there today can make bread, cookie dough, almost anything. I can make pizza crust in less than a minute in mine.

If you KNOW you never use it for more than a cup of salsa, just buy one of those tiny inexpensive ones.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Mine is 7 cups so I would go with the 9 cup one.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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I have an 11 cup food processor. I am always amazed at how low the liquid level line is (because of the stem for the bowl).

I like the new food processors that come with a mini bowl too. Buy KitchenAid® 13- Cup Food Processor - Black, Kitchen Appliance

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Old 07-20-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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I am wondering if the 9 cup size would be big enough to do a pizza crust or small loaf of bread dough in it, also one batch of cookie dough? I don't do a huge amount of baking, but would like to option to make these items in it when necessary.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I am wondering if the 9 cup size would be big enough to do a pizza crust or small loaf of bread dough in it, also one batch of cookie dough? I don't do a huge amount of baking, but would like to option to make these items in it when necessary.
If you aren't sure then maybe go with the 11 cup. I have done cheese cake in mine but the cheese cake batter barley makes it so I now use my kitchen aid stand mixer. I make doughs, cookies, all kinds of batters and my cheesecake, mashed pots using my kitchenaid stand mixer.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am wondering if the 9 cup size would be big enough to do a pizza crust or small loaf of bread dough in it, also one batch of cookie dough? I don't do a huge amount of baking, but would like to option to make these items in it when necessary.
yes, 9 should work, but the 11 cup doesn't take up that much more room and you would certainly have plenty of room for almost anything you want to make if you went that route.

I actually measured mine the other day, it is 14 cup and really bigger than most people need unless they do a lot of things like canning. I absolutely love mine for that, but not for anything else.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Well, I ended up buying the 9 cup. I think it should work out fine.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well, I ended up buying the 9 cup. I think it should work out fine.
You probably made a very wise decision. The larger ones, like I have said take up so much cupboard space if you are not going to use them often or have no real need for them. We are lucky, we do have a lot of space in our laundry room for storage.

Nita
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