It was a sad day last week when I went to prep the crust for my pumpkin cheesecake and my trusty and well loved food processor took its last whirl. I knew it was coming, I had been treating her with extra TLC for months even buying her a new bowl. Alas I knew her days were numbered and I must soon find a replacement.
With a heavy heart I went to Williams and Sonoma to view the new models knowing none would be like her. Sure enough they had changed; some were of similar size yet fancier but none had the charm and simplicity of my first love–the Cuisinart Little Pro food processor. Like so many other things they just don’t make them like that anymore. Light bulb moment–let’s check Ebay. As much as I hate technology I do love the internet.
Wow, I found almost the exact same model, preserved in the original box and never used. And it was only $40. A fraction of what the new ones cost–what a steal! So I purchased it and it resided in my pantry knowing that eventually the day would come.
I got at least 9 more months out of my original Cuisinart little pro which I purchased in 1986. 29 years of use out of that baby; and I used it — a lot. It’s the perfect size for a family of 2 yet big enough for my annual pumpkin prep.
Back in the day I gave pumpkin pies as gifts to family and friends every Thanksgiving. That was before owning my own business and only working 36 hours a week. It was not uncommon for me to make 15 pies each season so that little Cuisinart pureed quite a few pumpkins for a couple of decades.
The Jag had been on me the last 4 or 5 times I used the old one as her motor began to squeal. “You’ve got a brand new one, that thing’s almost 30 years old why aren’t you using it”. I will I said but there’s still life left. Sigh, after the second use with the motor squealing I had to admit the time had come. I still had 3 pumpkins to go that day — she’d given me everything she had, time to let her rest.
I set her aside and broke out the ‘new’ one. Whiter and brighter as my old one had yellowed with time. A nice straight spatula, the old one had flipped in the dishwasher and it melted on a coil distorting the handle. This model looked and operated exactly the same with the addition of a juicing attachment. Good, culinary life will go on. I plugged her in and away she whirled making short work of the gingersnaps and the pumpkins were pureed smooth in a matter of seconds.
I looked over at the counter at my old baby with sadness. Bittersweet. I cleaned her up lovingly washing all her parts gently in warm soapy water and I just couldn’t throw her away. I packed her neatly in the box the new one came in and found her a resting place in the garage for now. R.I.P. Maybe with time.
So if you’re looking for a food processor I highly recommend a Cuisinart. 29 wonderful years together. I’m hoping for the same with the new one!