A few weeks ago, I spotted a little piece of black plastic in the kitchen; it looked as though it had broken off of something, but I had no idea what. I threw it away.
Today, we were making one of our favorite recipes, Broccoli-Walnut Pesto Pasta for lunch. I’d put the pasta into the water and was ready to make the pesto in our mini food processor, but when I pushed the button, nothing happened. I tried reseating the bowl – no dice. I swore – it didn’t help. The pasta was almost ready , so I gave up and pulled out the full-sized food processor, which was more than up to the task of making pesto.
After lunch, I tried again to make the mini-processor work. In the past, when I turned the work bowl, there was a distinct “click” as it snapped into place and triggered the safety switch – not today. I looked at the bowl, and it seemed OK; then I looked at the base of the motorized section and discovered that the latch (at 10 o’clock in the photo) was missing.
I kept fiddling with it and managed to break another latch (near the bottom of the photo), just by touching it. The piece that fell off looked just like the mysterious black plastic piece I’d wondered about.
I’m probably going to buy another mini food processor, because it’s a lot easier to clean than the Cuisinart. But I’ll be more careful with it.