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Something Stupid

I had a birthday a while back, and decided that I was no longer going to mourn my Cuisinart, stuck in storage lo, these last ten years while my husband and I vagabond around the earth. I had bought a cheap food processor in Germany, and left it behind (whew! bought it when the dollar was $1.20 to the Euro, those were the days!) and then I bought a cheap food processor in Doha and brought it with me, but it doesn’t grate Parmesan, and . . . well, it isn’t a Cuisinart, and I really loved working with my Cuisinart. Isn’t it wonderful when they invent a piece of machinery that truly decreases labor, and is a pleasure to use?

I just bought a little one, knowing I will get rid of it when I leave. It is 110 volts, so I could even take it back with me if I wanted. The very first thing I grated was Parmesan cheese, and it was good. And then I grated cheddar, and it was good. And then I chopped onions and parsley, and it was very very good. I used it three times.

Yesterday, I went to grind some sausages and it only worked for one second, then quit. I checked all the plugs, checked the fuse box, checked everything I could. I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working.

Then I figured it out. I had fried my beautiful new Cuisinart. Can you figure out what I did?


I will show you a close-up of the transformer, maybe that will help:


Yes, I plugged my sweet little 110 brand new Cuisinart into the 220/240 output plug instead of the 110 output plug.

Do you think it can be fixed? Is there somewhere in Kuwait I can take it and get it re-wired? (Sigh.)

March 14, 2008 - Posted by | Cooking, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Technical Issue, Tools


  1. If it’s got a fuse, you’ll just need to replace it with a new one. But why didn’t you just buy a local one from here so you don’t have to use that giant transformer? :/

    Comment by 3baid | March 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. Wish you belated Happy B’day.

    Comment by GreY | March 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. I looked, 3baid. I know, there has to be a Cuisinart dealer somewere in Kuwait, but I never found one. I don’t think it is a fuse, though, I think I overloaded the wiring. I am just hoping it can be rewired, rather than totally replaced.

    Thanks, GreY! How’s the sleep deprivation business going these days? God willing, he should be evening out soon, maybe even sleeping through the night?

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. I’ve got a knife you can borrow… you know, just to get you through the tough times and all… 😀

    Comment by Lofter | March 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. I did that to my straightning iron, i know its not the same as a food processer :p I gave it to the driver to take it to get it fixed, they told me to buy a new one .. hehe.

    Comment by Chirp | March 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. Oh Lofter, thanks. 😦 Like I have knives, and I have a manual cheese grater, but it is so much easier with a Cuisinart that I actually DO it, not just think about it.

    I think you are right, Chirp, and I tried to order another one this morning and they said they wouldn’t ship to this address! When just a short time ago, they did!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 16, 2008 | Reply

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