Blender or Food Processor?
When we are considering buying a processing appliance to help us out in the kitchen we are faced with many options. On the face of it you would think that just buying a food processor with all it’s various blades and processing options will do all the jobs that need doing in the kitchen, however I have identified a couple of jobs that the blender can actually do better. In this article I aim to explain the differences between the two machines and try to provide some recommendations to help you choose what machine to buy.
What does a Food Processor Do?
Of course there are many types of processor on the market but generally a full sized food processor as (opposed to a mini-processor) comes with a selection of blades that can do a wide range of different jobs. The processor will shred vegetables, slice carrots, grate cheese, blend soups, make purees and mix cake batter and knead dough. Some machine can even whip up egg whites.
What a Food Processor can’t do.
Although the food processor can blend soups, smoothies and purees it just doesn’t make a brilliant job of it like a blender will. I find that the food processor will not blend liquids like soups or fruit smoothies as fine and smooth as you would hope.
What does a Blender Do?
A blender is a much simpler machine to a food processor as it just consists of a jug with a set of blades at the bottom. It is designed to make short work of liquidizing soups, purees and smoothies. It will also make a fine mayonnaise.
What a blender can’t do
The blender is limited in what it can do in the kitchen so you can’t chop, shred, grate or knead dough in a blender.
Pros and cons of a food processor
- Great all rounder, can process a wide range of foods.
- Can shred, grate, chop and knead dough.
- Difficult to clean, fiddly bits and pieces.
- Not good a making smooth soups and purees.
- Dealing with sharp blades.
- Finding space for storage of the processor and all the different blades.
Pros and cons of a Blender
- It is less versatile than a food processor but what it is good at making like smoothies and blending soups and purees is actually far superior.
- Very easy to clean.
- Does not take much space.
- Can’t shred, chop or grate.
What to choose if you only have room for one appliance?
If you really can’t find space for both a food processor and a blender then I would choose the food processor and just accept that your soups and smoothies won’t have the smooth lump free texture you are aiming for.
A processor is great if you have to process a lot of vegetables, for example a processor will make easy work of shredding a whole head of cabbage for coleslaw, a job that would take skill and time by hand. Also the food processor is a great machine if you are a keen baker.
However if you are not a baker and you love smoothies and soups then choose the blender.
Personally I would recommend buying both a processor and blender.
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