What is the difference between a food processor and a good old blender? Is there even a difference?
The answer is yes.
This article outlines the difference between the two kitchen appliances, what they work best with, and which one you should own…
What Is a Food Processor?
The clue is more or less in the title. A food processor’s main aim is to aid you with food preparation, and they will usually come with a variety of different blades, accessories, and functions.
Most food processors come with a “feeding tube” at the top of the appliance, which allows you to gently and safely distribute various foods into it.
Main purposes of a food processor
Although food processors and blenders have similarities, the food processor aims to provide you with quick and precise food prep that would otherwise be done by hand or with a non-electronic utensil (both of which would take a lot longer). Food processors help you with:
While blenders only tend to come with the standard built-in blade, food processors come with an array of different detachable blades designed for different purposes.
They are easy and safe to use, as well as simple to clean (most parts are dishwasher-friendly) and are ideal for cooking in bulk, entertaining, or just making life easier
Food processors are great for:
- Making hummus
- Vegetable rosti
- Cheesecake mix
- Ice cream
- Large shredding jobs, such as cheese or veg.
What Is a Blender?
The difference between the two products lies in the desired outcome. If you require something with more of a liquid nature, then a blender should be your go-to item.
Unlike the processor, the blender had a fixed (non-removable) blade that rotates and blitzes its contents (the blender isn’t really designed for foods of a solid nature – though ice is fine), and is ideal for various homemade beverages and the condiment side of cooking.
Main purposes of a blender
The blender’s one and only purpose is to liquify all that comes into contact with it, so if you desire something a bit ‘sturdier’ in nature, such as a whipped feta dip, it is best to avoid using a blender.
The blender comes with a pitcher/jar-style main component that is detachable and has a ‘lip’ that is ideal for pouring fine liquids. Its aim is to create smooth, even textures, which is why it is a popular feature among the smoothie fanatic.
Blenders are great for:
- Homemade fruit smoothies/protein shakes
- Ice crushing/iced coffee/cocktails
- Fine purees
- Condiment-style sauces
- Frothing milk/hot chocolate
There are pros and cons to each product, and while it is of course possible to use your blender for a multitude of other reasons (a lazy pasta sauce, for example!), a keen cook will ideally own both items and will use the specific product for the desired outcome.
Clara is a freelance writer and former chef. Though she may have hung up her apron, her love of food and cooking is still going strong! When she’s not whipping up a verbal storm, she’ll be in her kitchen sipping wine and whipping up a culinary storm.