With the new versions of blenders that come with a variety of different functions to provide different textures, one may be wondering what the difference is between a blender and a food processor. At first glance, you’d see that the blender is taller and the food processor is wider but there are other significant differences that separate the two. To be completely honest, they are very much the same thing today because, as mentioned, blenders can do it all now. So, the following differences actually apply to the older versions.
A blender’s main function is to blend things together; mix soft foods or liquids. A food processor’s main function is to chop, grate, slice, mix and shred soft and hard foods.
As mentioned, the shape is one difference but there is a reason why a blender is taller and a food processor is wider. The narrow shape of the blender is made so that the blade can blend more efficiently and then pour into a cup. Now, you can get blenders that are the cup. As for food processors, they are wider and are more in the shape of a big mixing bowl.
The Versatile Option
Originally, the food processor was believed to be the more versatile option as it could do many things for all kinds of non-liquid foods. For example, it could; mash, chop, julienne, pulverize and split almost anything. Blenders blended. That was it. However, now blenders can mix and crush and slice and whip and do many other things as well, only for softer, liquid items.
As a result, blenders are excellent for making drinks, smoothies, sauces, soups and dips. Food processors are great for taking the nitty gritty work out of food preparation. For example; finely slicing vegetables or mashing cauliflower.
So, do you still need both kitchen appliances despite them overlapping with some of their tasks? It is recommended. However, you can get away with not having a food processor in your kitchen as you can still chop and mash things for hand. Without a blender, you can’t really mix smoothies, sauces and beverages into the texture required. Well, you could but it would be an absurd amount of work. It really depends on what you frequent within your diet. If you truly enjoy mixing up smoothies to increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, than a blender is definitely going to work to your benefit. If you do a lot of home cooking from scratch, then a food processor is definitely the option for you. However, there are certainly individual benefits that come from both appliances, and it is always good to have both.
If spacing is a concern, you’d be surprised at how compact these now are.