When To Use A Blender Vs. A Food Processor
By David Tran
Blenders and food processors serve the purpose of breaking down large ingredients with their blades, but both have very distinct qualities. In general, blenders are more suited for pureeing wet ingredients, while a food processor works best for slicing and chopping — understanding each appliance’s nuances can make your cooking process much easier.
A blender is vital for crushing ice or concocting a drink, and its single blade and taller frame effectively circulate its ingredients to make dishes such as puddings, smoothies, and sauces. Recipe developer and food editor Christine Gallar recommends the blender for creating hollandaise and frozen cocktails.
In addition to slicing, shredding, and chopping ingredients, food processors are able to mince meat and mix and knead, thanks to their multiple discs and blades. Unlike a blender, a food processor works with dry ingredients, since its wide bowl size allows it to chop large ingredients without needing to add liquid, and can create dishes such as pesto and salsas.