When it comes to grinding or chopping food, one might think a machine with a jug and a blade should be enough to process just about any kind of food. If you haven’t spent much time in the kitchen you’ll say that a food processor and a blender are both jugs with a blade and should therefore perform the same tasks. Although this description is true in simplest terms but keep reading and you’ll learn that they have some glaring differences and are for that reason used for separate purposes.
What qualities does best food processors have? One which is capable of slicing, mixing, chopping, shredding and pureeing is one you want to buy. Food processors come with attachments for slicing and shredding. These are the tasks which otherwise require intensive labor such as mixing dough or shredding cheese or slicing vegetables. If you have tried any of these tasks you will be aware that they are time-consuming and tiring. A food processor is a large flat bowl with blades at different heights so that one can cut at the bottom and one above it.
Blenders work better with liquids. The shape of the jug and the blades at the end enable to push the solid pieces down and blend them with the liquid. If there is not enough liquid, a blender will not work properly. Blenders work with liquids better than food processors. If you’re looking for something to make a smoothie or soup then pick a blender. If you are looking for something to work with more solid food for example to make dough, or chop/slice vegetables or cheese, or grind bread crumbs, then you want a food processor.
The difference is not just in what they do but also in their size. Blenders usually come in smaller sizes than food processors and are not capable of holding enough liquid. Also, you cannot utilize the maximum capacity of a blender jug because if you fill it to the rim it will overflow while blending. You can only fill it up to say three-fourth of its maximum capacity without the danger of overflowing. Conversely, a food processor has a large capacity and usually comes with attachments of smaller bowls and blades so as to suit your requirements.
Differences aside, both are an inevitable part of any kitchen and make work a lot easier and quicker. If you are regularly working in the kitchen and have the money then have both these equipment at your disposal, it will make your life much easier and you will be spending much less time in the kitchen. But if you have the money to buy only one of the two then ask yourself what do you make more often and want help in? Is it smoothies or soup? Because if it is then buy a blender. If you are working with dough, butter or vegetables more often, than a food processor is what you are looking for.