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Food processor vs. blender: Which is the better kitchen tool?

By Hilary Meyer, September 4, 2012 - 3:18pm

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Hilary asks: What do you favor: blender or food processor?


Heavy duty food processor for everything except smoothies. I use a stick blender for those.


09/05/2012 - 7:06pm

Wow, if I had to choose just one? I use them for different things. I like my food processor for grating A LOT. BUT I need my smoothies and frozen drinks and don't see any other way to do that whereas I can hand grate (ugggggh). I may have to go with the blender. But I don't like having to make the choice.


09/05/2012 - 11:51pm

If I could only have one, I'd pick the food processor. It has more applications and CAN do liquids if you're careful, even if it's not the best choice. In limited space, I'd opt for a stick blender. I prefer it for pureeing soups, applesauce, etc anyhow--who wants to repeatedly trqansfer hot liquids to and from the blender if you're making large quantities?


09/25/2012 - 11:55pm

I use a Vitamix blender. Yes it is expensive but has a 7 year warranty. It can chop veggies. Just fill it half full of water and drop in 1/4 heads of cabbage, carrots etc and pulse a couple of time to chop to desired size. Drain thru a colander, wal-la chopped veggies. I make frozen desserts, cook soup in it ( hi speed blades create friction that heat the liquid to eating tempeture. I even make black bean tortilla soup with it.
My shape kitchen knives are my food processor.


01/18/2013 - 7:47am

I have to disagree with the "Anything solid in the blender can be a challenge" and the "wet requirement" comments for the blender. It completely comes down to the type of blender you have. High end models (such as Vitamix) handle solid and even dry substances fairly well. Vitamix blenders can even grind whole wheat into flour. Downside? These blenders cost several hundred dollars. But instead of buying both, one may find it better to invest in a high-end blender.

The only real thing that a high-end blender can't do is chopping, but I generally find it easier to wash a knife more than a food processor. Food processors have their uses, my mother used a small Black and Decker food processor when I was still a few months old to make baby food. She never used a blender or a food processor before that. But I don't see very much reason for any serious cook to buy a food processor, assuming they have a good knife.


02/10/2013 - 6:28pm

Thanks for the article. It turns out I've been using my blender as a food processor (and protein shake preparation unit) for years now. It looks like buying an actual food processor will make a big difference.


09/07/2013 - 3:20pm

Should I use a blender for making coconut milk? Could I also use it for almond milk, since liquid will be in it? Is making peanut butter best done in a food processor?


09/07/2013 - 10:48pm

I love my food processor and use it often, but I couldn't live without my immersion blender.


09/27/2013 - 1:09pm

Well I donated my blender and kept my food processor. I bought a Nutri Bullit and it goes way beyond what my blender did. I have seen a Ninja out on the market which will both make smoothies as well as do the regular food processor thing that I'm looking into for my next purchase if it works as good as it does.. But all in all. The Bullit does a great job with smoothies to chopping nuts.


09/27/2013 - 3:12pm

Get rid of both of them and get a Ninja, the best of both worlds.


09/28/2013 - 9:40am

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