Here to find out difference between blender and food processor?
Look no further as today I’m in a mood to compare and contrast the two most essential kitchen appliances.
But, before we move ahead, I wanna let you know that I’ve already discussed the use of blender and food processor separately.
So, check these two guides before you get into the blender vs food processor battle.
Anyway, let us start the comparison without any further ado:
Similarities and Differences Between a Blender and a Food Processor:
I’ll start with similarities first and will head towards the differences later on.
So, bear it with me;
1. The Electric Base:
Both appliances, first of all, have the same electric base. It contains electric parts such as motor, and working buttons, etc.
So, that’s the first similarity you’ll find in a blender and a food processor.
2. Same Shape:
It’s a surprise, but a fact is a fact. A medium-ranged blender and a food processor almost look identical.
That’s because the shape of base remains same. Moreover, mid-range blender has a container that resembles the bowl that comes with a food processor.
Hence, you could say that there’s not much difference when it comes to comparing the shape of a regular blender and a food processor.
3. Attached Blades:
Blades in blender and a food processor get attached to the electric base, which ensures another similarity between two appliances.
Mind you that I’m not talking about the shape of the blades as it differs to a certain extent. We’ll talk about the blades further in the differences section.
4. Brands Making Blenders and Food Processors:
Many brands that make blenders are also introducing food processors in the market.
To name a few, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Philips, etc. make blenders as well as food processors.
So, with same logo, the distinction gets more difficult as both appliances give the same vibes.
5. Working Interface:
At last, the working interface of both a blender vs food processor is the same.
You attach the container to the electric base, pour the food ingredients in it and control the speed through control panel buttons.
The above statement is both applicable to a blender and a food processor, therefore, increasing the confusion.
Up till now, I’m sure that you’ll ask me, “What differentiates a blender from a food processor?”
I’m about to discuss the differences as follows:
No matter how much a regular blender resembles food processor, the standard size and shape of both appliances differ quite enormously.
On the other hand, one could easily differentiate both appliances based on their usage.
So, let us start with how a blender differs from food processor when it comes to making different recipes:
1. Difference in Use:
First off, a blender makes perfect liquid recipes. It’s mostly used for preparing smoothies, purees, sauces, dips, and milkshakes, etc.
That’s because most of the blenders have got powerful motors. The wattage they offer ensures improved results while pureeing, making smoothies, or juices, etc.
In contrast, a food processor is mostly used for slicing, grating, mincing, and shredding different food products.
Motors in food processor offer low wattage compared to blender. That’s why, they are better suited for chopping and slicing fruits and vegetables, etc.
Some of the latest food processor models do offer pureeing and blending. But, the standard appliances are mostly used for slicing purposes only.
2. Difference in Blades:
Moving forward, there’s a clear distinction between the standard blades used in a blender and a food processor.
- Standard Blade Used in a Blender:
Blenders mostly use the X-shaped blade for blending or pureeing different food ingredients.
The blade, however, is a bit blunt and not as sharp as compared to the food processors.
You must also note that latest blender models have got updated blades. But, their function remains same, i.e. blending food to liquefy it as soon as possible.
- Standard Blade Used in Food Processor:
Food processor uses an S-shaped blade, which properly chops food ingredients to prepare different recipes.
S-shaped blades are sharp enough to properly dice hard food products including carrots, beets, and cabbage, etc.
The story doesn’t end here.
There’s a major difference in the availability of extra attachments for a blender and a food processor.
Let us have a look at them:
3. Extra Attachments:
With a standard blender, you’ll get extra attachments in form of some extra blades, pitchers, smoothie cups, and user manual, etc.
However, with a food processor, you’ll get extra blades, bowls, slicing discs, grating/shredding discs, and dough blades, etc.
From this, it’s evident that food processor enhances multitasking compared to a regular blender, which offers limited features.
4. Difference in Container:
You’ll also notice that the container of a blender is usually tall and it mostly resembles a pitcher or a jug.
In terms of a food processor, the container is more of a bowl or a wide jar, with better capacity to ensure proper chopping, shredding, and slicing, etc.
5. Difference in Power:
Blenders are powerful as compared to a food processor in terms of power.
That’s the main reason, it takes a blender only few minutes to make fresh smoothies or soups, etc.
Compared to that, food processors have low power output. Hence, you can use such appliance type for making salad, salsas, or powdering dry fruits.
The Last Word:
To conclude, a regular blender is a perfect fit when it comes to pureeing, making soups, or fresh smoothies, etc.
However, food processor gets an edge when it comes to multitasking and versatility. You can expect it to make chopped fruits and veggies, knead dough, and even blend to a certain extent.
With that, I’ll bid farewell to you until we meet next time with another interesting topic.
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