What Can and Can’t be done by food processors and blenders

With sharp blades spinning inside a bowl you would expect a blender and a food processor to have the exact same purpose since they have a similar operating mechanism. Although, they might look alike, they have very different functions and are both very essential tools to have in a kitchen. I am very picky about my kitchen appliances since I have very little storage space and cannot afford to pack my kitchen with too many fancy appliances which I may only use occasionally. I only have the essentials which come in handy with most of the everyday recipes I create to make my work faster and easier. My blender and food processor are both equally precious to me and I couldn’t get rid of either one of them even with the lack of storage space. What I’m trying to say is, if you are thinking about buying one of the two appliances and using it to cover all of your blending and processing requirements, it won’t work.

What can a food processor do?

You can use it in place of a knife to slice, chop, shred or dice vegetables when you want it done accurately, quickly and effortlessly. It usually comes with a set of discs and blades for this purpose. You can also use it for grinding meat and kneading dough if it’s strong enough. It also handles thicker purees better than a blender because of its longer blades and wider size of the bowl. Overall, you can say a food processor is a more versatile tool than a blender.

What can’t a food processor do?

A food processor is not so great at working with liquids. Recipes that involve a large amount of liquid are best left as a task for your blender. A little amount of liquid if added to the food processing bowl is quite alright but anything beyond the fill line marked on the inside of the bowl will result in a huge mess on the counter which you will have to clean later.

What can a blender do?

A blender might not be able to perform a bunch of functions that a food processor can, but it’s great at what it does and a food processor cannot beat it in this area. It is designed for blending liquids and is great at creating smoothies, soups, frozen drinks, salad dressings and more. With a blender you can achieve smooth consistencies without worrying about any leakages as long as you keep the lid on. The best of the blenders can even crush ice into a blended drink for creamier results.

What can’t a blender do?

A blender requires you to add some liquid to work efficiently. Its blades will not be able to handle solids so well. With only solids in the blending jar, the blades will create an air pocket around it with the food sitting stationary above it without being able to reach into the blades. If you are making smoothies or other frozen drinks, you will need to make sure that you add enough liquid for successful results. Also a blender comes with only a single blade fixed to the jar so it cannot perform a bunch of different functions like the food processors can. It can only be used for blending.


Although both the appliances serve differently, the main purpose of each one is to make your work easier in the kitchen. If your budget allows you, these are both excellent appliances to have in a kitchen. If, however, you have a restricted budget or space, you need to think what type of recipes you normally cook in your kitchen. If you are a fan of smoothies and blended drinks, it’s best to stick to a blender but if you prepare recipes that involve a lot of chopping and slicing, go for a food processor.


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