To most home cooks, a blender and food processor may not appear too different. Both seem to exist to simply chop, grind or puree ingredients into bits for our dining pleasure.
So why is it that those in the know tend to keep both handy in their kitchens? Both blenders and food processors actually have their own unique strengths when it comes to different tasks. And if you're only in the market for one, you may need to figure out which is best suited to your needs. We take a look at both appliances and the tasks they're best suited to.
A food processor usually has a wider container for food and its sharp blades are designed more for chopping, grating, shredding, slicing and mixing both soft and hard foods. When it's not critical that your ingredients are evenly chopped, a food processor can save you the time and effort needed to chop food by hand.
Blenders like the EBR2001 can come with accessories like an ice crush or mill grinder to grind solid food like a food processor
This makes a food processor ideal for mixing ingredients for solid foods like meatloaf and chunky fillings for pies. You can also use them to crush nuts, turn bread into crumbs or knead dough. Although some blenders like the Electrolux EBR2001 comes with accessories like a mill grinder to perform these tasks just as well.
When it comes to liquids and soft foods where you want a smoother result, leave the food processor on the shelf. While food processors may be used to puree fruits and vegetables or cream soups, the result will not be as silky as when you use a blender.
A blender’s main function is to mix soft ingredients and liquids together, which is why it’s often found behind a bar counter. Designed to give its mixtures a smooth consistency, you’ll find blenders best suited to making purees, smoothies, soups, cocktails and even salad dressings. Models like the Electrolux EBR2001 even have features like an ice crush for those who love icy cold smoothies.
The Powermix Silent has 4-winged serrated blades that combine with the triangular glass jar to create a vortex effect which creates a smoother blending experience.
The containers for blenders are usually designed like a jug, so it’s easier to mix liquids. The wider but shallower containers of food processors are susceptible to splattering when it comes to processing liquids. Blenders like the Powermix Silent have a triangular glass jar design that helps create a vortex force effect to make blending easier, and the result velvety smooth, while making it easy to clean out the residue once you’re done.
If you require your bread crumbs or herbs to be ground more finely, a blender can help with that, although it is less suited to chopping solid foods. The smaller blades in a blender can create air pockets, while the narrower shape of the jug can make it harder to have the food make contact with the blades.
The Powermix Silent addresses these issues with a 4-winged serrated blade. The vortex force effect created in conjunction with the jug forces foods into the blades, ensuring that the blending process is at its most efficient.