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Old 05-20-2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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Food Processor vs Blender

Hi everyone,

I am new to the forums and just a person who loves to cook...I've been doing a lot of reading and watching to learn techniques, recipes etc lately and I have noticed on certain shows, sometimes they use a food processor and sometimes a blender. I thought that the 2 appliances did things differently, so I am confused on when to use what or if it really matters. I have a small food processor and a blender, so I am lost.

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Old 05-20-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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They do different things. The food processor slices and chops and can reduce onions and so forth to very small pieces. It also can make dough, mix cakes, etc. A blender, OTOH, isn't as good as a processor at any of those things, and indeed it can't do some of them, but it excels at liquefying ingredients, mixing drinks, crushing ice, etc.

BTW, I very rarely use my regular blender, but I love my Kitchenaid Wand Blender (a.k.a. an immersion blender) for tasks such as pureeing soup.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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Blenders are really meant for liquids or very wet ingredients. They are unsurpassed in pureeing to a smooth consistency. They suck at doing dry ingredients.

The FP can do both but is not the best for liquids.

If you do s lot of pureed soups and smoothies, etc. you need a blender. If not, buy a FP. Look for a Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:06 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, that really helps!
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:14 AM   #5
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I have a full size FP that rarely gets used as well as a full sized blender that is gathering dust. I almost exclusively use my mini chopper and immersion blender for 90% of my cooking. They are easy to use, quick to clean, and don't take up much time pulling out, setting up and such. If I'm doing a big recipe (I sometimes cook for homeless so make meals for 100) then I'll pull out the big guns but for everyday cooking my 2 little appliances work well.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:21 AM   #6
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I couldn't live without my FPs. I actually have a large one (11qt) and a small one. I use both all the time -- not every time I cook but close to it. I hardly ever use my blender but when I do, it's for liquids. All three sit on my counter.

My immersion blender isn't used much, but it's a good tool to have.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:22 AM   #7
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I have had the same food processor (a Cuisinart 14-cupper) for 25 years. still going strong, and I use it almost every day for something.

I was given a blender by a client I did some recipes and demos for, and after the demos were over, it stood on my counter for 2 years until I sold it at a yard sale last summer. Back in my 20's, I used to use a blender to make Brandy Alexanders. no more.

I do use an immersion blender to puree soups. It beats either of the stationary objects you have to pour the stuff into and out of, as you can stick it right into the pan. Love it.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:55 AM   #8
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one thing i wanted to add

i wouldnt put frozen things in a FP...if you plan on making frozen smoothies or anything with ice, i think a blender is better....not only because a smoothie is a "liquid" like the others mentioned, but i feel that the blades in a FP are too fragile to handle those hard items....if anyone else has tried a FP with success, let me know
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:07 AM   #9
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one thing i wanted to add

i wouldnt put frozen things in a FP...if you plan on making frozen smoothies or anything with ice, i think a blender is better....not only because a smoothie is a "liquid" like the others mentioned, but i feel that the blades in a FP are too fragile to handle those hard items....if anyone else has tried a FP with success, let me know
Agreed -- ice or frozen foods would undoubtedly damage the blade of a food processor; not a problem for a blender, but aside from drinks, I can't imagine why you would want to do that.

I have two food processors, a 14-cup Cuisinart and a Mini Prep Cuisinart. I don't use the big one very often as I much prefer to chop and slice and dice with knives, but there are some things it does best (e.g., making huge quantities of something). I use the Mini Prep more often, but mainly for one task: making bread crumbs.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:08 AM   #10
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thanks so much for all the info guys! I feel much more confident now...

Maybe another question you can help me out with...I only have a small FP, I can't remember if its 4 or 7 cup...and I only have me and my husband so most of the time it should suffice, but we have friends over often. SOOO maybe I was thinking to look for a FP at a yard sale, because they are pricey. Any tips on what to look for to know its not completely junk??

And an immersion blender, is that the little handle majig that has blades on the bottom and you just stick it in whatever your blending? My husband uses one of those things to make his protein drinks I think...I never knew what it was lol!
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