Difference between food processor, blender and stand mixer. and when is it best to use each appliance

Food Processor vs. Blender vs. Mixer: A Comparison

In Good To Know June 20th, 20190 Comments

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Since the holiday season is in full swing, most people around the world try their best to cook up the best dishes for their friends and family. And during times like these, it is quite important that you whip out your cooking essentials to make the job easier for you. While cooking, having either a blender, mixer or a food processor could make so much of a difference.

However, deciding the correct usability of these kitchen appliances can be confusing. So here are some pointers and comparison between a food processor, blender, and mixer to help you choose the perfect equipment for any cooking job.


Blender

A black 64 oz Vitamix 5200 Blender

Are you one of those people who cook on regular basis and do meal preps on weekends? then a blender is what you need! Although there are a bunch of categories for blenders, you can do your research and select whichever one works best for you.

Functionality

Blenders are great for pureeing veggies, making smoothies, soups, blending frozen items and for emulsification of items. in a nutshell, they are idle with liquid ingredients, since liquid helps the short blades at the bottom to form a vortex mixing motion, while dry content only the ones that are close to the blades will get processed, everything else will remain stuck to the sides of the container. essentially, anything that needs to be blended or liquefying, a high powered or regular blender would do the job for you.


Food processor

Robot MAGIMIX C.S. 5200 XL CHROME MAT 18 food processor

While blenders are great for emulsifying, blending or liquefying things, a food processor does the opposite of that. A food processor is good for chopping, slicing, grating and finely dicing veggies. It comes with a different set of attachments for different purposes.

Functionality

A food processor is good for people who do not want to waste time on dicing, chopping or grating their veggies. They can even knead the dough, make pie crust and blend items if you use it properly. It is more multipurpose as compared to a blender. However, it can’t stand up the competition against blender when it comes to smoothies, soups, and blended cocktails.


Food Processor Versus Blender Comparison Table

RecipeFood ProcessorBlender
SmoothiesXBest
SoupsCapableBest
Dips(Hummus, Pesto…)BestX
Shredding, Slicing And ChoppingBestX
Salad DressingCapableBest
Crusts And DoughBestX
ButtersBestX

Mixer

Brown KitchenAid KSM150PSBX Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield

This kitchen electronic appliance is quite different from blenders and food processors. It is neither used for chopping or emulsifying, rather it is used for mixing food items. People who bake often will make good use of it as a mixer.

In addition, it is great for making cookie and cake batters and whipping egg whites or cream frosting.

Functionality

A mixer suits well to people who bake frequently, otherwise, a mixer usually will only be occupying space in your kitchen. If you are someone who loves baking on the weekends or as a hobby, this would be an ideal item to have in your kitchen. However, even a whisk or hand mixer would do the job for you.

*Some stand mixer models like KitchenAid and Ankarsrum features a  power hub that allows you to turn up your mixer to a grinder, food processor, juicer, spiralizer, or even a pasta maker and many other attachments.


Conclusion

So, if you are someone who has been very confused about which of the listed items would be best for you, on your next shopping spree, we would advise you to take the above factors into consideration before making up your mind. Hopefully, with the mentioned functionality and uses, you will have a much clearer perspective and will be able to make a more informed decision.

The key is to prioritize the uses and be confident about it, second-guessing these items always lead to regrets.

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