No More Mix-ups: Blender vs Food Processor vs Mixer

You’ve probably heard of these different tools and may even own some of them in your kitchen. While they may sound similar and seem like they could be used interchangeably, there are differences in the tasks they are designed to do and it’s best to use the right tool for the right purpose.

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Blenders are ideal if the end product is meant to be more liquid than solid. If you’re looking to make smoothies, pureed soups or emulsifications (such as mayonnaise and vinaigrette), you want to use a blender. The end product tends to be silky smooth in texture.

Hand blenders (or immersion blender) perform the same tasks but are smaller and more compact, meaning they take up less space in your kitchen. As the name suggests, they are handheld and are great if you don’t have the storage space for a full sized blender or just want to make small batches of food.

Food Processor

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While the blender is used to liquefy your ingredients, food processors are used to chop up your ingredients. You can use it to chop garlic, onions, grate cheese and carrots or grinding up nuts. If you’re primarily dealing with thicker items like vegetables and doughs, then a food processor will be a better choice. With the right attachments, you can also use it to knead dough or shred your vegetables.

Mixers

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If you’re mixing a batter for baking a cake or preparing dough for cookies, a mixer is what you need. The most common use for it is to whisk eggs for those who find whisking by hand too menial a task.

There are primarily two types of mixers – stand mixers and hand mixers. Stand mixers have a mounting base for the bowl which is specifically designed to fit the mixer and have a more powerful motor. Hand mixers, much like hand blenders, are handheld devices for less heavy tasks. If you’re short on space or don’t bake frequently, a hand mixer will be the right choice for you.

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