If a recipe calls for the use of a blender but you only have a food processor, are you out of luck, or can you use it as a blender? Well, it first helps to know what each kitchen gadget’s strengths and weaknesses are. Then we’ll explore in what circumstances a processor can double as a blender.
Food processors are amazing kitchen workhorses that help with chopping, slicing, and grating ingredients. They’re perfect for making food that involves mostly dry ingredients, for example, for making a chunky salsa, puréeing hummus, or grating some cheese. You can even process cake batter or knead dough with them! They usually come with interchangeable plates for different functions, and do often include a set of blades. It truly is an (almost) all-purpose tool!
Blenders work best for items that include plenty of liquid, such as smoothies, blended soups, sorbets, and sauces. The blades in a blender are often not as sharp as those in a food processor, thus the need for some sort of liquid in order to aid the blending process.
Can a food processor be used as a blender?
So, as a general rule, food processors work best with dry ingredients, and blenders work better with wet ingredients. Processors have sharper blades but less powerful motors, while blenders have duller blades but more powerful motors. So, whether you can use a food processor in a recipe that calls for using a blender depends on the recipe and what you’re making.
In general, you can try using the blade attachment on your processor for a recipe that needs a blender. But unfortunately you won’t be able to expect the same results. Smoothies and soups may come out not completely blended, and iced drinks might not be the best idea in a food processor.
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