Kitchen Appliance Pros Swear Your Food Processor Is Way Better Than Your Blender for Most Cooking Tasks

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From Good Housekeeping

Food processors and blenders are similar in theory: A container with a blade inside, topped with a lid, sitting on a stand with a motor to power it all. But that is as far as it goes for similarities. Their work bowl shape, blade style and accessories, cause them to differ in terms of what foods they are ideal for.

“In general, the two have different purposes,” says Nicole Papantoniou, Senior Testing Editor of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab:

  • A blender has a jar with blades at the on the bottom that cut food into small particles and whirl them around. That’s why the blender purees and liquifies so well. This makes it better for recipes where a smooth, even consistency is key. Blenders also crush ice, so they’re the best for frozen drinks. Overall, the blender works best when liquid

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How to Make the Most of Your Food Processor

what it can do

Dice / Chop / Slice / Emulsify / Blend / Knead Dough

What to cook

Sauces / Purées / Salsa / Dough / Ground Meat / Coleslaw / Nut Butter / Breadcrumbs / Hummus

Trendy small appliances come and go, but the food processor is one that’s a proven mainstay.

This workhorse can chop, slice, shred, and purée many different ingredients—and probably far faster than you can with a knife and cutting board. Some models can even knead dough and grind meat. It’s definitely a lifesaver when cooking for a crowd or preparing multiple batches of a recipe. In those situations, a bigger model with a capacity of 11 to 16 cups might be ideal.

If storage space is tight, a 7-cup model is fine for most tasks and is still plenty useful, especially because it can be difficult to process small amounts (say, a few

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