Food Processor or Blender?

Now here is that age old question that has been keeping many up all night…. Do I Need a Food Processor if I Have a Blender?

In a perfect world, everyone would have both…in their enormous, beautiful kitchen in their imaginary dream house. But if your counter space is limited, here’s a guide to picking which of the two you should get:

A blender is better for… A food processor is better for…
  • Chopping ice
  • Smoothies
  • Pureeing soup
  • Vinaigrettes and liquid-based salad dressings
  • Chopping vegetables
  • Shredding vegetables (e.g. cabbage for coleslaw)
You could use either for…
  • Nut butters and flours (easier in food processor but can use either)
  • Pureeing liver to add to other recipes
  • Mayonnaise


Food processors are generally more versatile, since they have all different attachments that you can switch out to get different effects, but some people only need a blender, especially people living alone who aren’t making vegetable soup for 5 on a regular basis. Pick the one that works best for your kitchen and enjoy!

Food Processor  

There are literally hundreds (or maybe more) things you can do, make, or prepare with a food processor. It dices, it purees, it slices; it’s a multi-purpose tool! You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. You can shred cabbage for making fermented sauerkraut, prepare pesto, grind nuts, grind meat, and you can even make your own coconut cream, almond butter, or even almond flour with this machine!


You can squeak by without this but a blender is incredibly helpful for making smoothies, salad dressings, and pureed soups and they’re pretty cheap (you can get a basic model for $20-25). If you’re into soup, an immersion blender (stick blender) might be more your style; if you’re more on the smoothie side of the spectrum, a traditional blender is probably a more useful tool.f you make smoothies, coconut milk, or any kind of thin sauce, a blender is a must-have. You can make these with a stick blender or a regular blender, depending on your needs. Generally, if you have a food processor, you can probably get away with just owning a stick blender in order to save some space


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