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What's the Difference Between a Blender and Food Processor

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Question: What's the Difference Between a Blender and Food Processor
What's the difference between a blender and food processor or are they the same type of appliance? Can you use a blender the same as you would use a food processor?
Answer: While they do have some similarities and there are combination blender/processor units on the market, a blender and food processor are two distinct counter appliances.

A blender's main function is to blend or mix soft foods and liquids, while a food processor's is to chop, shred, grate, slice or mix either soft or hard foods.

The narrow shape of the blender and the design of the blade make it more suitable for blending soft foods and liquids. But, depending on the blade and power, there are some blenders that can crush or shave ice to blend it into frozen drinks.

A food processor has a wider work bowl and very sharp blade designed more for chopping foods, and can usually perform various other processing tasks depending on the types of accessories (slicing/shredding disks) that are included with the unit.

However, there are some blenders that are designed with a unique blade for both blending and chopping, and there are immersion-type stick blenders that have convenient chopper attachments.

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