In many cases blenders can be used as a substitute for a food processor; however, there are several considerations to take note. It is a fact that there are several powerful blenders in the market today that are versatile enough to become a substitute for a food processor. However, you should take note that no matter how versatile a blender can be, using it beyond how it is designed and often could cause either temporary or permanent damage.
Technically, most of the blenders today are constructed and designed for the following purposes:
- To make soup and purees
- To make smoothies
- To make shakes
- To blend ingredients
- To make batter
While food processors are designed to do the following:
As I was reading this article, I have decided to add these essential tips on how to use a blender as a substitute for a food processor.
#1: Know which food is doable to chop using a blender
Food processors are usually equipped with different types of blades, whereas most of the blenders today are designed with 2-3 blades. If you are going to use a blender as a substitute for food processor there will be a few limitations, this includes using ingredients that are soft and easily crushed. If it is unavoidable and you have to use the blender, you need to chop the ingredient beforehand; this will avoid damaging the blade. So, if you are putting nuts as an ingredient you have to purchase those that are pre-chopped or you can pre-crush them.
#2: Use a smaller amount of ingredients
Blenders aren’t as tough as food processors when it comes to chopping, mincing, crushing, and other tough blending jobs. So, if you have no choice and you need to use blender as an alternative for a food processor, you have to blend the tough ingredients by batch. For instance, if you need to crush some nuts you have to pre-chop or pre-crush the ingredient and then you may start blending ¼ of the pre-crushed or pre-chopped nuts. Then, if you have blended the nuts with the right consistency, you may start working on the second batch. The same rule goes when you are trying to chop tomatoes or other same textured ingredients.
Blending the ingredients by batch will ensure consistency.
#3: Blend it slowly
Blenders are intended to make the ingredient emulsify or liquefy. If your intention is not to make the ingredient soft or produce liquid but rather chop or mince, you have to blend the ingredient slowly. If your blender has a pulse button try using it; it makes the job much easier.
#4: Use the blender accordingly
If you are planning to use the blender to grate, shred, or slice the food according to your desire, that won’t happen. Again, food processors have variations of blades as separate attachments, while blenders only have either 2-3 blades that are attached to the blender. In other words, if you need to grate, shred, or slice the ingredient, you have to do it manually with a knife.
To get additional details on this, try to read more blending tips and advice at Prime Shop Kitchen’s website.