Use the right tool: Food Processor vs Blender
Some kitchen appliances are self-explanatory. The toaster, for instance, has its main function in the name : to toast! The proper use for other appliances can be a little more unclear if you aren’t familiar with them. Let’s examine the food processor and the blender. They both have rotating blades down at the base that chop up ingredients, right? So how are they different, and do you really need both, especially if you have a small kitchen and storage space is at a minimum? The short answer is that while they do have some overlapping functions (like pureeing foods), they are in fact very different appliances with different uses.
The simple rule is that a blender is better for wet ingredients and a food processor is better for dry ingredients. Blenders are generally taller and tapered, with a tight fitting lid and one blade. Smoothies, for examples, are best done in a blender. Chopping ice is more suited to a blender as well, which generally has thicker blades for that purpose : you could chop ice in a food processor, but it would damage the blades more quickly over time. Other liquids that are suited to a blender include quick salad dressings or soup recipes.
A food processor generally works better with dry ingredients. It can come with one or a variety of bowls, and has a food chute. In addition, it can have several different types of attachments, like a dough hook for bread. It also has a pulse function that makes it easy to cut better into flour. A high grade processor could also contain an attachment to easily and quickly grate cheese. Another fun attachment that comes with some food processors is a french fry disc. Of course, the quick chopping of food like carrots, onions, potatoes or celery is what the food processor is most well-known for, saving the cook lots of preparation time in the kitchen.