A healthy lifestyle begins with nutritious meals, and two appliances have come into the forefront of the wholesome eating revolution—the blender and food processor. But, which is better or more useful for your kitchen if you were choosing to invest?
First of all, we need to define what each of these appliances does. Many of us have a normal blender and a food processor, but with the advent of the high-powered blender, the kitchen game has changed.
High powered blenders and food processors have motors more powerful than regular models and are often able to work at higher speeds. This means they can break down tougher fibres and ingredients such as nuts into a finer, smoother consistency in a shorter period of time.
One of the reasons why high-powered blenders and food processors have become so popular is because people are getting more experimental in the kitchen, trying their hand at creating raw vegan desserts, homemade vegetarian burger patties and colourful dips. With these handy appliances come a whole new realm of opportunities to experiment creatively with food.
What it does:
Chops, grinds, minces, mixes and shreds using different rotating blades within a enclosed container using various speed settings. It’s a great help when your knife skills aren’t up to par and you have a large quantity of ingredients you want to be processed quickly.
- You can get a basic food processor for RM300
- Chops and shreds anything from nuts to cheese
- Easy to use
- Saves time and energy
- Easy to clean
Can’t process ingredients that have too much liquid so not ideal for smoothies and soups
Commonly used for:
Shredding fruit, vegetables and cheese; chopping nuts, making purees (baby food), mixing doughs and batters, dips like hummus
What it does:
While a normal blender can make milkshakes and smoothies, the high-powered version does it in less time and can handle more ingredients even if they’re frozen. Some blenders can even handle hot ingredients, e.g. blend vegetables and broth into a creamy soup.
- Powerful motor
- Easy to use and clean
- Blends quickly to save time
- Ideal for those who often make smoothies and soups with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Is a long-lasting appliance if looked after well
It is more costly compared to a normal blender but does so much more and is an investment rather than a kitchen appliance whim; it’s quite big so you need counter space
Commonly used for:
Smoothies and smoothie bowls (able to blend ice and frozen fruits and vegetables without chunks), puree soups and baby food, grinding coffee beans and spices, make smooth nut butters, nut milk, making your own flour (oats, rice, coconut)
Invest in a high-powered blender
Our advice is to get a basic food processor and invest in a high-powered blender. Vitamix is a brand that consistently appears in ‘best of’ lists when it comes to this type of blender—consider it the Ferrari of high-speed blenders! The most obvious advantages of a Vitamix is that it will blend anything to your preferred consistency in no time so that morning smoothie filled with oats, frozen fruit and vegetables and chia seeds will be done in seconds.
As so many of us are heading towards eating a more plant and whole-grain based diet, the Vitamix will become the most used appliance in your kitchen. Get your organic, bulk nuts, seeds and whole grains, and make your own nut butters, flours and dips. All you have to do is put the ingredients in and blend; plus you can process warm (no more than 80 degrees Celsius) ingredients to make soups. With its handy tamper attachment you’ll also be able to do some of the things you’d use a food processor to do.
Waffle and pancake batters, doughs, salad dressings, baby food, dips, spreads, sauces, nut butters, non-dairy milk and frozen desserts (ice cream, nice cream) can all be made using fresh produce in the comfort of your own home. There are so many amazing Vitamix recipes available so the options are endless, and we’re not even counting the many smoothie and juice combinations you could create. We’ve all drooled at insta-worthy smoothie bowls we’ve seen at cafes, and chances are a there was a trusty Vitamix at the back in the kitchen that helped create the magic.
Like any investment, getting a Vitamix will take some thought, but we haven’t heard of anyone who has gotten one and regretted it. It’s something the whole family will love and any appliance that saves time, encourages you to eat better and allows you to make your own pantry staples and saves you money in the long run is definitely worth getting. Did we mention how easy it is to clean? Well, it is and that in itself makes it a winner.
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