Suppose you are in a gadget store and you want to buy a mixer for your kitchen. The sales executive comes to you and asks if you are looking for a mixer grinder or food processor. Aren’t the two the same? If this question pops up in your mind, then you do not know anything about your kitchen.
This article will provide you with the basics you need to know if you are interested in buying a mixer or a food processor. Food processors and mixer grinders are appliances that predominantly focus on grinding and grating purposes. So why make two different machines to accomplish the same task? Because that’s not the case. Food processors are the advanced version of mixer grinders. But this does not mean that mixer grinders are outdated. They also perform several kitchen tasks perfectly. What should you buy? Let us learn about the similarities and differences we can visibly notice, between the two.
Basic Kitchen Activities That Require The Use Of A Food Processor Or Mixer Grinder Before you go and list down the distinguishing features, you have to get an idea about the activities in the kitchen that require the use of a food processor or mixer grinder.
Whats is Grinding:
Breaking down any food material into paste or powder, is an everyday activity in a kitchen. Grinding further divides into three types: wet grinding, for making chutneys or pastes; dry grinding, to prepare garam masala, coriander, or cumin powders; and somewhat damp or dry grinding, for preparing cake batter or dips.
What is Chopping:
While preparing any kind of dish, chopped ingredients are better preferred. Cutting the fruits or vegetables into smaller sizes helps in easy cooking. Onions, potatoes, apples, and many more are required to be chopped before consumption.
What is Grating:
Grating is nothing but cutting vegetables, cheese, or in some cases, even chocolate into much finer particles so that those can be quickly cooked or used for garnishing on top of the prepared food.
What is Juicing:
Juice is the combination of veggies or fruits with sugar (or salt) and water, churned over and over again until it gets a thin, water-like consistency. Juices do not need to be further cooked after stirring. Pineapples, apples, bitter gourds, etc., can be juiced.
What is Pureeing:
The process of pureeing is similar to juicing. But purees have a thicker consistency than juices. Tomatoes, coconuts, mangoes, and many more of such purees are made.
What is Kneading:
Kneading refers to the process of making dough. Pizza base, bread, chapatti, etc., are kneaded into dough first and then cooked.
The above-mentioned activities are done manually too. But since the invention of appliances like food processors and mixer grinders, these tasks are easily accomplished within no time. But both the gadgets cannot perform all those activities with perfection. So, let us check out the differences between the two appliances to be used more productively.
The Differences Between Food Processor And Mixer Grinder
Food processors and mixer grinders help to complete the kitchen tasks like grinding, chopping, pureeing, etc. But why are people confused about which one to buy? Well, it is because these two appliances vary from one another on many levels.
What is it best for?
Mixer grinders are best suited for wet grinding, pureeing, juicing, and the activities that need to produce a damp and smooth paste. Whereas, Food processors are best suited for chopping, kneading, grating, and activities that include dry or somewhat dry/wet components.
What is it ideal for?
When you are cooking in smaller quantities, a Mixer grinder can be a good option for you. They are ideal for breaking down food and making smoothies and purees in small amounts. But when you are preparing food in larger amounts, a Food processor will be a perfect option.
Mixer grinder contains small and sharp blades that cut the food into finer and smoother juice or paste. Its motor spins the edges at a higher RPM (rotations per minute). Whereas in the case of a Food processor, the edges are larger and can break the foods down into not-much-finer particles or paste. Its motor spins the edges at a lower RPM.
A mixer grinder is a combination of a single rotating motor and three jars. The largest one used for making juices, the medium-sized one used for somewhat dry/wet ingredients, and the smaller one used for making small amounts of chutneys and pastes. A food processor is a combination of a single motor with a minimum of 3 to 4 jars and 10 to 15 attachments. The pots and extensions, when combined in various manners, are capable of doing lots of tasks like kneading, grinding, grating, chopping and so on. The motor present in a food processor is more significant than a mixer grinder’s motor.
As the mixer grinder has lesser components as compared to a food processor, it can fit into a smaller space in your kitchen. Whereas,food processor with more pieces, takes up much more space than a mixer grinder.
Without any doubt, you can say that mixer grinders consume less power as compared to food processors. This is because of their smaller motor, compact size and lesser number of components.
For a 500W mixer grinder, the minimum expected price is INR 1,500, and for a 750W mixer grinder, the minimum expected price is INR 2,000.
In the case of food processors, the basic and compact ones are available at a minimum price of INR 4,000, and the advanced ones are available at a minimum fee of INR 6,000.
In my opinion, if you have lesser mouths to feed i.e., you have a smaller family, then you can consider buying a mixer grinder. As stated earlier, mixer grinders are best suited for preparing pastes or juices, in smaller quantities, and they take up a small area in your kitchen. These can be used more frequently as they have a longer lifetime. It would be best if you remembered that, in a mixer grinder, kneading is not possible.
On the other hand, if you live in a large family, and you have to cook in large quantities, then you must consider buying a food processor. Food processors have advanced features compared to mixer grinders. If you are interested in making new and innovative dishes, then, in that case, a food processor can be very helpful. But you must have enough storage space to fit a food processor as these come with many components.
If you want to buy both, then you can check out the mixer grinder and food processor combos. Two separate motors are present in the same machine; there are almost 15 to 20 jars and attachments, and these appliances, no doubt, require ample space for storage.
Can a Food processor be used as a grinder?
A food processor is a multi-purpose kitchen appliance. Unlike mixer grinder, food processor accomplishes all tasks like chopping, grinding, blending, grating, etc. in the same machine. But a mixer grinder cannot perform all such schemes without using other appliances. So, to answer the question, I would say, yes, a food processor can be used as a grinder, but vice-versa will not be possible.
If I have a mixer, do I need a food processor?
That’s a bit like asking, ‘If I have an electric hair dryer, do I need a curling iron?’ The two pieces of equipment perform different functions.Given the choice of having one but not both, I would recommend the food processor. Someone who does a lot of baking should probably choose the mixer.
After this detailed explanation about the similarities and differences between food processors and mixer grinders, I am sure you got a clear idea about them. So, now you can confidently go into a shop and buy the one that best suits your kitchen. But you must check the minor detailing of the appliance before buying it. Happy Shopping!