Ensuring that you have the right equipment in your kitchen is essential to the success of your business. Just like you are not going to make ice cream in a steamer, you are not going to make a smoothie in a chopper. Some kitchens may find that they need a food processor, a blender, and a chopper; however, maybe you can get by with just one! It all depends on what the equipment is being used for. Let’s review the differences to find what equipment is best for your kitchen!
A food processor will be your go-to for raw, hard-to-chop ingredients. With food processors, or their optional attachments, an operator can slice, dice, grate and julienne, as well as grind meat, puree vegetables, knead dough, whip and more.
One of the main attributes of a food processor that is important to look at when making a purchase is horsepower. If you will be processing a lot of food, you will need a model with a higher horsepower.
In addition to power, another important attribute to consider if processing large amounts of food are continuous feed units. These types of food processors allow the operator to load in product while the machine continues to run–with effective safety features to protect the user.
- Purpose: Strong and sharp blade to easily cut raw, hard-to-chop ingredients
- Good Foods to Use For: nuts, carrots, onions, etc.
- Recipe Ideas: nut butters, pesto, curry paste, hummus, homemade salad dressing
- Bonus: Many food processors utilize attachments which allows operators to slice, dice, grate, grind meat, puree vegetables, knead dough, and more!
Wondering how to get the perfect texture for a sauce or soup? You will get it with a food blender! Food blenders will help you to quickly puree ingredients into silky textures to create sauces, soups, dressings, beverages, and more. So whether you need to make the perfect tomato soup or a delicious margarita, you can make it all with a food blender.
Options on food blenders allow an operator to not only puree but to grind and chop as well. Ideally, food blenders are used to blend softer foods and liquids but there are models available that can handle harder foods such as nuts or ice.
- Purpose: To combine ingredients that have a liquid base
- Good Foods to Use For soups, cocktails, smoothies, salsa, etc.
- Bonus: Operators are still able to chop and grind with a blender, but this is meant to be done with softer foods unless otherwise noted. Many commercial blenders can still chop and blend hard ingredients if done properly.
- Purpose: Quickly cuts fruits, vegetables and meats in uniform pieces
- Good Foods to Use For: onions, diced chicken, peppers, lemons, etc.
- Bonus: Want to give the same results every time? Food choppers give operators the option of changing out blade sets to get the size of cut desired. Want 1/4″ slices of onion on each burger? That’s quick and easy to do with a food chopper!
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Hope has been a Content Specialist since November 2015, where she brings to the table years of experience in the food service industry in a variety of roles. Throughout her time with Central, Hope has focused on learning all things possible about everything from cooking equipment to concession and specialty products in order to empower operators with education on commercial equipment and supplies. Hope is a wife, new mom, avid crafter, and food lover (french fries please!).