Can You Use a Blender to Puree Food Instead of a Food Processor?

Blenders are well-equipped to puree and liquefy foods such as soup, salad dressing, smoothies and shakes and can often perform these tasks better than a food processor can. Most blenders cannot handle the same capacity as the average food processor, so pureeing usually must be split into several smaller batches.

Food processors are more useful for performing tasks that blenders do not excel at, such as executing clean dices of soft vegetables, chopping firm foods such as nuts, grating cheese and chopping large quantities of onions. These tasks are easier for a food processor because its blades move downward in a chopping motion, whereas the dual blades in a blender move around the food in a spinning motion.