You’ve heard the advice a million times”All blenders can mix, but not all mixers can blend”
But what does it means really?
Let me take a wild guess, like every new cook you also get puzzled that the main function of both blender and grinder is mixing substances. So, what is the difference between blender and grinder?
Can’t blame you!
Indeed these two kitchen appliances look like quite the same and create a huge confusion as both perform a vast range of cooking task. But the truth is they actually serve a different purpose.
Let me break down the real deal of Blender vs grinder, which is better as a food processor, wet grinder vs mixer grinder etc.
What Is The Difference Between Blender And Grinder?
While blenders and grinder have many similarities, these kitchen appliances serve very different purposes.
Mixing substances or break down the food is the main function of both of them. But the blending done by a mixer is by powdering two ingredients while blender is just by mixing the substances without powdering them.
Still not convinced?
Let’s take a closer look at how actually they work.
So, what is a blender?
A blender (most of the time electric) is a kitchen appliance for mixing the substances by rotating the blades. Not only for mixing, blender also performs stuff like pureeing and emulsify.
When it comes to liquefying the food ingredients, blenders are best.
A blender is usually better for liquids and widely used to prep drinks like juice, shakes, slushy cocktail, smoothies etc. We usually see two types of blenders. These are:
- Countertop blender
- Immersion blender
Mixer blender has a sharp blade with a strong motor base so that it can crush and smash the hardest pieces like nuts and ice. As it mostly works with liquids and stuff, most of them come with water sealing so that it doesn’t spill any of the liquid here and there.
And what is a grinder?
A grinder (Also known as a mixer) is used in the reason of grinding the food ingredients to turn it into powder substances. Grinders are widely used in powdering seeds, herbs, nuts and spices. The stand mixer is the main weapon of the baker as these appliances are specially designed for whipping, mixing and whisking.
Grinding changes the texture and gives a flavour. There are two types of grinder available on the market right now.
- Mixer grinder
- Wet grinder
Mixer grinder (Also known as a dry grinder) is quite popular to make homemade masalas. On the other hand, the wet grinder has impressive heavy-duty mixing capability and normally used to make batter or paste. You wouldn’t believe, Wet grinders are the must-have appliance in every south Indian kitchen to make Idli and Dosas.
Grinders are more versatile than you think. Even you will find specifically designed coffee grinder, meat grinders or regular mixer.
Comparison of these two appliances
One thing is for sure; both of the appliances make the life of our kitchen easier. And both are used for food prep and processing. At least gave us comfort from those labour-intensive tasks.
Let me clear the confusion with a chart:
|Smoothies and drinks||Best||Not capable|
|Soup and purees||Best||Not good enough|
|Baking dough||Not ideal||Possible with knead Atta|
As you can see, there is a good chunk of crossover between these two kitchen appliances. Cost is a big deal, no doubt.
In this case, the grinder is a little bit pricey that mixer. When it comes to space and convenience, both are ok.
Can Blender be used as grinder?
And nowadays the manufacturers try to make an All-in-one Blender Grinder combo which can perform both tasks. Various attachments are included with the machine, and by changing them, you can serve different purposes.
Though there is a strong debate about how handy these multitasking tools are, the main purpose is to save space. If you aim to go for a combo, then I will suggest checking several factors like watts, speed, pulse features and function. And most importantly go for a good brand even if it cost a few extra bucks.
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