Sunshine Smoothie
Credit: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

I don't have a food processor, just a blender and my large mixer, so what do I use when recipe calls for a food processor?

While there are no hard and fast rules, as a rough guideline:

  • When the recipe calls for a food processor to mince or chop, a blender is likely to be the better choice.
  • Use the mixer when trying to cream a combination of liquid and solids such as butter, flour and milk.
  • Use the mixer to whip and aerate in recipes such as meringues and whipped cream.

When you want to puree, the blender is likely to do a better job.