If you’re a budding chef, you may be confused by the sheer array of appliances available to help you in the kitchen! The truth is you may not need to purchase every single one when you’re starting out.
In this article, I will be discussing the differences between a magic bullet and a food processor which will help you choose which one you want.
Here is a comparison table that can help you understand which appliance is best suited for some tasks:
|Recipe||Magic Bullet||Food Processor
|Soups and purees||Best||Proficient|
|Chopped vegetables||Not Good||Best|
|Kneading dough||Not Good||Proficient|
The Magic bullet does the job of multiple kitchen appliances but is the size of a coffee mug. The design is pretty simple with as there are no buttons or dials and the motor activates when you press down on the cup.
Simply load the ingredients, twist on the blade, fix it in the power base and choose between the pulse and the easy lock feature.
A basic magic bullet comes with a power base, 1 cross blade, 3 sizes of cups, two lip rings, resealable lids, and a to-go cup. Offering 200 watts of power, it weighs only 4.6 lbs making this light and portable.
The manufacturer claims that it can perform tasks like chopping, grating, blending, whipping, grinding and pureeing.
And I found that it does a good job on smoothies, protein powders, soft fruits, leafy greens, and vegetables. It struggled a bit with seeds though and hard vegetables like beetroot.
But you can purchase additional accessories like blender cups and a blade to handle ice and other hard foods. The best part is that the magic bullet is priced affordably (check the current price on Amazon) and is easily available on Amazon or their official channel.
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Cleaning the Magic Bullet is simple as the cups and lids are dishwasher safe. It’s best to rinse the attachments with warm water right after using it. But the blender cup is narrow and its somewhat hard to reach with a sponge.
- Versatile function
- Compact to store
- Microwave safe cup
- Cups and lids are dishwasher safe
- Is not very loud
- Small cups so you will not be able to process a large amount
- Struggles to crush ice
A food processor can blend, dice, slice and puree a wide range of ingredients designed, It is the best appliance for slicing through had ingredients like nuts of when you want to create something with a rougher texture.
They typically have sharp blades, moderately powerful motors, and wide containers. You can use this appliance to make marinades, pesto, salsa, sauces, and dough.
The wider bowl means that ingredients disperse more evenly without overmixing. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t add liquids to your food processor.
Oil and water are crucial in bringing sauces and spreads together. You can blend soups albeit in small batches. The final result may not be as smooth as it would in a blender.
Thee average food processor comes with a chopping blade, different size bowls dough hook, slicing and grating discs. Some come with a blending jug which is good for making smoothies or baby food.
If you plan to make juice with a food processor, you will need to purchase a mesh strainer(see image on Amazon). The capacity of the appliance is the USP here with the average model holding 4L.
- Fine mesh for straining sauces
- Sturdy stainless steel double rod construction
- Soft, wide handle absorbs pressure from hands
This is good enough to meal prep for a family of 4. Food processors are quite easy to clean because of their large width. All parts besides the motor are safe to use in a dishwasher.
Magic bullet Vs Food Processor
Blenders like the Magic Bullet is built to handle liquids much better than a food processor. It’s easy to pour out the liquid and you can drink straight from the holder that you use to make your smoothie.
I wouldn’t say that the Magic Bullet is the best choice to make butter and bread, it is robust enough to grind up nuts, vegetables, and other smoothie ingredients.
Food processors are best suited for labor-intensive tasks, like kneading the dough. Food processors have big mixing bowls, making it easy to add in multiple ingredients at the same time.
There are a few tasks where one appliance can do a better job than the other. While mixers like the Magic Bullet have become efficient and affordable, they still cannot do much more than blending.
A high-end one can crush ice, make butter or ice cream in conjunction with blending but your average magic bullet cannot compete with the number of functions a food processor can do.
Last Words on Food Processor vs Magic Bullet
A few years ago, you would have had to buy different appliances for each function but that’s not the case anymore. You can see high-end food-processors with extra attachments that can help them blend, chop and grind better.
So what appliance is right for you- a magic bullet vs food processor? A blender is a good option if you prepare a lot of liquids such as smoothies and soups while a food processor is ideal to prepare large solid and dense quantities of food.
If you have a large family who cooks a lot, you may need both. If you want to purchase only one appliance, you can go for a specialized food processor that has enough tools to blend liquids as well.
Agnes is a kitchen and cooking enthusiast as well as a fitness fanatic. She loves to help readers upgrade and furnish their kitchen with the best available products! She is the primary writer behind SmartKitchenImprovement.com and hopes to share little tidbits of knowledge she’s picked up over her years as a mom and wife.