Can a Smoothie Maker Work as a Food Processor?
We have a Back to Basics Smoothie Elite smoothie maker sitting in the back of a cupboard unused. I never make smoothies, but I’m about fed up with my ancient blender and was wondering if the smoothie maker would work for processing food?
It’s supposed to be able to crush ice, so presumably it’s pretty heavy duty.
Will this smoothie maker process food?
Smoothie Maker Won’t Work
There are several reasons why this won’t work well for you:
- The base of a smoothie machine is too small, so food will not drop to the blades well
- A food processor doesn’t liquefy foods, but a smoothie machine does
- There is a spout on a smoothie machine that will clog with food
Even though the two machines seem like they could perform similar tasks, they are too different from each other to work interchangeably. That doesn’t mean you can never substitute the Smoothie Elite. For example, chopping chives or other small herbs would likely work well in either.
Part of the reason for thinking the Back to Basics machine might work is the ice example. But ice should only be added to a blender one cube at a time, and after a liquid base has been blended. Filling a smoothie maker with ice and trying to blend it won’t work well.
So, unfortunately, it looks like you need to replace that food processor.
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