The Best Blenders & Food Processors That Chefs Use Every Day

While blenders are typically used for liquid-based recipes—think sauces, cashew creams, and soups—food processors are often used for everything from puréeing fruits to dicing vegetables. As someone who doesn’t have the best knife skills—and also starts…

While blenders are typically used for liquid-based recipes—think sauces, cashew creams, and soups—food processors are often used for everything from puréeing fruits to dicing vegetables. As someone who doesn’t have the best knife skills—and also starts hysterically crying whenever I chop an onion—I’ve found a food processor to be a total game changer. I mean, it’s saved me a lot of time (and, okay, tears). But if you’re looking for an appliance that can do double duty, there are models that have interchangeable blender and food processor attachments. That’s right, one device that can save you major money and space in your cabinet.

The two appliances might seem radically different in nature, but they’re both designed to save you a lot of time and legwork. So what’s it going to be? A blender, food processor, or combo appliance? And once you’ve made that decision, which model is actually worth adding to your cart? To help, I tapped a few professional chefs to share their thoughts. These pros rule any kitchen they step into, and if these appliances can streamline their cooking, they’re poised to become the workhorse of your own kitchen, too.

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How to Prevent Freezer Burn Once and For All

Freezers are magical appliances: They allow us to save homemade soups and sauces for months on end, keep ice cream frozen for our daily after-dinner sundaes, and store ice for cocktail parties (a must). As essential as it is to freeze leftovers and fro…

Freezers are magical appliances: They allow us to save homemade soups and sauces for months on end, keep ice cream frozen for our daily after-dinner sundaes, and store ice for cocktail parties (a must). As essential as it is to freeze leftovers and frozen pizzas for zippy suppers, freezers aren’t always our friends. In fact, they can sometimes be the foe—namely, when so-called “freezer burn” infiltrates our supply of frozen foods.

Let’s get one thing clear: Freezer-burned food is completely safe to eat. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “freezer burn is a food-quality issue, not a food safety issue.” The FDA notes that freezer burn often presents itself as “as grayish-brown leathery spots” on the food in question. So even though freezer burn doesn’t always look or taste quite right, it doesn’t mean your food is spoiled or otherwise harmful if consumed.

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There Are SO Many KitchenAid Stand Mixers—How Do I Choose?!

When my boyfriend of six years (now fiancé) proposed a little over a year ago, two thoughts kept running through my mind. The first, of course, was how excited I was to spend forever with the love of my life. And the second? That we needed to put a Kit…

When my boyfriend of six years (now fiancé) proposed a little over a year ago, two thoughts kept running through my mind. The first, of course, was how excited I was to spend forever with the love of my life. And the second? That we needed to put a KitchenAid stand mixer on our future wedding registry. I know it sounds silly, but I’ve been pining over it for years. You see, I loved to bake when I was in high school. I would regularly give my friends cookie cakes and other sweet treats—so much so I garnered a reputation for being our group’s resident baker. But when I went to college, I hung up my apron and have been looking to get back into baking ever since. (I know, even I’m surprised that I didn’t succumb to the sourdough trend in March 2020.)

With multiple speed ranges, a planetary rotation that hits every part of the mixing bowl, and a bunch of fun colors to choose from, KitchenAid’s stand mixer is sure to be the golden ticket to my confectionary future. Not only will it take some elbow grease out of the recipes I know and love—here’s looking at my precious cookie cakes—but it’ll also give me the confidence to try new ones, too. Of course, KitchenAid’s stand mixers aren't a one-type-fits-all situation, so which model is the best? To get to the bottom of it, I asked five professional bakers about their favorite KitchenAid stand mixer. Though each model has small nuances, their advice will hopefully help point you in the right direction.

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6 Induction-Friendly Cookware Sets (Including Some You Probably Already Own)

Induction stovetops were first introduced at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933, but didn’t really take off until the 1970s, and then again in the mid-2000s. While induction cooktops are still less popular than electric or gas ranges, they’ve slowly b…

Induction stovetops were first introduced at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1933, but didn’t really take off until the 1970s, and then again in the mid-2000s. While induction cooktops are still less popular than electric or gas ranges, they’ve slowly but surely gained popularity among home cooks. Unlike electric cooktops, induction cooktops contain copper coils below the stovetop surface, which creates a magnetic current that heats the pan directly. An electric stovetop works by heating the cooking surface and thus heating the pan. That makes them particularly attractive for cooks with children, since the range cools instantly, reducing the chance of burns on little diners.

Since induction cooking works off a magnetic current, your cookware base must be magnetic, too. This doesn’t mean that you need to buy induction-ready cookware; most likely, most of the pots and pans that you already own can be used for induction cooking. An easy way to tell if what you have will work is to stick a magnet, any magnet, to the bottom of a pot or pan; if it sticks, that’s a sign that your cookware is induction friendly! As a rule of thumb, stainless-steel, cast-iron, and non-stick have magnetic bases and can be used on induction stoves; copper and aluminum cookware without a magnetic base are not suitable for induction cooking.

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Moccamaster & KitchenAid Teamed Up for the Most Colorful Collaboration

Two of our favorite kitchen appliances—a KitchenAid stand mixer and a Moccamaster coffee maker—are now available in the exact same hue: Beetroot, a deep purple-red color that was named KitchenAid’s 2022 Color of the Year earlier this year. For the firs…

Two of our favorite kitchen appliances—a KitchenAid stand mixer and a Moccamaster coffee maker—are now available in the exact same hue: Beetroot, a deep purple-red color that was named KitchenAid’s 2022 Color of the Year earlier this year. For the first time ever, the two brands have joined forces to release matching countertop appliances in the rich purple hue. Do I already own a Moccamaster? Yes. And do I use my KitchenAid stand mixer on a weekly basis? Yes. Will either of those facts stop me from adding this rich purple hue to my online shopping cart? No.

“Much like the hidden vibrance of Beetroot, Moccamaster coffee brewers transform something that seems ordinary into an unexpected and delightful experience,” said Kathleen Bauer, CEO of Moccamaster USA, in a press release. “KitchenAid and Moccamaster both carry an enduring legacy and a reputation of quality—and both create new possibilities of exploration and experimentation in the kitchen.”

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How to Clean Your Keurig (Just In Case You Don’t)

When an appliance in your home is functioning as it’s intended, not many of us stop to perform the routine maintenance it needs, because um, hello? There’s a mile-long to do list for things that are a bit more urgent. Sometimes, though, all it takes is…

When an appliance in your home is functioning as it's intended, not many of us stop to perform the routine maintenance it needs, because um, hello? There's a mile-long to do list for things that are a bit more urgent. Sometimes, though, all it takes is a few minutes and a little exploration of the appliance's parts to discover that A. it's gunkier and funkier than you'd care to admit and B. it actually runs a whole lot better now that you cleaned it. Unfortunately, even the most automatic of appliances in our homes (yep, dishwashers, washing machines, ovens) all need routine cleaning to function properly.

This is especially true when it comes to your coffee maker, which you probably use at least once daily. As it turns out, Keurigs and drip coffee makers can get mineral build-up in their inner workings, not to mention harbor all sorts of harmful bacteria (yeah, gross), which will not only make your brew taste weird, but will also compromise the lifespan of the appliance (and your health!).

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After a Divorce, Who Gets the KitchenAid?

My KitchenAid is a symbol, a talisman. It’s cherry red, I say, but the official name is Empire Red, and it takes up a significant chunk of my kitchen counter’s limited space. I’ve kept it through my many moves (across the country twice, to Central Asia…

My KitchenAid is a symbol, a talisman. It’s cherry red, I say, but the official name is Empire Red, and it takes up a significant chunk of my kitchen counter’s limited space. I’ve kept it through my many moves (across the country twice, to Central Asia and back, up and down the East Coast a few times), through my periods of uncertain housing when I lived out of suitcases on someone’s couch, and through my descent from local baking legend to gluten-free grump.

It was a wedding gift. I’d grown up using my mom’s 8-quart white model for baking cookies for church fundraisers, dozens upon dozens of pies for family holidays and birthdays, and loaf after loaf of homemade bread. It was a workhorse—she replaced a bolt in the motor once, but it’s still going strong nearly 30 years of hard use later. Baking was my comfort zone, an escape in the chaos of my huge family, and a way I bridged the awkwardness of being the weird homeschooler when I went to college. Many things will be overlooked if you come bearing cookies, and so that’s how I made friends at first.

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These Super-Speedy Meals Come Together in One Countertop Appliance

We’ve teamed up with Brava to share speedy, delicious meal ideas using their sleek, high-tech kitchen appliance. Nope, it’s not an oven—the Brava uses the precision of light to cook food perfectly, every time, and features a nifty multi-zone functional…

We’ve teamed up with Brava to share speedy, delicious meal ideas using their sleek, high-tech kitchen appliance. Nope, it’s not an oven—the Brava uses the precision of light to cook food perfectly, every time, and features a nifty multi-zone functionality that lets you make a complete meal (from the protein to the veggies) all on one tray.


When I was 7 years old, I really wanted an Easy Bake oven. The commercials of jovial kids watching little pans roll on the conveyor belt under that light bulb to reveal the perfect bite-sized brownie made my tiny heart go pitter-patter. I gathered up my courage and asked my mom for one. She looked at me and sighed, “No. You’re already using the regular oven.” It’s true, I started cooking at 4 years old, but damn, I was disappointed. Twenty-odd years later, enter the Brava—here to make all my childhood (and adult!) hopes and dreams come true.

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This Vitamix Turns Food Scraps Into Compost—& My Garbage Never Smelled Better

I was reminded recently about my love for the Vitamix Food Cycler when I had to take out the garbage. What would have normally been a bag of dust bunnies from my robot vacuum, random receipts, and half-used tissues ended up being three bags (two of whi…

I was reminded recently about my love for the Vitamix Food Cycler when I had to take out the garbage. What would have normally been a bag of dust bunnies from my robot vacuum, random receipts, and half-used tissues ended up being three bags (two of which were leaking) filled with the aforementioned garbage as well as fruit cores, vegetable ends, chicken bones, and possibly banana peels (I couldn’t really tell). In a word: it was gross.

You see, the odor-absorbing carbon filters were past their prime and I couldn’t run a cycle without stinking up the kitchen. You bet I was immensely grateful for the mail carrier when new ones arrived a week later.

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5 Best Sous Vide Machines, According to Chefs Who Use Them Every Day

Sous vide, French for “under vacuum,” is basically cooking food in a hot water bath. This sounds fancier (and maybe a bit more unappetizing) than it really is, but rest assured that it’s quite easy and the results are guaranteed to be delicious.

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Sous vide, French for “under vacuum,” is basically cooking food in a hot water bath. This sounds fancier (and maybe a bit more unappetizing) than it really is, but rest assured that it’s quite easy and the results are guaranteed to be delicious.

Let’s say you just bought a beautiful brisket. It’s a tough cut of meat so you’d normally have to cook it in the oven at a low heat for hours on end. But this is a long, involved process, and one that we don’t have time for if we want to eat dinner at a normal hour. When you ditch the oven for a sous vide machine, you can cook at a lower temperature in the same time (or less), and still get delicious, juicy results without constantly checking on things. “The gentle, moist heat of sous vide is an excellent way to get tough, cartilaginous cuts of meat to break down into silky perfection,” says cookbook author Melissa Clark. It also works magic on more tender cuts of meat, seafood, chicken breast, eggs, vegetables—you name it.

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