Immersion blenders are among the most underrated gadgets in any kitchen. They're easy to use, super convenient, and can do serious work. Plus, they were cheap! So if you don't have one yet, it's probably time to buy one, and if you do have one but haven't used it in a while, this is your reminder that it's time to dust off your immersion blender and get cooking.
Immersion blenders are great for pureeing the soup.
To puree soup with an immersion blender, you'll need to bring the soup to a simmer first. This is because if you try to blend hot liquid without letting it cool down first, your immersion blender will splatter and potentially burn you.
You can also avoid splattering by holding the end of your immersion blender at an angle while blending (rather than directly over the pot). Then transfer your puree into serving bowls using a spoon or other utensil.
To clean your new hand blender:
- Run warm water through the motor until all food particles are gone, and rinse thoroughly with soap or cleaning solution if necessary;
- Dry off any remaining water by wiping down with a towel or paper towel;
- Store it in a dry place where it won't get dirty
Immersion blenders can blend smoothies, too.
If you are a smoothie fan, then consider an immersion blender. It's a handheld blender that can create thick, smooth drinks without transferring everything to another container or leaving any chunks behind.
- Cooked spinach, bananas, and frozen mango are great for this kind of smoothie. You can also add almond milk and ice cubes to make it more refreshing for the summer months.
- To use your immersion blender: Place all ingredients directly into the pitcher; fill with cold water until ingredients are submerged about halfway up the bowl.
They help create velvety purees.
- They help create velvety purees.
- Immersion blenders are great for making soup, but they can also be used to blend smoothies and other liquids. Because of their compact size, it's easy to toss them in your bag and bring them wherever you go. They are perfect for on-the-go blending if you're trying to watch what you eat or checking out new recipes online.
Immersion blenders are often cheaper than food processors. And they're even cheaper than hand blenders!
This is because immersion blenders work in a very different way from their blender and food processor cousins; they don't have to include motorized blades or other moving parts. This means they can be manufactured at a lower cost and sold at lower prices, sometimes significantly so.
Immersion blenders are a great way to make the most of your time in the kitchen. They're easy to store and use, they can blend smoothies, they help create velvety purees, and they're cheap.