An immersion blender, also known as a stick blender, hand blender, or wand blender, is a kitchen blade grinder used to blend ingredients or purée food in the container in which they are being prepared.
Many of the foods I make and enjoy during the holidays and, really, all-year-round, require blending, whether it’s a sauce or a soup or a latte. That means I make very good use of my stick blender (AKA immersion blender) during this time of year, too. I think my stick blender is the best blender– I use it to make so many things. In fact, I’ve listed 7 reasons why they absolutely rock below.
7 Ways To Use An Immersion Blender
- You can blend soups and stews and sauces right in the pot and super quickly without having to transfer back and forth to a blender or food processor.
- You can avoid the inevitable blender explosion of fiery lava all over your hands and face because, inevitably, the blender knows the contents are too hot to handle and wants to get rid of it any way it can.
- Less clean-up — stick blenders are super easy to clean, as opposed to blenders and food processors (*blenders and food processors, please note that I still love you to pieces, but I’m trying to make a point here).
- You can totally make a Starbucks-quality latte at home using a stick blender and the microwave.
- See number 4 because it is that awesome of a reason.
- Stick blenders are light, easy to handle, and are super versatile.
If it needs to be pureed, whipped, emulsified, beaten or made into a smoothie or sauce, your stick blender can do the job.
Tips For How To Use an Immersion Blender
After making a lot of recipes with my immersion blender, I’ve learned several helpful tips to make your life easier. Here they are:
Avoid shallow liquids. The blender works best when it has enough liquid or sauce to move around and blend. The higher the volume of stuff to blend, the better.
Wash quickly. The attachments are super awesome and very easily cleaned right away, when everything washes off super easily and without trying to get into small crevices.
Move around slowly. I find it the most effective to slowly move the blender around the pot to get everything evenly pureed.
How to Use an Immersion Blender To Make Soups
Making soups is probably the number one thing I use my immersion blender for. Now that I have one, I refuse to add hot liquids into a kitchen blender because, in my experience, it just spells a recipe for disaster. Here are some tasty soups to try that were made to be blended with an immersion blender.
So, How To Make Cream of Tomato Soup?
The trick, I’ve found, is to use good, fresh tomatoes on the vine and good quality ingredients.
Starting with fresh tomatoes and taking the little bit of time to cook them down and release their flavors makes a BIG difference. You’ll be shocked at how flavorful some tomatoes and a few veggies can be when stewed together in a pot for about 20 minutes. Seriously.
Then, once all the fresh vegetables and herbs (tomatoes, red onion, carrot, garlic, and basil) are nice and tender, you blend them all up into a puree of liquid gold, otherwise known as this cream of fresh tomato soup recipe we’ve got right here. So yum.
If you happen to have an immersion blender to make the blending even easier, then life is all the better. If you don’t a kitchen blender will do the trick, but will need to be pureed in batches.
By this article, you now can know that hand blender or immersion blender is a star of the kitchen. So bring yourself an immersion blender and enjoy the cooking.