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Immersion Blender

Immersion Blender

The handheld or immersion blender is a very handy tool for quickly blending small-batch condiments such as raw sauces or salad dressings. While it can’t handle hard ingredients like ice or nuts, it works fine for small amounts of softer ingredients such as seeds, ginger root, garlic, cooked beans or roasted red peppers. It is also the best tool around for blending or pureeing hot soups after cooking. While it’s possible to can use a regular blender for either of these jobs, it’s challenging to make small batches in the large blender vessel and to transfer hot soup from the pan to the blender and back to the pot. You have to work carefully to avoid steam burns when blending anything hot.

How to use it

To use the immersion wand, snap the blender wand into the motor piece, submerge it in the ingredients or liquids you wish to blend and press and hold the power button to blend. Most models come with a handy cup with measurement marks for mixing small batches, so add your dressing ingredients right to the cup to blend. When blending a soup, keep the blade head completely submerged while you work to avoid hot splashes. Move the wand gently around the pan until the soup reaches desired consistency.

Tips

  • If you can’t get very small amounts of ingredients in the cup to blend well, try doubling the amounts or adding more liquid – the wand works best when the blade head is completely submerged.
  • If you need to blend a small batch of soup, tip the contents to the side of the pan to deepen the liquid level or transfer contents to a smaller bowl to blend.
  • To thicken thin soups or stews, try blending a small amount of cooked beans with some of the hot soup stock in the immersion cup, and then stir it back into the soup pot.

Where to find it

Immersion blenders either come with a rechargeable battery pack or a corded power motor. Thought the battery-charged models are very convenient – you can use them anywhere in the kitchen without the need for a plug – they tend to wear out more quickly than the corded models, and if the unit isn’t charged when you need it, you won’t be able to use it. If you have an outlet near your stove and working counter, I recommend buying a model with the cord.

  • Cuisinart CSB-75 Smart Stick 2-Speed 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender  (about $35 on Amazon, multiple colors, comes with mixing beaker and has 2 blending speeds)
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