Sunday, October 26, 2008

Immersion Blender

I'm finding excuses to use my new immersion blender. I originally bought it to make my own homemade mayonnaise. I used a hand mixer the first time I made it and I had to stand at the kitchen counter for eternity to get the consistency I wanted. The immersion blender did it, and did a better job too, in 45 seconds! The day after I got it I made Crock Pot Applesauce. The blender turned it into a silky dessert.

Today I am making chili in the slow cooker. I had a bag of frozen tomatoes from my mother-in-law's garden but I also had a huge tomato on the counter--the last of this year's tomatoes from my own plant. I didn't have any plans to use it and it was just sitting there threatening to rot. So I got the idea I'd use it in the chili. After blanching and peeling it I chopped it into chunks and put it in my 4 cup glass measuring cup.

I put the blades all the way at the bottom of the cup then angled them slightly to allow the chunks to get under them. The whole process took less than a minute!

That huge tomato made just over 2 cups of puree which I promptly poured into the slow cooker.

I'd recommend an immersion blenderto every cook I know. This is one of the most versatile tools I've had in the kitchen in a long time. It's about as useful as a full set of kitchen knives but it's faster!


  1. For sure one of the greatest thing to have around the kitchen. Ours is a Farberware brand with 2 speeds. I love it, fast and easy.


  2. Hi Amy, i love my hand blender too! I make squash soup and use the immersion blender to silken the whole concoction up and it is all done in the same pot the soup was cooked in! So easy and convenient...

  3. You're just like a kid with a new toy! LOL I love to use mine when I make my Smoky Chipotle Black Bean and Veggie Soup.

  4. You've sold me! I'm definitely going to be buying one. Thanks for the tip! :) Tammy

  5. Me too! I also need to get one of those kitchenaid mixers.

  6. Chris, Amen!

    Mare, now you've given me another idea! It would be so easy to puree squash of any sort with this blender. Oooooooh!

    Susan, yes I am a kid with a new toy! I'm looking for more things to puree...

    Tammy, be sure to post about what you make with it!

    Don, I only lug out our KitchenAid when I'm making a lot of cookie dough or a really large amount of batter. I am reluctant to use it because of the cleanup that follows. I wish they would have designed an easier way to access the bowl when the beater is tipped up. I always get my hands covered in batter when I try to add ingredients! Grrrrr!!!

  7. Okay- you've convinced me Amy. I'm spending the rest of my birthday money on one of these!!


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