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!