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What is an Immersion Blender, and Why Do You Need One?

What is an Immersion Blender, and Why Do You Need One? image

An immersion blender is a key addition to any home looking to maximize efficiency in the kitchen and reduce clutter.

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An electric immersion blender (like the Mealthy HandBlend) appeals greatly to the aspiring cook with a tiny kitchen and no spare room for bulky gadgets. It also appeals to anyone looking to cut down clutter in their kitchen and make each appliance really count. A high-powered immersion blender can perform so many of the same functions that a high-powered blender performs - chopping, pureeing, and blending - but all in a portable, compact, handheld format. With a chopper, blender, and whisk attachment - the right immersion blender is really like three kitchen appliances in one.

What can I do with an immersion blender?

An immersion blender can perform a multitude of functions. The chopper attachment essentially performs like a mini food processor - chopping, pureeing, and blending small amounts of food that would get lost under the blades of a full-scale food processor or blender. Perfect for making pesto, salad dressings, chopping nuts, or making breadcrumbs. With the right immersion blender, you will never have to cry while chopping onions again!

The blender blade attachment is perfect for everything from making milkshakes, to pureeing piping hot soup, to making fresh, chemical-free, mayonnaise. You can use the included prep cup to make small batch recipes like mayonnaise, or use an immersion blender in any other larger vessel that you may be cooking in. No more burns from transferring your soup to a blender - blend your soup right in the pot! Finally - true one pot cooking!

Use the immersion blender's whisk attachment to mix up cookie doughs, cake batters, whipped cream, or almond milk warmed perfectly for your morning latte. You may find that your clunky stand mixer becomes completely unnecessary as you conveniently whip out your immersion blender to handle all of your whisking and mixing needs.

How does an immersion blender work?

Essentially, the an immersion blender turns any pot or mixing bowl into a small or large-scale blender. Simple submerge the blade in the substance being blended, and the high-speed motor creates a vigorous vortex in the vessel, forcing the food to circulate through the blender blades over and over again until smooth. Immersion blenders are designed to be comfortably used one-handed, leaving your other hand free to hold the bowl or pot steadily in place while you blend.

Use your immersion blender to puree a substance completely by holding down the blend button on your preferred speed. Or, pulse it to get a chunky consistency - like for a chunky vegetable soup. To do so, just press and release the blend button over and over until you’ve achieved the consistency for which you’re looking.

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What can I make with an immersion blender?

The most common use for an immersion blender is making pureed soups. In fact, the immersion blender was first invented for that very purpose! Hot soups cannot be blended in traditional blenders, because the pressure blows the lid right off. Trust me, we’ve been burned by trying to blend hot soups ourselves, both figuratively (because dinner ended up on the floor!) and literally (we still have the burn scars to show it!). Enter: the immersion blender. Take the lid off of your simmering pot of vegetables and broth, submerge the blender, and seconds later, your soup is fully pureed and ready to eat!


Other things we love using with the blender attachment include: smoothies, milkshakes, sauces, and fresh fruit jams.

Use the whisk attachment to whisk up perfectly frothy hot cocoa, to make the perfect homemade whipped cream, and so much more.

The chopper is perfect for making small amounts of salad dressing, pesto, chopping nuts, chopping herbs, the list goes on.

How do I clean an immersion blender?

The chopper, and blender and whisk attachments are removable and completely dishwasher-safe, making clean-up an absolute breeze. Look for an immersion blender that has attachments that are made completely of stainless steel, unlike other models that use plastic, so you can rest assured that they won’t warp when submitted to hot substances, or a hot dishwasher.

FAQ

Can I whisk eggs with my immersion blender?

You sure can. In fact, you can use either the blender attachment or the whisk attachment to accomplish this job. We love using the whisk attachment to whip tons of air into our eggs when making scrambled eggs for one (no need to add milk - the whisking makes them creamy!), and we love using the blender attachment to blend large quantities of eggs in just seconds when making a quiche or a large egg casserole. Check out our recipe for Whipped Scrambled Eggs.

How do I make Bulletproof® coffee?

We’re so glad you asked - we too have been getting our morning buzz from Bulletproof® coffee lately! To make it, pour 8 to 12 ounces of Bulletproof® approved coffee into the blender cup. Add 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons Brain Octane Oil, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons grass-fed ghee. Using the blender attachment, blend for about 30 seconds, or until it looks like a delicious, foamy latte. Enjoy!

How can I trick my kid into eating more vegetables?

Ah, the age old question. Well, we have good news - an immersion blender allows you to easily blend vegetables into your kid’s food! How, you ask? Here’s one great way - steam ½ pound of carrots until very tender. Add to the pot with your cheese sauce or marinara sauce. Use the blade attachment to blend until completely smooth. Toss the sauce with pasta. Your kid will never know the difference!

I want to make a big batch of frozen margaritas, more than can fit in the blender cup. What do I do?

Olé! Throw your ice, lime juice, tequila, cointreau, and whatever else you put into your secret Marg recipe into your biggest pitcher. Submerge the immersion blender fitted with blade attachment into the mixture and blend until it’s reached your desired consistency.