Immersion Hand Blender Recipes: Pureed Soups, Smoothies, and More
Immersion hand blenders are one of the most useful, versatile kitchen appliances out there. They are inexpensive, small, and easy to clean. Just about any kitchen will have a drawer or cabinet space that can accommodate one. Once you get one, you won't know what you did without it. Even if you don't use a regular blender very often, you'll still find so many uses for this little tool.
I've detailed just a few of the most popular uses for immersion blenders in this article. They include the following:
- Pureed soups.
- Shades, smoothies, and blended drinks.
- Baby food.
- Dressings and sauces.
- Desserts, Including fillings (i.e. pie filling)
Your immersion blender:
- Should be made of metal. Stay away from the plastic models.
- Should have a detachable blade piece. Stay away from the single piece models.
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Tips for Cooking with Immersion Hand Blenders
- Do your research before purchasing. I researched at least half a dozen different popular models before I decided to purchase the immersion blender on the right. Read reviews online and talk to family and friends who own them. I recommend the Cuisinart models.
- Always read the directions for the blender. As with any appliance, you should read the directions in full before you start using your new blender.
- Use a large mixing container for your dish. Keep in mind that the blender will raise the level of the food or liquid. Make sure that your bowl or other container has enough space to accommodate it.
- Double check the recipe directions. Most immersion blender directions within recipes are very similar and very straight forward. However, sometimes recipes have designated blending times and/or specific tips for how to use the blender to achieve a certain texture, consistency, etc.
The primary reason that I wanted to purchase an immersion blender is for making pureed soups. The idea of transferring piping hot soup to a blender or food processor in batches always sounded dangerous, messy, and time consuming. An immersion blender eliminates all of that. It is ideal for any soup that requires vegetables that you want chopped finely, such as broccoli or asparagus, or for soups that you want to be smooth and creamy, such as tomato or butternut squash.
For a larger dip recipe that requires a long processing time, you may decide that a food processor still makes more sense than the immersion blender. However, if you have a small amount of dip that can be pureed in a couple minutes or less, an immersion blender is perfect.
Shakes, Smoothies, and Blended Drinks
Many immersion blenders come with a plastic or metal cup that is the perfect size for a single serving smoothie. If you make a lot of smoothies for breakfast, lunch, or snacks, this is an easy option.
Immersion blenders have to be the easiest way to make your own baby food. They are much simpler to use and clean than food processors, regular blenders, or food mills. Get in the habit of washing your blender blade after every use so it's ready to go when you want to whip up the next little batch of something. If you have time, consider making larger batches sometimes that you can freeze.
How to Prepare and Store Baby Food
Dressings and Sauces
Dressings and sauces are great for immersion blenders when you're making small amount. You can see the cup that came with my Cuisinart model and how well it works for a little batch of pesto.
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Desserts, Including Fillings (i.e. Pie Filling)
There are a number of pie fillings and desserts, such as puddings and custards, that will come together easily with an immersion blender.
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