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Easy To Use Hand Held Blender From Cuisinart
The Hand Held Blender I Always Wanted
I've always wanted a Smart Stick Hand Blender, so when I saw it at a garage sale, I scooped it up!
I love it!
I have a blender.
I have a mixer.
I have a lot of hand held manually operated tools.
Nothing I have can do the things I want as easily as this tool.
Let me show you!
Note: Unless otherwise noted, photos in this lens are my own.
This looks just like the one I picked up at the garage sale! - I paid only $15 dollars
The couple was moving to France. They could take a limited number of items with them. The lady of the house hated to give this up. I don't blame her. It is the best thing I ever found at a garage sale.
This is three tools in one.
The blender is good for pureeing soups, making milk shakes, and a lot more.
The wire whisk is great for making meringues, beating eggs, or making pudding.
The chopper can mince garlic and onions, chop up herbs, or chop nuts.
Features I like about the Cuisinart Hand Blenders:
Easy to use
Easy to clean
Great for making soup. Soup is a great easy to fix meal.
Quickly and easily chops nuts.
No tears when mincing onions. The juices are contained inside the chopper bowl.
Comes in different colors. I like a choice. It makes me enjoy cooking more.
It is made well. This is not a chintzy fad tool. It really works and it holds up to the rigors of my kitchen.
Mason Jars; Useful Accessory for your Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender
Your Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender may have come with a beaker. Mine didn't. So I used a deep sided measuring cup to mix up my blends.
Even if you have a beaker that came with your blender, you might find having an extra one or two helpful.
Wide mouth canning jars, what I refer to as Mason Jars, work great. The blade portion of the blender fits easily through the opening, and then you can use the jars lid to seal it up.
This cup is great for making milk shakes, puddings, or cocktails.
I have used this cup to make Brandy Alexanders with Ice Cream. Put in a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a shot of each cream de cocoa brandy. Serve in martini glasses and put this container on the bar for your guests to refill their own.
Make Soup With The Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender - The perfect tool for a great creamy soup!
Granny's Soup With Cuisinart Hand Blender - Making Soup Granny's Way
When I make my soup, I pour half of the soup into a large measuring cup. A mason jar would work great for this also. I do this for two reasons.
- I have teflon coated pans and I do not want to scratch them.
- I like my soups to have a bit more consistency than a totally pureed soup would give.
When using the blender, I found that you need to make sure you have it totally immersed in the pan or it will get a bit messy. This is another reason to use a deep sided bowl or pan.
The head of the hand blender will suck onto the bottom of the pan. So if you think you can hold it above the pan and not scratch it, then good luck!
Tip for making stews: Pull out about a cup of the potatoes and vegetables from the stew you are making. Then drain the water from the stew pot. (This water will make a nice broth. You can freeze it for later use.) Puree the cup of potatoes and vegetables that were removed. Now pour this pureed mixture back into the pot with the stew. This will give it a healthy delicious gravy without the need for flour or cornstarch.
Whip Egg Whites With Your Cuisinart Hand Blender - In this photo I am whipping egg whites to go into some tapioca pudding I am making
I used to use my stand mixer for this job. The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender With Whisk is easier to handle and does a fantastic job.
I made some Fluffy Tapioca. The recipe is on the back of the Kraft Minute Tapioca box. To make fluffy tapioca, you need to whip egg whites and fold them into the pudding.
I love this pudding, but never liked the labor involved. Making the pudding without the whipped eggs is not the same. The pudding comes out dense and uninteresting. This Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender With Whisk
is the answer. So easy, I'll be making this tapioca pudding more often.
Granny's Granola and the Cuisinart Smart Stick Chopper Attachment - Chopped Nuts
Many things can be chopped using the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender With Chopper Attachment. Chopping nuts is one of them.
Here I am putting some pecans in the bowl. Almonds, which are a harder nut, can also be chopped with this attachment. I put both of these ingredients into my Granny's Healthy Home-made Granola.
- Put the blade in first.
- Add the nuts.
- Put on the top with the handle.
- Pulse it until the nuts are chopped to your liking.
Hand Blenders vs Stand Blenders and Mixers? - What do you think?
I love my kitchen tools. Anything to make my job in the kitchen fun, easy, and as efficient as possible.
How about you?
Hand Blenders? Stand Blenders? Or do you have another option you prefer?
I Love Aprons!
Don't forget to put on your apron. Aprons will not only protect you clothes from splatters, but they can add a dash of panache to your style.
This beautiful apron will keep any accidental splatters off of your nice clothes.
Unless otherwise noted, photos in this lens were taken by me, June Nash
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Have you used the Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender? What are your favorite appliances in the kitchen?