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My favorite appliance - a stick blender

Updated on June 17, 2013

I love this gadget the most! My Stick Blender

A blender stick can do just about everything your KitchenAid, Food Processor, blender, and drink mixer can do when you have smaller amounts. Stick an immersion stick blender into a pot of cooked vegetables and push the button. Zoom. You have a gorgeous pureed soup. Want to whip one egg white and the giant Kitchen Aid mixer and it can't cope with such a tiny amount? Zoom - One small egg white whipped to perfection with the stick blender's whip attachment.. Have a glass of powdered greens and need to mix it into water? Zoom. Mixed. Better than your hand held drink mixer. Need 1/2 cup of ground almonds and your food processor blades can't even find an almond to grind because there are so few in the bowl? Zap. My stick blender has them ground up in a jiffy.

I love this small gadget so much i could hug it. And I am going to tell you a lot of reasons you will love it too.

All photos on this page were taken by elynmac.

Stick blender, Immersion blender, Stick mixer, Hand blender - Yes, it goes by a lot of names, but it is the same thing, a wonderful time saving tool for cooks

If you like to cook, and have never tried one of these, you should think hard about getting one. Why?

Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments
Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments

Both of the top selling hand held immersion stick blenders at Amazon have issues that people write about. The Cuisinart one has a plastic part that strips easily. Some people have had real trouble with it. The KitchenAid had issues with the button you have to hold to make it work being too stiff, and the unit seeming more plastic-y than the former one. The KitchenAid on sale was about $20 more than the Cuisinart.

But I love my blender stick / immersion blender in China, which is great, and I needed one for my mother when I came home to the US, so I bought the Cuisinart.

 

The blender attachment makes a smooth soup or puree from a pan full of vegetables - This is a Chinese model that uses 220 volts that I use in my kitchen in Shan

use a stick blender to make soup
use a stick blender to make soup

I remember using a regular blender to blend up a pot of soup. One time my friend did this and the soup was too hot. Boom, the whole thing exploded all over his face and he was quite burnt. That is what happens if you use a regular blender. If you use a stick blender, the soup's steam can be released without blasting up the blender container and burning you. It just whirrs around quietly in the pot, making a smooth and tasty soup with no exploding properties.

This is a photo of me making squash soup. It is so easy. Just cook and blend.

This makes a very tasty soup in as long a time as it takes to cook potatoes.

  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • Cook for 15 minutes in a pot of boiling water:
  • 4 yukon gold potatoes
  • Add the following and cook for 5 more minutes
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • Several cloves of garlic
  • or garlic powder to taste
  • When the vegetables are cooked
  • remove from the stove and let cool briefly then add
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • a pinch of thyme and basil
  • Blend with the immersion stick blender until smooth
  • then add a little cream.
  • Serve it up! It's delicious with grilled cheese sandwiches!

Instructions

Cast your vote for Zucchini and Potato Soup

Most people think of using a stick blender for crushed ice drinks - It's smart to use small ice cubes or already crushed ice...

a stick blender to mix drinks
a stick blender to mix drinks

Okay - being honest, there are a lot of complaints from people who have bought these that they won't do a good job of crushing ice, or that if they use it all the time for this task, it breaks the blender stick. If you are just looking for a machine to crush ice, I would recommend getting something else. They just don't seem to stand up to the task in the long term. But they are great at whizzing up a morning smoothie with fruit and protein powder, and can do it in a flash. They clean up so fast it is no bother at all.

This is what I have used it for in the past few days

  • Chop vegetables for the dogs' dinner
  • Grind almonds into powder for cookies
  • Whipping cream, and also whipping eggs and honey together for making cookies
  • Mixing my morning smoothie
  • Making breadcrumbs for frying up some zucchini
  • Making soup for dinner, as well as making potato and parsnip puree
  • I made a small amount of pesto a week ago with the chopper attachment too... so there is no end to what you can do!

The stick blender is wonderful for whipping a small amount of whipping cream

whipping cream with a stick blender
whipping cream with a stick blender

My big mixer can't cope with small amounts. It just doesn't work well. But my stick blender makes whipping 1/4 cup of cream a joy. This was the whipped cream we made for our dessert tonight.

Making babyfood is a dream - And so is chopping vegetables for the dog's food!

chopping vegetables using a stick blender
chopping vegetables using a stick blender

Our dogs love to eat vegetables, and we like to give them veggies in their dinner at night. The chopper attachment for my stick blender can take the leftover veggies from our dinner table and turn it into a pile of well chopped leftovers for the dogs to enjoy when they eat their meal for the evening. This is a picture of the swiss chard we chopped up in the blender this evening to make them happy.

Some other options - There are lots of stick blenders out there...

Miallegro 9090 Mitutto 550-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Professional-style
Miallegro 9090 Mitutto 550-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Professional-style

This one has a stronger motor if you need it for crushing ice...

 
KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender - Contour Silver
KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender - Contour Silver

This one has three speeds, and would be good for people who need to chop things into small pieces, not just a fine mince.

 

Do you have a stick blender? What kind? Are you happy with it?

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Donna Cook: I think you would really like it. I have stopped using my big appliances unless I am doing something in huge quantities. The stick blender does just about everything.

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Great lens! As Will Smith said, "I have got to get me one of these!"

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I love my stick blender, I don't have an ice cream maker, so it comes in handy for ice cream, and it's brilliant for pesto.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just peeking in to see my blessing was missing, I have found a lot that didn't hold in September for some reason and the last few days I'm checking my activity stream continually to make sure likes and blessings go through and have to work on it with 2 or 3 or more refreshes. My sister has a stick blender just like yours in the intro and keeps singing its praises. She has been putting peeled grapefruit in a malt cup and making a juice, even the seeds and its very helpful for her husbands soft diet after oral surgery. I just may get talked into getting one of these one day soon.

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      TamarWrites 4 years ago

      My mom and I were discussing buying one this week! I have not bought it ye.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have one but i would like to have one

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      I have a Cuisinart I picked up at a garage sale. I am very happy with it! I especially like it for pureeing soups.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great personal review and recommendation for a stick blender, I think you have us all wanting one and why use one of those bigger machines that a stick blender can replace for making smaller amounts. I like that you included the down side that they really are not made for crushing ice on a regular basis and will break down but with all the advantages, this is really not a problem...I like to melt my ice first anyway!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I have one but rarely use. I should get it out if I can find it after the move.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      These can come in so handy!

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      Phoenix2361 5 years ago

      I have one of these and it's the best kitchen gadget ever. I wouldn't be without it.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I have one but I can't remember the make. It is so useful!

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      tyrosine 5 years ago

      Cool! I wasn't the type tat frequent the kitchen much and today I learnt from you what is stick blender! :) Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow really handy!

      Thnx for this great tip

      Super lens!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I want to have this one as I only have a regular one right now. It is small enough to bring along wherever I go.

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      Gale 5 years ago from Texas

      I have one soup recipe that this would help with so much. Gonna think about this one.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I have the lovely Cuisinart Smart Stick blender, too, and I can't imagine how much time it has saved me over the years, especially in making soups.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Hmm! I have lots of ideas for this one. Thanks. Blessings.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I am wondering if it be good for fruit and veggie smoothies mmmm

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      squeedunk 5 years ago

      I used one of these guys, Philips I believe, for Protein shakes in the evening or morning while I was doing a workout routine. It worked great, and I didn't have to bother with the whole contraption of a blender. Really convenient option! I approve!

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      petelovestoread 5 years ago

      Its an incredibly underrated and under used kitchen gadget. I make hollandaise every Sunday at my restaurant for brunch with a stick blender. It saves time and comes out wonderfully. Great lens!

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      celebrationstat 5 years ago

      Don't have a stick blender YET, but planning to buy one for my hobby of soap making which is also a great use for the stick blender! :)

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I don't have one but after reading your lens and seeing how useful those are I'm going to buy one! Thanks for the lens!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      We have a VERY old one (at least 18 years) that we use to cream soups.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I have the kitchen aid stick blender and, like you, I love it!

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      barbiefashionistas 5 years ago

      I love my handheld blender. I use it often to make soups, smoothies or milkshakes. My friends and Ken love milkshakes.

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Yes i have and i am happy with it..

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      My mom has one and I used to use it all the time, but in the past 12 years, I haven't had one. I miss it.

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      neotony 5 years ago

      i have the cuisinart but these are some new ideas on how to use them.

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      Coffeebreak9am 5 years ago

      I was shopping for a gift the other day and saw them and was very interested in looking into them. I had no idea they were so useful. I think you have convinced me to make this my next tool for the kitchen! Thank you.

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      It's quite useful. Thanks for all the ideas!

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      TriciaLymeMom 5 years ago

      I just have a single attachment blender and I LOVE it. I use it every chance I get. Thanks for the ideas!

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      Sundaycoffee 5 years ago

      Have recently purchased a stick blender - it cost me about 25 dollars, and I have to admit that it's the best mixer / blender / chopper I've ever had. It works exactly how you describe it: zoom!, and it's done.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love my immersion blender. Used the little food processor attachment all the time for baby food, and the regular stick blender part for milkshakes, soups, and whipping cream.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite an excellent, useful tool for the kitchen! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I don't have one yet but it sounds like something I could put to good use! :>)

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      bwet 5 years ago

      nope, but your lens has finally convinced me to get one!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      I would sure like to own one now. Very informative lens!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      Yes. It's a delfino. I got my very first stick blender from my Dad who was super big on gadgets and now I can't live without one. I have never used it with ice but I certainly appreciate that you reported on the problems associated with that use.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Looks like a pretty handy tool. Wish I had one.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I don't have one but like to make smoothies and blend soup. It looks like it's a lot easier to clean than my blender. You sold me on it.