If you don’t already own a hand immersion blender …you are really missing out! I wouldn’t call this my “most used” kitchen tool, but since cooking from scratch is obviously a requirement for eating real food this is quite possibly my “most practical” one. In fact, it’s one of the few kitchen tools I brought from home on our RV trip last summer – I honestly don’t know how I ever cooked (especially made soups) without it, and, for the price, you really get a lot for your money.
So, just for fun (read: this is not a sponsored post), here are the top 5 reasons I love my $35 hand immersion blender. And I’d love for you to chime in with your favorite uses in the comments below because I’m sure there are some I haven’t thought of, and it would be fun to try something new with it!
- Pureeing Homemade Soups
My first reason here alone is absolutely worth the purchase of a hand immersion blender. Gone are the days of transferring your freshly made hot soup in batches to your blender for pureeing. Not to mention the trouble if you have more soup than your blender will hold, requiring a third container, and then the safety issues of the steam popping the top off the blender when pureeing the hot soup – talk about a mess!
- Emulsifying Salad Dressings
Sure, you can shake up salad dressing in a jar to get it to mix together nicely, but let’s face it – nothing does as good of a job as a high-speed blender. And the hand-held version is the perfect size to make something like this very quick and easy without a lot of clean up! Plus I’ve found that dressings stay emulsified longer when they’re made this way, too.
- Small Batch Sauces (and other homemade goodies)
Sauces are not often made in huge portions so I love that you don’t have to get out (and clean) a big blender if you just need a little batch of homemade berry sauce or pesto or even whipped cream. Everyone could use a little batch of whipped cream on occasion. :)
- Easy Cleaning
I love how the bottom half of the handheld blender just pops right off and goes into the silverware compartment of the dishwasher while the cup fits in the top rack. Again, why mess with washing the parts of a big blender if you don’t have to?
- Small Price and Size
Many of us struggle with small budgets and little storage space in our kitchen. It’s safe to say this one is both affordable (especially when it comes to kitchen appliances) and takes up little room in the cupboards.
What other ways have you used your hand immersion blender?