If you enjoy preparing soups and sauces that require you to stir the hot mixture, an immersion blender can be one of your best kitchen allies. Perhaps you’re one of those people who has made a resolution to never buy another seemingly useless kitchen gadget again no matter how tempting it may seem. However, if you don’t have one, you’re missing out on a lot of convenience. Your recipes might even be suffering.
No doubt, you are familiar with the traditional blender. To use it, you add the ingredients to the container, place it on the base, put on the lid and press the button. By contrast, the immersion blender does not have a container; instead, it is a simple stick with blades attached to one end and control buttons on the other. You don’t pour liquids into the immersion blender; you instead dip it into the soup, sauce or other liquid you want to mix and move it throughout the interior until you get the results you’re looking for. Immersion blenders are great if you are preparing quantities larger than what would fit into a traditional blender. They cut down on the need for multiple containers and prevent the chance of accidental spills of very hot liquids.
When looking for the best model, search for one that is powerful enough to mix thick liquids, meats and potatoes. More inexpensive options only work for drinks and smoothies. Once you try one of these handy gadgets, you won’t want to limit yourself to using it for liquids.