What Is An Immersion Blender And Do I Really Need One?

The first place I hit when entering a department store is the home section.  More specifically, the dining and kitchen area.
I love kitchen gadgets and especially ones that will make my life in the kitchen easier. And an immersion blender is one of those gadgets. If you have read any of my past articles you know I like easy.  Who says cooking and baking need to be hard? Not me! But what is an immersion blender and do I really need one?

What Is An Immersion Blender?

An immersion blender is also known as a hand or stick blender.  It can do almost anything a  full-size countertop blender can do. If you are like me with limited counter space, that full-size bulky blender is tucked away into a cupboard. Who wants to tug and pull that thing out when you can just reach into a drawer and pull out the handy dandy immersion blender? But wait, many models are able to be hung on the wall.  The immersion blender is not only portable and handheld but also easy to store.

what is an immersion blender

A wand-shaped handheld kitchen appliance with small blades on the end.  Just press the on button and the blades whir around like a regular blender. An immersion blender is easier to clean as well.  Just detach the blades. 

This little but mighty gadget makes it so much easier and safer to blend and puree hot soups. No need to pour that hot mixture into a blender and risk burning yourself. Just place the immersion blender right into your pot. Always make sure that the blender is immersed in the hot soup while blending. 

Worried about scratching your pot? It is safe to use with cookware that is compatible with metal utensils. However, there are many models that have plastic guards around the blades that will make them less likely to scratch your pot.

This is what Wikipedia says about immersion blenders.

Do I Really Need An Immersion Blender?

In one word, yes!.  It will make your experiences in the kitchen so much easier.  And fun! It does wonders for scrambled eggs.  Whips those eggs in a matter of seconds.  The result: light and fluffy scrambled eggs. Making pancake batter?  Gets those lumps out in no time.  

An immersion blender can handle small and large batch cooking.  Have you ever become frustrated when blending a small number of ingredients in a large countertop blender and the blades just don’t reach the contents?  You end up stopping frequently to scrape down the sides. With an immersion blender, you can blend in a smaller container making sure to get everything fully mixed. 

The biggest advantage of using an immersion blender is its ease of use. Hand-held, lightweight, and easy to maneuver. What’s not to like about this handy kitchen gadget? Just immerse it into a pot or bowl and press the on button.

No dragging out that bulky blender or mixer and the attachments needed. 

And clean-up is a snap!

This handy gadget is multi-tasking.  You can make whip cream, emulsify vinaigrettes, make mayonnaise, puree hot soup, smooth batters, whip eggs, fruit smoothies and so much more. Check out the video below:

Final Thoughts

An Immersion blender is a handy gadget to have in your kitchen.  It is not only portable but easy to use as well.  Just a matter of immersing the blender into your ingredients and pushing a button.  No tugging out that bulky and heavy full-size blender. 

The immersion blender is easier to clean.  Just remove the blades and wash.  There are many different models on the market.  Cordless or electric.  Many come with their own blending container as well.  They are easy to store.  No taking up counter space.  Just a matter of removing it from your kitchen drawer.  And some you can also hang on your wall.

They are safer to use when blending hot soup. No need to transfer that soup to your full-size blender and risk burning yourself.  Then having to transfer it back into either the pot or serving bowl.  Check out my potato soup recipe here.

This wonderful little appliance will take your culinary skills to another level and they are so fun to use. 

Do you have an immersion blender?  Like it yay or nay? Please leave me a comment below with your thoughts

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