I mentioned that I use an immersion blender for Mexican Soup. After a few emails asking what an immersion blender is, I thought I would explain how I use it and show you the one I love. In short, an immersion blender is basically a blender on a stick. I don’t collect a lot of kitchen gadgets but the ones I have all serve a specific purpose.
An immersion blender is one of those tools that makes your work in the kitchen easier. It’s used to blend ingredients or purée food in the container in which it was prepared. It is incredibly helpful for soups, sauces, and smoothies. An immersion blender is sometimes referred to as a stick blender or hand blender.
The alternative to an immersion blender is transferring your soup (or sauce or smoothie) in batches to a blender to get a smooth consistency. While that method works, it’s messy and more time consuming. The immersion blender allows you to keep your product in the vessel in which it was prepared and blend all at once. Clean up is a breeze as the immersion blender is dishwasher safe.
The one I use is made by Cuisinart and called the Smart Stick. It has 2 speeds (high and low) for different blending tasks. The stick design is great for reaching into pots, pitchers, and bowls. It has a 200 watt motor which is fine for my purposes but there are immersion blenders on the market with stronger motors ranging from 200-600 watts.
I’m crazy about my immersion blender and think you will love it!
Find Immersion Blender here.