What is an Immersion Blender?

An immersion blender is one of the greatest things to be designed for a kitchen since sliced bread. Well maybe not that far back, but an immersion blender is a must-have kitchen tool for any home cook that does more than make sandwiches and open canned food.

Convenience

No more lading or pouring hot foods into the container of a counter top blender, an immersion blender blends the soups, sauces and other hot mixtures tight in the cooking pot. No burns, no drips, no spills and only one container to wash. And since immersion blenders have a detachable base unit, they are easy to clean. One immersion blender can do the work of a counter top blender, mixer and food processor. The handheld tool takes up less room and is easier to clean than it’s older appliance cousins too.

Uses

This handheld blender has almost as much power as a standing counter top model, so it can take on the thickest concoctions you can cook up. Use an immersion blender to emulsify dressings, blend smoothies, purée soups, sauces and turns whole, cooked tomatoes into homemade tomato sauce in seconds. Blending gives foods a creamy texture and consistency without added fat, so this is a must-have kitchen tool for anyone trying to cook heart healthy recipes and lighten up dishes. The velvety smooth food textures left behind by an immersion blender will make you forget about the missing fat and calories.

No manual to read before using this kitchen tool, you immerse it into whatever chunky food you want to be smoothed, and then turn it on. It’s small and easy to maneuver while using, so you can get every lump out or every drop whipped. Use this handheld blender in a large stock pot or in a small glass, in either size container the tool will do an excellent job at pureeing.

What to Look for

Make it an electric one, first of all. Cordless model offer even more convenience, but lack the power to take on the tougher blender tasks. Look for a light-weight model with the electric cord positioned away from the business end of the blender. Attachments are also nice to have and most immersion blenders come with a whisk and plastic beaker for blending small food portions.

Cheap and colorful, it’s easy to find an immersion blender for under $20 that will ‘blend’ well with your kitchen décor.

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