It’s not difficult to learn how to use an immersion blender. But like much in life, it’s not as obvious as you might think.
I love my immersion blender. For those looking for a kitchen-oriented holiday or birthday gift, an immersion blender is a great choice. It’s practical, inexpensive, and easy-to-store. The immersion blender has lots of uses. I find more uses almost every week, especially when I’m feeling lazy.
Whether it’s beating a bunch of eggs or turning cooked pinto beans into refried, the immersion blender is a great help.
Of course, it’s no substitute for a stand mixer. You can’t mix dough in an immersion blender, and you can’t use it to cream large quantities of butter and sugar.
However, if you don’t have a lot of space, an immersion blender can be a perfectly acceptable substitute for a “regular” blender.
You can use the immersion blender stick without the tall cup that comes with the stick. But the cup is quite useful because it helps contain whatever you’re trying to blend. My immersion blender came with a plastic cup that I washed one too many times in the dishwasher and it cracked. Looking for a replacement, I stumbled on a much better alternative. Instead of a plastic cup, I bought one that is stainless steel. It’s indestructible, dishwasher-friendly and altogether better than the plastic one it replaced.
My friend Shay just used her immersion blender to make soup. When she got done, Shay realized that the directions that came with the blender hadn’t been of much help to her. The soup she made was too chunky.
For Shay and all the others who find (as I do) that manufacturers’ manuals and instructions sometimes don’t provide useful help, here is my take on what you need to know before using an immersion blender.
Hope it helps.