I find that there is a delicate balance in keeping your kitchen uncluttered, yet having adequate tools. I think our needs vary, depending on how and what we cook, so my favorite kitchen tool may not be as much use for some. But others may find this tool as much of a time saver as I do.
I didn’t want to clutter things up too much in my kitchen, so I kind of dragged my feet for a while in getting an immersion blender. Then we finally got an inexpensive one. It worked, at it’s best, okay, and so I was left with mixed feelings about it. Was it worth having?
That one broke fairly quickly (you get what you pay for!), and so for Christmas last year, my sweet husband bought me a nice Kitchen Aid Immersion Blender (I picked it out, of course *wink*). Wow! What a difference! This tool has far exceeded my expectations and I use it all the time. I just wish we hadn’t wasted money on a cheaper one. It truly has been a time and work saver.
The first big difference I noticed with the Kitchen Aid, compared to my cheaper one, is that it is much longer. This makes a big difference when trying to use it to puree a large pot of soup. Those short ones just don’t work very well.
It also seems a lot more powerful, and so is much more effective and fast. My cheap-o one was not very effective in blending, and there were several times, after trying my best to puree something, I ended up just sticking it in my blender after all. So much for a time saver! But not so with this one! I can puree a pot of soup in a minute!
Because it’s really not that large, I am able to easily store it in my kitchen utensil drawer, which I greatly appreciate. It’s also very easy to put together and clean.
My top use for it is pureeing soups. We love cream of vegetable soup, Fabio’s Creamless Creamy Squash Soup, and certain lentil soups which all need to be pureed. It always was such a chore to use my regular blender, especially if I was making a double batch! You have to make sure that there isn’t too much hot liquid in the blender, or it goes everywhere. You have to dirty another bowl to pour the puree into, and it can take a bit of time. Perhaps if I had a professional, larger blender this wouldn’t have been quite so time consuming, but with my standard size blender it wasn’t a task I looked forward too. Now I can simply stick my immersion blender straight into my pot of soup, and in a minute or two it’s done! It’s made me much more willing to make certain soups.
While the primary reason I bought it was for soups, I have found many other uses for it. Like making homemade mayonnaise, getting my coconut milk tonic smooth, blending chocolate into milk for hot chocolate, or for mixing the ingredients for chocolate pudding, to name a few.
For all of these reasons, I find that this kitchen tool has been a huge aid to me. You will notice that it is in my Amazon store on the side bar, as you can buy it from Amazon (get the red one, it’s much cheaper than the black one for some reason). I only put items in my Amazon store that I really recommend, and I highly recommend this one.
That’s what’s in my kitchen!
What about you? Do you use an immersion blender? Do you like the brand you have?