How to Use an Immersion Blender
Whether you want to blend, puree or roughly chop, an immersion blender is your one-stop shop. These 10 tips examine new uses for your immersion blender and tricks for getting the most out of this useful device.
By Nicole Doster, Digital Associate Editor
Blend Big Batches of Soup
With its ability to blend large portions in a single go, it's no surprise the immersion blender is a useful tool for making soup. Whipping up a pot of creamy cheddar corn potato chowder or zesty pico de gallo black bean soup? By working the immersion blender directly into the cooking pot, you'll avoid the mess and hassle of transferring soup little by little into a tabletop blender.
Make Single-Serving Smoothies
Immersion blenders are great for small portions, too. For a healthy morning boost, place your favorite frozen fruit and milk or yogurt into a large cup to make a smoothie. Less than a minute of blending makes the perfect a.m. treat, and cleanup is also quick. Note that most immersion blenders cannot crush whole ice cubes, so for extra frost, add crushed ice to the mix.
Simply Smooth Sauce
Rather than reaching for the store-bought sauce, consider making your own with an immersion blender. Puree fresh tomatoes or try a Mediterranean Chicken in Eggplant Sauce that starts with veggies simmering on the stovetop. When tender, the mix of vegetables is easy to puree right in the pot. The result is a smooth and delicious sauce.
Whip Up Garden Fresh Salsas
Immersion blenders make quick work of pulverizing peppers, onions, tomatoes and herbs. The blender's compact blade finely chops everything in its path, leaving behind fresh dips like Zesty Salsa Verde and Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa.
Hide Those Veggies
Trouble feeding picky eaters? Try chopping vegetables using your immersion blender. It will create a fine consistency that's easy to tuck into dishes like meatloaf or casserole. Your family will hardly notice the difference, but you'll know they're getting the benefits of eating better.
Simplify the way you make jam. Instead of mashing fruit by hand, crush berries using an immersion blender. It's super useful when using favorite fresh ingredients like strawberries, peaches or blackberries.
Food for the Little One
Make your own baby food by pureeing cooked fruits and vegetables. Infants will coo over dreamy carrot puree or homemade applesauce. The soft texture is easier for babies to swallow, and you'll know exactly what's going into your little one's meal.
Perfectly Emulsified Mayo
Making homemade mayonnaise can be tricky for even the most seasoned chefs. Luckily, immersion blenders emulsify egg yolk and olive oil with ease. Add a few ingredients to spice things up using this recipe for Roasted Tomato 'n' Garlic Mayonnaise.
Trade your whisk for an immersion blender when mixing pancake batter. You'll get the perfect consistency for fluffy pancakes in a fraction of the time. Try it out with Buttermilk Pancakes or these Pumpkin Pancakes with Sweet Apple Cider.
Create an on-the-spot pasta sauce with the flip of a switch. For this traditional pesto recipe, blend basil, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil. Make it your own with ingredients like spinach and walnuts, as seen in this Spinach-Basil Pesto. And once you've mastered the sauce, check out these homemade pasta recipes for the perfect pairing.