It’s more efficient to blend a potato and broccoli soup […]
It’s more efficient to blend a potato and broccoli soup while it simmers in the pot versus removing batches to cream in the traditional counter blender. It also saves time, which we know is important in any busy restaurant kitchen. However, beyond soup, the uses for the immersion blender are numerous.
Smoothies. Recipes utilizing the are diverse and include easy but delicious blends like a Mango-Coconut Smoothie. Courtesy of Waring, this recipe only needs 1/2 cup frozen mango and 3/4 cup cold coconut milk. The immersion blender combines the two ingredients to create a tasty, simple, and quick smoothie. Because the immersion blender cleans so quickly, it can be a better choice when making individual smoothies—effortlessly switch from the Mango-Coconut smoothie to a Peach-Raspberry with almond milk versus the coconut.
Whipped Cream. Need a large batch of whipped cream to top desserts, fruit, or beverages? In less than a minute, light and fluffy whipped cream can be made with your ingredients of choice and using the immersion blender instead of the whisk. We’ve found that a narrow but deep container works best and helps to minimize any splattering. Always use very cold cream and avoid over-blending as it will take on a more buttery texture versus the preferred fluff.
Sauces. There’s virtually no limit to the types of sauces that can be made using a handheld blender. Just a few that the right immersion blender makes quick work of include: Hollandaise, mayonnaise, alfredo, and any queso sauce—with or without hot peppers. Try dipping fresh baked pretzels in a cheese sauce blended with white cheddar and roasted poblano peppers. Don’t forget it’s also the perfect tool for making applesauce or coulis.
It’s a simple process to blend the ingredients for a marinara sauce that’s perfect to top everything from traditional mostaccioli to ravioli and gnocchi. Its ergonomic handle helps reduce fatigue and the heavy-duty motor and powerful blades smoothly blend ingredients.
Pestos. Instead of turning to the food processor, look to the immersion blender to create a range of taste-bud tempting pestos. From a basic pesto with fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, and olive oil to sundried tomato pesto, spinach pesto, and a spicy arugula pesto to top a grilled chicken sandwich, any variation easily comes together with the immersion blender. Tip: Avoid shallow dishes when blending the ingredients to eliminate messes.
Other uses for the immersion blender include:
Salsas of all varieties
Large batches of salad dressing
Waffle or pancake batter
Beating eggs for omelets, frittatas, and scrambles
The immersion blender may be the unsung workhorse of the kitchen. When shopping for the best immersion blenders, consider wand/stick size. If usage will mostly be in large or deep pots, opt for a longer wand/stick.