The immersion blender is a must-have for every kitchen, […]
The immersion blender is a must-have for every kitchen, residential and professional. Reach for this essential hand-tool to create the smoothest, creamiest soups, sauces, and so much more. The best immersion blenders offer versatility, easy clean-up, and the tool requires minimal storage space. Like many other kitchen tools, the immersion blender is available in a range of styles and sizes, but each one has the capability to help culinary professionals get the job done.
Immersion Blender Versus the Hand Mixer
In kitchens worldwide, the immersion blender has many names, from stick blender to wand blender and hand blender. Sometimes it’s referred to as a handheld blender and even a hand mixer. However, the term hand mixer can create confusion when sharing recipes. Because the terms blending and mixing often are used interchangeably, it’s important to remind home cooks that blending typically refers to liquefying or emulsifying ingredients into a smooth consistency. When blending, it’s generally the combining of solid with solid or solid(s) with a small amount of liquid. For example:
Solid with solid blending: Tomato sauce blends tomatoes, garlic, and spices.
Solid with liquid: Pico de Gallo blends tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice.
Mixing in terms of recipe directions usually means combining dry ingredients or solids by hand, as when mixing ground meat and ingredients for meatballs, but it also can include liquids as well. The food processor, a large spoon, whisk, and hand or stand mixer are the tools of choice for combining ingredients for doughs, meringue, and some batters. However, with today’s high-tech, well-designed immersion blenders, it’s possible to use the hand blender/stick/wand for more applications negating the need to grab the mixer or the food processor.
The Power of the Immersion Blender
The home kitchen immersion blender usually features a less powerful motor than one used in a commercial or restaurant kitchen. However, that doesn’t mean its place as the go-to handheld appliance is any less diminished. Kitchens of all sizes and functionality can reap the benefits from the inclusion of an immersion blender. While the immersion blenders available at Dean Supply are more heavy-duty and designed for frequent use, they still have much in common with their home-kitchen cousins. For example, the Waring Quik Stik can be used in a restaurant or at home. It’s designed with all-purpose blades to handle a variety of blending tasks, making it a great choice when streamlining the number of appliances needed daily. However, the Quik Stik 21" that’s also from Waring features a longer wand and variable speed motor to handle larger quantities, deeper pots, and more heavy-duty usage.
The true power of the immersion blender is its many benefits that can be enjoyed by cooks of all skill levels. These benefits include but are not limited to:
Versatility: use it for everything from blending soup to making mayonnaise
Easy clean-up: standard dish soap works like a charm
Needs only minimal storage space: not as bulky as other appliances
Cooking on a food truck or in a small kitchen? The sleek design of even the most heavy-duty immersion blender takes up less space than other small appliances, including the handheld mixer. It can be stored on a shelf or in a drawer, never overtaking valuable counter space and is easy to clean with back-to-back blends.