It wasn't until I owned an immersion blender that I realized how truly versatile and convenient they are. Not only do they take up very little space, but they're also a breeze to clean and have so many smart uses.
Kristin ditched her regular blender in favor of an immersion blender and hasn't looked back since. I totally understand way.
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Whether you have an immersion blender that just gets used for one or two things, or you've been considering getting one, it's helpful to know all the ways this compact tool comes in handy in the kitchen.
1. Making Smoothies and Milkshakes
Whether you're after a creamy milkshake for dessert or a fruit-filled smoothie for breakfast, the immersion blender was made for whipping up frothy beverages. And it's plenty powerful to tackle ice cubes and frozen fruit.
2. Beating Eggs
Making scrambled eggs, omelets, or frittatas? Reach for the immersion blender when it's time to beat the eggs. Yes, it's fast and easy, but blending — as opposed to whisking or beating with a fork — ensures the yolks and whites are uniformly combined. You'll be rewarded with fluffy eggs, every time.
3. Blending Pancake Batter
Mix up batter for classic buttermilk pancakes or an indulgent Dutch baby pancake with the immersion blender and never worry about streaks of flour lurking behind.
4. Puréeing Soup
If you've ever puréed hot soup by transferring it to a blender, you know just what an ordeal (and potential disaster) it can be. There's no need to ever do it again. Puréeing hot soup just may be the immersion blender's true calling.
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5. Making Whipped Cream
No need to drag out the stand mixer, and definitely no need to break a sweat — the immersion blender will leave you with a homemade batch of whipped cream in a matter of minutes.
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6. Whipping up Homemade Mayonnaise
With three ingredients, five minutes, and an immersion blender, homemade mayo doesn't seem intimidating at all.
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7. Making Pesto Sauce
All you need is a quick whirl of the immersion blender to transform a big handful of leafy green or fresh herbs, olive oil, nuts, and Parmesan into the perfect sauce for your pasta.
8. Mixing Salad Dressing
With the help of the immersion blender, making your own salad dressing just got a whole lot faster.
9. Blending Hummus
If you don't have a food processor or standard blender, immersion blenders are a convenient way to whip up a quick batch of hummus from scratch.
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10. Puréeing Tomato Sauce
Sometimes chunky tomato sauce hits the spot. But for all those other times when you want something a little bit more smooth, a quick whirl of the immersion blender through the pot will do the trick.
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How else do you use your immersion blender? Any other smart ideas we didn't mention?
(Image credits: Kristin Appenbrink)