Now I pull out the immersion blender whenever I want to whip cream, blend a smoothie, make hummus or puree applesauce. Tasks that once fell to a regular blender or food processor are nearly always easier with the immersion blender, which is small, light and more accessible than the bigger appliances in my kitchen. It is also much easier to clean, needing just a quick rinse and hand-washing of the blade or whisk attachment.
Despite its small size, the stick blender I own, the Cuisinart Smart Stick, is powerful enough to puree fibrous broccoli for soups and whiz through frozen fruit. I find myself reaching for it at least once a week — pretty good for an appliance I expected to be a uni-tasker.
Find it: Cuisinart Smart Stick, $38.77 on Amazon
Do you own an immersion blender? What do you use it for?
(Images: Anjali Prasertong)