I'll admit I initially wanted an immersion blender solely for the uni-tasking purpose of making pureed soups, as I was fed up with the messy, occasionally dangerous task of transferring hot soup to and from the counter top blender. But once I actually had it, I realized soups are only the beginning for this lightweight, easy-to-clean kitchen appliance.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.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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