Can I Use an Immersion Blender to Make Crushed Ice?

published Apr 21, 2011
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Q: Can you make margaritas with an immersion/stick blender? I don’t have a normal blender and if this is doable, I’d rather just use this instead of going out and buying one or borrowing.

Sent by Jenn

Editor: Jenn, we assume that you are asking this because you want to make frozen margaritas, with crushed ice. If so, then the answer is no, an immersion blender is going to have a hard time with ice. If you’re absolutely determined to try, then bang the ice up into small chunks in a plastic bag, and blend it only after you’ve added the margarita liquid. But be careful; this could destroy your stick blender blade or motor. (It would be better to try this in a food processor.)

On the other hand, why not try a margarita with no crushed ice? Here are two excellent recipes:

Readers, any thoughts?

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