The Super Versatile Kitchen Tool That Helps Me Prep Veggie-Based Soups in a Snap

published Aug 23, 2023
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KitchenAid cordless immersion blender on the kitchen counter
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One thing about me is, I’m a lazy cook. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking; I certainly love the idea of it. I also love the idea of being healthy, which is why every time I go to Trader Joe’s, I stock up on as many veggies as I can carry back to the subway. After each grocery trip, the following week’s menu is all planned out with roasted butternut squash and asparagus, cherry tomato-based salads, pasta with lots of spinach, and other meals you might find under a Pinterest board named “Green Juice Girl.” But alas, I am not a true green juice girl, because by the time Trader Joe’s day rolls around again, I’m struggling to find a way to save my semi-rotted squash.

Then a few months ago, I saw a TikTok that changed my entire outlook. In the video, a woman spread a bunch of tomatoes out on a sheet pan, seasoned them, and let them bake in the oven. Then, she slid the tomatoes into a medium-sized sauce pan and blended them with cream on the stove, creating a delicious-looking bisque. Of course, she used an immersion blender, and this immediately convinced me that I needed one, too. Luckily, I got to try KitchenAid’s cordless hand blender shortly thereafter, and it’s everything I had hoped for.

What is the KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender?

This blender isn’t compact, per se, but if you’re short on kitchen space, it’s definitely a more space-saving option than a full-on Vitamix. It arrives in two parts: the motor body (aka the hand part) and the blending shaft. They lock together seamlessly, but you can disassemble them after use for easy storage. What’s so great about this hand blender, however, is its safety switch. I was initially worried that I would accidentally press the power button and make a mess, but the blender won’t turn on unless you have one finger on the power button in the front and the palm of your hand pressing against the safety switch in the back. What’s more, when you buy the blender from QVC, you also get a 3-cup pitcher, a charger, and a blade guard, which protects your pans and mixing bowls from scratches.

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No green juice for me, but lots of green soup.

Why I Love the KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender

Although this blender can be used to make the same types of foods that a regular blender can make (salsas, smoothies, purees, etc.), I’ve been using it to load up on my greens. I love blended soups in general, and thanks to this tool, I now make them at least once a week using ingredients that would’ve likely gone to waste otherwise. Green beans, mushrooms, and spinach are hard to salvage when they’re on the verge of turning squishy, but blend them up with your favorite seasonings and some broth, and you won’t even be able to tell that they weren’t fresh to begin with! And the process takes no time at all because the hand blender shreds everything faster than you can blink. Couple that with the fact that it’s cordless and charges in under 15 minutes, and you’ve got a highly versatile and efficient cooking tool.

If you already own a blender that you love, this product probably won’t be a necessary addition to your kitchen. But if you want a blender without the bulkiness that’ll help you make hearty stovetop meals come fall and beyond, I highly recommend this one. It’s safe, effective, and totally worth a try.

Buy: KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender, $89.99 (normally $99.99)