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Immersion Hand Blender Recipes: Pureed Soups, Smoothies, and More

Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

Click on the source link for the recipe for this White Christmas Soup.  The instructions suggest using a food processor, but it will be so much easier to use an immersion blender.

Click on the source link for the recipe for this White Christmas Soup. The instructions suggest using a food processor, but it will be so much easier to use an immersion blender.

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My Cuisinart immersion blender with its plastic cup.

My Cuisinart immersion blender with its plastic cup.

Immersion hand blenders are one of the most useful, versatile kitchen appliances out there. They are inexpensive, small, and easy to clean. Just about any kitchen will have a drawer or cabinet space that can accommodate one. Once you get one, you won't know what you did without it. Even if you don't use a regular blender very often, you'll still find so many uses for this little tool.

I've detailed just a few of the most popular uses for immersion blenders in this article. They include the following:

  • Pureed soups.
  • Dips.
  • Shades, smoothies, and blended drinks.
  • Baby food.
  • Dressings and sauces.
  • Desserts, Including fillings (i.e. pie filling)
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Your immersion blender:

  • Should be made of metal. Stay away from the plastic models.
  • Should have a detachable blade piece. Stay away from the single piece models.

Great Immersion Blender Resources

Tips for Cooking with Immersion Hand Blenders

  • Do your research before purchasing. I researched at least half a dozen different popular models before I decided to purchase the immersion blender on the right. Read reviews online and talk to family and friends who own them. I recommend the Cuisinart models.
  • Always read the directions for the blender. As with any appliance, you should read the directions in full before you start using your new blender.
  • Use a large mixing container for your dish. Keep in mind that the blender will raise the level of the food or liquid. Make sure that your bowl or other container has enough space to accommodate it.
  • Double check the recipe directions. Most immersion blender directions within recipes are very similar and very straight forward. However, sometimes recipes have designated blending times and/or specific tips for how to use the blender to achieve a certain texture, consistency, etc.
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Soup is always better with a little cheese on top, right?

Soup is always better with a little cheese on top, right?

Pureed Soups

The primary reason that I wanted to purchase an immersion blender is for making pureed soups. The idea of transferring piping hot soup to a blender or food processor in batches always sounded dangerous, messy, and time consuming. An immersion blender eliminates all of that. It is ideal for any soup that requires vegetables that you want chopped finely, such as broccoli or asparagus, or for soups that you want to be smooth and creamy, such as tomato or butternut squash.

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Dips

For a larger dip recipe that requires a long processing time, you may decide that a food processor still makes more sense than the immersion blender. However, if you have a small amount of dip that can be pureed in a couple minutes or less, an immersion blender is perfect.

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Shakes, Smoothies, and Blended Drinks

Many immersion blenders come with a plastic or metal cup that is the perfect size for a single serving smoothie. If you make a lot of smoothies for breakfast, lunch, or snacks, this is an easy option.

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Cube, steam, and freeze various foods that you can puree later for your baby.

Cube, steam, and freeze various foods that you can puree later for your baby.

Baby Food

Immersion blenders have to be the easiest way to make your own baby food. They are much simpler to use and clean than food processors, regular blenders, or food mills. Get in the habit of washing your blender blade after every use so it's ready to go when you want to whip up the next little batch of something. If you have time, consider making larger batches sometimes that you can freeze.

How to Prepare and Store Baby Food

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Dressings and Sauces

Dressings and sauces are great for immersion blenders when you're making small amount. You can see the cup that came with my Cuisinart model and how well it works for a little batch of pesto.

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Desserts, Including Fillings (i.e. Pie Filling)

There are a number of pie fillings and desserts, such as puddings and custards, that will come together easily with an immersion blender.

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Cooking Tips: How to Use an Immersion Blender

More cooking resources from the author.

Comments

Taranwanderer on October 31, 2015:

Great hub (again). I dont have an immersion blender; I've been thinking about a ninja blender for some time now though - for kale and spinach smoothies.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 13, 2013:

Thanks, Audrey! Yep, many people call it a hand blender.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 12, 2013:

Such a useful hub! I love my hand blender--if that is the right term for it?

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 29, 2012:

You're very welcome, mvillecat!

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on August 29, 2012:

I've wanted one for a while. Thanks for the information. I voted up.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 29, 2012:

Thanks, Sharon! You should pick up another one. It makes soup recipes like that so much easier.

Vicki, I'd never heard of them until this past year. You should look into it. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 29, 2012:

I've actually never heard of an immersion blender. And they're so inexpensive. I might have to look into getting one. Great hub. Thanks!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on August 29, 2012:

I used to have an immersion blender and let a friend try it - never got it back. I really should get another one. I make cauliflower soup a lot and it's a pain to use the big blender. Great hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 29, 2012:

Yes, you'll definitely have to check out the immersion blender! They make certain types of blending tasks so much easier than regular blenders.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 29, 2012:

Interesting! I didn't even know these things existed. Wow! I'll have to look into this - I just used my blender this morning for a recipe. It does get a lot of use and cleaning it is a pain. Hmmm. Thanks for sharing this.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 25, 2012:

Thanks, Om! That's awesome. You should consider getting one! They aren't expensive.

Om Paramapoonya on July 25, 2012:

Nice hub! I actually have seen professional chefs use this type of blender pretty often on several cooking shows. I certainly want one!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 23, 2012:

Mhatter, yes, for sure! You're very welcome.

lezsayit, definitely!

lezsaysit from New York, NY on July 22, 2012:

I have to look into this!!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 22, 2012:

Every kitchen should have one of these. Thanks for your recipes

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 22, 2012:

You should definitely put this on your Christmas list! It would be perfect for your baby food for your little one.

Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on July 22, 2012:

I really need to put one of these on my Christmas list. I would love to start making my own baby food for our little one on the way. So thanks for the helpful links - I definitely will be checking all those out soon! Voted up and useful!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 22, 2012:

Christy, they really are very useful for so many different types of recipes. You should look into it!

morningglory, that's awesome. You're right about using it for sauces and tomato soup.

dwachira, yes, for sure! Thanks!

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on July 22, 2012:

I agree randomcreative, reading full directions of an appliance help to know the specific tasks that the product will be able to do and whether it matches your desired specifications. Voted up and useful.

morningglory24 on July 22, 2012:

I love my hand blender! I use it to make smoothies mostly without a huge mess. I think it would be great to create sauces and tomato soup in the wintertime.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 22, 2012:

These blenders sound very useful... I may have to get one when I see here what I could be creating!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 22, 2012:

You should definitely consider getting one, Terrye. They are amazing. Thanks!

That's awesome, Julie. :) Thanks!

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on July 22, 2012:

Hmm..I see a visit to Sears in my future :) love the recipes!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 22, 2012:

I have never owned an immersion blender, but I think I want one now. Great hub, random and some excellent ideas! VUM.