Immersion blenders have long necks with blades at the bottom of the handle. This design allows for the blades to be completely submerged in any liquids allowing the blades to rapidly slice solids into liquids. Any quality immersion blender is ideal for soup and safe to use when the pot is still hot (with precautions).
These inexpensive must-have kitchen tools will turn your chunky stew into a hearty and flavorsome soup in a matter of minutes.
When using an immersion blender to make soup, you should never hold down the power button continuously because that wears out the motor. Instead, you should ‘pulse’ the motor every three to four seconds.
This will ensure that the motor does not get worn out and is a method to guarantee a the desired consistency that you want.
Today, I was able to teach my young nephew how to use an immersion blender. He found the noise it made when submerged very entertaining.
He also enjoyed wrapping the power cord around the handle of the blender. It took a while to convince him to pack up though.
In my experience at work and at home, I have been using immersion blenders almost daily for pasta sauces, soups and desserts. I can say that these blenders are a must-have for any kitchen regardless of your budget.
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How Do Immersion Blenders Work?
Well, these blenders work similar to other blenders you may find in your kitchen, whether it’s a food processer or a standing blender – the idea is that the designers have taken a sturdy, immobile set of blades and turned them into a more mobile set of blades.
As explained above, Immersion blenders have very long necks and the blades are powered by a button or buttons near the handle. This lengthy and mobile set of electric blades allow you to process all kinds of solids in your pot into a liquid. imagine submerging an immersion blender into a pot of stew, pulsing for two-three minutes and there you have your soup,
On many immersion blenders, the blades are detachable as is the neck. This is to allow people to clean the blades and use different sized blades or attachments like a whisker, to whip or blend things like creams, custards or sauces. By allowing you to detach the blade from the neck, it becomes far easier to wash and clean and can now fit into your dishwasher.
Traditionally, immersion blenders would not be able to be fitted into the dishwasher because they would have power cords attached to them and the motor would not tolerate being saturated in hot water for too long because it would rust.
Now that those design flaws have changed by allowing you to detach the blades AND the neck on these immersion blenders – the world is your oyster and only limited to your own imagination.
Can you use a Hand Mixer instead of an Immersion blender for soup? (Hand Mixer vs Immersion Blender)
No, You should not use a hand mixer to make soup.
Hand mixers are used to blend solids and liquids but are unable to process vegetables or meat which is why they are primarily used in baking and cold desserts.
How do hand mixers work?
You may have noticed that mixers are used by people in recipe videos to blend dry ingredients like flour, sugar etc.
Hand mixers have two long rods that connect to whiskers or “beaters”, these beaters are controlled by settings accessible by your hand on the handle.
These two rods work together using the rotating beaters to blend things. They rotate rather quickly and due to the design of the beaters they do not make a mess like you would assume – the process while quick is still gentle.
Unlike your immersion blender these hand mixers are clearly geared to light duties like baking and cold desserts – whilst these kitchen appliances are similar they have both separate uses.
You should be using your immersion blender for soup not for desserts and use your hand mixer for desserts and not soup.
What Should You Use Your Immersion Blender For?
Your immersion blender is best used for:
- Making that dreamy pasta or pesto sauce
- Making an omelet
- Mixing sauces or making salad dressing
- Mixing dessert ingredients or removing lumps from cake batters
This kitchen appliance is so easy to use that you can do all those things above one handed and the only thing to clean up afterwards is the bowl and the blades of the blender – not the entire thing!
Immersion blenders clearly have many uses probably because they are so compact and make anyone’s life in the kitchen that much easier- they are truly a must-have kitchen appliance.
These immersion blenders are also known as hand blenders, stick blenders but are really solid-to-liquid food processors and they can come into your kitchen for the low-low price of less than $70. This kitchen appliance will make you pureeing, mixing, emulsifying of food into a no effort process.
What are the Best Uses of an Immersion Blender (Methods)
Dreamy Pasta or Pesto Sauce
Pasta Sauce: Peel several tomato’s, slice mushrooms. Add stock of your choice into the Boil tomatoes and sliced mushrooms for 15 minutes. Salt to taste. Crush tomatoes with your stirring spoon. Add fresh garlic and your choice of herbs. Finally, use your immersion blender to combine all of the ingredients whilst the sauce is on a simmer.
Pesto Sauce: Blend the following – Three handfuls of basil, one teaspoon rock salt, two tablespoons of pine nuts. Valla, now you have your very own homemade pesto sauce.
Making your Omelets
Omelet: Blend the following- add your choice of finely chopped vegetables like chili’s, onion, potato, and mushrooms into a bowl of several eggs.
Any Sauce: Sauté your choice of fried vegetables like tomatoes or onions. Allow them to cool. Blend with vinegar then simmer until water is reduced.
How To Use An Immersion Blender to Puree Vegetables?
We can see the definition of puree means a smooth, creamy substance that is made from liquidized fruits or vegetables.
So in order to make a puree, we have to get the vegetables to be soft enough for the immersion blender into liquid. This is done usually by boiling or roasting these vegetables and then adding additional water.
So we know that any immersion blender is would be suitable for making a puree and also any soup that you imagination can think of.
The creaminess effect that comes from the use of an immersion blender on vegetables comes from the air that is whipped into the liquid through the blending process. This works even better with fatty liquids like milks, stocks, broths and creams. Since these liquids are capable of holding more air.
Do You Have Any More Questions About Using An Immersion Blender To Make Soup?
We took a look at using an immersion blender to make soup from multiple angles. This amazing kitchen appliance allows you to blend your food in the pot instead of having to change bowls, pots or other kitchen utensils. This allows you to serve meals straight from the pot onto the plate.
If you have any unanswered questions that aren’t covered by this post then feel free to hit me up.