Food Science: Immersion Blenders
When I think of immersion blenders, I think of deliciously smooth butternut soup. These days, we see a lot of stationary blenders and I also at one stage associated pureed food with a food processor. There are so many wonderful ways an immersion blender can make life easier, if we just know how. I recently started experimenting more with my hand-held blender and I love the results and the convenience.
Why should I get an immersion blender?
If you compare the price of a good immersion blender with the price of a high-quality food processor, the results might be shocking. It’s relatively easy to find a decent immersion blender for an affordable price.
We all can do with a little more space with all the gadgets in our kitchens. An immersion blender does not require a lot of space and will literally fit into any space.
Easy to clean
Sometimes I think twice about using my food processor because of the cleaning I’d have to do when I’m done. This is why I opt for the immersion blender more because it is so much easier to clean.
What are the best suited uses for a handheld blender?
There are so many uses for an immersion blender and a lot of delicious dishes you can create. Like I said, it is very handy when making a delicious soup. When you use a stationary blender, you only have so much space to work with, which means you have to puree in small quantities. With an immersion blender, you can puree big batches and do it directly in the pot you cooked the ingredients. Can I hear a Amen for less dishes to clean up? Here are some other ways to use your immersion blender.
Batter (Especially pancake batter)
Sauces (Cheese, Hollandaise, Tomato)
Speed and Power
You can find immersion blender with a 2 speed up to a 10 speed. A high quality blender with a 600 watts motor can basically do everything a food processor can and more. If you are on a budget and do not plan to invest in high-quality kitchen equipment yet, there are some great 200 watts blenders that gets the job done. You would have more success blending in high-sided dishes because of the high speed, there could be possible splatters. You do not want to be hit by hot soup.
How do I maintain the quality and performance?
Kitchen equipment costs a lot of money and it is important that we try and maintain it as best we can. There are some things you can do to help your immersion blender last longer.
When you are done with your blending, it is important that you clean your blender immediately. It is going to be a bit tricky if you leave it too long and then try to clean off some hardened bits. There are a lot of hard to reach places and you might not be able to get your hands in there. It’s best if you run it under some hot water and then clean it with some soaped water.
An immersion blender works best when used in bigger quantities of food. Make sure your blades are fully submerged in what you are blending. Do not use your blender in shallow dishes. Be careful not to submerge the motor body in any liquid during your blending process.
It is not always necessary to completely cool down your food before blending, but a 10-20 minutes cooldown is advised. This also gives the ingredients some time to soak together which increases the flavor of your dish.
It’s best to use the immersion blender in cookware that would not shatter and break. Stainless steel, aluminum and metal cookware is advisable to use. Some blenders are compatible with non-stick surfaces, but it’s best to check your instruction manual and make sure.
No hard ingredients
Be very careful and remove all bones and pits from your food before using your immersion blender. If not, you stand a chance of damaging your blades and the gearing.
I think every kitchen should have an immersion blender and every foodie should invest in one. The lifespan in these blenders are usually long because we do not use it every day. Many of these types of equipment are designed to be used in busy restaurants so it will usually last much longer in a home kitchen. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy the power of turning solids into liquids? It’s fun and can make for a tasty end result.