Since the day I bought my immersion blender, I have noticed much change in my cooking habits and lifestyle as a whole. With immersion blenders I have tried so many new recipes that take surprisingly little time and effort that I manage cooking fresh homemade food almost every single day. Lesser number of take outs and eat-outs naturally mean that I lead a healthy lifestyle as does everyone else who owns a blender. Also, since my kids don’t like eating most of the nutritious vegetables in their true form, I conceal them in delicious, creamy soups made by my immersion blender.
If you are a new user of a hand blender, here are some useful tips to enhance your experience with it and achieve the most benefit out of it:
1. Read the manual:
This seems like the most obvious thing to do before operating any new device but most people ignore it since they think they would figure out the operation as they use it. But there might be some major points mentioned in the instruction manual of the immersion blender which if ignored might be detrimental to the appliance or the dish you are making using it.
2. Blend in a tall pitcher:
Since an immersion blender does not blend the contents in an enclosed space as is the case when using a countertop blender, they can result in a lot of food splattering if not used in a tall pitcher. A container with high walls where the blades of the blender are completely immersed in liquid is best for blending food without creating a mess.
3. Motor should not be immersed:
Avoid immersing the shaft of the immersion blender too deep inside the mixture to be blended so that the motor part stays a safe distance away from the surface of the liquid. You will damage the motors if you bring it in contact with liquid and if the motor is damaged the appliance is rendered completely useless.
4. Cut the ingredients:
Generally speaking, immersion blenders have weaker motors as compared to most countertop blenders and food processors so you will have to be careful not to overwork the motors by blending large pieces of food. The blending job will be easier on the blades and on the motor if you cut the ingredients especially hard ones like frozen fruits into smaller pieces so that the blades are able to process them without much trouble.
5. Use the blending pitcher:
Most of the immersion blenders will include a tall blending pitcher with them which is the perfect utensil for making a few servings of smoothie or preparing small amount of sauces. The tall pitcher, sometimes available with a lid, will complete the task neatly and conveniently.
6. Remove bones:
Make sure that the mixture to be blended does not contain any pits, bones or any other hand substance which may break the blades or damage the motor housed inside the blender. If the mixture to be blended includes fish or chicken, remove all the bones from it before immersing your blender in it.
7. Be creative:
Your hand blender is a very versatile tool and can assist in numerous creative dishes. You will find countless recipes online for soups, sauces, smoothies and many more dishes you can make using a few simple ingredients and this inexpensive appliance. You can even creative your own customized recipes and find out how it turns out. The most important thing is you need to enjoy using the appliance. That’s the only way you can make the most out of it.
If used intelligently, an immersion blender is a very helpful cooking tool assisting you with countless interesting dishes from soups, smoothies, to desserts, sauces, pancake batter and much more.