Immerse Yourself…In Soup

Immersion blendersImmerse yourself in soup.

It sounds like a kinky new bedroom trick for people who have an inflatable pool on hand. While it certainly could be, I am referring instead to the Immersion Blender, my favorite new toy for making soup.

Immersion blenders are hand-held blenders: sexy, lethal and highly effective at pureeing whatever you’ve got in the pot. Let’s start with their shape. A sleek and rounded handle a couple of inches long sits firmly in the palm of your hand. The business end is made up of very sharp blades, protected by a circle of metal. (Never touch the blades while they are in motion.)

To use an immersion blender you plug it in and insert it into your soup pot at an angle, making sure the head is fully submerged. You’ll want to use a pot with high sides, to avoid splatter. Once submerged, turn on the blender and begin to work through the soup, moving it gently across the pot as needed. This part always makes me feel very powerful. You can keep going until everything is smoothly bended, or stop half-way through, leaving your soup with a little more texture.

When you are done, turn off the blender and unplug it immediately from the wall to avoid accidental start up. Carefully remove the blade from the wand, and wash carefully.

Immersion blenders are much easier to store than large bowl blenders, and easier to pull out of a drawer and get set up. In addition to soup, you can use them to make smoothies, scramble eggs and even reconstitute peanut butter.

Good immersion blenders vary widely in cost, with price often depending on brand and number of attachments, like whisks and mini food processing bowls. Here are a couple that MiddleSexy likes:

Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender


Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments

Waring Commercial Quik Stik Immersion Blender with 2-Speed Blade

Let us know what you do with your Immersion Blender.

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