If you are looking for gift ideas to give to a loved one or to put on your wish list, an immersion blender is something worth considering. Until I purchased this one several months ago (with the help of Kohl’s cash), I had never used an immersion blender. That means I’m really not an expert on using it. I had read about people using them for things like butternut squash soup, but their usefulness seemed pretty limited. Still I was interested. Then when I was looking for one to purchase, I found this Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments. I thought the mini chopper enhanced the usefulness of the tool, and I was right.
I’m still limited in my use of the immersion blender. It can probably be used in ways I haven’t tried, but what I have used it for it is very good at. I have really enjoyed making butternut squash soup this fall, and I can’t believe how fast the immersion blender turns it into a smooth soup without ever having to transfer hot liquid to and from my blender.
The whisk attachment which came with this blender is handy, but not my favorite choice for a whisk. I can also attach a whisk to my hand mixer, and that is my preference because the mixer has different speed settings. The hand blender is either on or off. That’s it. And it’s pretty fast for a whisk. We’ve had more than one mess to clean up from stuff being flung out of the bowl and spattered around my kitchen! If you do use the whisk, make sure you use a deep bowl, and monitor the kids while they use it. J
The mini chopper attachment is very handy. It’s size is perfect for chopping an onion, a couple of carrots or some nuts. I find that if I leave it out on my counter, I use it pretty frequently. If I put it away, I tend to forget about it and out of habit use a knife and cutting board. If getting uniform pieces of onion is important in your recipe, use a knife; if it doesn’t matter, the chopper sure is quick. I also like the fact that the bowl is small so it doesn’t take up much space in my dishwasher or on the counter.
If you are only interested in the immersion blender, there are plenty to be found without the other attachments. For me, the mini chopper made this particular purchase worth while. I love the immersion blender, but since I don’t use it frequently, I feel that the whole thing is more useful combined with the chopper.
I’m interested in finding more ways to use my immersion blender. If you own one, what do you use it for?