Five of the best tips for how to use an immersion blender & deep clean one too. By the end of this post, you will have to confidence to able to whip up the most delicious sauces, dressings, and treats using your immersion blender.
My immersion blender has survived for the last five years of weekly use, four moves, and is still going strong. This blender and I have been through a lot together.
I am convinced this appliance will survive even longer than me. Yes, it’s that amazing. And yes I fully believe in the magicalness of this blender.
It makes me feel like a pro in the kitchen. Alright, alright, enough gushing over my favorite small kitchen appliance. Shhh, don’t tell my stand-up mixer and coffee maker. I love those guys too!
But first, a few questions that usually come up when asked about how to use an immersion blender.
What can an immersion blender be used for?
Immersion blenders are famous for how easily they blend up foods, especially soup. But the possibilities are endless! Here a few ideas listed below:
whipped cream (my personal favorite)
and so much more!
I love my immersion blender so much, that I will go out of my way to find awesome immersion blender recipes.
What are other terms used to describe an immersion blender?
An immersion blender can also be called: mini blender, hand blender, stick blender, wand blender, or smart stick (the one I have is called that).
Why use an immersion blender?
- First of all, it takes up a small footprint in our kitchen, Best Practical tips for a Minimalist Kitchen. We have a rather small kitchen by American standards. Thus, I don’t have space for a large blender. Plus, it we have can be taken apart into two pieces. Super compact.
- Second of all, this can be used on the stovetop. I regularly make soups and this blender is perfect for that purpose.
- Finally, in my humble option, an immersion blender is super easy to clean. It takes less than a minute to deep clean. For me cleaning is best if it can be done, quickly, and easy.
The immersion blender fits the bill for me! Have I convinced you that an immersion blender is awesome!?
Where and how to store it?
- I recommend keeping it in its own container. This allows the blades to be protected.
- For obvious reasons, I like to store it out of reach of children and pets.
- Finally, I wrap the cord around the handle so you protect the wire from getting into the blades.
Best tips for how to use an immersion blender:
1.Keep blades submerged in the liquid
One too many times I had kept the motor running but decided it was a good idea to lift the blender out. It was quite funny but also a bit messy. So make sure to stop the motor before you lift the blender out of whatever you are blending.
Caution, if blending hot items, make sure to keep the blender immersed in the item you are blending. I have made the mistake before too. It hurt a little. But I made it through and learned my lesson.
2.You need some liquid
You need to make sure that you have some liquid as you are blending. Most recipes have some type of liquid involved. This helps keep everything easy and smooth.
3.Do short bursts
If working on a soup, or whatever you are blending, do short bursts on the larger chunks of the food. Once the larger chunks are broken down. Then you can blend for longer amounts of time.
4.Use taller containers (if available)
You can use your blender in whatever container you have around for blending. But I recommend using a taller container, to avoid splashes.
However, I have used ours with different sizes, shapes, and materials: metal bowl, plastic bowl, and a Dutch oven. Never had any issues.
5.Don’t use ice or firm items in the immersion blender
This is the only downside I can see of an immersion blender. Don’t try and blend ice or super firm items. The blades are not meant for crushing ice. Thus, instead of having blended margaritas, opt for margaritas on the rocks.
How to avoid splashes?
As mentioned above, keep the blender blades submerged into whatever you are blending. That helps prevent splashes. Also using a high sided container helps as well.
Should you avoid using a glass container or non stick containers?
I have read that you should avoid using glass containers. Glass can shatter and you could get hurt. You should also avoid using no stick containers (or pans) because the blades can damage the non stick coating.
Should you avoid using ice?
As mentioned above, yes you should avoid using ice in the blender. It can damage the blades and we don’t want that.
How to clean an immersion blender?
You can read about how to deep clean an immersion blender in 1 minute(or less), HERE. It truly is simple and easy to do.
In conclusion, the immersion blender is such a wonderful kitchen tool to have. You can quickly and easily whip you some delicious sauces, smoothies, and so much more. It makes you look and feel like a professional in the kitchen.