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Hand Held Immersion Blender

Hi,

I'm thinking about asking for one of these for Christmas - because I love soup and a lot of recipes like the ones I have for Carrot Soup and for Tomato Basil soup call for blending or pureeing the soup and using a regular blender is frankly a pain. Question is, I'm kind of overwhelmed by the choices so I was wondering - which one is the best for the money?

And if you wouldn't mind sharing some of your favorite recipes that would need something like that, I'd love that as well!

Thanks!

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tisiphone
Nov. 11th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
You can spend a lot on these. The best one I've had is the $14 Rival model, which you can probably buy anywhere.
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, I went to Amazon and was pretty overwhelmed with all the choices. Thanks for your suggestion, I'll check that one out!
christophine
Nov. 11th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
I currently have a 3-speed KitchenAid model, which came with various attachments, of which I adore and constantly use the mini food processor bit. The first couple I had were other brands, and were the immersion blender only. They both worked well, but for one thing. The long "stick" with the blender blades on the end was plastic, and after roughly a year or two of being immersed in hot soups to puree them, the plastic would crack around the blade and the blade would come out. So one of the biggest things I've learned is get one with a metal shaft, not plastic. The one I have now has a metal shaft. I've had it for about 8 years, and it's still going strong.

My absolute favorite recipe that needs pureeing is Turkey Mulligatawny Soup with Coriander. It has become a traditional post-Thanksgiving or post-Christmas dish in my family, when we have the turkey carcass left over to turn into turkey stock. It says to puree the soup in a blender in batches, but I just ignore that and attack with my immersion blender. Even my aunt who says she always notices fresh coriander in any dish and hates it with a passion loves this soup, and was mildly surprised to learn that it's in there.

Edited at 2012-11-11 12:32 pm (UTC)
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
OH thank you so much! That is excellent advice and exactly the kind I was looking for. I will keep that in mind when I'm deciding.

And thanks so much for the recipe, it looks delicious.
frayed_11
Nov. 11th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Mine cost £4 from Asda and works just as well as any other I've had hehe :)
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh good to know, thanks :D
obfuscate
Nov. 11th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
America's Test Kitchen rated the Kalorik Sunny Morning one as the best, and it's pretty cheap. I have a Cuisinart one that's served me well for for several years, which was also inexpensive.
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know that, I'll check that one out along with the Cuisinart one.
squid_ink
Nov. 11th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
love my Braun I've had it for 15 years. Dont remember what I paid for it but it was not too much because I'm cheap ;)
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that's a long time! Definitely sounds like that one is a winner. Thanks!
slobberpuppy
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
I have the KitchenAid 3-speed model that came with a whisk and chopping attachments and use it all of the time - it is a fantastic and versatile tool. Having the blending container makes it easy to whip up a smoothie for breakfast without making a mess.
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
That looks like a really nice one! Thanks so much for the link :D
cygninae
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
I had a fantastic one for many years, and eventually killed it. It's not available these days, so I make do with a cheap version because I adore making soups with them. But beware, the plastic on the cheaper ones aren't as sturdy. Though they still do the job well. I love sweet potato soups, parsnip soups, butternut soups, and potato and leek with cheese - I don't tend to have recipes because I chuck them together as I go though!
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, someone else mentioned that as well, I will definitely keep that in mind during my decision making process. And those all sound like great soups :D
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! These look fantastic!
brother_dour
Nov. 11th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
A couple of years ago I got a Hamilton Beach immersion blender as a Christmas gift. It came in a sturdy plastic case with a few different attachments and probably cost less than $50. I don't use just an absolute lot, but so far it has performed very well. My only complaint is its a bit loud, and kind of sounds like an...um...marital aid. A little bit too buzzy-sounding, if you know what I mean.

But I will never go back to an upright blender again. Immersion blenders require a bit more finesse, but they save sooo much counter space!
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
LOLLLL oh man, I read this to my husband and we had a good chuckle over this. Thanks for the heads up and the tip :D
weelisa
Nov. 11th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
I have to second the Braun recommendation. I got one ten years ago and it just won't give up. I won it so I don't know the cost. The heavy metal head means I can put it in virtually bubbling and boiled liquid and it doesn't have a problem (just don't splash yourself).

I don't have recipes for them (I mean, they're just vegetable, water to cover, low-sodium vegetable cube) but I use the stick for creamy thick and creamy (yet low fat) potato soup and pumpkin soup. When you puree the potatoes, they form a creamy base (so a potato or two can be used for thickening in other soup concoctions) - I personally like to leave some as chunks, though. I don't like it too smooth.
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation. I"m gonna check that one out for sure.

And thanks for all the cooking tips :D
erinmdmd
Nov. 11th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
I have a cuisinart immersion blender and it does a good job. I use it for soups and jams, mostly. Mine also has a small nut grinder, which saves me dragging out and cleaning the big food processor for a cup or two of nuts.
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Like the sound of that, b/c a lot of holiday recipes call for chopped nuts. Thanks for the tip!
little_e_
Nov. 11th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
I bought the cheapest one Target had. It feels kind of cheap, but it blends soup without trouble. :)
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
LOL sometimes the cheapest can turn out to be the best. Thanks!
cheekyassmonkey
Nov. 11th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
i've been happy with my cuisinart for years.
thrace_adams
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Good to know, thank you!
annetten
Nov. 12th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
l just got the Bamix, and this is far and away the very best blender I have ever laid hands on. It blends absolutely everything to a smooth pure without complaints, is great at mayonaisse and will even chop meat (I haven´t tried that, but the manufacturer claims it will). You can get a ton of different eqiupment for it as well, so you can end up with a very versatile tool. It makes very little noise and won´t do that annoying thing where it sucks itself down and sticks to the bottom of the pot (my previous blender did this - that was a Braun, and while that was a perfectly OK blender in every way this is something different). It´s kind of expensive, though.
thrace_adams
Nov. 12th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Just checked that one out and it looks AMAZING - yeah a bit pricey but what can you do. Thanks so much for your suggestion. It's definitely on my list of possibles :D
evildamsel
Nov. 12th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
My favorite thing to do with an immersion blender is to fill a suitable glass with berries [I like strawberries or raspberries], add some sugar to taste, maybe vanilla if I'm feeling ambitious, milk till it covers the berries and then buzz until I get a pseudo shake. So good.
thrace_adams
Nov. 12th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
That sound DELICIOUS and exactly like something my kid would love. Thanks for the suggestion!
xalle
Nov. 14th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm just sharing my tuppence worth but I would say, don't bother with one. A FAR better investment in my opinion is a liquidiser. It can be used for far more, does the job far, FAR faster and you aren't hit with the whole "splashing" issue and it IS an issue. Most folks end up having to cover pots with tea towels. I've had two. The first was a cheapy £15, it was crap. The next (which I still have) was £25 and hasn't been out of the cupboard in years.
thrace_adams
Nov. 15th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh a liquidiser...I've never heard of that. I'll give that a look too. Thank you!
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