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Cooking is something I really enjoy.  I think it comes from my love of eating!  I cook every single day, and there are some kitchen tools that I use all of the time.  One of those tools is a stick blender (also called an immersion blender).  This snazzy tool turns any container into a blender.  

Why I love it:

  1. It does the job.
  2. It is small so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.
  3. It is dishwasher safe (all the parts except for the motor).  And since it is small, it also doesn’t take up a lot of space in my dishwasher.
  4. It makes cooking simpler.
  5. Using it usually means less dirty dishes.

So, how exactly do I use my stick blender?  Over the last few days I have taken pictures every time I used it so you could see some different applications for the blender.

Making banana bread.  I put all of the bananas in my Pyrex measuring cup, puree them with the blender, and then see how much banana I have.  As you can see, I was kind of pushing the limits of how much my pyrex container could hold! (this was enough for four banana bread recipes!)

pureeing bananas

Since bananas are not greasy, I just rinsed the blender under some running water and put it back in the drawer!rinse off

Making pudding.  My kids really love pudding, and making it with the blender ensures that there are no lumps!  I also use my pyrex for this and after I blend it up I just pop the pyrex in the fridge to firm up!

pudding ingredients

make pudding

I use it in my pans while I am cooking.  I was making creamed kale and I pureed the kale (while it was boiling) right in the pan I cooked it in.

creamed kale

We love Mexican rice around here.  I puree the tomatoes for my rice right in the can!  Talk about convenient!  Just submerge the stick blender slowly so that the can’s contents don’t spill out.

can

puree in can

I use my stick blender for more than just these examples, but these are ways I used it in the last week.  Other uses are to whip my mashed potatoes (with the whisk attachment), get any lumps out of white sauces, puree soup bases right in the soup pot, etc..

If you’ve ever seen one of these tools and thought to yourself, “when would I ever need that?”  Now you know!  I also think it makes a great bridal shower gift, for newlyweds, or as a house warming gift.

 

4 Thoughts on “What To Do With a Stick Blender

  1. Melissa F. on August 1, 2015 at 1:54 am said:

    It’s wonderful for broccoli cheese soup since my kids won’t eat chunks of broccoli. I also snuck some canned carrots in there thanks to this handy tool. I’ve never thought about your other uses. So awesome!

    • Rachel on August 1, 2015 at 8:52 am said:

      Pureeing vegetables and hiding them in food is one of the only ways my kids eat vegetables willingly!! Thanks for checking out my blog!!

  2. Johanna on August 4, 2015 at 11:06 pm said:

    I haven’t had an actual blender for about 4 years & don’t really miss it, but I’d replace it tomorrow if my stick blender died. I’ve never used it right in a can, though. Great idea!

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