Encouraging a kitchen novice to plunk down money on a gadget or appliance isn’t something I would do on a regular basis. One needs to get comfortable in the kitchen and figure out the foods they enjoy cooking or baking before really taking the plunge into expensive kitchen shopping. Nor would I ever recommend something when many of the people casually listening to this “What You Need” conversation are based in New York. Which just happens to be the city of tiny kitchens not built for extraneous appliances [except for my own].
But I do believe this is one piece of equipment that is worth the money and [small] space it occupies. Immersion blenders are one of the best multi-taskers in the kitchen. Depending on what model you choose, they can be very simple one blade items or more indulgent, attachment-fill purchases. I’m personally on the hunt for one myself and the more expensive but more flexible option is calling out to me.
How useful is this tool? Let me count the ways.
- Fancify a store or bakery-bought [or homemade!] dessert with homemade whipped cream made with the whisk attachment.
- Make a silky smooth soup out of roasted vegetables and liquid of your choice directly in the pot with the blade attachment.
- Do a quick, rough chop of vegetables for a stir-fry using the chopper.
- Make affordable dips using the blade attachment – hummus being my personal favorite.
- Quickly beat eggs for an omelet or frittata, a cake or muffins.
- If smoothies are your thing, make personal sized cups with the blade attachment and cup.
Basically, this can play as a substitute to a blender and food processor in smaller batch situations. Used directly on the stovetop, in a bowl, wherever it needs to go, it’s a convenient tool with a small amount of extra clean-up in comparison to other options. If you were to classify small kitchen appliances into human-like categories, I would say “playful, flexible, easy to take care of.” And in my opinion, those are three perfect words for cooks both big and small.