Immersion blenders, better known as hand blenders have been in existence since early 1950s. During those days, these blenders were only available to the restaurants and food joints. It has just been 20 years that this marvelous kitchen tool has been available for home use. These blenders are relatively easier to use and are cleaner as compared to the counter-top blenders. Many of these hand held blenders come with additional attachments like vegetable choppers and whisks.
Pureeing Of Soups and Sauces:
If small pieces of soft, cooked vegetables are to be blended into the soups, it can prove to be a really tough task. In such cases, the entire soup cannot be transferred to the standard blender and has to be separated in batches. This makes the entire process quite muddled. If a hand blender is used, then the soup is not required to be transferred and the pureeing of the soups or sauces can be done in the kitchen utensil itself. To do so, the blades of the blender have to be completely submerged into the soup and after turning on the power, the blender has to be moved through the entire soup with a stirring motion of the hands.
Frothing milk using a hand blender is pretty similar to what has to be done for pureeing soups or sauces. The only difference in the case of milk frothing is that unlike the vegetables in the soup, there are no forms of solid food items that need to be grinded down. In this case, the blender is used for the aeration of the milk in order to provide the milk a light and airy quality. For getting milk to froth properly, it is important that before the milk is aerated with the blender, it has to be heated till it almost boils.
Using a hand blender to create smoothies made of fruits and yoghurt is simpler and quicker as compared to the standard blender and they are also generally easy to clean up after completion of the work. For making a smoothie while using a hand blender, you should make sure that all the ingredients are placed in a tall and fairly wide glass. Do not fill the glass completely; as doing so will result in the contents spilling out while blending. Filling the glass till roughly two-thirds of its height should be sufficient. Finally, before turning on the power, the blades of the blenders should be such that the ends of the blades stay submerged.