Blenders were an answered prayer when they were first created in 1992, later picking up pace in the market and gaining immense popularity for how many mundane kitchen tasks they made easier to perform. As with their popularity, many innovations came in the kitchen blender industry and soon enough normal countertop blenders expanded and evolved into different kinds of blenders suited for all kinds of consumers. One such branch of blenders was introduced in 1950 in Switzerland as long, sleek, and light devices which can be immersed inside a fitting jug and blend the material inside the jug. These blenders came to be known as immersion blenders and although they were introduced in the 1950s and were very popular even then, now they have been improved upon with better technology further making them easier to use.
So what is all the fuss about with immersion blenders, also known as hand blenders? What are they used for and why should they be purchased? Find out more by reading below.
What are hand blenders?
Hand blenders are the simplest blending devices you can find! All there is to them is a motor on top which powers the blending apparatus at the end of the blender’s long body that you immerse in a liquid; press a button to control the speed and the metal blades at the end of the shaft will start rotating and tear at and blend anything that comes in contact with them (viola! It’s that easy). Most hand blenders come with a power button and two to three blending controls and modes. You can blend at a couple of different speeds or in pulse mode. These buttons are placed right where you hold the blender from at the top for easy access. The handle of the blender’s long body is usually curved in so that you can grip it securely. You will need to move the blender up and down or side to side inside the food content to get it blend evenly and smoothly.
What are they used for?
The question instead should be: “what can’t you do with an immersion blender”! Immersion blenders have powerful, nimble motors which blend efficiently and at the speed of light! (in terms of cooking time, of course). They can hence be used for really anything; the array of choices include sauces, purees, blended vegetables, drinks such as milkshakes, cold and hot coffee, smoothies, etc., pesto, and so much more that you can think of.
Benefits of Immersion Blenders:
Immersion blenders are easy to use, quick at completing tasks, the best at blending to a smooth pulp, and most importantly, very easy to use. Holding them does not feel like much as they are extremely light and fit well with the curves of your palm. Hand blenders are also portable which means you can take them with you anywhere.
The only thing to keep in mind while purchasing a hand blender is that their jug size is smaller than countertop blenders. You could probably make a lot of puree or sauce inside them but while making drinks like smoothies, one run of the blender would give at most two servings.