The Perfect Immersion Blender Substitute

What to Use If You Don't Have an Immersion Blender

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An immersion blender is a hand-held blender that looks a lot like a wand. It has a long drive shaft that can be submerged in liquids. Best know for pureeing soups, immersion blenders can be used to make dressings, salsas, whipped cream, and more. Immersion blenders are popular with cooks because they allow you to blend things without having to transfer them to another appliance or container, which saves you time and leaves you with fewer dishes to wash.

 If you don't have an immersion blender, not to worry. There are other appliances and techniques you can use to the same end. See below for suggested substitutes for a variety of popular recipes that call for an immersion blender. 

Substitutes for an Immersion Blender When Making Soups 

Soups are typically cooked on the stovetop in large stock pots or Dutch ovens. If you are making a smooth soup, such as tomato soup, split pea soup or a bisque, an immersion blender is an easy way to get the soup to the desired consistency. You can achieve the same result by ladling a few cups at a time into a blender or food processor and blending it there. Take care to work in small batches, especially if the soup is hot, so that it doesn't splatter or explode in the blender or food processor. You'll want to fill the well of the appliance no more than halfway. Depending on how smooth you want your soup, you may not want to puree the entire batch.

For example, some cooks prefer a pea soup that has some remaining full peas. The same process applies to other bean dishes, such as stews, that call for a smooth texture.

Substitutes for an Immersion Blender When Making Dressings and Salsas 

Making salad dressing, mayonnaise or salsa with an immersion blender can be quick and easy.

However, a food processor can be just as effective for salad dressings and mayonnaise. Instead of adding the various ingredients to a mixing bowl and inserting the blender, combine the ingredients in the food processor's bowl and pulse until the desired texture is reached. This is especially useful when adding the oil last, in a steady stream, to incorporate, which can be done through the food processor's feed tube. A food processor will also nicely blend humus and pesto. For salsas, simply chop the ingredients finely enough so that the desired texture is reached. Admittedly, this will result in a slightly chunkier salsa, but it will taste just as delicious.

Substitutes for an Immersion Blender When Mixing Eggs and Cream

Some cooks like to mix eggs and batters or whip cream with an immersion blender. While this can be convenient and easy, a hand mixer will suffice, and has the added bonus of whipping in a bit more air, resulting in a fluffier end product.

Substitutes for an Immersion Blender When Making Smoothies

Smoothies made from fruit, vegetables, yogurt, nuts and other ingredients are increasingly popular. Some immersion blenders come with close-fitting containers that make whipping up a smoothie a relatively easy task.

Using a blender instead will lead to equally satisfying results. 

As kitchen appliances go, immersion blenders are relatively inexpensive, costing anywhere from $15 to $150, with the majority selling for $30-$60. So depending on how often you cook recipes that call for an immersion blender, it might be worth purchasing one. But if you only need one a couple times a year, the above substitutions will be nearly as quick and easy and achieve desirable results. 

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