What is an immersion blender?
An immersion blender, also known as a hand blender or stick blender, is a kitchen appliance that is used for blending and pureeing ingredients. It consists of a handheld motor unit with a rotating blade at the bottom, which is immersed directly into the food that needs blending.
Choose the right pot
Before you start blending, choose the right pot for making soup. A tall, narrow pot will help keep the ingredients inside and prevent any splattering when blending. A wide pot will not be able to contain the ingredients and may lead to a mess in the kitchen. You can also use a Dutch oven, which has a wide base and tall sides, making it perfect for soup-making.
Prep your ingredients
Prepare your ingredients before immersion blending. Cut the vegetables or meat into smaller chunks to facilitate blending. Make sure that all ingredients are cooked well and are soft. Also, make sure to remove any skin from the vegetables before blending.
Blend the soup with the immersion blender
Immerse the blender directly into the soup and switch on the motor. Move the blender up and down in the pot until the soup is blended and smooth. It might take a few minutes to get all the ingredients blended together, depending on the quantity and size of the dish.
Clean the immersion blender
After blending is done, switch off the blender and remove it from the pot. Rinse the blender under cold water and then clean it with a bit of dish soap and water. Do not forget to remove the blade and clean it properly to maintain the appliance’s hygiene and life span.