Thursday, November 12, 2015

Embrace Your Immersion Blender

Do you have an immersion blender?  Do you put it in a drawer and forget about it?  Do you bring it out every so often and think "why don't I use this more often?"

I do all of those things.  Even though I know the fabulousness of my immersion blender, I somehow never use it!

I bought my immersion blender originally because I needed to stir up crêpe batter at school when I made crêpes for an event.  This was a yearly event, so I knew it would be really useful for that.  And it was.

And on a rare occasion, I will pull it out and use it for pancake batter.

This summer, when I was making spaghetti sauce, I used it to puree the vegetables and I remembered how awesome this device really is!

The last time I went to France, within an hour of arriving, our host was using her immersion blender to throw together a soup for our starving bodies.  While I was there that time, I noticed a lot of mention of immersion blenders and soups "veloutées" which always makes me think "velvety".

Tonight, I whipped up a potato soup out of the blue and I knew just the thing to make it all work!  I boiled potatoes while I was sauteeing my one leek from the garden and an onion that I didn't know was still in my garden.

Sadly, these potatoes were not homegrown.

When the potatoes were soft, I drained them and threw them back in the pot with the onions and leek, some milk, some butter and some chicken broth.  I stuck that immersion blender in there and within a couple of minutes, I had  my own "veloutée".

I was really happy with the texture and the taste.  I'm not the most wild fan of potatoes, especially mashed, but this was just soooooo good.  And one leek was enough for what I was doing.

My immersion blender, as I'm sure most do, comes right apart and the blending part can go into the dishwasher.  I always resolve to use it more often when I do use it, and now that I realized how easy and delicious this soup was, I might be reaching for it a little more often!  There's really no excuse other than it's not out in the open or in a drawer I reach for all the time, so I don't think about it.

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  1. I've always wanted to get one of I think I should!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  2. Oh thanks for inspiring me to use the one in the back of my cabinet!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    We hope to see you again!


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