Cusinart Immersion Blender- When to Use Instead of Food Processor or KitchenAid or Blender?
I just received the Cuisinart Immersion Blender (with the whisk and chopper attachments). I'm smitten, but I've now got a kitchen with blender, food processor, KitchenAid, hand-held beaters, and whisks 'aplenty. I'm trying to pare down (or at least move some applicances out of an overcrowded kitchen to somewhere less accessible) and figure out what to use when- any suggestions? What do people find most useful on a daily basis, etc?
Also, the blade on the chopper attachment comes with a sharp and a dull side. The manual is supposed to give suggestions on which to use for different foods, but it doesn't, so again, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I use the immersion blender for smaller jobs like making soups or sauces when I want to puree only a portion to thicken it. It can't really handle anything too heavy (mashed potatoes were a big mistake). Generally it's great for smaller jobs.
I've taken dessert to friends' houses for potluck on several occasions, and when I want to top whatever I've brought with fresh whipped cream, I pack both the cream and my IB with the wisk attachment along with the dessert (I rely on my host for sugar/vanilla/brandy).
I don't use my whisk attachment - I don't know if I'm holding it wrong or what, but it splatters more than my handheld mixer with whisk.
I use the chopper ALL THE TIME. I only use my food processor if I'm making a large batch of something. The chopper is easier to clean and the blade pops out so you can scrape the bowl without having to maneuver around a center column (like in my food processor bowl). I've managed to fit ingredients for a 1-crust pie dough in the chopper so I don't have to drag out the food processor.
One-person smoothies - use the immersion blender. Anything that's hot in a pot that needs to be smooth is easier with the immersion blender. Lots of milkshakes, ice blended drinks, or cold soupy dishes, I'd use the blender.
If you're like me, you'll use your immersion blender and attachments more than anything else. Keep your Kitchenaid mixer handy for cookies, cakes, and bread. But I'd think you could move the handheld mixer, blender, and food processor to a "less-used" cabinet space.
I love my immersion blender and I use it for soups, mashed potatoes, whipped cream, etc. I find it really handy and easy to clean.