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Pureeing Cauliflower

bxgirl Feb 22, 2010 09:44 AM

I usually use my food processor to puree cauliflower (to make "mashed potatoes") but my processor is not working. Can I use the immersion blender? I don't add alot of water to the pot, so I'm wondering (since I haven't used the immersion blender very much) if I need a lot of water to use the immersion blender?
Also, does the bottom of immersion stick actually touch the bottom of the pot, or kind of float around?

  1. junglekitte Feb 22, 2010 09:53 AM

    You can definitely use it. You don't need much water but you can add it as necessary to create the thickness you want.

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      nemo Feb 22, 2010 10:12 AM

      Just be careful to have the blades underneath the food. Otherwise, it will spray food all over the place! Tilt the pan to make it deeper.

      1. greygarious Feb 22, 2010 10:26 AM

        Do yourself a favor and chop the cauliflower up as finely as you can, either before or after cooking it. If you have a deeper, narrower container, it will be easier. The motor is not as strong as that of a processor or regular blender. If the immersion blender isn't doing the job too well, you might need to make it soupier and then reheat the puree to reduce it. The stick does touch the bottom of the container, although you can move it around and up and down as long as you keep the blades submerged.

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        1. re: greygarious
          jvanderh Feb 22, 2010 10:46 AM

          The motor on my immersion blender is stronger than on my food processor. If you're cooking them enough to make cauliflower mash, I don't think you'll have any trouble with burning out the motor-- I haven't.

        2. monavano Feb 22, 2010 10:28 AM

          Do you have a food mill?

          1. d
            Dcfoodblog Feb 22, 2010 11:01 AM

            It might be easier just to drain the cauliflower and use a fork or potato masher to mash the heck out of it. Of course the texture will be much coarser.

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            1. re: Dcfoodblog
              fourunder Feb 25, 2010 05:56 AM

              I with you on the potato masher.....the thought of using a food processor or immersion blender had never crossed my mind to try......seems to me pureed cauliflower wood be too much like baby food. I guess when I make the side dish, I must cook the vegetable more than most. I never find it coarse myself.

              1. re: Dcfoodblog
                AdinaA Apr 26, 2012 06:12 AM

                I really like the texture of cauliflower mashed with a potato masher (or fork)

              2. mcf Feb 22, 2010 11:55 AM

                Yes, it's the only way I've ever done it, to make fauxtatoes. I drain it really well, you don't need any water, it has so much of its own. I push the immersion blender from the top to the bottom repeatedly, stirring with pretty close to the bottom occasionally, too.

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                1. re: mcf
                  bushwickgirl Feb 22, 2010 12:01 PM

                  fauxtatoes, I love that.

                  1. re: bushwickgirl
                    mcf Feb 22, 2010 01:25 PM

                    Gotta give my husband something with his meatloaf. :-)

                2. ttoommyy Feb 22, 2010 12:17 PM

                  "Also, does the bottom of immersion stick actually touch the bottom of the pot, or kind of float around?"

                  Yes, the bottom of the immersion blender can touch the bottom of the pan. The blades will not hit the pan if that is what you are worried about. I love immersion blenders!

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                  1. re: ttoommyy
                    Rella Apr 25, 2012 02:34 PM

                    Yes, my Bamix hit the bottom of a new pan on the first try. Someone told me what I was doing wrong, but I never used it again for years until recently I used it for mayonnaise in the plastic container that came with it.

                    I'm not so sure that I will ever use in in one of my pans. They are just too good, and I don't have any to try it out on. Got a suggestion as to how I could give it a test on metal?

                    Wanting to try it out on mashed cauliflower, as I had some in a restaurant recently that wasn't all wet and runny. Cauliflower is a wet vegetable even when steamed.

                    1. re: Rella
                      mcf Apr 25, 2012 02:53 PM

                      The best way to make fauxtatoes that aren't soupy/runny is to nuke it covered with just the least amount of water in a bowl. Drain well and wah lah! :-)

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                        Rella Apr 25, 2012 03:23 PM

                        Thanks, mcf. Stopped nuking some years ago, but I would steam it. Do you add more wet ingredients; i.e., butter, cream, sour cream?

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                          weezieduzzit Apr 25, 2012 03:31 PM

                          We don't have a microwave, either. I boil it, let it sit and drain a while and then put in back into the pot to blend it with my immersion blender. If you keep it over very low heat for a while and stir frequently it will cook out the extra moisture and thicken. I add very little to it- s&p and maybe 2 T of cream cheese or cream or sour cream (whatever we have but not more than one of those choices to two large heads of cauliflower since the whole reason I make it is because it's low cal and carb, Adding butter, etc. would defeat the purpose for me.)

                          1. re: Rella
                            mcf Apr 25, 2012 05:05 PM

                            The original recipe by an Atkins dieter called for adding cream cheese. I add butter, salt and pepper. If you steam, just drain really well on paper towels before you do the puree. My husband loves it with one small Idaho spud with skin in it, but that doesn't work for my diabetes... even a spoonful spikes my blood sugar. I use an immersion blender, too.

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                              Rella Apr 25, 2012 06:44 PM

                              I don't have diabetes, but I don't eat potatoes anymore. I suppose any yam would be as bad for you?

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                                mcf Apr 26, 2012 06:05 AM

                                I tolerate a small serving of red skinned sweet potatoes much better than any white potato. I just don't think I'd want it in cauli fauxtatoes.

                      2. re: ttoommyy
                        Nanzi Apr 26, 2012 08:26 AM

                        I badly scored the bottom of some of my stainless steel with an immersion blender, so do be careful.

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                          mcf Apr 26, 2012 08:30 AM

                          Has never happened to me, with my Braun in use for many years. I wonder if yours has a shallower skirt surrounding the blade?

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                            danna Apr 27, 2012 08:03 AM

                            I don't understand how that happened. Doesn't your immersion blender have a plastic rim that is deeper than the blades?

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                              Rella Apr 27, 2012 09:09 AM

                              My Bamix really scarred up the bottom of my new pan - see above posting. It does have a steel rim that disallows the blades from hitting the bottom of anything.

                              I once received an answer from a person who owned a Bamix who said that "the pin on the shaft has to be down the slot ont he blade and in that opening at the end of the slot."

                              But I still haven't figured out what that sentence means.

                              1. re: Rella
                                mcf Apr 27, 2012 09:28 AM

                                I think the abscence of damage may have to do with plastic vs. metal, but I've never heard of the problem from Bamix users before either. Have you contacted the manufacturer?

                                1. re: mcf
                                  Rella Apr 27, 2012 12:29 PM

                                  It's been so many years ago now - I see in my files it was October 2005 - that I'm not sure whether I did or not.

                                  I see another person on a group answered with this:
                                  I have a Bamixer. The blade will hit the pan if it is not properly
                                  installed on the drive shaft. There is a small knob on the shaft and corresponding cutouts on the blade attachments. When they are fitted properly the attachments drop within the guard prongs. The instructions fail to empahsize this relationship. I have to wear my glasses to ensure the attachment positions correctly as the knob and cutouts are small. It's a short learning curve. Give it another chance."

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                          bxgirl Feb 23, 2010 04:07 PM

                          Just wanted to thank you all for your responses and suggestions. My food processor situation got resolved, and I actually was able to use it today to puree the cauliflower. I did appreciate the suggestions on how to use the Immersion blender (I am still intimidated by that thing!!) and to use a food mill (which I also have and rarely use).
                          I loved the fauxpotatoes. I'm gonna have to adopt that!!
                          Thanks, all.

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                          1. re: bxgirl
                            mcf Feb 23, 2010 04:47 PM

                            If you add one medium baked Idaho potato, skin and all to the fauxtatoes, ( I put in plenty of butter, salt and pepper) it's almost indistinguishable from real potatoes. The original fauxtato recipe invented by a low carb online group member called for cream cheese instead of butter, for texture, I guess.

                            1. re: bxgirl
                              fmcoxe6188 Feb 24, 2010 05:02 AM

                              I was late to see this thread, but I have to say- I was scared of my immersion for a while as well but was recently making tomato soup and didnt want to deal with getting my food processor involved (it can be a beast to clean) so I used the the immersion- it has totally won me over. It was MUCH more efficient, fast, and sooo much easier to clean. Its now my newest obsession :-)

                              1. re: fmcoxe6188
                                bxgirl Feb 24, 2010 06:45 AM

                                Thanks for the encourgement. Perhaps, one day (hopefully soon) I'll get to where you got!!

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