Immersion blenders and herbs
Based on some bad reviews for various problems with the otherwise popular KitchenAid and Cuisinart immersion blenders, I went out on a limb and bought the Juiceman version. (It turns out it also has plastic gears in the connection, although I thought it didn't.)
Last night we tried it on some pea soup with mint leaves in it and the blender had real trouble with the mint. It couldn't cut/blend it at all and all of the mint ended up getting stuck in the holes on the sides where the blended food exits the little blade housing. The leaves were small, thin, and very tender, but I guess I expected them to puree with everything else.
So I'm wondering: Is this just a problem with immersion blenders in general? Can they not really chop up very thin, tender herbs like mint, cilantro, and parsley? I'm worried about spinach as well. Or do some of you have immersion blenders that do well with these and this is just something faulty with my model's blades? It has multiple speeds and a power boost and none handled it any differently.
Were you blending the mint by itself, or in the soup?
In my experience, when blending a soup or sauce, fibrous items like herbs and leaves can get caught on the edges of the housing openings. It's not a bad problem. Sometimes I'll scrape them back into the soup and blend some more. Or I just ignore those bits, and wash them off after use.