Split pea soup - forgot to remove dried bay leaf...
before I used the immersion blender....opps! I am sure I am not the 1st person to do this and will probably not be the last but there is no need for concern....yes?
i've done this with pea soup and I took it to the blender for break the bay leaf down as much as possible. I don't think it'll hurt you either way.
Now with my Vitamix, I can really cover my mistakes.
As long as the bay leaf was crumbled up by the immersion blender, you're fine. The whole thing about removing the bay leaf began in the late 60s when a cookbook publisher was successfully sued by someone who choked on a whole bay leaf in I've forgotten now what recipe. Ever since then, every cookbook editor and copyeditor has been trained to write, "Remove the bay leaf." Can you swallow it without choking to death? If the answer is yes, no reason to remove it. Or worry about it.