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kdlalib Feb 12, 2013 06:10 AM

I recently got a small gift certificate to Macy's and was considering purchasing an immersion blender. My one reservation is that I have a teeny, tiny apartment kitchen with practically no available real estate. While I know immersion blenders are small, are they worth it if I already have a regular blender and a food processor? Thoughts?

  1. tcamp Feb 12, 2013 06:14 AM

    Depends on what you cook. If you partially or completely puree soups, then yes, for sure. So much easier than pouring hot soup into the food processor. I also use the IB for smoothies and salad dressing. I could probably lose my blender as I haven't used it in a long time.

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      chloebell Feb 12, 2013 06:16 AM

      Agreed. I hardly ever use my blender. I bought an immersion blender at Walmart years ago - $12 bucks. Worth every penny. lol!

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        kdlalib Feb 12, 2013 02:35 PM

        I think it's going to be more smoothies and salad dressings. I don't like soup that much, so I rarely cook it. Could you use it for sauces as well?

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          TheCarrieWatson Feb 12, 2013 06:29 PM

          They're great for salad dressings & vinaigrettes for sure. For smoothies they could be ideal but not if you are crushing ice. They take a bit of getting used to if you're accustomed to food processors & blenders (like me), but I don't think there is any reason *not* to have an immersion blender on-hand. They take up almost no space, are extremely versatile, and they're cheap. Given that you're in a small space, the almost complete lack of clean-up these require is a huge asset. You puree or emulsify something, rinse it off, and you're done. If space is at a premium that's a huge benefit. You could also just grab one off Craigslist for a few bucks - they're all over the place there.

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        MrsJonesey Feb 12, 2013 07:09 AM

        I love mine. For just a tiny bit more real estate, I recommend the Cuisinart model with the chopper attachment. I hate to pull out the food processor for small amounts and this chopper is great for that. http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CSB-7...

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          kdlalib Feb 12, 2013 02:34 PM

          Great tip. I love multifunctional kitchen tools.,

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            kdlalib Feb 12, 2013 04:09 PM

            Has it been reliable for you? I'm seriously considering purchasing the Cuisinart CSB-77 hand blender. I like multifunctional tools. However on Amazon it's getting some bad reviews. What do you all think?

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              MrsJonesey Feb 12, 2013 04:57 PM

              So far it has been though I don't use it excessively. I've probably had it 4 years. Why don't you check Macy's return policy just in case you get it and don't like it?

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            StrandedYankee Feb 12, 2013 09:34 AM

            I use mine constantly. You can use it for purees, homemade mayo, I often take mine to soups and tomato sauces...and it has a teensy-tiny footprint!

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              wyogal Feb 12, 2013 09:42 AM

              I love mine, and yes, easy to store. I hardly ever use my regular blender anymore.

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                kdlalib Feb 12, 2013 02:34 PM

                That's why I was considering buying one. My blender is super heavy & doesn't fit on my countertop. It's a PITA to use it.

              2. kaleokahu Feb 12, 2013 10:31 AM

                Hi, kdlalib:

                I like my corded IB, too. But I find it is a PITA to store, and I hate spatters. I tend to use my bar blender more, so if I were in your shoes, I'd probably pass.

                But the IBs are inexpensive, so YOU might fall in love with it.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

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                  Sherri Feb 12, 2013 10:41 AM

                  No way to know if it's worth it to you; I pack mine when we spend a month at a vacation house knowing there is a blender already there.

                  re: splatters - if the soup or whatever you are blending is deep enough, I've found I can eliminate them. A shallow pan will splatter while a taller one does not. There's a reason it comes with a tall, narrow jar.
                  NB: do not remove the IB while it is still running unless you like to clean.

                  Edit: I should add that the IB does not do everything well. The old standby blender makes velvet purees; the IB produces a coarser product. I use both depending on circumstances. Yesterday's garbanzo bean-red bell pepper soup was an IB candidate while a creamy cauliflower soup needed the blender to achieve the proper consistency.

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                    Violatp Feb 12, 2013 02:39 PM

                    I don't love mine for smoothies as it doesn't do a great job grinding up greens like kale. You say you won't do soups, so, hmm. Honestly, I'm not sure you'll get a whole lot of use out of it if you aren't constantly making salad dressings and mayo.

                    Oh, I do love it for making whipped cream! I don't have a hand mixer or stand mixer right now, but the heavy cream whips up very nicely in a tall container (I use repurposed plastic quart soup containers) with no splatters.

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                      kdlalib Feb 12, 2013 04:04 PM

                      When I do smoothies, it's going to be fruit only. I juice vegetables. Would it work for frozen berries and such?

                      I'm really hoping to have to use my blender and hand mixer less because theyre a pain. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I think an immersion blender will be helpful because it's lighter.

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                        Violatp Feb 12, 2013 04:07 PM

                        Ah. Then watch out for the one you buy, if you do. If your hands hurt, gripping the immersion blender may actually be worse. I know on mine, I have to keep the button pressed down continuously and depending on what I"m blending, it does get cumbersome.

                        But it does work for frozen berries, absolutely.

                    2. tim irvine Feb 12, 2013 04:40 PM

                      I am a self-confessed kitchen items junkie and got an IB for Christmas. I love it. It works like a charm to purée things still in the pot and is exceedingly easy to clean. Kaleo is right they are hard to store, but I passed that point in the early 80s. Now I find charm in cookware clutter, as if I were living in Dehillerin.

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                        justalex Feb 12, 2013 06:39 PM

                        Love my IB! I'll never buy bottled dressing again. Easy to clean and easy to store. It's great for sauces and soups as well, though I realize you said you're not much of a soup person.

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                          kdlalib Feb 12, 2013 07:58 PM

                          I've decided to definitely get an immersion blender. Here are the three options I'm looking at. What are your opinions?

                          Breville BSB510XL Hand Blender, Control Grip
                          http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/breville-bsb510xl-hand-blender-control-grip?ID=688558&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

                          Cuisinart CSB-77 Hand Blender, SmartStick
                          http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/cuisinart-csb-77-hand-blender-smartstick?ID=201621&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

                          KitchenAid KHB1231 Hand Blender, 2 Speed
                          http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/ki...

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                            tcamp Feb 13, 2013 06:05 AM

                            Dang you. I was perfectly happy with my aged Williams Sonoma IB and now I see these with whisk and FP attachments. Want.

                          2. nomnomnoms Feb 12, 2013 09:49 PM

                            I am pretty worthless without mine... I have the Kitchenaid one with a food processor attachment, and use it almost everday. Soups, smoothies, purees, ice cream, mayonnaise, dressing, the uses are endless!

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                              happybaker Feb 12, 2013 10:10 PM

                              I use my IB for soups and jams. As I make heaps of both, it's totally worth it to me.

                              I do also have a Cuisinart and a blender, and use both as well, often. But for what I listed above (soups and jams) the IP is a stand alone, well worth it, purchase.

                              (You can store it, in a drawer, you know. That's where mine lives, once it is clean and dry.)

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                                jester99 Feb 15, 2013 09:02 AM

                                an immersion blender doesnt take up too much space and much more verstile than a regular blender. Just always remember to unplug it before putting your hand near the business end of it.

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