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Jul 11, 2013 06:21 AM

Making pesto with an immersion blender?

Unhappy camper here--my food processor seems to have died in the middle of pesto-making last night (not a surprise, as it has been acting up recently). I froze what I'd made (it's for flavoring mayo, hummus, etc.) But I was wondering if I could use an immersion blender (I have a Bamix) to make pesto? My basil is doing well, but I don't plan to buy another food processor until September (and I'll be on the Cookware board, checking out the FP threads). I recall making pesto in a stand blender when I was in grad school, but it was a bit of a trial, as there was a lot of stop/start motion.

Anyone here successfully made pesto with an immersion blender?

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  1. Yes, often. I think success with the IB depends on having enough of whatever you're blending so that you can fully immerse the IB. It may take a little longer, but it should work.

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    1. I have. I don't have a food processor, so I use my stick blender for all sorts of things it wasn't intended for. I use it to grind up spice mixes (ie for Thai curries - involves chillies, garlic, galangal, and other such things), to grind up loads of garlic & ginger, for mixing sambols (freshly shredded coconut with chillies, garlic, and seasonings), and so on. Pesto would be much easier on the stick blender than those other things I mix up, which are much, much more solid and dense.