It was the week of spring break a couple of years back when we first discovered the power of using an Immersion Blender. The kids had asked to go to the smoothie shop for the 3rd time that week and I decided we needed to find a better way to make these things at home.
About a year or so prior to this, we were gifted a really nice Ninja blender that had since been gathering dust.
So we decided to give it a shot since that’s what these things are for right?
Not so fast. After trying out a couple of recipes, it became immediately obvious we needed something that was quicker to set up, clean and put away.
This particular model had about 5 different parts that needed to be assembled, then disassembled after each use. As excited as we were to be finally using the Ninja, it turned out to be an exhausting and disappointing experience.
Sure—the smoothies were fine.
The ice was crushed nice and smooth and all of the ingredients were well blended, much like we would have been served in that smoothie shop.
But ultimately it wasn’t worth the effort and we knew there had to be a better way!
So after some research, I found a good deal on an Immersion Blender at the local big box store and haven’t looked back since.
Ever since then, our Immersion Blender has become a staple in the kitchen.
Although we started out using it solely for the purpose of not spending a ton of money at our local smoothie store, we now use it for anything from crushing ice to making post workout drinks and pureeing baby food.
With that said, we thought it appropriate to share some smart ways to use your Immersion Blender you may not have thought of before.
Feel free to let us know in the comments if you have another way not listed here—we know there are more!
1. Beating Eggs for Omelets
I know this sounds funny, but eggs are about the easiest thing you can cook; how can people possibly screw this up?
Blending your eggs with an Immersion Blender ensures that the whites and yolks are mixed seamlessly and will give you fluffy eggs every time.
And don’t even get me started talking about the massive omelets you can make with whipped up eggs.
- Step 1: Beat 5 eggs on high in a stainless steel cup until fluffy, usually 3-5 minutes (trust me, it’s worth it!).
- Step 2: Add mixture to a pre-heated 2-inch deep sautée pan with a little bit of vegetable oil or clarified butter.
- Step 3: Whip this around in the pan for a minute until the mixture starts to slightly solidify, turning often.
- Step 4: Toss the pan in the oven at 400 F and bake for 5-7 minutes.
I’ve made omelets as big as my head using this method!
In addition, some folks swear by adding a little bit of milk to this mixture. If you are dairy sensitive, you can also try some coconut milk for a twist.
2. Puréeing Soup
If you have ever tried making soup—then transferring it to your blender—you can see what I am getting at here.
It’s almost impossible to not spill your soup attempting to transfer it to a conventional blender vessel and back.
Why not just plug in your Immersion Blender and get to work right in the pot or kettle? Easy peasy, and no big mess to deal with afterward.
Just be sure not to blend too violently, as depending on the angle, you can splatter at high speeds.
You also don’t want to leave your Immersion Blender over a heat source for extended periods of time. While the best hand Blenders are typically made of premium materials, some plastics and rubbers can be more sensitive to heat.
At any rate, use caution and good judgment while performing this task! Check out a few soup recipes below that will let you go wild with your Immersion Blender.
3. Making Whipped Cream
No—you don’t need a $300 KitchenAid stand mixer to make whipped cream from scratch, contrary to popular opinion.
In fact, once you try this out and report success, you’ll likely never make it any other way. This is so simple it’s almost a crime!
- Step 1: Fill a tall wide glass halfway full with whipping cream (the included beaker with your Immersion Blender works nicely here).
- Step 2: Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar.
- Step 4: Place the Immersion Blender in the cup and use an up and down motion.
It doesn’t take much blending and you might be surprised how good it turns out. You can also leave out the powdered sugar as it’s not entirely necessary, it just sweetens the vanilla.
The only thing required here as a must is, well, the cream and the Immersion Blender.
Use it on your favorite dessert or atop your hot chocolate.
4. Blending Fresh Homemade Salsa
Need I say more? If the gears aren’t turning now, then nobody’s home!
If your Immersion Blender comes with a chopping attachment, here is a good place to use it for sure.
- Garlic Powder
- Lemon or Lime Juice
You’re truly missing out if you’ve never had fresh homemade salsa. In fact, you probably have all of the ingredients sitting in your kitchen now!
The above is just a basic example with minimal ingredients, but there are so many more ways it’s impossible to go wrong. For example, we sometimes substitute tomatoes for corn for a nice twist.
Below are a few recipes from around the web to get your imagination rolling.
5. Blending Cupcake Batter
I know you may be thinking…
“but the directions say to use your hand mixer…”
Trust me on this one—you will not believe how smooth your cupcake batter can get with your Immersion Blender.
Just put the blender right in your mixing bowl and blend until all of the lumps are gone—then just a little more.
You can alternately use the whisk attachment if your Immersion Blender comes with one. Most of the added whisk attachments we have seen were up to the task.
For maximum smoothness, definitely use the standard blending head.
This method can also be used to fluff up the icing as well.
Below are some very well regarded fresh cupcake batter recipes you can try this out with.
6. Making Homemade Mayonnaise
This one’s a no-brainer and probably the first thing you think of when you hear the word Immersion Blender. You can easily make the best mayonnaise with this tool.
Mayonnaise is essentially just an emulsion, meaning it is a mixture of two liquids that would not normally mix. So we’re talking a combination of an oil and an egg.
Vegetable oil is the standard here, but for an extra healthy and flavorful combination, we suggest you use light olive oil. You DO NOT want to use extra virgin olive oil as it will not taste great—we’ve tried!
So that’s it really—all you need to make mayonnaise is these two things—but why stop there?
The following recipe we make twice per week as at least one person in our family has a sandwich every day.
- Step 1: Add ¾ cup oil to a cup or stainless steel mixing tumbler (proper measurement is important here).
- Step 2: Drop in a medium to large egg (room temperature eggs work best).
- Step 3: Add a pinch of salt.
- Step 4: Add a dash of white pepper.
- Step 5: Add a drop or two of lemon juice (can use lime juice too for extra tang).
- Step 6: Add a teaspoon of dijon mustard—the smooth kind.
- Step 7: Stick the blending head all the way to the bottom of the container, and pulse—lightly—while gently raising the blender.
If done correctly, you should have the perfect mayo in about 30-45 seconds. It does take practice and you may mess up your first batch or two, but it is absolutely worth it.
You’ll be ready to sit down to that BLT that’s for sure. I promise you’ll never want to go back to that store bought stuff.
In fact, ever since we started making this recipe we have not bought any pre-made mayo from the store.
The only issue with this method is that with no preservatives, it only lasts three or four days in the fridge. So I recommend to only make a single batch at a time.
7. Puréeing Ready-Made Sauces (Or Making Your Own)
Spaghetti sauce and other similar sauces are something we consider to be good enough bought from the store.
Sure, there’s something to be said about the homemade stuff, but when you’re in a hurry to serve little hungry mouths, store bought sauces will fill the role nicely.
There are some good varieties out there just under the surface.
There’s just one problem though.
Depending on whatever type of store bought sauce we end up with that week, it can be a disaster come dinner time when the kids start complaining.
Sometimes chunky spaghetti sauce hits the spot and some days the kids are complaining about the chunks of tomato and peppers in their spaghetti.
When this happens, just grab your Immersion Blender, puree the sauce to make it into a marinara, and enjoy a quiet dinner with the family. Include them in the process and they will never complain on spaghetti night again, guaranteed.
For those of you who are keen to “roll your own”, here are some great simple recipes to get you started.
8. Fix Lumpy Mashed Potatoes
Imagine this scenario…
You’re all ready to sit down to dinner and notice the mashed potatoes that your daughter mashed with the manual potato masher are lumpy—like hardly edible lumpy.
Fixing this quickly is an easy task.
Just add a small amount of milk and melted butter to the potatoes and blend right in the serving dish. It takes only a second and the results speak for themselves.
In fact, doing this every time you make mashed potatoes is good practice as it makes them perfectly smooth.
Once again, we offer up a few recipes below just in case you don’t already have your staple recipe at home.
9. Making Homemade Soap
Did you know that you can make your own soaps at home using your Immersion Blender?
While this is definitely a process, if you’ve ever had the opportunity to use fresh homemade soap—you’ll likely be addicted.
Although we don’t make this stuff in-house, someone very close to us has a homemade soap business and uses all sorts of repurposed kitchen appliances in the process, including Immersion Blenders.
There are a few Immersion Blenders out there that you can get on the cheap that are perfect for soap making, as the power/rpm requirements for soap making are generally low.
Check out the below models if this is your purpose. No need to spend big bucks just to make soap, these seem to be the favorite of homemade soap makers everywhere.
We’re certainly not pros at this, but we definitely encourage you to check out the links below for some people who are.
10. Make Homemade Applesauce
Do your little ones love applesauce? If the answer is yes, the absolute best way to serve this is from fresh, in-season apples blended at home.
These days it seems like the store bought brands are packed with extra sugar and preservatives which can alter the natural flavor of the fruit.
Making this dish at home is easier than you think and much, much healthier.
We like to peel, then cook apples in the crock pot with some cinnamon and nutmeg and then blend right in the pot. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can throw some blueberries or strawberries in there too as a variation. Both of these combos were well received in our home.
As a bonus, this will make your house smell like fall has arrived!
We’ve included a couple of basic recipes to try out. Let us know in the comments how it went!
11. Make Your Own Fresh Baby Food
Have a little guy or gal in your house just starting to try pureed foods? Skip the baby food aisle and head for the produce aisle instead!
You can cut any fruit or vegetable into small chunks, boil to a soft consistency, then use your Immersion Blender to puree it smooth. Some foods that your baby loves like bananas and avocado don’t need to be cooked, which is a huge time-saving bonus.
You can mix just about any flavors you like and feel confident that your baby is getting the freshest foods.
As your little tyke gets older, blend it a little less so they can get used to different textures. You can make small batches or larger ones and freeze them for later use as they should last for a while in the freezer.
If making baby food is your thing, be sure to check out our comprehensive article linked below detailing how to make baby food for the various eating stages.
- Making Baby Food With Your Immersion Blender (immersionmasters.com)
12. Making Smoothies
Now let’s get back to why you bought your Immersion Blender in the first place. This would typically be number one on the list, but that would be too easy I think!
Obviously, the sky’s the limit here—all you really need for a smoothie is:
- THE BASE: Fruit juice, veggie juice or milk
- THE WHOLE FOODS: Fruits, veggies, nuts
- THE THICKENER: Yogurt or a nut butter
- THE FREEZER: Frozen fruit or ice
The one thing I want to stress is that for making smoothies, you want an Immersion Blender with power.
It’s most definitely advised to go the mid-range or high-end route if crushing ice into smoothies is something you will be doing often.
Below are what we currently consider the kings of smoothie making Immersion Blenders. They are proven to crush ice and have strong, long lasting blades:
For now, check out a few recipes from around the web that will truly showcase the power of your Immersion Blender.
13. Make Bulletproof Coffee
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee.
No, it’s not actually bulletproof—and no, it does not actually give you superpowers, but this is certainly not your average cup of joe.
Bulletproof Coffee (we love the name by the way) is a drink that was created by Dave Asprey to have a positive effect on energy as well as cognitive function.
Dave Asprey is the CEO and founder of Bulletproof coffee and is what they call a “Biohacker”.
Biohacking refers to a sort of DIY method of challenging your biology to better your body and mind. Rest assured, Bulletproof Coffee is not only for high performing athletes, it is for anyone who could benefit from a pick me up in the energy and brain fuel department.
The benefits of replacing your high carb breakfast with Bulletproof Coffee include, or so they say, better hunger control, steadier energy levels, and sharper mental clarity.
So what’s in it?
Then just blend with your Immersion Blender until you reach a frothy consistency.
There’s not really a better way to do this. An Immersion Blender is the perfect way to blend this up unless you want an oil slick on the top of your morning coffee.
For a variation you can add cinnamon or cocoa powder to spice things up!
14. Make a Classic Milkshake
This one is obvious and is always a crowd pleaser, especially for the kiddies!
While an Immersion Blender is not the only way to get good results here, it certainly most closely matches the original mixing machines in your local diner and dive.
We use stainless steel tumblers just like the classic soda shops and it always turns out perfect.
Just add milk, ice cream, and even some chocolate or strawberry syrup, then pulse away with your Immersion Blender.
You can also add a nut butter of your choice here if you’d like. Chocolate peanut butter milkshakes anyone?
Top with some whip cream and throw in a straw and you are good to go!
Be sure to use vanilla ice cream, even if you are making chocolate milkshakes as flavored icecreams usually contain more sugar, and too much sweetness can drown out the other flavors.
Of course, this is just the basic method. We’ve selected a few uncommon variations of the classic milkshake below to get your scale moving upward.
15. Blending Salad Dressings
Salads and I have a sort of love-hate relationship.
On the one hand, I absolutely love the fact that I can make a giant plate of veggies disappear faster than a knife through butter.
On the other hand, I hate how in order to make it taste good I have to drown it in Ranch dressing, negating much of the health benefits.
If only there were a way to make homemade salad dressing that was healthy and tasty in short time.
Was that subtle enough?
Alas, there is a way—and I bet you’ll never guess how we are going to accomplish this.
The fact is, there really, truly is no better way to make homemade dressings and vinaigrettes than with your Immersion Blender—this tool has that market cornered.
At its core, a traditional vinaigrette dressing is nothing more than:
You can add to this basic mixture virtually anything to get an unlimited variety of salad soaker that will give even the best cream based dressings a run for the money.
While there’s just too many varieties and ingredients to mention here (we’ll save that for another post entirely), we will leave you with some interesting recipes from around the web so you get a good idea of what’s possible.
As always, feel free to leave your own variation or suggestions in the comment section!