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Hand Blenders

I'd be lost without my hand blender, but then I make lots of soups and sauces.

I don't have a huge amount of space in my kitchen, so having something I can shove in a drawer out of sight and grab when I need it is really useful.

Why Use A Hand Blender?


Once you're used to using your hand blender, it'll become an essential kitchen friend.

Sometimes you just don't want to be fussed with a full-sized liquidiser or food processor.

There's a lot to be said for grabbing the hand blender from your kitchen drawer or off the wall and blitzing the sauce or soup you're cooking.

If you're doing an entire batch of soup, a proper liquidiser might be better - but it does take up more space.

What To Look For

A good hand blender should be easy to use, easy to clean and durable.

One of the things I've learned over the last few years is that the holes in the sides at the bottom of the blender stick make them work better. They allow liquid to flow more easily around the blades.

The last blender I bought didn't have these holes (marketed as a design improvement, to reduce splashing), but it didn't work nearly as well...

Think about whether you want to be able to clean the blender attachment in the sink or the dishwasher.

It's also worth looking at the other attachments you could get. Some come with whisks, mini blenders and even grinders.

The mini blender bowl can be great for chopping small amounts of food - or even pureeing baby food!

The Options

Cordless or with cord?

Getting one with a cord means you don't have to worry about charging, but you will have to think about whether the cord will drape over your hob, when you're cooking.

Only you know how you will use your hand blender.

I would suggest going for a hand blender that has 2 speeds. This means you can control the amount of splash and also go for a chunky or smoother final liquid.


Share Your Experiences

Personally, I like the flexibility of the different attachments that come with my hand blender. It almost replaces a food processor.

But, after 2 1/2 years of heavy use, it's almost time to replace it and I'm seriously considering my options!

What are your thoughts on hand blenders? Please get in touch!

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