Some kitchen gadgets save so much hassle you wonder what you did before you got them. Chowhound ahuva thinks of the immersion or stick blender that way. "I can't imagine a kitchen without one." Less work, fewer dirty pans—flourgirl loves the convenience of puréeing soups in the pot they cook in, no irritating (and potentially scalding) transfer to a blender or food processor.
And it's not just for soup: sunshine842 likes the stick blenders for puréeing pumpkin for pies, and even turning Bolognese into a smooth sauce for lasagna. To see an immersion blender in action, check out this episode of CHOW's Easiest Way video series, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.
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