I did buy the Kitchenaid immersion blender, model 100 (without the added bells and whistles of the 300).
Well, I "tried" to use it today, and it was a semi-disaster.
I had made minestrone soup, and wanted to puree some of the vegetables, and then return them to the rest of the soup.
I had already put the soup into jars,so I was not going to puree in the soup pot. Since the jars were pretty full, I ladled out some veggies and soup liquid, and put them into a pyrex mixing bowl. I started the blender on level "1" speed, as you(MikeB) had suggested, and the soup splatterd all over. I was somewhat persistant, and felt that there was a lot of splattering, but not a whole lot of vegetables were getting pureed.
What do you think went wrong? My only thought is that the mixing bowl wasn't "tall" enough, even though it was probably not even 1/2 full?
Also, should the bottom of the immersion blender touch the bottom of the vessel, or should I be holding it somewhat above the bottom, not touching? I tried both, and neither seemed to prevent the soup from splattering.
I was really hoping I'd love this thing, but I guess this is not "love at first use."