I would like to hear some thoughts as I am thinking to get a hand blender. I currently share a flat with friends. Most of the time I cook for myself in a medium portions, then I freeze for 1 week meal. I find the joy of cooking after being away from family so gradually I added the collection of cookware, despite of the limited space in the flat.
I have already owned a Kenwood mini chopper (from Mom) and a Philips food processor. I use the chopper for onions and FP mainly for grounding meat, making pesto, or cutting. Both do the job well, however I have few considerations which lead me thinking to get a hand blender:
1. I would like to make fruit yogurt or smoothies with plain yogurt blended with fruit. I tried once with the chopper but it's too small. I'm not sure whether it's possible but i thought of blending the fruit directly in the yogurt pot. For smoothies, it's easier to make 1 serving directly in the beaker without washing too much utensils.
2. I want to try cooking soups or making marinara sauce. Of course FP can do the job but it won't be smooth and I don't like the hassle of transferring the food from the pot to FP, and again FP to pot. It will add the utensils to wash and there will be a good amount left on the FP bowl and knife as well.
3. Recently me and friends like to make egg benedict but whipping are challenging task for us. I think hand blender can help to fasten the process.
Although I really fancy the hand blender, I'm trying not to do impulsive buy by justifying that the reason to get a hand blender is valid and it will be a worthy buy.. :)
And if it is, what would be a better choice between Philips, Braun, and Kenwood? If possible I want to get a plastic one because some said the metal can damage the pot.
Your thoughts will be much appreciated!