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Favorite Kitchen Tool: Immersion Blender

July 9, 2011

I recently discovered some new uses for my immersion blender. In the winter, the immersion blender was perfect for making soups. A few weeks ago, I rediscovered that with our immersion blender we had received a metal blending cup. This was the perfect tool to make smoothies without having to wash the big blender (which needs to be dismantled for cleaning). Our go-to smoothie for the last few months has been banana-peanut butter. We discovered a recipe in Everyday Food and then modified it a bit for our tastes. This is our version of the recipe: blend 1 banana (fresh or frozen) with two large spoonfuls of peanut butter, a cup of milk, and 1-3 ice cubes (depending on whether the banana was frozen). You can also add either espresso or cocoa powder to add to the flavor. It’s a great post-workout snack.

Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie. It tastes better than it looks…

A combination of factors led me to make popsicles from scratch for the first time. Those factors include: the rising heat, the acquisition of popsicle molds sometime in the last few years, the high price of pre-made popsicles, and the high-quality popsicle stands popping up around NYC. A few weeks back I had a delicious sour cherry and red plum popsicle from People’s Pops on The High Line. Since I had some leftover coconut milk, I decided to try out a mango coconut popsicle recipe I found on food.com. The immersion blender was the perfect tool for blending all the ingredients.


People’s Pops on the High Line

Popsicle Preparation

Finished Popsicles

On the same day I realized I needed to pick some basil. There wasn’t a huge amount, so I didn’t think it was worth getting out the food processor and instead decided to try pesto with the immersion blender. Though it worked, the food processor definitely wins in the pesto-making competition. The leaves kept getting stuck in the blade so I had to unclog it frequently. However, I added lemon and garlic to the basic walnut, basil, olive oil combo and ended up with a delicious pesto.

Pesto Preparation

Finished Pesto

Cucumber, chicken, feta, pesto wrap.

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