An Immersion Blender Is the Hero We All Need

It can transform fresh cream into billowy whipped topping for desserts in mere seconds, then blend up tonight's nutrient-packed soup for dinner -- an immersion blender can save you time and eliminate large-equipment cleanup in the kitchen.

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    30-Second Whipped Cream

    Pour chilled cream into a deep bowl and blend for 30 seconds, moving the immersion blender up and down for even blending. To sweeten cream, add 1 teaspoon sugar per 1/2 cup cream before blending.

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    Homemade Mayonnaise

    Better than any you can buy in a store, creamy homemade mayo can be whipped up in about 2 minutes with this simple recipe and your immersion blender. It's great for salads, sandwiches, and dips!

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    Healthy Homemade Soup

    Cook a soup pot full of nutritious veggies in stock, and use your immersion blender to turn them into a creamy, healthy meal in no time! Root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and potatoes work especially well alone or combined with one another for a flavorful meal.

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    Pasta Sauce

    You can make as little or as much as you like with a few simple ingredients. Try this recipe for Tomato-Basil Sauce, and use your immersion blender to fine-tune the consistency to your liking.

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    Meringue

    Make a showstopping meringue for your next pie by using your immersion blender in an up-and-down motion on high speed to whip egg whites to fluffy perfection.

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    Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    Turn cooked potatoes, butter, and a splash of cream into a quick and easy, satisfying side dish in seconds with your immersion blender. The best part? Whip the potatoes right in the pot you cook them in!

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    Fruit Sauce

    Turn ordinary desserts into elegant creations with the simple addition of a quick fruit sauce. Use your immersion blender to blend berries and a touch of sugar to sweeten to taste, then top ice cream, pound cake, or pie.

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    Chopped Nuts

    Place a small amount (up to 1/2 cup) of nuts in a tall, narrow vessel that fits your immersion blender, and pulse several times until nuts are the desired size. This is the perfect way to chop nuts for recipes or topping desserts!

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    Nutritious Smoothies

    Forget making a mess with the blender. Simply add smoothie ingredients to a tall, durable glass jar, blend with the immersion blender in an up-and-down motion until smooth, and you're on your way with a healthy sipper. This is a fun way to help kids (of all ages) get an extra fruit or veggie serving, too!

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    Vegetable Gravy

    Forget gloppy, starchy gravies and sauces! Use this recipe to make an intensely flavored gravy from vegetables, and instead of using your food processor or blender, simply blend the mixture right in the pot you cook it in for easier cleanup.

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    Forget home-style packaged foods; these 100-percent-homemade recipes are the real deal. Make your own convenience items, such as sauces, nut butters, and baking mixes, as well as treats like chips, fruit leather, and snack cakes. Each of these grocery store faves is made with fewer (and more pronounceable) ingredients than anything you'd buy in a store. It's nothing but the good stuff!
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