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Here's Why You Need a Handheld Blender at Home

Even the smallest kitchen can use this useful appliance

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It’s a fact that storage areas are becoming more and more rare in the kitchen. Given the many appliances already taking up necessary space in your cooking area, you may no longer have room to even add one more appliance. 

If you're short on space, you may want to save a spot for an appliance that can help you in different tasks like the hand blender. It's not only small, it's versatile enough to be useful for every day kitchen prep.


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The hand blender, or immersion blender, is small enough to fit into any sized kitchen. Plus, it can whisk, chop, puree, and blend food just like its big cousin. 

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The hand blender is also known as a handheld, a stick blender, or immersion blender. It's the ideal small kitchen appliance and it can be immersed directly into the food you will puree. It can do a number of jobs that a blender, a chopper, and even a food processor can also do. The best reason to get one if you don't have any of these appliances yet is that it's small enough to fit even in the tiniest of nooks.

Still not convinced? Here are four more reasons why you need one in your space:

1 Storage is easy.

It’s so small and compact it fits in a kitchen drawer. It should fit in almost any drawer and if you don’t have drawer room, it can be stored upright in the cabinet, too, with its attachments. Either way, it takes up little room and what little room you do have is ample enough to fit it. 

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2 The attachments mean versatility.

Depending on the model and make of the hand blender you have, it can come with various attachments which do a variety of tasks. Use the whisk to expertly whip egg whites into soft peaks or make an easy whipped cream. Use the chopper attachment to roughly or finely mince onions, garlic, or even tomatoes for that all-important trio of Pinoy cooking. Use the beaker with immersion head to puree fruits to make into a smoothie or liquefy mushrooms into a creamy mushroom soup. You can even make the freshest baby food using this handheld device! Just boil or steam the vegetables until softened and mash to your desired consistency.

Whichever use you may need a bigger appliance for, you can do it using this handheld version, too. 

3 You can puree in the pot for easier cleanup.   

A regular blender needs to be able to fit all the ingredients you add into it but with a handheld blender, there’s no need! You can place the immersion head straight into the pot you cooked the potatoes and carrots in, and start blending without having to transfer the mixture to another container. Since it’s only the head that's submerged in the food, a quick rinse in soapy water is all you need to get it cleaned. 

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4 It’s not heavy.

Since it’s handheld, it has got to be light enough to be held in one hand— the best characteristic of this blender. It’s not bulky at all, unlike a regular blender with its large and heavy jug. The heaviest part is the actual body of the blender but since it's long and slim, it's easy to handle and use with a simple push of a button.

You don't need to fill compact cooking areas with items found in bigger kitchens. A couple of essentials that are smaller but can pack a punch in terms of power and function can help you get through different tasks. It's just a matter of discovering what you need, sourcing for the right one, and making a purchase.

 

This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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