If I had to make a list of the small appliances I use most in my kitchen, my hand blender would be at the very top. I love hand blenders so much that when our traditional blender broke, I didn’t even bother searching for a replacement–between the hand blender and our food processor, the regular blender spent most of its time gathering dust in a cabinet. Hand blenders (also called immersion blenders) are less bulky than traditional blenders and clean-up is much easier with them too–what’s not to love?
Well, with my previous hand blender, there was a lot not to love. I went through three of them in about two years–they kept breaking on me! Coincidentally, after my last one broke, KitchenAid offered to send me one of their 5-speed hand blenders to review. I was ready to find another brand of hand blenders to buy anyway and since I’ve been so happy with KitchenAid appliances in the past, I was excited to give KitchenAid’s hand blender a try.
The first thing I noticed about the KitchenAid hand blender was how solid it was in comparison to my previous one. You know how sometimes you can hold something in your hands and feel that it’s well-built and sturdy? That’s how the KitchenAid hand blender feels–it feels like a quality product. It comes in a nice carrying case with an array of attachments. Oh yes, attachments! Because the KitchenAid Hand Blender isn’t just for blending. Check out what it can do:
There’s an attachment for just about anything, making this hand blender much more versatile than a traditional countertop unit. In addition to the traditional smoothies, soups, and crushed ice, you can use the KitchenAid Hand Blender to make gravy and mince (Multi-Purpose Blade), make lattes, frappes and pancake batter (Frother), emulsify dressings and beat egg whites (Whisk), and make salsas, pestos, and crumbs (Chopper).
My last hand blender had a chopping attachment, but it rarely worked and when it did, it smashed more than chopped, so I stopped attempting to use it. When I was making a small batch of pesto last week (with my abundance of purple basil!), I was about to ask my husband to take the food processor out of the cabinet for me when I realized–hey, I can try the chopper attachment for the KitchenAid Hand Blender! It worked beautifully, finely chopping the basil leaves, cheese, and pine nuts for perfect pesto.
Still, what I use the most is the blender attachment. The blending pitcher is ideal for smoothies, milkshakes, and batter; for soups and other bigger jobs, you can simply put the hand blender directly in the pot or bowl. Yes, that’s right, no more waiting for soup to cool, putting a few cups at a time in your blender, pureeing, returning to the pot and reheating. With a hand blender, you puree the soup right in the pot. Best idea ever!
With peaches and raspberries in season, I decided to make a Peach Melba Shake using vanilla frozen Greek yogurt and the KitchenAid Hand Blender. I used the blending pitcher and S-Blade blending attachment to puree the raspberries and blend together the peaches, frozen yogurt, and milk. In about 5 minutes, I had creamy, peachy milkshakes ready to drink–and much less to clean up than if I used a regular blender!
Be sure to head over to my Facebook page, where I’m giving away a Kitchenaid Hand Blender this week!
Using juice instead of milk gives this Peach Melba Shake a more peachy flavor. So good!
- 3 oz. raspberries
- 2 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1 large peach, chopped
- 1 1/2 c. vanilla frozen Greek yogurt (or ice cream)
- 1/4 c. peach juice or nectar
- Combine raspberries and sugar in blending pitcher and use S-Blade attachment to puree. Pour into small bowl. (If you don't like raspberry seeds, you can pour the puree through a fine mesh sieve.) Rinse and dry blending pitcher and attachment.
- Place peach, frozen yogurt, and juice in blending pitcher. Blend until peaches are pureed and shake is smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Pour 1/3 of shake mixture in glass(es). Spoon half of raspberry puree on top of shake and continue to fill glasses, alternating between puree and shake. Garnish with peach slices or raspberries, if desired.
Disclaimer: I received a hand blender from KitchenAid to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own.