Despite my fascination with kitchen gadgets, I really hate to cook. I love it when something comes along that can make cooking a little more fun.
I don’t dread it quite so much when I have a fun toy to play with. The Cusinart Smart Stick hand blender truly impressed me.
It’s pretty intuitive to use. I’ve never used another hand blender, but it wasn’t hard to figure this one out. The blending attachment is stainless steel and easy to cleanâ€”you just pop it off and put it in the dishwasher.
I made pumpkin-carrot soup and was surprised by how quickly the ingredients blended together, smoothed out, and became a creamy, comforting soup. My husband made eggs with it, and they were extra fluffy.
All you do is hold it below the surface of the food in the bowl, push a button, and let it do the work. Press the same button again to turn it off when you have the consistency you want.
This blender is comfortable to hold and I didn’t have any problems with the soup splattering while I was working with it, which the description attributes to the scalloped edges of the blending attachment.
My husband told me about an interview he heard on NPR. The woman being interviewed had spoken with a French chef about soup, and he couldn’t say enough good things about using an immersion blender to get the texture right. He wasn’t kidding.
Seriously, within about two minutes, our (cooked) carrots and pumpkin puree had turned into a perfectly creamy dish, thanks to the strong motor and excellent design.
The price isn’t bad, either. It retails for $39.99, but you can often get it for less. For example, you can find this particular model at Kohl’s, and they frequently run sales or mail out coupons and discount codes so you can save more. I ended up paying about $23.00 for mine.
I can’t think of anything negative to say about this hand blender. It seems like Cuisinart thought of everything.
Photo credit: Kohl’s