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Sunday January 24, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Immersion Blenders - A Cook’s Best Friend

My friend Joanna recently told me that she wanted an immersion blender for her birthday but she didn't know which one to buy.  And as you might imagine, I immediately told her which one I purchased, and why.  But I know there are a few great models out there - so Joanna - this review is for you!!

Breville BCS500XL 9.6 Volt Cordless Immersion Blender with Recharging Base

This is the immersion blender that I use.  One of the main considerations for me was the convenience of a cordless immersion blender.  I have limited counter space near my stove where I predominantly use it.  It does the trick for me but its controls are sensitive and finicky, and sometimes stalls out.  I, of course, have figured how to outwit it but it may frustrate others.  I think if you can live with a corded model, I would get a different one.  You can buy this model at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breville-BCS500XL-Cordless-Immersion-Recharging/dp/B000MDASFC


SmartStick Brushed Chrome Hand Blender 

by Cuisinart
I figure when a model is back-ordered due to overwhelming demand and the majority of the reviews are raves, AND if the price is compelling, look no further....Here are the features according to the manufacturer:


  • Powerful 200-watt motor handles more blending tasks


  • Stick design reaches into pots, pitchers and bowls to extend blending options


  • Ergonomically designed grip offers comfortable hold and more control while blending


  • Operates with a one-touch control for easy, one-handed blending

    KitchenAid® Immersion Blender
    Here are the benefits according to the manufacturer:

    • Variable speeds provide greater processing control that adjusts to handle a variety of foods, beverages and soups.
    • The premium stainless steel blending attachment reaches an 8-inch immersion depth.
    • The stainless steel splashguard covers the blending blade to prevent splattering of ingredients.
    • The stainless steel whisk maximizes air in mixtures for fluffier egg whites and whipped cream.
    • The 4-piece chopper attachment quickly chops herbs, vegetables, fruits, cooked meats, nuts and cheese.
    • 5-ft. power cord provides exceptional freedom to move around the kitchen.
    Most of the Kitchenaid reviews were extremely positive.  I think these new models have a lot going for them - the 8" immersion depth, for one.  And they have made the power cords longer if you can live without the cordless.  Some of the Kitchenaid models come in fun colors like red.  The one I would have on my wish list, if price were not a concern can be purchased at www.surlatable.com  http://www.surlatable.com/product/id/131824.do#