Have you ever used your stick blender for Chopping?

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  1. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    Has anyone ever used a stick blender to chop veggies for things like soups, stews or stuffing instead of a knife? I've just begun to wonder about that, even though I have a manual chopper. :wink:
     
  2. I've never tried that, but I think I'll try that sometime. It seems that it would make uneven cuts unless you pre-cut everything to fit under that little immersion blender "hood". I never use the immersion blender anymore because I don't like how incompletely it blends things in a pot (I'd rather just pour it into a blender so everything is uniformly blended).
     
  3. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    it probably wouldn't work. I DO have a big Cuinart food processor, but who wants to drag that heavy thing out & dirtying it up every time a chopping job, regardless how large or small the chopping job is?!! :headshake:
     
  4. Helping hands

    Helping hands New Member

    Location:
    London
    I wouldn't personally as late night was saying you would have to "cut it up to fit it under the hood" so if you've started with a knife why not just carry on with it, personally I get a lot of satisfaction from using my knives.
    Ps. Using anything mechanical is cheating lol
     
  5. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Our stick blender came with an "attachment" that is a mini food processor as well as a "whisk" attachment, but we've never used them. I have used the smaller food processor to zap veges for Trinity and Sofrito, but only rarely. I prefer using a knife.
     
  6. zuludog

    zuludog Active Member

    Location:
    Lancashire
    A stick blender is designed to be used in liquids
    If you use it dry you might damage the bearing at the bottom of the shaft
     
  7. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    If you are chopping veges with lots of water content, liquid will appear almost instantly.
     
  8. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    I hardly ever use the stick blender. However, mine has a mini chopper which I find really handy. It's ideal for small quantities of coriander leaf, garlic, ginger, onion, tomatoes, mint, basil, cheese, etc.

    This is garlic.


     
  9. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

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    SE Florida
    Craig didn't remember that I have used the attachments. I've used the whisk attachment many times and also the mini food processor for very small quantities. They both worked well, but are limited to fairly small amounts.
     
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  10. Yes...I have one of these as well (and it seems that @CraigC / @medtran49 also do). This is where I get most of my use of the stick blender motor: it's useful when I don't want to mess with the full-sized food processor.
     
  11. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

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    SE Florida
    No actually, we get the most use of it as an immersion blender, which is why Craig doesn't remember me using the attachments. Also, because he doesn't usually whip cream, make aioli/mayo, or make fiddly little things like I do sometimes. We've had it quite a few years. I don't remember the brand off top of my head but I do remember researching and we got the best rated one. It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't the most expensive either. Ended up being a good investment though as it has lasted quite a while. It's even got 10 speeds. We got it for a specific reason, though I don't remember why, because we gave our old to our daughter since she didn't have one.
     
  12. I also use the whisk attachment for frothing egg whites and cream (though just as often I might grab the blender....the whisk attachment fits both, and my stick blender only has 2 speeds, whereas my blender has 10).
     
  13. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    I have a Chinese made hand held mixer which has 7 speeds. They range from 1 (fast) to 7 (a bit faster). It wasn't expensive.
     
  14. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    Guess that I would need one of those cute little baby machines. :wink:
     
  15. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Hard core eh? :happy:
     
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