Hand Blender

Don't use the hand blender for blending hands

The hand blender is the ideal utensil to use in cheffing applications where a blender is too cumbersome and a whisk too insubstantial

ESSENTIAL USER NOTES

Blending immiscible ingredients, such as yoghurt and lager, is best achieved with a hand blender, for example, when preparing Pavlova Sandwich Salad.

Firstly, and most importantly, this is not a device for blending hands - the name of the utensil simply refers to the fact that it blends things and it can be held in one hand. It's extremely important that you don't get this wrong as absence of one or more functional hands can cause a wide range of practical difficulties for the chef. Don't forget this, ever.

The other thing not to forget is that, being an electrically powered utensil, in oprder for it to work effectively, you will need an appropriate power source, most typically an electrical wall socket, within reach. You can use the hand blender without this, but it won't be particuarly effective and blending of any kind will take a lot longer.

Health and safety warnings aside, the hand blender is, as its name does suggest, quite handy. In function, it fits comfortably half way between a whisk and a conventional blender. It's too insubstantial to handle most chunkies, and unnecessarily complicated for whisking Tizer, so at first glance you might assume that it is a utensil for which there is no practical culinary need. But this is far from the truth. It is the fact that it falls exactly half way between whisk and blender that makes it just perfect for whipping up milkshakes, smoothies, certain less chunky chunkies, soup, gravy, sauces, porridge, and tapioca pudding, any or all of which can be conveniently made straight in the glass and be ready to drink in moments.

Apart from the above uses, and for macerating jelly and eggs, it really isn't much use for anything else, although the lower section can be removed and used as a passable table decoration.

The hand blender is more versatile than first appearances may suggest
Use this utensil to make Pavlova Sandwich Salad, and Odin's Longship when you are in a hurry or when you don't have a Bowie knife conveniently to hand to macerate the jellied eggs with.

QUICK START GUIDE

DO:

  • use the hand blender for blending things, when a full-sized blender is too big or too unsubtle and when a whisk is too small or too insubstantial;
  • use the hand blender to macerate jellied eggs if you need them macerated quickly;
  • use the hand blender to make some of the less chunky chunkies;
  • at a pinch, use the bottom half of the hand blender as a table decoration.

DON'T:

  • under any circumstances use the hand blender for blending hands. Ready, Steady, Chuck! accepts no responsibility for loss of limbs caused in this way by novice chefs who don't take our essential utensils advice;
  • use the hand blender without first plugging it in to the mains supply and switching it on, as generally this will mean it takes a lot longer to blend things with. The only exception to this rule is when the hand blender is being used as a table decoration.

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