If there’s one thing I’ve learned after I embarked on my culinary journey a few years ago, it was that I needed some stuff. While we already had a kitchen full of various pieces of equipment, much of it wasn’t up to snuff. Take bowls for example. While we had tons of irregularly shaped, sized and colored bowls, we needed some serious glass ones to deal with all the rigors of cooking while still looking presentable on camera. I’ve purchased a knife set, a potato peeler, cutting board, dinnerware, a whole bunch of other things and now, a hand blender. When I compare this hand blender to the other items I’ve purchased, it ranks right up there with the knife set. That means it’s ultra important.
There is one primary task I undertake when it comes to this hand blender and that’s blending soups after they’ve finished being cooked in the pot. Everything is nicely softened and the recipe tells me to scoop the contents up, in batches, and place those scoops into a blender to puree. This is the point at which I am troubled. I’d have to say that 99% of the time, the soup I place in the blender is too thick and it doesn’t exactly blend all too easily. Then, towards the end of all this scooping and after most of the soup has been blended, the remainder is far too thin and it blends like it’s water. When I attempt to blend the starting batches, the thickness causes me to do silly things, such as mix everything up (while the blender is on) with a wooden spoon to make sure everything processes thoroughly. I did this just about a month ago and I touched the spoon to the blender blades. Needless to say, I now have half a wooden spoon. That was my favorite one too.
With this new hand blender, I don’t have to concern myself with adding batches of soup to the blender anymore. Now, I cook the soup any way I wish and when the time is right, I connect the proper attachment to the handle and simply blend the ingredients, right inside the pot. It only takes a minute or so and after I finish, I wonder how in the world I ever did without this piece of heaven.
We bought a hand blender years ago in Walmart, but it didn’t last long. It cost only around $15 and while it did its job for a while before flying apart, it was weak and untrustworthy. The primary blending attachment somehow came loose and the internals ended up in whatever it was we were blending. Because of this, I knew this time I needed something much more substantial. I needed quality, so I made that my primary focus.
I’m happy to report that after two limited uses, I can say that Braun makes quality. We’ll see how this blender fares over the long term, but so far, so good. I picked this hand blender up on Amazon for $79.95 and can definitely tell the difference between this one and our last one. This one is heavier. It’s got a rubberized handle grip and it runs very smoothly. It also comes with a few different attachments, such as a whisk that make whipping cream seriously a chore of the past. It’s got a small container with a blade inside of it to chop up nuts and whatever else you would like to put in there. It can mash potatoes and of course, it can puree soups. Really, this was the most important thing to me. Quality and blending up soups. I think I’m happy.
Below, I’d like to show you some photos of the hand blender. The official name is the Braun MQ537 Multiquick Hand Blender, so if you’re looking for one of these things, I can suggest this one. It’s really great.
This is the rubberized handle and where the motor resides. Everything connects to this piece.
This is a photo of the blender attachment connected to the motor.
Here’s a close up view of the blade of the blender attachment.
This blender even has a whisk attachment.
If you’re into mashed potatoes or anything like that, this is a photo of the masher accessory.
And finally, here’s a view of the two cup chopper. As I mentioned above, this is great for chopping nuts, salsa, breaking down avocado, making hummus and so many more things.
If you’re interested, I took a photo of the front of the Braun Multiquick 5 box as well as the top of the box.
So there it is. My new hand blender that should help immensely with preparing dishes to share on this blog. If you have any questions about this piece of kitchen equipment, please leave a comment down below. Thanks for reading!