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How to Blender Puree Hot Soup

As previously noted, I prefer using an immersion blender to puree my soups. However, I realize that the immersion blender isn’t  a common kitchen tool, so I wanted to outline the correct (safe) procedure for pureeing a hot soup in a regular blender:

1. Hot liquids will expand when blended, so be careful not to fill the jar of the blender more than halfway (puree in batches if necessary).
2. To prevent the liquid from spattering, allow the heat to escape: Remove the cap from the hole in the lid, and cover the lid with a dishtowel when blending.
3. Repeat if necessary. Return soup to a clean saucepan to warm (for warm soups, obviously).*

*Source: Everyday Food: Great Food Fast

The Indispensible Immersion Blender

A few of the recipes I’ve posted so far mention using an immersion blender. I’ve gotten some questions about what this is, so I thought I’d do a quick post.

I have a Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender and I love it. I am, admittedly, a messy cook, and when a make a puree-style soup, the immersion blender saves me from having to clean up the mess that I would otherwise make transferring ingredients back and forth from my soup pot to a regular blender. I also use it to make breakfast smoothies — plain yogurt, whatever fruits I have in the fridge (or the freezer), maybe some milk or juice — easy and yum. To clean, just take off the end and stick it in the dishwasher, without having to make anything else dirty.

They cost around $30, which these days might seem a tad indulgent. But if you make a lot of soup (or smoothies), it could be worth it.



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