A stick mixer (also called a stick blender or immersion blender) is a space-saving and easy-to-use appliance to make light of everyday tasks. Stick mixers are roughly wand-shaped and designed to be gripped and held at the top, where the motor and controls are located and feature a rotating blade at the opposite end. The stick is designed to be immersed in thick liquids and food solids, where the blades can be directed and moved around for finely chopping, puréeing, mixing, liquefying and blending.
Since they can be used in any bowl, saucepan or pot, stick mixers are a great way to cut down on clean-up after cooking – especially seeing you don’t need to transfer food to blend it so fewer dishes will get dirtied. Also, many stick mixers have a detachable blade for easy cleaning.
Stick blenders can be used for emulsifying homemade mayonnaise, blending nutritious baby food, whipping up batter, blending smoothies, making homemade sauces and creating smooth, creamy soups right in the pot.