Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Essential CSA Kitchen Tools – Immersion Blender

By far, my favorite kitchen tool is the immersion blender! 
An immersion blender is so easy to use.  Mine came with a tall cylindrical container that you put ingredients in for blending.  It is easy to clean.  You only have to clean one detachable part.  I find this so much easier that the multiple pieces of a food processor.  All right, you should probably wipe down the top piece, but being able to immerse the actual blender without worrying about electrical parts is such a relief.  Two or Three times a week I pull the immersion blender out of the cupboard, pop it together and blend away – marinades, dressings, sauces, and soups.
During CSA season my immersion blender is used to make pesto, soup, salsa, sauce, and dessert.  Here is a sampling of Purple Cook Favorites that use an immersion blender.
Basil Pesto
Cilantro Pesto
Arugula Pesto
Parsley Pesto
Thai Butternut Squash Soup
Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp Relish
Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup
Salsa Verde
Strawberry Sauce
Eggplant Parmesan Caprese Salad
Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes
And that is just to name a few of the recipes in which I’ve used both CSA offerings and my immersion blender.
Looking forward to CSA season!  5 weeks till the first pick up!

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