A hand blender makes quick work of liquefying vegetables and fruits. The sharp blades and powerful motor of a hand blender, also known as an immersion blender, can smooth sauces, take the lumps out of gravy, or produce velvety cream soups. A hand blender can also make a smoothie in seconds, right in the glass. When you're done, you only need to wash the hand blender's blades, not an entire blender assembly. Experiment with different combinations of fruits, juices, yoghurt and milk to create delicious homemade smoothies.
Put your fruit, juice, and other ingredients in a tall glass. For best results, the glass shouldn't be over two-thirds full. The blender will incorporate air into the mixture as it works, so you'll need to leave room for the air to expand the mixture.
Position the blender in the glass, all the way to the bottom of the glass. Turn it on. Start with the lowest speed if your hand blender has more than one power setting.
Shut off the blender when your smoothie reaches the desired consistency. Remove the blender and stir the smoothie. If it's too thick, then add a little more juice and blend again. If it's too thin, you can blend in half of a banana, some yoghurt or some crushed ice.
Clean the blender by blending a glass half full of soap and hot water. Rinse and allow to dry.
When using ice in your fruit smoothies, chop the ice or crush it before adding it to the other ingredients. A hand blender won't pulverise big chunks of ice.
Avoid hard fruits such as apples or underripe peaches or pears. The hand blender won't blend these well.