Real foodie talk – what is your favorite kitchen gadget?

My favorite kitchen gadget – Hand Immersion Blender.

That sounds like a mouthful!

What is it? It is a handheld device that allows you to puree anything in the pot you are preparing it in. Need a soup pureed? Use the immersion blender to puree it in the pot on the stove! Making homemade tomato sauce in the crockpot? Just blend in the crockpot and continue to let it cook!

I realized this was my most essential kitchen tool the other day since I was getting ready to post yet another recipe and noticed “emulsify” was in my directions, and it often is. It occurred to me that I give people directions to emulsify things quite a bit, but I have not explained the tools I use to do so! Well, here she is.

What I love about my immersion blender is that it has two attachments: one for emulsifying, one for whisking. I often use the whisk one surprisingly a lot, since it is a lot easier to make some whipped cream, or nice firm egg whites, versus getting my big monster mixer down out of the cupboard.

Sauces, soups, desserts, frostings, whipped cream… my immersion blender frequently is put to use for these.

Here are a few recipes I have blogged that I rely on my handheld immersion blender for:

Crockpot Tomato Basil Soup
Cauliflower Puree Soup

So, fellow foodies – what is your favorite kitchen gadget? Do you have a handheld immersion blender at home, and do you use it?

Recommendations for your favorite appliances welcome 🙂 I want to hear them!

If you are interested checking them out, here are some links to immersion blenders like mine (Affiliate):

BELLA Hand Immersion Blender with Whisk Attachment, 250 Watt RED 14460

KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender – Contour Silver

Abbey Co. Seattle is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. I am not sponsored by any of these products, but am bringing you info on how to purchase them because I LOVE THEM!!! 

27 Replies to “Real foodie talk – what is your favorite kitchen gadget?”

  1. A good thermometer(thermoworks or thermopop) a sharp knife (mac is my favorite, victorinox for budget picks), and cast iron from lodge. You can do just about anything with those 3 things. I miss the crap outta my stand mixer, though….

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  2. Ha! I love mine too. Although in our family we call it a “zhoozher” because of the noise it makes when you use it. I never really thought it was weird until this moment 😂. Also, not so much a gadget but I love my stone bake wear.

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    1. Haha that is supper funny! I love how families come up with all those silly names… when I was little my dad made a French beef recipe and couldn’t figure out how to pronounce the French word for beef (boeuf). My mom called it “boof” and that was our word for beef for years.

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    1. I think my food processor is my runner up. I think this is my favorite too because I like that I can hide it away easily when I’m not using it. I don’t think my food processor juices! If it does, I don’t know how to use it, haha!

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  3. I had a conversation with a friend about this the other day! For me it has to be my blender, closely followed by my spice grinder, they both work magic 🙂

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      1. Hi Abbey
        One day I thought I had enough of grinding and bought a wet and dry spice grinder. It is just amazing, the spices take no time at all and you can put wet food in there as well, like ginger, garlic, I have even made a spinach puree when I only needed a little! 🙂 Isn’t it funny how attached we get to some of the kitchen gadgets? 🙂

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  4. We have one and while I don’t use it a ton when I need to puree a hot soup I am always really glad I have it! Honestly, I love my KitchenAid mixer. I’ve had it 14 years and it’s still going strong!

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  5. Mine is definitely my Ninja “slow” cooker. It actually has a ton of different settings and accessories – you can use it as a crock pot, roaster, a stovetop, a fryer and even an oven! It’s easy to use, fairly large in size, and SO easy to clean. It makes meal planning and preparation so simple for me.

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      1. Just make sure you have a splash protector – that was my mistake the first time I used it as a fryer! I got some grease burns. My arms learned the lesson for me the hard way. But! It can be done. I use the roasting rack the most to do pork loins and chops and have veggies underneath.


    1. Cast Iron is a good one! We only just purchased a cast iron skillet this year and felt like total slackers that it took us so long to get one. A total kitchen staple! My mandolin is another one of my favorites.


  6. My favorite kitchen gadget is my slow cooker, or atlas it was purchased as a slow cooker. It has 8 settings (Rice · Quick rice · Brown rice · Cereals · Oatmeal/Porridge · Steam · Slow Cooking/Soup · Cake) and the rice it makes is INCREDIBLE! Just a shame it’s quite bulky, and used so often i can’t tuck it away neatly in the cupboard!
    I don’t currently have an immersion blender, but your post has made me want one… My mum has a great one which also came with a potato ricer head for great mashed potato… maybe i need to invest!


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