Most people make their smoothies using a standard countertop blender. But can you make smoothies with immersion blenders? This is a popular question that needs a little bit of digging to answer. Can it be done? Is it worth the trouble? And what are the advantages?
Today I will answer all these questions for you. The basics of an immersion blender suggest that you can indeed make smoothies with one, but you definitely can’t make giant batches. If you are looking for a single smoothie made in a glass jar, and you don’t want the hassle of a big and heavy countertop blender, an immersion blender might be the best choice for you.
Immersion blenders tend to be cheaper, they have quite a few interesting uses, and they have a surprising amount of power. Immersion blenders store easily out of the way, they don’t take up a lot of electricity, and many of them come with exceptionally strong blades and motors.
Can You Make Smoothies with Immersion Blenders?
The short answer to this question is yes. You can absolutely blend a small serving using your immersion blender. If you have a quality hand blender with good blades, it can pulverize frozen fruit and vegetables just as well as your standard blender.
But there are a few differences. With a standard blender, all you need is to pour the ingredients into the container, activate the blender, and sit back and wait. But with an immersion blender, you have to pour all your ingredients into a container and then insert the immersion blender, at which point you take control over the blend.
This is a safe process, it takes about the same amount of time as a normal blender, but maybe a little bit longer, and it doesn’t create much of a mess. Although it is important to note that if you are thinking about making a smoothie inside of a small glass, you could expect quite a mess. It is better to make the smoothie inside a large container and then transfer it into a glass.
Can you make large batches with an immersion blender? Yes and no. An immersion blender is certainly powerful, but if you’re trying to blend 48 ounces of frozen fruit and vegetables, you are going to be at it for quite some time. I recommend a maximum serving of about 12 or 16 ounces per blend. This is about the same you would get with a standard NutriBullet Blender.
As a side note, if you don’t have a special beaker or container, you can definitely use a wide-mouth jar or glass container for mixing your smoothie in. When using an immersion blender, one of the most popular containers to use is a mason jar.
How to Blend a Smoothie with an Immersion Blender
Now I will give you some great tips on how to make an easy smoothie using your immersion blender. Because the blades are so small and concentrated in a tiny area, you want to have smaller pieces of fruit and vegetables. For example, if you are blending a frozen banana, try cutting it into small pieces and dropping each piece into the beaker or jar.
When blending kale or spinach, be sure to pack the leaves at the bottom and then attack them with your immersion blender. Blueberries and strawberries are simple enough, while nut butter, soft fruits, and seeds should go into the mixture last. Any hard seeds or nuts should be sprinkled into the mixture once the softer ingredients have already been blended. This will make it easier to blend hard things.
Never forget the liquid base. You want enough liquid inside the container, using either some kind of milk or some kind of water so that the ingredients are submerged. If your immersion blender is not completely immersed in liquid, you are going to get a lot of splatters and it won’t blend your ingredients properly.
Think about driving your lawnmower over a puddle. This is what will happen if you start blending before your immersion blender is underneath the liquid. Always start beneath the liquid. Once you are submerged, press the button to activate the immersion blender. You will then want to move the machine up and down to get all the little pieces blended.
Sometimes little chunks can clog your blender, and if this happens you simply need to unplug the machine and then pick out the hard chunk. Whatever you do, never put your fingers inside the blender unless it is unplugged. It is way too easy to accidentally hit the button and chop a few of your fingers off.
Benefits of Using an Immersion Blender
Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few advantages to using an immersion blender rather than a standard countertop blender. First of which is the cleaning aspect. Immersion blenders are very easy to clean. Simply rinse your tool underwater, give it a bit of a scrub, then let it dry on the counter. All the corners and crevices are easy to reach with a cloth.
Then there is the price. Immersion blenders are quite cheap, and you generally won’t pay more than $50 or $100 for a quality unit. This is a stark contrast to an expensive countertop blender that could cost you upwards of $500.
A lot of people enjoy the control they get with an immersion blender as opposed to a standard blender. You actually blend the drink with your hands, moving the blender up and down until you have reached the perfect temperature. This is ideal for some people and a hassle for others. So, it really comes down to preference.
Finally, immersion blenders can be used for a wide variety of different tasks. They can certainly blend, but they can also be used to grind dry grains and chop vegetables. If you want a smart way to chop onions when preparing a meal without getting your eyes watery or accidentally cutting off your thumb, and immersion blender can do it for you.
To sum everything up, an immersion blender can definitely make your smoothies. It is cheaper than a normal blender, easier to clean, and it has a lot of useful applications.