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Old 06-25-2010, 10:12 AM   #11
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I have a new Cuisinart immersion blender. It's a whole lot easier to use than the 20-year-old one I had (that mostly stayed in the drawer).
This one really does a great job of pureeing right in the pan.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:10 PM   #12
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I also have the Cuisinart stainless model and it is fantastic. It has the chopper attachment which I managed to break. I also have the whisk and it is really handy when I am whipping the egg whites to fold into my waffle batter. It is also great for whipping cream, it whips really fast.

I had a Braun for over 15 years and it was a workhorse, it didn't have the detachable bottom. This thing would even crush ice! It was still working when I gave it to a friend.
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:37 PM   #13
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My mom has brought two from Wal-Mart, they were both plastic and after a little use the head tries to fall off while in use! I haven't owned one of the nice metal ones (I really want to get one soon) but they seem to be really well made. Just make sure if you want it to last long don't get a plastic one!

Also you may not know this but you can also whip cream with it.

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:47 PM   #14
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I have a Braun 200 watt and a Braun 300 watt 2 speed, both from thrift stores, and both work great. When I host the shelter, I always make breakfast in the morning, including scrambled eggs (some with chorizo). If you want to scramble eggs for twenty guests in a hurry, these things can't be beat. I have the whisk head for the 200 watt model, but seldom use it. These Braun's both have plastic bodies and shafts, and I have had zero problems with either.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:45 AM   #15
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Stick blenders with metal heads will destroy the non-stick coating on non-stick pans, and will badly scratch stainless steel and enamel pans.

The more powerful the motor is in the blender, the more difficult it is to use properly in a saucepan as it should be used in a figure of eight pattern, and can "run away" from the direction you are using it if you're not careful.

I have a collection of cheapo stick blenders, a couple with whisks and also small chopping containers that the motor part just clicks on to, and the only stick blender I have had to chuck out was an expensive one with a steel head.

[The reason for having more than one is to enable me to keep different ones for different foods, so I don't run the risk of possibly tainting anything.]
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:47 AM   #16
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...[The reason for having more than one is to enable me to keep different ones for different foods, so I don't run the risk of possibly tainting anything.]
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I don't understand this.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:22 AM   #17
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I use a small kitchen aid hand mixer. It's great because it has seven different speeds and since it's small it's easy to store. And the plus side...it's pink!
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:47 AM   #18
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I have a Kitchenaid immersion blender that is great for pureeing soups & sauces right in the pan--it's super easy to clean, the bottom just pops off and goes in the dishwasher. It takes up little space in the pantry, too. I love it!
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:36 PM   #19
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June and I have the same one, and I really like the chopper bowl that comes with it. One slick, multipurpose machine.

Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender with Whisk & Attachments at Cooking.com
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:10 AM   #20
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I don't understand this.
I keep strict Kashrut therefore a stick blender that has been used with anything dairy cannot be used for, say, blending chicken soup, and vice versa.

I also have one that is parve, ie isn't used for anything either dairy or meat, such as blending vegetable soups.
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