I use an immersion blender to make my own smoothies - I can stick it right into the glass with the ingredients. Then the end pops off and can go in the dishwasher. It is so much easier to use and clean than a regular blender!
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I recently purchased a Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. This is an immersion blender that was only $40.00. I used to make soups and stews and have to blend half of the mixture in my Vita-Mix which I also love. But now, I can just use this handy blender right in the pan to blend. So much easier! It also came with an attachment that chops, veggies, fruits, and nuts very well. What a deal!
AT the end of every week I go through the crisper for unused veggies and through the freezer for ends of bags of veggies. I toss everything in a big pot with a boullion cube or two and cook it to make soup. Add leftover chuncked meat or chicken if you have it. You can just chop it all, or use the immersion blender on it for a different style of soup. If I'm using the immersion blender, I also add any bits of leftover cheese. You could cook ends of boxes of pasta or broken spaghetti, and add
The soup is never the same twice, but I do it every week and we have it three times a week. A real time and money saver.
I couldn't live without my stick blender (immersion blender)- Makes smoothies and soups so much easier to prepare when you don't have to transfer from the blender and clean up is a breeze!
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