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#1 of 11 Old 11-25-2009, 12:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I probably only take this thing out 4-5 times a year but when I do I love it!!

I just finished roasting some suger pumpkins and butter nut squash. Threw them into the same pot I sauteed the onions and bay leaves in, added cream, stock, butter and spices and walla!! Soup is done!!

Same with my sweet potato casserole. Boiled the taters, drain then put back in the same pot, add butter, brown suger and spices. Quick blend and they are ready to be topped with the raw walnut crumble I made yesterday and baked.

So how odd am I that a mere appliance can make me so happy??

this is (todays) love of my life, I paid $19.99 10 years ago!

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Yup, love my submersion blender too. It got a work out Monday for the cranberry Chutney and will again tonight for hte white and sweet potatoes. It also worked for making baby food for the small time we used purees.

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ah yes, the craberry relish. I usually make that in my cusinart because I make so much but since the hand blender is out......

BTW (and nothing to do with blenders, LOL) this is my new favorite craberry relish. It is so, so good that poeple have started requesting it. I make a ton and bring as a hostess gift thru the holiday season.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...inot-Noir-4383

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups cranberries (about 8 ounces)
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 cups Pinot Noir or other dry red wine
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 teaspoon curry powder
Large pinch of Chinese five-spice powder

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cranberries and fresh ginger; stir until cranberries begin to burst, about 3 minutes. Add wine and sugar; boil until mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes. Add crystallized ginger, curry powder and five-spice powder. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover; chill.) Serve sauce cold or, if desired, rewarm over low heat, stirring often.

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I have one but have never used it.

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I use my hand blender almost every week, when I make a creamy (but dairy-free) broccolli soup that DD2 enjoys packing in her school lunch.

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I adore mine, too. I just made broccoli soup with it. It is awesome for pureed soups because you don't have to transfer it all to a blender little by little which is a huge pain and makes a huge mess.
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It is awesome for pureed soups because you don't have to transfer it all to a blender little by little which is a huge pain and makes a huge mess.
You can make a cream of X soup from almost anything in minutes with a hand held blender!
Some of them are dysfunctional though... I tried to make cream of root veggie soup at my mom's once and realized at the crucial point that her handheld doesn't really work, so it took me a good 20 minutes to get the soup blended up instead of 2 minutes like it normally takes.

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Yes, I love mine too! Or we do. We use it all the time.
We have this one, with those additions, I think I payed like 80-90$ for it.

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mine came w/ everything that one does except for the whisk for 19.99! I dont think the whisk would cost $60! Must go check since i know they sell attachements.

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mine came w/ everything that one does except for the whisk for 19.99! I dont think the whisk would cost $60! Must go check since i know they sell attachements.
I don't know, but it might be totally different price levels. We live in scandinavia. And mine is not concidered expensive at all, and is one of the cheaper models, with those two attachments. The cheapest I've seen without attachments are just around 35$. (No way you would get one here for 19.99$, unless second hand.)

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that must be it. Here in the US small appliances work under a really low margin/markup. When I was a buyer for items like these we might pay $10-12 and retail for $29.99 fulleyexpecting to sell the majority at $19.99 w/ the vendor kicking in $$ to cover the markdown dollars. Unlike the speciality retailer I work for now that gets huge markup! We pay $5 bucks for a novelty tee that we can retail for $39 and then promote at $24.99.

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