Soup er 1/27/12

Published On: Jan 24 2012 12:36:26 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2012 12:37:51 PM CST

Chef Leslie Lampert is well known for her soups. She makes all kinds and says the key to her success is her immersion blender. Leslie Lampert "You just put it in whatever size pot you have, and you can blend the entire contents of the stock pot in one fell swoop." While Leslie uses a big industrial immersion blender, there are many available for home kitchens. Consumer Reports tested six to see if the blenders are all they're cooked up to be. Mandy Walker "To use these blenders, you hold them in one hand, dip them in whatever you want to mix, and then push a button to start." Some immersion blenders come with a chopper and a whisk. So you can use them to mix smoothies and whisk eggs, as well as purée soup. To test, Consumer Reports puréed soup … … and blended frozen strawberries and peaches with yogurt to make smoothies. The most expensive blender tested was the Bamix Professional for 180 dollars. "However it wasn't as good as the others at puréeing soups, and it was the lowest-rated blender." And the Waring Pro Professional blender left behind a lot of chunks of unchopped fruit. But Consumer Reports did find some winners and named this 50-dollar Miallegro MiTutto a Best Buy. It rated excellent at puréeing soups and did nearly as well at making smoothies. ."