Blend me up, Buttercup

I kind of have a thing for kitchen tools. (I know, you’re shocked.) For me, a stick blender is never going to be a “must-have” item for the average kitchen, but it’s definitely a “nice-to-have” item. I have both a regular blender and a food processor and I still use my stick blender quite a lot.

All of that said, a good stick blender can be really expensive, so a deal like this may be the right one for you if you’re on the fence: Right now Amazon has the Cuisinart CSB-76 SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender for just $20 if you’re willing to forgo that rainbow of color options and just get the white. This is not the latest version; the newer model has two speeds and costs $35. (My stick blender only has one speed. I have no idea why you’d want two speeds. Isn’t the point to pulverize whatever you put it into?)

And because I know it’s inevitable that someone will ask what a stick blender is good for: Black bean soup. Not having to pour hot soup into a blender and risk splattering it everywhere to blend it down is very, very nice. Also it’s good for a quick late-night milkshake. I mean, allegedly.

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8 Responses to “Blend me up, Buttercup”

  1. 1
    DawnA April 9, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Perfect and thanks for the tip. I’ve been wanting one but didn’t want to pay $30+ dollars to see if it would be useful. $20 was very reasonable.

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    Leslie April 9, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Okay–don’t laugh. Well, not right away, but this stick blender is totally necessary for soapmaking. Honest to God. I ordered one because I want one for regular food-esque use, but many (most?) soap makers swear by their stick blenders. Me? I use the paint stirring attachment on my power drill, but, well, that’s just me.

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      Mir April 9, 2013 at 8:47 am #

      Not laughing! I had no idea, but hey, whatever works. :)

      • Leslie April 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

        My middle son asked a friend’s mom “where her kitchen drill was” since he didn’t see it on the counter, like at our house. Am total SoapGeek. –L

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    Suzanne H April 9, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    It’s also good for healthier mashed potatoes. Since it pulverizes so well, the potatoes mash with almost no liquid so you can skip most of the butter, cream, sour cream, milk – whatever you generally use. I can usually get away with a few drops of milk and they are still creamy and delicious!

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    Tracy April 9, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Thanks, Mir! I’ve been watching sales to replace on I had when we lived overseas. Who knew they were so expensive?! $65…really? $20 is way more like it. Yep, I love it for potato soup, bean soup, veggie ragu, etc.

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    Robin April 9, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    At 7:11 a.m. pacific time this blender is no longer available from this seller. :(

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    karen b. April 9, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    aaaah, missed it. they do have a bunch for <$20 with free shipping in the used section (Amazon Warehouse deals) though, if you don't mind repackaging or "minor cosmetic damage."