Commercial kitchens are a place for creativity and hard work. At its best, a professional kitchen is a well-oiled machine, sometimes producing as many as hundreds of meals per service. commercial immersion blender can easily blend large batches of food or liquid, allowing for quicker food prep. Because of its strong performance in the kitchen, chefs are incorporating stick blenders into their daily routine. There are many ways to use an immersion blender and several features that make it a unique tool for commercial use.

Waring Immersion Blender

What is an Immersion Blender Used For?

Different from a traditional blender, an immersion blender can be submerged to blend up ingredients directly in the cooking pot or container. Blending directly in the original container allows for large batch blending and can save time with food prep. A stick blender is useful for a variety of prep tasks including whisking. See the video below of an immersion blender in use to discover the possibilities of heavy-duty stick blenders. 

The benefits of using an immersion blender lie in the versatility of use. While chefs often use stick blenders to puree soups or emulsify liquids, the interchangeable shafts offer a variety of other purposes. Another benefit of these handheld blenders is the mobility not offered with countertop blenders. 

Additional uses for immersion blenders include: 

  • Blend large batches of stock, or cooking liquids 
  • Create lump-free gravy or batter 
  • Emulsify dressings or marinades 
  • Blend smoothies or juices
  • Puree soups like tomato or broccoli cheddar
  • Blend ingredients for a house pasta sauce

How to Use an Immersion Blender

With all the uses available in a handheld blender, there are some tips and tricks for keeping things running smoothly in the kitchen. Any chef will tell you that improper use of an immersion blender can lead to messes and sometimes injury. Keep these tips in mind for the best way to use a stick blender. 

Start Slow and Speed Up 

Make sure to use the lowest speed when you start to blend. This avoids the mess of potentially hot liquids splattering in your kitchen. Increase speed gradually as you blend. 

Hold at a Slight Angle 

High-powered immersion blenders submerged in liquid can create suction while operating. Hold your stick blender at a slight angle to help break up suction created, but not splatter your wall with liquid – this will make it easier to move around while blending. 

Blend from Bottom Up 

Don’t start blending at the top of your pot of liquid. Instead, have your blender start at the bottom of the container and work your way up. Working this way will help eliminate splatter and give a smoother blend. 

Use Circular Motion 

Move the stick in a circular motion to get even distribution in the liquid. Using circular motion will ensure every ingredient gets blended with the same consistency. 

Cool Hot Liquids 

Allow your hot liquids to cool for a period before blending. If you choose to blend in the original cooking container, cooling the liquid before blending will help prevent burns. 

Keep Sleeves Away 

Similar to using a countertop or floor mixer, keep sleeves out of the way of a handheld blender. Sleeves can get caught in the blades of an immersion blender and cause injury to the operator. It’s best to wear short- or tight-fitting sleeves when operating this type of blender.

Popular Features

Commercial immersion blenders are unique due to their power and high capacity blending. There are some distinctive features to commercial hand blenders that are common across brands. A standard commercial blender typically has a long cord for mobility, a heavy-duty motor, and has interchangeable sticks for customization. Listed below are some standard and optional features for commercial immersion blenders.

RobotCoupe Immersion Blender

Feature 

Benefits 

Standard or Optional? 

Interchangeable Blending Sticks 

  • Different capacities of liquid  
  • Blending in different sizes of container 

Optional 

Whisk 

  • Whip creams and frostings 

Optional 

Wall Mount 

  • Hang for storage 

Optional 

Bowl Clip 

  • Clip onto side of pot/bowl when not in use 

Optional 

Variable Speeds 

  • Change strength of blend 
  • Start slow/go high 

Standard 

Heavy-Duty Motor 

  • High-volume blending 

Standard 

Long Power Cord 

  • Mobility 
  • Use blender away from the wall 

Standard 

Lightweight 

  • Mobility 

Standard 

High Quart Capacity 

  • Large batch blending 
  • Long-term use 

Standard 

Tips for Cleaning and Maintenance

While immersion blenders are convenient and capable of blending high volumes, it’s important not to neglect cleaning this equipment. Since these blenders are submerged into cooking liquids and foods, it can be challenging to ensure that the entire piece is clean after every use. We’ve written some tips for cleaning to ensure that your immersion blender is properly maintained.

Immediately Remove and Wash Blending Sticks

A blending stick is the largest part of your blender that touches food, so be sure to immediately detach and wash after use. Clean the blending stick with hot water and a non-abrasive food safe cleaner. Ensure the stick is completely dry before storing to avoid water build-up. Check your manufacturer’s owners’ manual to see if your blending shafts are dishwasher safe!

Get the Crevices

As important as it is to thoroughly clean the blending stick, it’s also essential to keep the main unit sanitized. Daily, you should be cleaning the blending unit with a mild food-safe cleaner and rag, ensuring that you get all the areas that food could be hiding. Even though the blending unit might not directly touch food, it still should be kept clean and sanitary.

Store the Blending Unit

Many blenders come with a place to hang your unit on the wall for storage. This is the best method to keep your blender safely stored and out of the way. You may also choose to store your immersion blender in a cabinet or in a drawer to free up counter space.  

Note: Some manufacturers sell wall-mounted racks to hang your blender and shafts on! These racks give you an organized station to keep all your immersion blender accessories.

Top Immersion Blender Manufacturers 

The industry leaders in manufacturing immersion blenders are known for reliability and power. Look for these vendors at Central Restaurant Products when searching for the right immersion blender!