I’ve never been much of a chef, so once we finished school, I made a point of teaching myself to cook. As I became more comfortable in the kitchen, I suddenly found myself using many of our abandoned kitchen appliances, especially the food processor. I used it for everything: guacamole, sauces, dips, dressings, and glazes. From time to time, I also used the blender for soups – although I usually found it to be more trouble than it was worth. Although I had survived for many years without one, I could no longer imagine cooking without a food processor – the blender I could take or leave.
Our old blender/food processor combo had a total of 9 parts (some are stacked in the picture):
Our immersion blender has only 4 parts (this includes a beaker and lid, which we could probably do without):
The new device meets both of our needs. It can handle an infinite amount of volume (at least for our purposes – I’m sure it has its limits) and it is extremely easy to store. While our food processor and blender worked well, the immersion blender is much more useful because unlike the other two, it isn’t a pain to use. It is easy to assemble (if you can even call it that) and there are fewer parts to clean. As a result, we find ourselves using it for small jobs we normally wouldn’t have considered hauling the old food processor out of the cupboard for, like mincing garlic. The immersion blender is a great tool for any home kitchen, but it is absolutely perfect for life aboard a boat.