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Tuesday Treats: Stick Blenders!

by Nick

A few weeks ago, I did a giveaway for some mushrooms that people seemed to really like.  And this makes sense.  People like free stuff.  People especially like free kitchen stuff.

So I decided to start a new series here on Macheesmo called Tuesday Treats.  The idea is pretty simple:

I give you guys stuff on Tuesdays.  Not every Tuesday.  But at least once a month.

I’ve been hesitant of doing giveaways on Macheesmo because I didn’t want to be over-ran with products.  Turns out that if you are giving stuff away, companies want you to give their stuff away.  Here’s what I promise about these giveaways though:  Most of the things for Tuesday Treats will be purchased by me.  It’s just a thank you from me to you for reading.

If I do giveaway things that I get for free then I’ll disclose that and also vigorously test the product before giving it away.

These giveaways also aren’t going to drag on for days like some do.  They are quick.  You’ll only have twelve hours to enter and win.

Like this post, every Tuesday Treats post will go live at 7AM Eastern Time and I’ll pick a winner at 7PM.

All you have to do to be entered to win any Tuesday Treat is leave a comment!

So without further ado, the first Tuesday Treat is two of these beauties:

I have to say that before I had a stick blender I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about.  I mean, can’t you just use a normal blender?

Most of the time yes.  But it’s so much easier to just stick the blender in the pot and whirl up whatever you’re blending.  It makes clean-up easier and cuts down on your prep time pretty significantly.  Plus, they are one of those things that maybe most people wouldn’t buy for themselves but, I promise, you’ll use it once you get your hands on it!

If you need some tips on what you could use your blender for, here’s a few of my favorite recipes that I use my stick blender for:

Cauliflower Stilton Soup – Really creamy and delicious.

Butternut Squash SoupThis will be great in the fall.

Kidney Bean Soup – Really healthy soup that freezes well.

Homemade Mayo – You know my obsession with mayo these days.

Some other ideas that you could use your new blender for include smoothies, whipped cream, sauces like hollandaise, salad dressings…

I think you get the idea.

Leave a comment before 7PM Eastern time to have a chance to win one of two stick blenders!

Tuesday Treats are fun right?

WINNERS

UPDATE:  Two random winners have been selected!  Congrats to Margie and Kristi for winning the blenders!

Remember that the Tuesday Treat contests are only open for 12 hours, so if you’re interested in having a chance to win, the best way to keep up is to subscribe to Macheesmo via email or via RSS.  Following me on Twitter doesn’t hurt either!



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184 comments on “Tuesday Treats: Stick Blenders!

  1. My big sis introduced me to your site and I'm so glad she did! Thanks for the great recipes and for making cool food not so intimidating. Rock on!

  2. I love Macheesmo! I'm not sure how I stumbled upon the site, but I've been a follower for a long time. The furthest recipe I can think back to is taquitos two ways – so how long ago was that? I know I've fallen for two April's Fools pranks. Anyway, I love your site. I've made several recipes of yours and I'm never disappointed. Thanks for the entertainment. I've been wanting a stick blender, but I have a vita mix, so I just can make myself purchase one – I know I'd love it though!

  3. Man, one of those things would be dead useful for butternut squash. I never actually thought of using one for that, so I always end up emptying the whole pot into the blender, then sticking it back in the pot to let it boil.

  4. Think of the beverage concoctions that can be made with that! and perhaps my gravy wouldn’t be as lumpy…

  5. I think HAS to be more convenient than dragging out my huge blender. And easier to clean, too. I want one!

  6. I too would love a stick blender. I also can wait to get to the store for beets and gruyere cheese to make the beet recipe in your last blog. Your photos are beautiful.

  7. I used to have a cheapy stick blender and did EVERYTHING possible with it, til I wore it out. I don't know why I haven't gotten myself another one but I would LOVE to win this one.

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes. I love reading them and have even tried some….some succeeded and some that didn't (those were entirely my fault though).

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  8. A stick blender is literally the only kind of blender that will fit in the kitchen of my pre-war 400 sq. ft. apartment. I already have the perfect home for it on my Ikea kitchen cart next to the collapsible strainer and my secret stash of emergency bourbon … dang it, so much for the mini-Maker's Mark bottle being my little "secret".

  9. What a great idea! I haven't been cooking much lately, but a new stick blender might be just the thing I need to get going again!

  10. I've never used a stick blender, I'm sure if I had one I would use it all the time though. Nor I know what to tell the hubby when he asks what I want for Christmas!

  11. I have always wanted one of these, but its like you say, I would never buy myself one…unless it was really cheap at Ross :)

  12. Cauliflower stilton soup???! YUM. I’d be making that if I won this hand blender! Hell, I’ll make even if I don’t!

  13. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I've been wanting one of these for a long time. I very rarely buy for myself. I seem to buy things I'm longing for as gifts for other family members. It sure would be a treat to have one of these just for me!

  14. I've made a cauliflower and stilton soup a couple times and it is such a pain with a regular blender since I need to do it in 2 batches. I could really use a stick blender!

  15. I've been wanting one of these for a really long time! And anxious to try it with your mayo recipe. Get soooo tired of all the garbage put into our food. Have tried making mayo with my food processor (more than once) and have had success only once. Frustrating stuff. But as my husband says, you must have the right tools for the job…

  16. You're absolutely right. A stick blender is not something that I would buy for myself. If someone were to give me one, however….

  17. I have been wanting a stick blender for the longest time to make soups and creams for my desserts! I love reading your blog and appreciate your generosity with the give-away.

  18. Your blog is always so entertaining and filled with great ideas. And I would love to have a stick blender for soups!

  19. I love your blog! I really appreciate the photos you take of each step in the process of a dish. It takes the guess work out of cooking!

  20. I would love a stick blender! I see it used on the Food Network all the time and it looks like a cool little kitchen tool!

  21. Nick, it's amazing just how many of us read and follow you! Thanks for the Treat and keep up the good work.

  22. Ooooooh, I've been meaning to pick one of these up. I make tomato soup fairly frequently and having to use two different pots and a blender tends to make a mess, whereas this would allow me more to time to drink. Er…I mean, entertain my guests. :D

    Also, any chance that Foodie Fights is going to come back this year?

  23. I've always sort of thought "Ooh, stick blenders," but, like you said, will probably never buy one for myself. Heck, I've given them to other people as gifts, just…never touched one personally.

    I'm ready for autumn now, btw, so I can go make that cauliflower stilton soup!

  24. Thanks so much for the giveaways! You are right that it is something I would never buy for myself, but I would LOVE to have one to make more soups and things. I truly love reading your blog and have successfully made a few of your recipes.

  25. When I am looking for a recipe or thinking about what to make I always search your blog first. Every recipe of yours that I have made has been awesome. I would like to make some of the recipes that you have used your emulsion blender for with this type of blender. Maybe I will get to try them after winning!

  26. Oh, I have been wanting one of these. I started making soup last fall and this would have helped in a few cases. Thank you so much, I've been enjoying your blog.

  27. I recently found your blog and have been addicted ever sense. I would love to win a stick blender…I have heard it is once of those things you don't know you need until you have it! :) Thanks for your great recipes and generosity.

  28. Wow. Near idea nick. Bet Betsy suggested it
    Big increase in Comments too

    They are really neat To work with , just like the magic bulleti got from
    My mom
    Be well. Good luck with all

  29. i would love an immersion blender! i hate pouring back and forth from the dutch oven to the regular blender! help!

  30. I would LOVE to have this for my two teenage boys who make smoothies on a regular basis as well as a big mess!! Maybe this could help! :) We are a family of five who LOVE all your recipes. Every time we have something "new" the kids and hubby ask, "is this Macheesmo". The pimento cheese muffins are one of their absolute favs and my husband loved the addition of olives in those. Thanks for all you do and post!

  31. Woo! Stick blenders are so good! Apart from the obvious, my favorite use is making homemade mayo in moments!

  32. I've been wanting to learn to make soup and the stick blender would be perfect to try out one of your recipes! Thanks for doing these.

  33. I would love to have this, especially for soups. Never thought about using a stick blender for smoothies, but it sure would be more convenient.

  34. I’ve always wanted a stick blender! But like you I just figured that I could use by standard blender.

  35. I have been harassing my parents to buy me a hand blender like this Cuisinart or a KitchenAid for a couple months now! Actually, I'll be totally honest. It was your homemade mayo post that did it. I really really don't like mayo in a jar. If some restaurant accidentally puts it on my sandwich, I either painstakingly take it all off while grumbling the whole time…or I send it back. Yeah. But when I read your post, I realized that the ingredients of mayo are nothing I dislike. I should like this stuff! If it's made right! So began my obsession with getting my hands on a good hand blender.
    Keep rockin, man :-)

  36. I would blend the hell out of some cauliflower soup. A little garam masala, some naan on the side, bam. Delicious stuff.

  37. Tuesday Treats! How fun and very generous of you! I've always wanted a stick blender to make soups.

  38. Oh Oh Oh, I was just contemplating buying one of these!

    Love your recipes and sense of adventure in the kitchen!

  39. Many years ago I ordered a stick blender off of the TV. When the box arrived I was so excited because now I could make fat free whipped toppings. Soon I was finding many uses for my imersion blender. I was cooking a lot back then and I made soups and smooth sauces that impressed. My all time favorite was making italian style ices. As the liquid would freeze, I would blend the mixture and after two or three times I had delicious and healthy versions of a summer family favorite. I am in Cali now and have been thinking of getting another just so I can make ices.

  40. Love the Tues Treat…who doesn't love a new kitchen gadget…great idea! By the way…friends and I were talking about your blog, and we'd love to see your take on chocolate pancakes. We were talking about how delicious chocolate chocolate chip pancakes would be. :-)

  41. LOL, I love how the comments pick up when you mention free stuff!

    I just moved into a new apartment (of my very own! yay!), and had to leave my big trusty blender with my mom. Sad times. :( I've always wanted to make a creamy cheesy potato soup, but it's such a PITA to get everything in the blender and then blend it without over blending and making it gross.
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  42. Great giveaway ! Cuisinart have really terrific products. A smart stick hand blender, everything from soups to smoothies can be made with it. Thank you for giving me a chance to win.

  43. This is a brilliant idea :) I love reading your blog and a number of your recipes I have tried were big hits, especially your cauliflower mac and cheese! I'd love to have my very own stick blender. Every time I have used someone else's I have been envious!

  44. Woo! Stick blender! Now I won't be confined to blending only the things that can fit into my blender, like fish tanks and bathtubs. Tuesday Treats is a fantastic idea (and I like that it is FAST). Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. I have been wanting an immersion blender for the longest time! Our D.C. kitchen is too small for a full size one, and I would love to win this!

  46. This is something I have always thought I could have fun using for cooking. I really love that you share things with us so we have a better idea of whether we will like them or not. As always Nick, You ROCK!

  47. I've wanted one of these for ages because whenever I make butternut squash soup i have to blend the soup in batches because my blender won't hold as much as my dutch oven does. In the end I always end up with a butternut squash soup mess all over the countertop.

  48. I love your blog, and I always get compliments when I make your recipes. The most recent winner was Yogurt Marinated Chicken, which I've already made three times. My father-in-law begged me for the recipe. :p

  49. I just looked at some stick blenders at our local Cook's Warehouse store here in Atlanta. I do use my blender to make different soups ( especially in the fall ) and I thought a stick blender might be a little easier to use. I will try the different soups you posted so thank you for posting them and I'll keep my fingers crossed that I will have a new stick blender to try out when I make them!

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