Sometimes I am just not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.
I have owned an immersion blender like this one for nearly 15 years. I have used it occasionally to make chocolate pudding (sometimes pistachio), grind nuts, whip cream, and--back in the day--to mix some Slim Fast. Dutifully, for nearly 15 years whenever I have made a blended soup (cream of broccoli, asparagus, red pepper, whatever) I have followed the instructions and run it through the food processor in batches. What did I think an immersion blender was for?
Thankfully, a couple months ago I ran across the page in my America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook that had a picture of a stockpot with an immersion blender sticking out and said "an immersion blender can be inserted directly into the soup pot, saving you the bother of cleaning up a messy blender or food processor." Duh!
Have you done anything dumb lately? If so, the purpose of this post is to make you feel just a little bit smarter.