I love using my immersion blender, it can blend and puree almost anything in an instant. But since immersion blenders are often used in pots, do immersion blenders scratch pots?
I’ve used hand blenders for years and here’s what I know:
Yes, immersion blenders can leave scratches on pots if you come in contact with the bottom surface. Just hold it at an angle or blend a little higher than the bottom to protect your pots from getting scratched. Some hand blenders also come with silicone guards that can prevent scratches.
But there’s more to know about immersion blenders.
In a minute, I’m going to show you step to step how you can prevent your immersion blender from scratching your expensive cookware.
You’re also going to learn if a silicone guard to protect your pans and pots is right for you.
Let’s dive deeper into the world of immersion blenders!
Can you use an immersion blender in a pot?
Yes, you can use an immersion blender in pots. That’s what these versatile kitchen helpers are made for after all.
A stick or hand blender is also called an immersion blender because it allows you to purée food by immersing it directly in soups or sauces inside a pot or bowl.
But that doesn’t mean you should just start blending in pots without knowing how to use them the right way.
Before we can find out why some stick blenders can leave scratches on pots, we need to know how they’re built and how they work.
How immersion blenders work
The blade is covered by a surrounding blade housing that’s either made out of plastic or stainless steel.
The housing not only protects your fingers from getting too close to the blade but also prevents the blades from touching the surface of your pots.
Because the blade of an immersion blender is surrounded by a blade housing, the blade itself won’t come in contact with your cookware.
Why hand blenders scratch pots
If the blade doesn’t come in contact with pots, why do hand blenders still sometimes leave scratches on pots?
It’s because of the blade housing that can scratch your pots if you’re not careful. And that’s where the problem lies.
Do all immersion blenders scratch pots?
No, not all immersion blenders scratch pots.
If you’re buying an immersion blender, you could either get one with stainless steel or plastic housing. Plastic housings usually won’t leave scratches on your cookware, but stainless steel housings can.
A few stainless steel immersion blenders also come with plastic or silicone guards on top of the blade housing. They’re designed to prevent scratches and they work pretty well.
While I prefer stainless steel immersion blender for a variety of reasons (I’ll explain it later), plastic models or stainless steel models with a plastic guard are the safest choices when it comes to preventing scratches.
Do immersion blenders also scratch pans?
Yes, immersion blenders will leave scratches on pans. Honestly, I wouldn’t ever use an immersion blender in a pan!
Especially if you’re using non-stick pans, metallic immersion blenders can easily ruin it.
Pans are usually too shallow and it’s difficult to not scrape the housing across the bottom. The coatings can be pretty unhealthy if ingested, so it’s best to avoid blending in shallow pans especially if it’s a non-stick pan.
If you still want to use your hand blender in pans, make sure to:
- Only use it in high pans where your blender can be fully submerged.
- Start on a lower speed to see how it works.
- Try to avoid direct contact with the bottom, which can be difficult, because immersion blenders get sucked down by liquids.
In all cases, it’s better to transfer your food from a pan into a scratch-resistant mixing bowl so you have a deeper layer to work with.
Can you use an immersion blender in glass bowls?
I know people who use immersion blenders in glass bowls or mason jars, but I’m not one of them. I avoid blending in anything that’s made out of glass because it could chip or shatter.
I usually use stainless steel mixing containers. Sometimes I also use the plastic mixing bowl that came with my immersion blender.
Some metal bowls (like these ones) are made for blenders and mixers. They’re scratch-resistant and hold up very well.
Why I don’t like plastic immersion blenders
While plastic immersion blenders are inexpensive and won’t leave scratches on your pots as easily, I still prefer metallic hand blenders.
I once had a cheap immersion blender that was made out of plastic.
While I was puréeing a piping-hot soup for Thanksgiving dinner the plastic housing just melted away! Needless to say, I had to throw the soup away and I bought a stainless steel model.
Also, plastic models usually come with weaker motors compared to metallic models. If you’re blending a lot of tough ingredients like frozen fruits and ice, a plastic stick blender might not be the best choice.
How to keep your immersion blender from scratching pans and pots
When you’re blending with your hand blender inside pots, there are a few simple rules you can follow to prevent scratches.
- Try to avoid getting close to the bottom surface or the sides of the pot while blending.
- Keep in mind that blending creates suction and it helps to hold your immersion blender at an angle to prevent it from touching the bottom surface.
- Avoid blending small portions in big pots. Your immersion blender has to be fully submerged in order to work properly and prevent scratches.
If you’re worried about your cookware and want to avoid scratches at all costs, then just don’t blend inside pots or pans with your metallic immersion blender! You could either get:
- A scratch-resistant mixing bowl and transfer your food before blending.
- A metallic immersion blender that’s protected by a silicone or plastic guard.
- A plastic immersion blender, but make sure to not purée food when it’s steaming hot.
Follow these simple rules and your pots will thank you!
The best immersion blender that won’t scratch pots
There are a few stainless steel hand blenders that come with pan guards, so you can blend inside pots and pans without having to worry about scratches.
The models are all from KitchenAid because they patented it.
This KitchenAid immersion blender, for example, comes with a removable pan guard to help protect your expensive cookware. You can check it out here.
It comes in 9 beautiful colors that will fit perfectly in any kitchen. It has variable speeds and is easy to use and clean. A 3-cup BPA-free blending jar is also included.
This KitchenAid hand blender will even work on non-stick pans if you use the pan guard. It has plenty of power and will do almost any blending job.
Just in case you want a battery-operated and cordless hand blender with an included pan guard, KitchenAid got you covered.
This model (check it out here) blends up to 25 bowls of soup with one charge. It comes with the pan guard and a mixing bowl as well.
A cordless immersion blender will give you greater flexibility in your kitchen, but you’ll need to charge it.
With a quick charge of 20 minutes, you can make one smoothie or soup. A full charge that takes 2 hours will give you roughly 20 minutes of blending time.
Did I cover everything you wanted to know about whether hand blenders scratch pots?
In this article, we explored whether immersion blenders can scratch pots and pans.
While it’s true that metallic hand blenders can leave ugly scratches on your cookware, there are a few simple rules you can follow to prevent them.
If you want to avoid scratches at all costs, simply transfer your food to a scratch-resistant blending bowl before puréeing.
You could also get an immersion blender with an included pan guard that, if you use it carefully, won’t leave scratches on your cookware.
If you have any questions about immersion blenders, just leave me a message in the comments section below. I can’t wait to hear from you. Remember to stay vibrant, happy & healthy!