When we bought a high-speed blender we were beyond excited. We had been thinking of taking the plunge for years (and even had a jar to collect money that I left in my pockets and placed in the wash to put towards it) and we were pumped to get one.
I don’t know why we were so excited. There was the promise of smoothies (it’s true that the blender is so fast that it will even blend strawberries seeds smooth!), the ability to puree hot soup and the ability to crush ice for cocktails. These were all exciting ideas but not exactly reasons to invest in a significant piece of kitchen hardware.
When we bought the blender we watched the awful video that came with it. Friends had warned us to watch the entire thing before using the blender less we’d risk personal injury or improper use that could burn the motor out! We watched the video dutifully and found most of it to be mind-numbing. Until the video introduced…. wet chopping!
I had never heard of wet chopping before. It’s an easy way to quickly grate/ chop vegetables into little pieces in moments! Here’s how it works:
- Place vegetables in the blender. If the vegetable is large (like an onion), cut it into pieces. If it’s narrow (like a carrot), place multiple carrots in the blender (I tossed 7 or 8 carrots into the blender last night).
- Cover the vegetables with ample water.
- Turn the blender on (generally on low).
- As large pieces of the vegetable are chopped into small pieces, the water carries the smaller pieces to the top of the blender and allow the larger pieces to hit the blades and get chopped.
- Strain the vegetables!
The water is important; it allows the small pieces to circulate and get out of the way of the larger pieces.
Wet chopping isn’t as ‘pretty’ as grating or chopping veggies by hand. But it is convenient – I can chop an entire onion, a few stalks of celery and 3 or 4 carrots in less than 30 seconds. On a busy weeknight that can be the difference between cooking from scratch or ordering in!
I’m pleasantly surprised at how often I use the high-speed blender; even more surprised at how often I use this technique!