An immersion blender, or stick blender is a kitchen appliance to blend ingredients or puree food in the container in which they are being prepared. They may be used for pureeing soups and emulsifying sauces. Some can be used while a pan is on the stove. Immersion blenders are distinguished from blenders and food processors
that require food be placed in a special vessel for processing. They are distinguished from hand mixers which do not chop the food as it is blended.