Hand blenders work best with watery ingredients like soup, eggs or purées.
Hand blenders are perfect for smoothing out soups, puddings, purées or sauces right in the pan. Be very careful when using your blender on hot liquids as these spill much easier than cool ones and are more dangerous when they do.
Depending on your hand blender’s motor power, it may work on harder ingredients but this might dull the blades over time. For extremely hard ingredients like coffee beans, ice cubes, nutmeg, grains or bones, use a table blender or a food processor instead.