Cooking at home can seem daunting, but can improve your health and save you money in the long run. In this series we will take a look at kitchen utensils and gadgets that can make cooking at home easier.

Today’s gadget is the immersion blender. This gadget is one of the pricier options in this series, but if you like homemade, creamy soups like tomato or butternut squash, then it’s a total game changer. It allows you to blend the cooked food right in the dish it was prepared in, so you don’t need to move it to a blender and alternate between letting out steam and preventing splattering everywhere. You save time by not having to blend in batches, and by cutting down on extra dishes. It’s also a good tool for making smoothies or homemade baby food. They generally retail around $35, with some as low as $20 and options with more heads like a whisk or frother as high as $100.