I recently purchased a soup maker in order to kick start healthy living for 2018!
Although we already own a food processor and blender, it is a lot of effort to make everything, cook certain things separately, wait for it to cool down before you can finally blend it altogether…nightmare. Plus our food processor is massive and takes up so much room in our kitchen.
This is the soup maker we bought which was £39 at Tesco.
- 6 Functions; smooth, chunky, juice, soy milk, blend and jam
- 1.7 Litres
- Heats for an hour after finished
- Comes with soup jug, measuring cup, tamper and strainer
- 6.4 Pounds in weight
I love this soup maker for several reasons:
- Is it versatile
Despite the main reason for buying it was to just make soups, you can also create smoothies, jams, soy milk and use it as a blender.
- Easy to clean
As soon as I have scooped all of the soup out I will just put some warm water in the maker, let it sit for a few minutes and empty. All you need to do is wipe the sides down and then put the blade under the sink to clean it.
- Simple to use
All you need to do is select whether you want smooth, chunky, blend etc and click start!
On average, to create a smooth soup it takes 21 minutes and it will stay heating for an hour.
- Extra Heat
As mentioned above, after a soup has finished being made the maker will keep it heated for an hour. This is very handy for me so I can create delicious soups an hour before Matthew comes home and it is ready for us to eat!
Any bad stuff?
- The cable
I do not know if it just mine, but the cable that connects at the bottom of the soup maker sometimes feels a bit loose.
- Wide surface area
The instruction manuals says you should not place the soup maker next to anything while it is on. The only place I have in my kitchen that is suitable is in between the sink & fridge, which means I need to move the kettle, tea, coffee etc. out of the way before using it.
The soup maker becomes very hot while it is on and condensation appears on the lid. You cannot get any water on the outer parts of the maker, which is a little frustrating when I have to get up and check on it every 5-10 minutes to make sure it any water vapour has not got on the outside.
- Kinda loud
The first time I used my soup maker it scared the living daylights out of me! During the end of the cycle, it goes onto blend mode automatically (as it is placed on smooth) so when it kicks in it is quite loud. After a while you get used to it; I reckon it is quieter than a standard blender.
These are all the soups I have recently batch cooked – all of them have been set on the smooth setting as I do not like chunky soups!
I have used recipes that I have found online and just altered them slightly – it is worth mentioning that when filling the container up there are two lines: minimum and maximum.
Tomato & Pesto Soup
Recipe Inspired by BBC Good Food
- 2 Cans of chopped tomatoes
- A couple of tomatoes (if you have them)
- 2 Tablespoons of tomato puree
- 2 Tablespoons of pesto
- Half a red pepper
- 1 Whole onion
- Chicken Stock cubes
- 1 Litre of Stock
- 2 Garlic cloves
- Pepper, salt & other herbs if you wish
Recipe inspired by Jamie Oliver
- 300-400g of mushrooms
- 75ml Single Cream
- 2 Celery Sticks
- Chicken or vegetable stock cubes
- 1.5 Litre of stock
- 3 Garlic cloves
- Salt, Pepper, Thyme (other herbs if you want!)
Recipe Inspired by Jamie Oliver
- 450g of Broccoli
- 2 Celery Sticks
- 2-3 Spring Onions
- 50ml Single Cream
- Chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 Litre of Stock
- Salt, pepper & thyme (other herbs if you wish)
I would highly suggest buying a soup maker if you want to create simple, quick and easy meals which you can freeze for another day. I do get sick of eating the same thing so I will use my soups to incorporate with rice, pasta and even sauces to go over some chicken with veggies.