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Can you please come and tell me about your soup maker?

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HoHoHopeForTheBest Thu 06-Dec-12 17:12:52

I mean the all-in-one machine, rather than "dh" etc grin

I keep hearing about how fab they are and am wondering whether it would be something worth investing in.

The way I do soup at the moment is cook it either in a pan on the hob, or in a bowl in the microwave, then use hand-held blender to get it smooth. Is there any advantage in using a soup maker?

And what else can you use it for?
I already have a proper blender which I never use - it was a free attachment on my Kenwood mixer. The mixer gets used loads and loads and loads (do a lot of baking).

Um, that's it really! Just would like to hear if you have one and how you find it, then can have a think whether it might be something we'd use too.
Thank you smile

magimedi88 Thu 06-Dec-12 22:07:22

Never heard of a soup maker. I make soup at least once a week in winter.

I sweat all the veg in butter & a dash of oil to stop the butter burning -very low heat for 10 mins with a sprinkle of salt, unless there is bacon in there or pulses & then I don't salt until the end.

Then add stock or water & hubble for about 20 mins.

Leave to cool a little & then I just use the stick blender to smooth it all together. Taste! Season!

My best soup is Summer Soup - ie: summa this & summa that - usually all the left overs in the fridge!

GreenandwhitePenguin Sat 08-Dec-12 16:42:10

I always make my soup in a pressure cooker. Just fry some chopped veg in oil, add seasoning, herbs and stock and it is ready to blend in about 2 mins. A pressure cooker is more versatile than a soup maker so better if you are pushed for storage space in the kitchen. It is very economical too, lentils and pulses take a few minutes and no soaking.

Alonglongway Sat 08-Dec-12 20:15:55

I've got the Morphy Richards soup maker - the kettle style - only real advantage to saucepan that it's very simple and self contained. You can pop off and do something else, easy for the DC to learn to use.

HoHoHopeForTheBest Sun 09-Dec-12 17:30:04

So if there's no real point to them, why do people have them? I was hoping there would be some secret to them which made them superior to saucepan + blender in some way grin

I know lots of MNers have one - it comes up a lot on various food threads. I just need to lure them all onto here to tell me about the joys of their soup makers....

Selks Sun 09-Dec-12 17:33:23

You sure you're not thinking of slow cookers, OP?

wannaBe Sun 09-Dec-12 17:33:46

the advantage is £££ to the companies who make them and market them to the gullible and make them believe that having a soupmaker is somehow preferable to using a saucepan and a blender.

Nothing wrong with owning one if you have the money and space, but it's just a gadget really.

IslaValargeone Sun 09-Dec-12 17:37:15

shock at 'just a gadget'
I'm a lover of kitchen porn and have been looking at the cuisinaire soup maker, still undecided though.
I make such a bloomin' mess when I make soup, the idea of a self contained thing is very appealing.

HoHoHopeForTheBest Sun 09-Dec-12 19:36:40

No, I'm def. thinking of soup maker!

I did ask a similar question about slow cooker though - I basically use a casserole dish and the timer on my oven to achieve exactly the same thing, so as far as I can see, I would have no advantage in getting a slow cooker.

I admit I am disappointed. I thought I was going to get soup making aficionados coming on here and raving grin grin

FrillyMilly Sun 09-Dec-12 19:42:10

I make soup on the hob then blitz in the blender. From what I can tell a soup make would just mean I don't have a pan to wash. If the blender broke I would consider one as I don't use the blender for anything else.

Surely the advantage of a slow cooker over the oven is it costs a lot less to run a slow cooker for several hours.

Groovee Sun 09-Dec-12 19:42:19

My dad bought one and returned it for being crap.

Rwep Sun 09-Dec-12 19:43:06

Do you mean this Vitamix

A friend at work has one and talks constantly about how fab it is. I can only do shock at the price

I love making soup - have done River Cottage's Parsnip and Ginger today which is to be highly recommended, but I did just use a saucepan and a hand held blender.

HoHoHopeForTheBest Sun 09-Dec-12 20:24:20

shock shock at the price of that Rwep!

vigglewiggle Sun 09-Dec-12 20:29:37

I'm not sure how easy it can be that it beats a saucepan and a handheld blender. The pan goes in the dishwasher and the blending wand tingy takes seconds to clean. I think you can live without it.

NUFC69 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:01:09

I bought a soup maker from QVC - I think it is Cooks Essentials and cost about £40 - I loved it until it packed up about a month after I had bought it. The replacement has just come, so hoping that that is all right as I have bought one for my sister for Christmas. You can either just chuck everything in the machine, press the button and off it goes; of, if you have a recipe that you prefer to use that involves browning, do that in a frying pan and then chuck it into machine. You can either have the soup liquidised, or just chunky, and there is a button so that if you add, say, cream, it will blend it in for you.

I found that I was using it a lot; it makes enough for four people, so I would freeze half of it. I also found that if I had left over vegetables I was making "interesting" soups by just putting whatever I had in the machine and pressing the button - something I would never have done before in a pan.

I guess it depends on how much soup you are going to make - my DH and I are at home every day and home made soup is lovely at this time of the year.

Asinine Mon 10-Dec-12 18:05:33

Coming up next on QVC

a soup maker cleaning kit


valiumredhead Mon 10-Dec-12 18:10:09

The only thing you need is a heavy based saucepan and a stick blender.

No need to spend £100 on something you plug in. Reviews weren't great when I looked either.

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