Although the majority of you reading this have probably used the traditional methods for making broths and soups at home, you may be thinking it’s time for a change with an electric soup maker.
If you want to be able to make soups without the hassle of cleaning up various blender parts, crockery and cutlery there is very sound reasons for buying a soup maker. We have discussed the reasons why you should buy one elsewhere and reviewed a few different models on various pages on this site. However, you may still be curious as to how they actually work.
This is exactly what we’re going to take a look into!
The Basic Principles Of How A Soup Maker Makes Soup
In short, you add all of the ingredients for your soup at the same time, choose the consistency of soup you want, such as blended, smooth or broth-like with chunks, then press a button. You then leave the appliance for around 20 to 30 minutes and when you come back to it your soup will be ready to serve up and enjoy. Or if you prefer, you could chill or freeze it for later.
Typical Style Of Soup Makers
From the outside, most soup makers look like very big kettles. Basically, they are a glass or stainless steel, small and compact unit with a heater at the bottom of the device. If you open the lid you will find a blade attached to it, that will spin around and slice and cut ingredients when the appliance is switched on. Not only does it chop and slice but it also mixes the ingredients, ensuring that everything is incorporated into the soup.
This is obviously ideal if you lead a busy life (Really these days, who doesn’t?) and want to enjoy healthy, fresh and warming soups without all the hassle that comes along with making them.
It really depends on the soup type and the model of soup maker you have, but you can expect your soup to be ready within 30 minutes or less.
Although there are exceptions, generally speaking most soup makers have a maximum capacity of around 1.5 to 1.6 litres.
What Settings Are Featured On A Soup Maker
This is something else that will differ from brand to brand and even model to model, but the higher quality soup makers will have a selection of options for the type of soup you want to make, as previously noted. It may be choices such as “smooth and creamy”, “chunky” or “combination”. There usually will also be a manual choice so you can mix and blend the soup to meet your own specific preference. As many soup makers have other purposes too, to add versatility and make them better value for money, you will find some that make juices and smoothies and may have separate features and buttons for those functions.
What Are The Major Benefits Of Using A Soup Maker?
A soup maker will chop the vegetables and mix them with the stock to make one complete meal in one pot, with a very limited amount of mess generated to clean up.
Although you could use a slow cooker and your stick blender to make soup, this still means that you have 2 appliances rather than one to clean up.
Some Handy Tips For Using A Soup Maker
- It is best to cut all ingredients for your soup to 1” diced pieces
- You should always ensure you have put the minimum amount of ingredients in the soup maker in order to avoid sticking and burning
- You must always make sure you do not go over the maximum point on your soup maker
- You should always wait until your soup maker has cooled before cleaning it
- You should always remember to unplug your soup maker before you start cleaning it.
- Never put your soup maker in the dishwasher, it is easy enough to clean and wash by hand.
- If you add stock cubes to boiling water you can make a nice and tasty and importantly QUICK stock to add to your soup.
- It is important that you add a little bit of oil when using sauté soup makers, as this will prevent burning.
- Remember, if you are looking to add a little extra thickness and texture, pasta and noodles heated in the microwave are great for this.