Everything You Need to Know About How to Use a Soup Maker
Warming, hearty soups full of goodness - what could be better in the cold, winter months?
Soups are a fantastic way to nourish yourself and your family with heaps of vitamins and nutrients, as anything that gets boiled out of the veg stays right in the pot. They’re also great for preventing food wastage: just throw everything you’ve got sitting around into the soup to use it up.
But if you have a busy lifestyle, the problem you might have is a lack of time or energy. How can you find the time or the will to make a good, healthy meal regularly?
Answer: a soup maker.
Find out more about how to use a soup maker and all their benefits in our useful guide.
How Does a Soup Maker Work?
Basically, soup makers do all the hard work of making your soup for you. All you need to do is add your ingredients and it will do the rest.
There are different kinds of soup makers with various functions: for example, many have different blend settings, such as Chunky, Smooth and Cool Blend for gazpacho-type soups or smoothies. The time it takes to make varies for each model too: the hugely popular Salter 1.6L Soup Maker will have your meals ready in just twenty minutes, though more basic models may take a little longer. The capacity also differs from model to model of course, so you need to consider whether you’ll be making soup for just one or two people, or a full family.
How to Use a Soup Maker
It’s very easy to use a soup maker. Start by roughly chopping your veg and throwing all the ingredients into the pot. Then select which mode you want to use, which is done either with a button or a touch-screen LED display. These differ with each model but they generally include Chunky, Smooth and Cool settings for smoothies. Some also have a memory function, so if there’s a recipe you love, select this and you’ll get consistent results every time. Once you’ve made your selection, you can sit back and let your soup maker take care of the cooking.
Many models also have a Keep Warm function, so if you’re not quite ready to eat when it’s cooked, it will keep it nice and hot for you.
Is It Worth Buying a Soup Maker?
There are lots of benefits to having a soup maker. Here are the main advantages:
- Time-saving - If you have a busy family life or work long hours and don’t have the energy to cook after your commute, having a soup maker will help you immensely, freeing up lots of your time. Once the ingredients are in the soup maker, there’s nothing else for you to do! You can enjoy time with your family or get some other chores done while your personal electric chef gets on with the cooking. What’s more, it’ll get the job done in roughly twenty to thirty minutes.
- Ease - Instead of having to keep an eye on the temperature, make sure it doesn’t boil instead of simmer, and blend it with a hand blender, you can simply let the soup maker do all the work. And if you have a model that has a memory function, you don’t have to worry about following a recipe exactly - you can just tap a button. Plus, if the kids are playing up and you’re not quite ready to eat when it’s finished, you don’t need to go to the effort of reheating it: you can simply hit the ‘keep warm’ button.
- Health - It’s easy to reach for quick, unhealthy options when you don’t have the time to cook, but with a soup maker, cooking is so easy you don’t need to compromise your health.
- Multi-functionality - Soup makers can also create smoothies, exciting drinks, dips and sauces in a flash. This means you don’t need to invest in any other appliances to make them, so you’ll have a less cluttered countertop.
- Less washing up - No hand blenders, no big heavy pans or other equipment to wash - you’ve got just the one pot to clean.
- Money-saving - Whether it’s pre-cooked soup you’d be buying, expensive smoothie cartons or pricey baby food, you don’t have to with a soup maker as it’s so easy to make them yourself. This will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Why Does My Soup Maker Burn on the Bottom?
If your soup maker burns on the bottom, it may be because you need to give it a stir once in a while during cooking, or the temperature is too high. It may also be that the liquid to solid ratio isn’t quite right.
If you have an older model, it might be worth investing in a new one that has intelligent control to prevent burning, such as the Daewoo 1.6L Soup Maker.
How to Clean a Burnt Soup Maker
If things haven’t quite gone to plan and your soup maker has burnt on the bottom, it’s very easy to clean it. Simply fill it with hot, soapy water, leave to soak for around fifteen minutes and clean with a coarse sponge.
To make things even easier, you could try a model with an easy cleaning mode like the Tefal 1.2L Easy Soup and Smoothie Maker.
Check out our full range of soup makers and enjoy delicious, healthy meals without any of the hassle.
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