These soup makers-cum-blenders let you steam, saute, blend and boil – right in the jug. RACHEL XIE made a soup and smoothie in these two.
MAYER DELICE SOUP MAKER MMSM175 $399, from Mayer CAPACITY Holds up to 1.75 litres of ingredients for beverages, or 1.4 litres of ingredients for soups. FUNCTIONS It has four blending speeds, a pulse mode and an icecrushing function. It doesn’t have a steaming function. HOW IT WORKS The base of the glass jug is a detachable nonstick hotplate, so you can saute food first. To cook soup, set the digital timer (up to 30 minutes), then select high heat, low heat or simmer mode. The appliance automatically keeps cooked soup warm for up to 40 minutes after the set cooking time. PERFORMANCE The broccoli for my cream of broccoli soup blended evenly but not as finely as it did in the Tefal machine. It was the same for the blueberries in my smoothie. However, it was a quieter machine.
To cook the cream of broccoli, I melted butter on the hotplate (it took 30 seconds) in the jug, then sauteed the broccoli florets for five minutes, which softened them enough. The blades pureed the vegetable uniformly – I didn’t have to shake the jug – but less finely than the Tefal soup maker. My soup was ready in 25 minutes. CLEANING IT The glass jar, hotplate and blades are detachable and easily washed. VERDICT A good machine for chunky soups. The saute function is useful for caramelising garlic, onions and other ingredients for a more flavourful soup.
TEFAL SOUP & CO $399, from major department stores
CAPACITY Holds up to 1.8 litres of ingredients for both beverages and soups.
FUNCTIONS It has five blending speeds, a pulse mode and an ice-crushing function.
HOW IT WORKS The appliance comes with a stainless steel jug that heats up. You can select the timing and heating modes for fine soup, soup with chunky ingredients, or steaming, and it automatically keeps soup warm for up to 40 minutes after the preset cooking time. What I found useful was the detachable steamer basket that sits on the jug – I could steam vegetables or fish in it to add to the soup. Sauteing isn’t recommended as food may stick to the inside of the jug.
PERFORMANCE Both my soup and blueberry smoothie had a thicker, creamier consistency because the machine blended the ingredients more finely than the Mayer soup maker did.
I first used the steamer function to soften the broccoli florets – the water took four minutes to boil and the veggies took 10 minutes to cook – before I pureed them, then stirred in cream and chicken stock to cook the soup. However, I had to shake the jug several times to get the florets evenly pureed. The soup emerged steaming hot after 25 minutes.
CLEANING IT You can wash the jug and lid, but the blade can’t be detached. Each time I cooked soup, a burnt cream residue stuck to the bottom, which took a lot of effort to scrub off.
VERDICT A more powerful machine – it gives you creamier and more finely blended smoothies and soups, although it’s noisier and
harder to wash.
Blends juices and smoothies!
Makes hot soups!