ONE-JUG WON­DER

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.

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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!

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