Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Review - Andrew James Soup Maker and Blender

Until my husband bought me one for my birthday, I didn't know that I wanted or needed a soup maker. I really enjoy making soup, and I find it very easy to make up my own recipes, but it can be a bit of a faff. In particular, I like to blend my soups, but with a larger capacity saucepan than blender I always made a mess trying to transfer the hot soup about from container to container to blend it up properly.

My husband chose the Andrew James Soup Maker and Blender (affiliate link) which actually does a lot more than just make soup - you can also use it make smoothies, grind coffee, crush ice, steam vegetables and even boil eggs. I've only used it so far for making soup, but I can see that it would have been brilliant for making up pureed baby food, and I'll definitely be trying out some smoothies.

Review - Andrew James Soup Maker and Blender

I found the soup maker machine very easy to use. There aren't too many buttons, and you only need to press a couple to get the programme that you want. You can also stop it at any time.

When making soup you can select smooth or chunky. I quickly found out that I preferred the chunky soup, although I'm not sure that chunky is quite the right word because it is still blended to a very smooth consistency. It's really easy to make soup - just chop up your ingredients and place inside the jug, then turn it on and select the programme. It takes about half an hour, running through a cycle of heating and blending. I love just piling all the ingredients in and leaving it to it, no standing for ages by the hob and stirring away. I made the short video below of the soup maker as it made up a batch of my spicy butternut squash soup:


Because the soup was blended so smoothly, if I was making a soup with ingredients that I wanted to remain relatively intact - a bean soup perhaps - I would add them in at the end so that they weren't broken up.

The soup maker is not super easy to clean as you can't fully immerse the jug in water due to the heating element underneath. There is a handy brush supplied which works very well to clean the bottom, although I did find that after a couple of uses there was residue stuck to the inside hot plate which I found impossible to remove.

Although the blender function works very well when being used to make soup, I would say don't buy the machine just for the blender function if you are only looking to blend small quantities. I used it to blend up some tomato sauce which I had made on the hob and it didn't work very well, a lot of the sauce was wasted as it was caught up inside the lid. Now I'm more confident with the machine, I think that in future I'll be making the sauce actually in the soup maker, and making double quantities to fill it up more.

Something that I have found about this soup maker is that it only makes enough for two large or three smaller portions. This is absolutely fine for me, as that is all I want to make at a time. What it does mean though is that many of my soup recipes make a quantity which is too large for the soup maker. With this in mind I've been going through and adapting some of my recipes, and I'll be sharing some of my favourites in a post shortly. Generally you need a recipe with no more than about 500 ml of stock or other liquid. There is a small recipe book supplied with the soup maker but the recipes didn't really appeal to me - instead I'm building up quite a collection over on Pinterest!

I'm really impressed with the soup maker, it's something that I was living quite happily without and yet it has made a big difference to my life, which is why I wanted to share it on my blog! Do you have a soup maker? I'd love to hear what you think of it!



We purchased this soup maker, Amazon links are affiliate.

6 comments:

  1. You need to put the filter in and the 'chunky' ingredients outside of it for chunky soup.

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    1. Thank you very much for this, I obviously need to take another look at it!

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  2. Hello, I have just bought one of these and I am confused by the filter part and the instructions dont really explain the use of the filter from what I can see. Is it used when making smoothies?
    Thanks in advance. Anne Thompson

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    1. Hi Anne, I must admit that I wasn't aware that you could use the filter until I read the comment left above. I agree that the instructions don't make it at all clear that you can use it for chunky soup, I thought that you just needed to select the button for the chunky setting.

      From what I can see you can use the filter to place in the ingredients that you don't want to be blended, for example if you are making a bean soup and you want to have some beans left whole in it. I'm planning to try it out shortly, and when I do I shall update my review!

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  3. Hi Jennifer,
    Glad I found you post! I'd like to buy this soup maker for husband for this Christmas. Are you still using this machine? Is it still working alright? I see the jug is made of plastic (people said very good quility plastic) so is it still ok for long term using? and is it easy to clean??

    Sorry for so many questions. I really like this machine.
    And thanks in advance for your reply xx

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    1. Hello! Yes I'm still using the machine (although I've yet to use it for anything other than soup I must admit!) and it's still working fine. I use it probably every couple of weeks, more over the winter and the jug is fine, yes it's plastic but it seems good quality.

      The only problem that I do have is that I've found it very difficult to clean and there is some burnt on residue that I've found impossible to remove, I've tried all sorts of things to get it off. Having read the instructions I discovered that there is a sort of cleaning cycle that you can run on it after use which I probably should have been doing each time. It comes with a special brush which makes cleaning the bottom easier.

      I hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions!

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