As winter draws in, a warm, delicious healthy soup is what you need to keep yourself warm! I am so thrilled to receive this Morphy Richards Soup Maker from AO.com for review as I have been looking for a good soup maker.
This Morphy Richards soup maker has a 1.6 litre capacity and can make up to 4 portions in one go, which is ideal for us, although Ms C doesn’t like soup as much as the rest of us. So we’ve got slightly bigger portions!
There are 4 modes to choose from: Smooth, Chunky, Drinks and Blend. Basically, if you want to make a hot soup, then choose between Smooth or Chunky mode. The Smooth mode is for a smooth consistency like tomato soup. The programme ensures the ingredients are blended to the right consistency and gently cooked at the right temperature for 21 minutes. Please do note that it will not be able to cook any raw ingredients at the temperature. Always cook the ingredients before adding it in.
I used this Smooth mode to make soya bean milk! We love soya bean milk in this household! It is not just packed full of protein and nutrients, it is also lactose-free, which is a great drink for my husband. The soya beans can be purchased from most Asian supermarkets. Always soak them in cold water for at least 12 hours before putting them in the soup maker. Then once it is cooked, use a sieve to remove the residue. It will take quite a long time to sieve all the bits off! Then add sugar syrup to your preference of sweetness. If you like it spicy, you could add freshly grated ginger to give a hint of heat but careful not to add too much as it can be overpowering!
As the name suggests, Chunky mode makes soup recipes of a chunkier consistency. It will take 28 minutes for the chunky ingredients to fully cook. There is no blending process so there’s no need to worry that the ingredients will become too small. We have used this to make chicken and sweetcorn soup. All the ingredients have to be cooked before placing it in. The soup maker will then cook it slightly without burning it.
The Drinks mode is great for making smoothies or milkshakes from fresh ingredients. The programme lasts for 2 minutes and there is no heating element, so you won’t need to worry about having a warm smoothie! It is important not to put ice cubes in the soup maker as it will ruin the blades.
As for Blend mode, it allows you to further blend the soup to your desired consistency. For example, perhaps you want to make the consistency of the soup to be in between that of Smooth and Chunky!
This soup maker is easy to use but not very easy to wash. I know this one-piece design is typical of all soup makers on the market, but it would be nice if it could be designed with a removable pot that could be submerged for washing. You have to wash it by hand and be careful not to get the electric elements wet. The top lid is quite heavy overall and comes with the blade at the end of the lid. The blade is not very sharp but you do have to be careful where you place it. One thing I like about this soup maker is that there is a partial silicon seal on the electric element on the jug to keep the water away.
The soup maker utilises three different processes: heating, resting and blending which will show on the LED screen. The timer on the LED screen shows you the countdown of the programme. It will bleep for 60 seconds and the screen will display the completed icon. It will then go blank after 1 minute.
A nice feature is that I am able to remove the lid at any point (but not during the blending process to prevent splashing) to add ingredients and be able to replace the lid. The soup maker will remember the programme and I won’t need to restart it again.
Overall this soup maker is easy to use and good value for money. It is a great kitchen gadget to make your soups from scratch! You can buy this Morphy Richards Soup Maker model number 501040 from AO.com.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.