Product Type: Cuisinart mixers
Newest Review: ... it I still wouldn't pay this for it as I think it is too expensive when soup is easy enough to make without it. The benefit of the sou... more
A great gadget for the kitchen but not a necessity
Cuisinart SSB1U Soup Maker
Member Name: brady58
Cuisinart SSB1U Soup Maker
Advantages: Makes soup making quicker and easier
Disadvantages: Not really something you need since making soup is easy enough anyway
I love making soup and in the winter I try and make a pan at least a couple of times a week. I think it is one of the cheapest and most nutritious meals that I can make myself and the kids and I like that I can just chuck in loads of different ingredients and experiment and 99% of the time the soup turns out just fine.
I got this soup maker from my sister as she had bought it and never used it. I wasn't really sure why you would even need a soup maker because it is so easy to make it in a pan but it was free so I wasn't about to turn it down.
It is made by Cuisinart and it cost my sister a whopping £100 to buy brand new. Although I have now grown to love it I still wouldn't pay this for it as I think it is too expensive when soup is easy enough to make without it.
The benefit of the soup maker is that it does actually make it speedier to make soup and it does take away the need to keep a constant eye on it when it is cooking.
The soup maker looks like a fancy blender probably because that is basically what it boils down to (no pun intended). It is so easy to use that even the most inexperienced cook can make up a batch of delicious fresh homemade soup.
All you need to do is put your ingredients into the jug and attach it to the base and press the button and your soup will start to cook. The soup cooks a lot quicker than it does in a pan on the cooker and once it has cooked everything through you just press the button to blend all the ingredients in the jog to whatever consistency you want.
The soup maker comes with a recipe booklet which does have some decent recipes in it but a quick search on google will find you some better ones. It is good enough to start with though for people who have never made soup before and are looking to use the maker straight away.
It can make the soup chunky or smooth and it does it all really well. As well as making soups it is also relaly good for making sauces of all kinds and it has more or less completely replaced my blender as I usually just chuck everything that needs blended in here.
Cleaning it is easy enough as the jug separate from the base so I can just put it in the sink. I do have to try and clean it shortly after making soup though as if I leave it and the soup hardens to the jug it is awkward to be able to rise it off.
I only have two minor complaints about the soup maker and they are that I wish the jug was a little bit bigger because it only has a capacity of 1.4 litres which isn't a lot especially as I like to make enough soup to be able to freeze a couple of portions as well. The other is that it is quite a big item and does take up quite a bit of storage room. Other than these I think it is fabulous and highly recommend. I have deducted one star for the price however as I do think it is a luxury and an expensive one at that and not something that you actually need to buy.
Summary: A neat gadget but not a necessity