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Here's My ReviewsCast for My Waring Pro Soup Maker
In the Video You'll See
How to use the Soup Maker
What the Soup is like
How to Clean it
How to Make a Smoothie
FYI - The Waring Soup Maker is Made by the Same Parent Company as the Cuisinart SSB1U Soup Maker
. Both machines look almost identical, the recipe books are almost the same, and when I contacted Waring, I got an email back from Cuisinart Customer care.
What I like about the Waring Pro
1) It's really easy to use
2) It's changed the way I make soup because it's much cleaner, and more efficient than making it the traditional way
3) You don't need to watch a pan so you can get on with other things
4) You don't have to get our a separate blender, or transfer hot liquid into a food processor
5) It free's up the hob so it's great when entertaining
6) I still use mine 3 - 4 times a week and I've had mine for over a year
7) It saves me money, and it's helped me loose weight by having soup instead of sandwiches for lunch
What I don't like about it
1) The writing has worn off the buttons. I don't know if this is because I've used it so many times, but I wouldn't have expected it to wear off so easily. Thankfully I've used it that many times, I could probably make soup in my sleep.
2) You do need to be careful with the onions because they can burn quickly.
My tip is to coat the onions in oil, rather than pouring oil into the blender. You've also got to watch them as they brown so they don't burn. Use the stir button frequently, and if they look like they're going to burn, turn the heat down from high to simmer.
One of the most common complaints about these soup makers is that they are hard to clean. What I've found is, if you cook meat or fish in it, it can be hard to clean. So when I'm making soup where I need to cook meat or fish, I cook these first before adding them to the soup maker. So if I'm making chicken soup for example with chicken breast, instead of putting the chicken in the blender to brown, I just fry it off quickly in a pan. You might think this defeats the purpose of the soup maker, but personally I think in every other way it's convenient, even doing this is more efficient than the traditional way.
My Cleaning tip is to use a toothbrush to get to the bottom of the blender if any food is stuck on. And once in a while I give it a good soak with baking soda and vinegar, then I boil my concoction up and give it a scrub with the toothbrush. You've got to be careful with what you use to clean these machines. Washing up liquid is fine, but you shouldn't use anything harsh. I was thinking of using some vim to clean the bottom, but then I read that you shouldn't do this because the particles in the cleaner can stick to the surface of the blender jug and could end up going in your soup.
The Soup maker CAN go in a dishwasher, it just needs to be left for 16hrs to dry. Some reviewers have mentioned about taking the collar off the bottom of the jug. I contacted the manufacturer and they said you should NOT do this, and if you do the warranty is void. You don't need to do this anyway as the whole jug with the collar can go in the dishwasher, or in a sink with hot soapy water. It just needs the drying time.
Despite the negatives, I still love this machine, and wouldn't be without it now. It's so easy to use that I no longer buy any soup. Plus I throw less food away because any thing left over gets turned into soup.
I would say it's a great kitchen gadget for a busy couple because you can have a hot meal in under 30 mins.
When I used to make soup in the past, that used to be a task in itself. But with this soup maker, I just peel some extra veg when I'm making the dinner, and then add it to machine with a stock cube and hot water, and that's it.
If I ever have anyone round for dinner, chances are I'll make soup for a starter because the soup maker frees me up to look after my guests, and the soup stays warm in the jug until we're ready to eat. People think I'm a domestic goddess whipping up a 3 course meal midweek, but I'm not, I've just got good gadgets that help me to cheat.
Given it's size, it might be a bit on the small size for a family, but great for a single person or couple. It makes 1.4L of soup, which is enough for 6 starter bowls, or 3 man sized bowls.
You can also use it for making smoothies, the blades are really powerful so they're great for crushing ice. I read a review on another website where a chef had commented that the blender was the best he had seen outside of a commercial kitchen. And I would agree that it is pretty powerful. The max amount of cold liquid you can add is 1.75L
If you need a blender, I would say get a soup maker, then you'll have something that blends and cooks as well.
I highly recommend this machine.
If you've got any questions at all, please ask, I'm happy to help.