I am slightly crazy about Kitchen equipment and gadgets. They fascinate me and I love playing around with them and today I will introduce you to my latest obsession in the kitchen : Philips Soupmaker.
We all love soups at home. Cold soups with crisp salad on a summer afternoon or a steaming cup of hot soup with some garlic bread and grilled chicken on a winter night. Absolutely soul food that few other things can match up to and so super healthy as well if made in the right away at home.
Though we loved soups, I never made them enough since I find the whole process of making soup so tedious. Boil the veggies, grind and filter and oh gosh what a criminal waste it is to let go of the fibre but how much ever hard one tries it is tough to make is smooth and still have 100% fibre in the soup and then there is the matter of so many utensils to clean and the soup being splashed (yes I am clumsy, but haven’t we all done it at some point of time?) all over the kitchen. So inspite of loving soups, soup making was limited to once in 2 weeks or so. I would make a huge bowl and then freeze some at times
I had my eyes on the soupmaker since the day it was launched and was so glad to have the opportunity to try it for the past two months and the happiest person at my home has been my son. I have been making soup on an average of 3 times a week and there was one week last month where we made soup everyday. Some of the things that stand out for me in using the soupmaker are:
- Convenience: Soup making couldn’t have been easier than this. Chop vegetables, add stock or water, press a button and 23 minutes later you have a soup ready. Yes folks I am not joking. If you want you can roast or saute the vegetables to enhance flavour etc but the basic soup making ONLY has THREE steps.
- Fibre & Soup Texture : While making soup in a soup maker, one doesn’t discard any fibre, one doesn’t lose any nutrition yet the soup is very very smooth and there is nothing biting the tongue or throat with excessive fibre.
- Cleaning : Cleaning of the soup maker is again a matter of 1,2,3. Wash, rinse and dry. There are straight lines and very easy to clean. I would have may be preferred the ability to take out the blade (see picture on top) so that the paranoid me can scrub it as much as I want but on the whole it works very well still.
It makes more than soup : The soup maker has four modes – Smooth soup, Chunky Soup, Smoothie and Compote. I tried all of them, the soups Iike I said are brilliant.
The smoothie takes a cycle of 3 minutes and yields a very smooth stuff. Below is green smoothie made with fresh green gram & banana (recipe coming soon). What a delight it is to make smoothies in it.
We at home also like compotes & preserves more than jams. The chunks of fruits are delightful when you have it with toast or with a scoop of ice cream or pancakes. The compote function takes 13 minutes and yields a chunky compote which works very well for us, it can be turned into a jammy texture by using less liquid and using the smoothie function right after the compote one. Here is a berry, wine & chilly compote I made using the soup maker
And now if you think, I am having all the fun alone you are wrong. Along with the review I have some awesome news for you guys. We have a giveaway on the blog.
Philips & Sin-A-Mon are giving away THREE gift vouchers of Rs 5000/- each.
And wining those is also as easy as 1, 2, 3…. All you need to do is click on the box below and do simple stuff like tweet, share on FB, follow in instagram, follow the blog and comment here saying which is your favorite soup. And for each action you do, the giveaways add an additional coupon for you and every additional coupon increases your chance of wining. The giveaway is open from today to 8th Feb so get tweeting, sharing and yes you can share it everyday if you want to. The winners will be announced on 15th Feb.
The three gift vouchers can be used at Philips estore where the soup maker is already available at a discounted price and when you apply the voucher on top of it, you can have the soup maker for just Rs 3,492/- which in my opinion is a steal. Also you can use this voucher on any Philips product on the e-store, so what are you waiting for. Get going, get sharing
And when I was wondering what recipe to attach with this review, the child quietly walked up to me and said mumma please post my favorite soup recipe no and in the tone he said I really couldn’t say no. If left to him, he will drink this soup every day, 3 times a day. He absolutely loves with croutons or garlic bread and salad
So what is his favorite soup as you all guessed Tomato with a hint of basil and a dollop of butter (his words not mine, yes he watches Masterchef with me) but since I like to fool him a bit, I add vegetables to it and since that changes the colour I add beetroot to it. And ssshhh don’t tell him that