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good blender for making soups and juicer recs please

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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
Hi

Hope all is well in HOTUK land ...
Could I have some recs and / or recipies even for a blender to make soups with? ( My fave's are carrot + corriander and chicken )
Do I even need a blender for these ?

Plus I'm looking for a juicer - again any recs and / or juice recipies ?

Many Thanks
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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1 Like #1
You don't need an amazing blender to make soup, a small hand-held one will do.

For carrot & coriander, what I do is.....

Chop an onion, and fry it off in a large pan using some butter. I also stick a couple of baked potatoes in the microwave for about 20mins to partially bake them.
Once the onion is browned, take the potatoes and cube them, putting them in the pan. Add about 1pint of veg stock and simmer.
Once that's done, take 3 or 4 carrots and chop them up, again putting them in the pan (you might need to add more stock at this point). Put some coriander in (fresh or dried), the amount you need to suit your tastes.
Leave simmering for about 20mins. Then, take a hand-held blender, and blend all of the ingredients in the pan, leaving no chunky bits. You can also add cream depending whether you like your soup creamy or not. Leave for a further 10mins, then take off the heat and leave to stand......
#2
does it blend? google it
#3
thanks for that - rep added -
1 Like #4
I make quite a lot of soups, and I'd really recommend getting a hand blender...cooking soups in a pan then transferring them to a blender and back again is fuss and washing up I don't need!!!

Pea and roast garlic is my soup of choice:

http://www.polkadotmittens.co.uk/recipes/soups/peagarlic.html

If you're trying to be healthy, you can replace the cream with low fat fromage frais - but stir this in once served up in the bowl; otherwise it has a tendency to split.
#5
thanks sirb - pea and garlic I.ve never heard of that one - rep added - and thanks for the tip - any particular wattage i should get for the blender ?
1 Like #6
Definitely just a hand held blender. I use mine all the time for lentil soup. Its great as you just make whatever soup in the pot and stick the hand blender into it. Blend as much as you want - sometimes I leave chunky bits of carrot and potato so its not entirely smooth. Just a bog standard blender will do - mine's a Braun. Think it only cost £10 or so (many moons ago!).
#7
thanks kaks - currently looking at handblenders -
#8
To be honest, when I'm making soup I tend to make it up as I go along, I don't generally follow a recipe. For blended soups I always use potato and onion for the "base", after that it depends what I feel like. Try just buying some fresh veg and experimenting. I found that cream of spinach with thai spices is surprisingly tasty...
#9
My Mum bought me my handblender when i moved out of home! kaks26 is right - don't go mad - just a basic one will do - although mine came with a small jug and big jug attachment - I attach the handheld motor to the top of the jugs and then use the jug like a blender. The small jug is great for making breadcrumbs, curry pastes and things like that...so if you can find a set like that, you're game on.

Wattage? As if I worry about that! If you're trying to save the planet and save electricity I appreciate you'd be concerned - just go for the lowest wattage one I'm sure - they wouldn't be on sale if low power made them useless...
#10
civms47
To be honest, when I'm making soup I tend to make it up as I go along, I don't generally follow a recipe. For blended soups I always use potato and onion for the "base", after that it depends what I feel like. Try just buying some fresh veg and experimenting. I found that cream of spinach with thai spices is surprisingly tasty...


If you like a green soup without the sometimes metallic taste of spinach (which I personally like!) Then go for one potato and a few courgettes...cooked in veg/chicken stock, then blitz. Add spices to that if required - I just like a ton of black pepper in mine - all good...
#11
thanks again civ and sir B ,

civs - do you have a basic recipe for the cream of spinach and thai spice as I have both in the fridge ready to use ?
As Im a starter i need the guidance of recipes and as I get used to it I'll do cart blance soups :)
Sirb - Yes Im looking into the ones with a blender type thingy on them -
Thanks again
#12
Just thinking - I make a very simple chicken casserole which could easily be blended down into a soup. Try this:

* Fry chicken thighs very quickly both sides to give colour (don't cook through - just a couple of minutes each side
* Put in a stock pot with chunky chopped carrots and potatoes, halved shallots, halved button mushrooms.
* Pour in chicken stock until stock is above the level of the food...shake in a couple of heaped teaspoons of dried thyme
* Bring to the boil and keep simmering for about 40 minutes. Season to taste

You could now blend this in different ways - I personally would take out the chicken and tear it apart with a couple of forks...take out a few of the carrots and mushrooms and keep them whole...blend the rest then add these few bits back in.

...of course, no need to blend at all - could just eat it as a casserole!
#14
hmmm nice recipe - thanks so much - will def try this one
#15
denandyas
thanks again civ and sir B ,

civs - do you have a basic recipe for the cream of spinach and thai spice as I have both in the fridge ready to use ?
As Im a starter i need the guidance of recipes and as I get used to it I'll do cart blance soups :)
Sirb - Yes Im looking into the ones with a blender type thingy on them -
Thanks again


You're welcome.

Don't get too hung up on using recipes - they tend to overcomplicate things. The great thing with soups is you can make good use of your leftovers...any veggies left after my Sunday roast tend to become soup for Monday lunchtime!
#16
thanks mike bike as well perfect - exactly what i needed
#17
denandyas
thanks mike bike as well perfect - exactly what i needed


That's ok always happy to help :)
#18
denandyas
thanks again civ and sir B ,

civs - do you have a basic recipe for the cream of spinach and thai spice as I have both in the fridge ready to use ?
As Im a starter i need the guidance of recipes and as I get used to it I'll do cart blance soups :)
Sirb - Yes Im looking into the ones with a blender type thingy on them -
Thanks again


If you mean a recipe with quantities etc sorry, I just judge if what goes in looks about right.

But, if you take the carrot & coriander guide I gave you earlier, substitute carrot & coriander for spinach & spices et voila!! I'd suggest definitely using cream in that one (unless you want to be really healthy!!). As for the spices, put small amount in at a time and taste, until you get it to how you like it.

Honestly, experimenting is the way forward. I've made some great soups that way (& some duff ones), it's just a case of trial and error.

So far my faves are - brocolli & stilton, spinach & thai spice, red pepper & cream cheese, butternut squash, the list could go on...
#19
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/530087/soup
I use a Kenwood smoothie maker!
#20
denandyas
thanks kaks - currently looking at handblenders -


You're welcome! My lentil soup is just as said before everything gets chucked in - no set amount quantities etc. Usually use ham ribs or ham hough in water for base stock then just add bag red lentils, carrotts, onions, potato or two all chopped then usually a ham stock cube as well. Take the ham out after an hour and strip from the bone then put it back into soup and blend. That's it!

You'll work it all out for yourself when you make and taste your own soups - good luck!
#21
I use my kenwood smoothie maker

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