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Juli

My latest kitchen "toy"

And how did I ever live without it?

I bought an electric soup maker.  No more watching over a pot, stirring, hoping it will not burn.  No more needing a stick blender once it is done.

Chuck all the various veggies in, top on, set for smooth or chunky - and 20 minutes later...

...OK so it is a new toy but it, so far, is worth its weight in gold now winter is here and summer days of salad are over and something hot is needed.  

I rather like my new kitchen toy!
Pilsbury

It's often said that with gizmos like that  they are a waste of time and money and for someone like myself they may well spend more time at the back of the cupboard than before my used but for some, especially with restricted mobility or strength they can be a godsend.
enjoy your soups and I hope it makes the winter a bit easier foryou
Juli

Somehow I do not think this will be a "back of the cupboard" item, at least not in the winter!  And to be honest, anything that makes cooking easier for me will never be a waste of money or cupboard space.  

I actually bought a manufacturers refurbished one so it was far less than the cost of a new one, but the motor and electric cable was new and there was not a mark on it.  

And yes, for someone like me it really is ideal - and there are never any left over vegetables now as whatever there is gets chopped and chucked in so I well get over my five a day!
horace

Enjoy
Rena

That's SO cool! Seems it would be extremely idea for a single person. Do you grow your own vegies, Juli?
Juli

Rena wrote:
That's SO cool! Seems it would be extremely idea for a single person. Do you grow your own vegies, Juli?


Umm, no.  My yards grow weeds and stones although I do have some fig trees in my difficult to access [by me] side yard which "somehow" always get de-figged before I can get to them - my back yard is totally inaccessible, plus apart from the physical impossibility, growing my own would just not be financially viable.

I get cheap, or free, "yesterday's" veggies and fruit for Pereg from the little shop across the road [she is raw fed and loves veggies] so now just about nothing is wasted.  Even outside leaves of lettuce or cabbage, well washed, can get chucked in with whatever else I have to make soup, some of the soups actually being a full meal.

And yes, it is perfect for a single person although the capacity is sufficient for one to have now and two or three to freeze for later!
Rena

Juli wrote:
And yes, it is perfect for a single person although the capacity is sufficient for one to have now and two or three to freeze for later!


That's Great!! Perfect for those days when it's much more convenient to pull something out of the freezer!!

Sorry to hear how difficult it is to have a garden. I find gardening soooooo relaxing when life gets a bit, um, overwhelming.

When the children and I lived in the city, we used to have 'container gardens', could that be a possibility for you? It's pretty amazing how well things grow 'out of the ground' so to speak.
Scottie

A few of my friends have got these and they say that they wished they had one years ago.  Don't think there's will be in the back of the cupboard
sod

Never seen or heard of one, they sound fantastic
WhatCameFirst

My brother loves his, and it's so easy to chuck everything in for "leftovers soup".  
Juli

And here was me, thinking people would laugh - and then I find I am not alone!

There are kitchen gadgets which end up in the back of the cupboard, and then there are kitchen gadgets wish you [or rather me] had come across years ago.  

I am just so glad that none of you laughed at me and my new toy!

sod

Laugh at that never, that sounds a great 'toy' we are looking for one here as never heard of them or seen them so far.
Juli

Update - well mine is still in use at least once a week which gives me one for now and one which will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator.  I really do not want to make in more bulk as it is only for me, and this way I can just chuck in odds and ends.

Yes I would prefer my veggies raw or, if necessary just lightly steamed, but there is always something left over so I might as well just chuck 'em in the soup maker.  I currently have some left over salad mix and some leftover cooked mixed whole rice making use of what might have previously been binned as just a bit of this, a bit of that, and add a bit of this and a bit of that.

It will be used in the summer for cold soups, also for fruit compotes, so I am well happy.

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