Beldray Soup Maker Review

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Beldray Soup Maker Review

Beldray Soup Maker

You know those delicious home made soups you get in a restaurant? The ones that are perfect with crusty bread making you wish you could make them too…this how you make your own! I’ve often tried making soup at home, but I’ve never really got it right and end up buying it in.

So over the last few days the kids and I have been experimenting and have made some really delicious soups, we’ve tried all sorts from adding rice, pasta, spices, curry… Adding too much curry powder could make you wince but that’s the beauty of this; that no two soups are the same (unless following a recipe) and you can season to your taste as you go.

I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of using the Beldray Soup Maker, you simply add water or stock, along with the ingredients of your choice, tap the blend button of choice which is either smooth or chunky, and leave it to do its thing, and work it’s soupy magic.

There’s also a smoothie blend option which simply leaves the heat out; this is useful for me as I can now put my smoothie maker away which is permanently out of the cupboard. The 4th and arguably most delightful button is the self clean button. Yes you read correctly, a self clean button. One can’t help wonder how one would install such a button on the house, the car, the kids…. Sigh. It works too!

You can easily compete against Heinz, the Covent Garden Soup Co and all the others with this, and it really is easy to get simply superb results.

Before you add any ingredients, remember to spray a little oil in the bottom before using – it helps to stop anything sticking to the bottom during the heating process. Forget this step at your peril (this applies to any soup maker on the market), but should you forget, some bicarbonate of soda works well to lift it off. Yes, I’m talking from experience.

Once you’ve pressed your desired setting, you can go off and do something else. Putting your feet up is my first choice but family life tends to get in the way of that. But either way, 25 mins later your soup will be ready.

Each batch I’ve made has filled 4 good, adult sized bowls. Everyone loved it too, not realising it was home made at first two tasters asked where it was from as it tasted fantastic.

The great thing is that you can basically use up all the veg you have left at the end of the week, the veg you’d normally throw away, just chop it into 2cm size chunks, add water or stock and some herbs and see what happens. It really does work – and it feels great knowing there’s no additives or preservatives gone in there. You can use frozen vegetables too.

For me, this is an absolute game changer in the world of soup.

Cleaning

So easy to clean, you just pop in some water and hit the self clean button, and let it do its thing.

Perfect for Baby Food

I wish I’d had this when my brood was weaning, being able to blitz hot food so easily would have been fantastic – I can see new mums everywhere freezing baby food in batches, in ice cube trays and bag them up in the freezer. I think that would be life altering for a new mum.

But even as a wholesome family lunch, this is well worth the initial cost. And if you’re a regular soup buyer, I’m sure it would pay for itself pretty soon.

Recipes

You’ll get a recipe book with the Beldray, but additionally there are loads of ideas online to get you started. What has become our family favourite is below, please try it and let me know how you get on! Next on my list is to create a mulligatawny – I’ll update this blog post as and when I’ve perfected the ingredients!

The Beldray makes fresh home made soup with very little, and enjoyable effort and they’re both piping hot and delicious every time.

TIPS

A good rule of thumb is that around a kilo of ingredients and half a litre of liquid is ideal to make a batch, but check the maximum level inside as you’re filling to make sure you don’t overfill.

If you tend to buy the same vegetables every week and you mostly use it for using up those veg, you can make a new flavour by browning the vegetables first, either under the grill or in the oven. This works really well with the red pepper – with the same ingredients you get two different yet equally delicious soups.

Perfect Red Pepper Soup

  • 650g Cherry Tomatoes (2 bags from Sainsbury’s)
  • 3 Large Red Peppers
  • 1 large Onion peeled
  • 100 ml Water
  • 250 g Soft Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Mixed Herbs
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • Teaspoon garlic (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Spray a little oil on the bottom of the soup maker.
  • Add the water to the soup maker
  • Remove the seeds and chop up the peppers into 2cm chunks.
  • Dice the onion
  • Drop the whole tomatoes, peppers and onion into the soup maker.
  • Add the water
  • Season with salt pepper and add all herbs & spices to your taste.
  • Press the smooth button, followed by start and leave it to work its magic. Around 25 mins.
  • When it beeps to tell you it’s ready, add the soft cheese and blend again just for a few seconds to ensure it’s blended in, and it’s nice and creamy.
  • Serve with warm crusty bread & enjoy.

 

I’d love to know how you get on with your soup maker, link to any of your favourite recipes in the comments below!

 

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