VonShef Jug Soup Maker Machine

VonShef-Jug-Soup-Maker-MachineMany of us would like to improve our health and cook more of our food from scratch rather than buying in pre-made, packaged foods. For those on a tighter budget, kitchen appliances like a soup maker may seem like an extravagant expense. Fortunately, there are products like the VonShef Jug Soup Maker Machine available to make life a little easier. This convenient, good quality appliance can whip up a healthy bowl of soup in just 20 minutes, making it a good value product to add to your kitchen.

Price: £

Rating: 4

Key Points

  •  1.6 litre capacity (4-6 bowls of soup); minimum 1.3 litres
  • cooks soup in 20-30 minutes
  • 2 consistency options: chunky and smooth
  • 800 W motor
  • very versatile: boils water, grinds and heats coffee, blends smoothiescrushes ice
  • some of the instructions aren’t clear
  • not dishwasher safe but fairly easily cleaned by rinsing

Design And Capacity

The glossy silver design of the VonShef Jug Soup Maker will look attractive on any kitchen counter, with a premium style that makes the product look far more expensive than you might expect. This soup maker is more in keeping with the design of a kettle than a blender: some people may prefer the transparent glass soup makers that allow you to see your food as its cooking, but the chrome style of the VonShef has a sleek, stylish look that we prefer.

Despite its surprisingly low price tag, the VonShef Jug Soup Maker has a relatively large capacity at 1.6 litres. That will easily fill up four bowls of soup, enough to feed an average sized family or a very hungry singleton. You can find soup makers on the market with a larger capacity than this, but for those on a slightly tighter budget this is certainly a good size. There is however a minimum 1.3 litre capacity so if you live alone and aren’t willing to freeze soup, you might want to consider other options

Easy To Use

vonshef-jug-soup-maker-machine-3Unlike some other more complicated soup makers, the VonShef Jug is remarkably easy to use. All you have to do is prepare and chop up your vegetables and other ingredients, add stock and seasoning and throw it all into the jug. You can then select your setting, with an option to choose between a smooth or chunky consistency, and press start. Your soup will only take between 20 and 30 minutes to cook and then you’re ready to eat! It really is that simple, so even those who have never used a soup maker or similar appliance before will quickly be able to start making their own delicious home made soups. The VonShef Jug Soup Maker can’t be customised as much as other, more expensive options on the market, but will suit the needs of all but the most experimental or picky amateur soup chefs.

One complaint about this particular soup maker would be a lack of clear instructions: the manual doesn’t give you much information about how much liquid or ingredients to put into the machine to make your soup, so there is some trial and error involved when it comes to getting the ratios right. You may find it helpful to purchase a book of soup maker recipes separately to get some sense of ingredients and measurements, but it would have been helpful if this information had been included clearly in the manual that accompanies the VonShef Jug Soup Maker Machine.

Multiple Functions

One of the real highlights of the VonShef Jug Soup Maker is the wide variety of functions it can carry out with ease. Most people buy soup makers purely for the role of cooking soup without needing to use the job and multiple pots and pans. However, an appliance with multiple uses is always going to be better value for money than a straightforward soup maker.

The Vonshef Jug Soup Maker can eliminate the need for several other kitchen appliances. It can boil water for tea or cookingblend smoothies, cocktails, milkshakes and slushies; and crush ice, so once the weather has warmed up and you’re no longer in the mood for soup you’ll still find plenty of uses for your soup maker. The machine can also grind coffee beans and heat coffee, ideal for your morning rush, and make sauces to accompany other dishes. This really is a versatile and intuitive machine, and would be a handy addition to anyone’s kitchen.

Simple To Clean

Like many soup maker machines, the VonShef Jug cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher and cannot be soaked under hot water, so you do have to rinse it and clean it yourself with soap and a sponge or bottle brush. Some soup makers come with a self-cleaning function, something that would have been very useful to include in the Vonshef, but given the less expensive price tag this is an understandable omission.

For the most part this product is fairly easy to clean, but you do have to rinse it out thoroughly after making your soup to avoid being left with residue that is difficult to clean out properly.

Should You Buy It?

Although there are a few minor issues with the VonShef Jug Soup Maker Machine, it really does do what it says on the tin. It may not have the capacity or power that some of the more expensive soup makers may have to offer, but its lower price and impressive performance will impress many customers. If you’re looking to introduce more soups, juice, smoothies, and sauces into your usual diet without breaking the bank then the VonShef Jug Soup Maker is definitely a sensible choice.