The Lakeland 62387 Jug Soup Maker looks different to the average soup maker and it has some extra features too, including a steaming basket and mixing paddle for making dishes such as chilli and Bolognese. But is it a worthy addition to your kitchen arsenal?
Unlike most soup makers, this model looks a bit like a food processor: the bowl has a central spindle on to which you can slot either the blending or mixing blades, depending on what you’re making.
It even includes a steaming basket, for things such as veg and fish, making it a potentially versatile option.
The Jug Soup Maker is available in Lakeland stores and online with an RRP of £80, although it’s currently on sale for £70.
Some soup makers cost as little as £40, so is this one worth the extra cash? We’ve tried it out, so check our Lakeland Jug Soup Maker review to get our first impressions.
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Lakeland Jug Soup Maker: how it compares with rivals
Compared with popular soup makers from rival brand, Morphy Richards, the Lakeland has a different design with some tempting benefits.
The clear lid means you can keep an eye on your soup creations. You can also add ingredients at any point without having to start the program over again.
This could be a great way of not overcooking ingredients that are high in heat-sensitive vitamins (such as broccoli or peas).
The large control panel on the base of the Lakeland soup maker should also make it easy to program without having to squint.
|Lakeland Jug Soup Maker||Morphy Richards Saute and Soup Maker||Morphy Richards Compact Soup Maker|
|Maximum capacity||1 litre||1.6 litres||1 litre|
|Minimum capacity||n/a||1.3 litres||0.8 litres|
|Time taken to cook smooth soup||38 minutes||21 minutes||19 minutes|
|Saute function||Yes – through manual controls||Yes||No|
|Extra features||Mixing program for cooking Bolognese or similar meals and steaming program with steaming basket||Smoothie function for cold blends||Smoothie function for cold blends|
Big on features, small on capacity
The Lakeland Jug soup maker is described as compact, and it is in terms of capacity: it can cook up to one litre of soup or sauce in one go, which is about three portions.
This is around the same as the Morphy Richard Compact soup maker, although Lakeland’s version has a larger worktop footprint due to its shape. The similarly priced Morphy Richards Saute and Soup Maker, by contrast, can cook four to five portions at a time.
So, while the Lakeland could be good for smaller households, it may be less suitable for those that like to cook in bulk. If you want a hassle-free way to make spag bol though, it could be the one for you. Find out what we thought of the extra cooking functions in the full Lakeland soup maker first look review.
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Soup maker features to look out for
An electric soup maker saves you from having to hover over the hob, you just chuck in your ingredients, set it, and let it do the hard work of cooking and blending for you.
If you’re in the market for one, here are some useful features to consider:
- Sauté function This allows you to lightly fry meat or vegetables in the soup maker before cooking. We found that this can make a real difference to the flavour of your soup.
- More blending options Most soup makers can make smooth or chunky soup, but some also include a medium-texture setting, or smoothie programs, for extra flexibility.
- Self-cleaning This allows you to add warm water and a drop of washing-up liquid, which the soup maker will then blitz up, shifting grime from the blades and jug.
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How to save money and be healthier with homemade soup
Homemade soups are an easy way to sneak extra vegetables into your diet. They’re cheap to make, too, so if you’re penny-pinching after Christmas it could be a great way to save. You can bulk them out with cheaper vegetables such as carrots, onions and potatoes.
Soup can also be a real saviour for preventing food waste. If there are odd ingredients left over in your fridge, they can be used to make soup, which can then be frozen and saved for later.
Follow these tips to make your soups even healthier:
- Add veg high in vitamin B and C at the end These vitamins are heat-sensitive, so can be lost if you cook vegetables that contain these (such as peppers, broccoli, spinach or peas) for too long. Look out for soup makers that have a pause button (such as the Lakeland model) to help with this.
- Use lentils to thicken up your soup Red lentils are cheap and commonly available. They’re a fantastic and healthy way of thickening your soup without adding too many carbohydrates. They’re also an excellent source of protein and fibre.
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