Hot Soup for Cold Days
Soup has been a staple food of many different culinary cultures for centuries. Soup is one of the most diverse food types in the world. Easy to prepare, healthy and satiating. A good soup has ingredients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which provide great taste and nutrition at the same time.
All Kinds of Soups!
A soup’s nutritional value, like its taste, is determined by the ingredients. Components such as lentils, peas, beans or meat make soups richer in protein, while potatoes, noodles and rice increase the carbohydrate content. Since the broth itself contains the nutrients that have dissolved in it, a good soup can quickly restore anyone's strength. As with the soups in our recipes. But whether it’s pumpkin soup, Mediterranean tomato soup or oriental lentil soup - they should all be pureed. A great tool for this is a hand blender. They are practical, versatile and can be used even in the smallest kitchen.
Use a Hand Blender, Mess-Free
The main problem when puréeing with a hand blender is the mess. If too much food drips or splashes everywhere, you can end up cleaning the whole kitchen. This can be easily prevented:
Use the blender in a tall container
When mashing in a pot, as with soups and the like, the pot should be well filled so that the mashing head can be completely immersed in the food
Alternatively, use a splash guard!
Though it is quite easy to work with a hand blender, it is advisable to use them with caution:
Not all hand blenders are suitable for direct use in hot pots. This can quickly lead to overheating of the blender motor. It is better to let the freshly cooked soup cool for about 10 minutes, then puree it and heat it up again briefly.
Always make sure that the power cable does not rest on the hot burner or pot, otherwise, the cable sheathing may melt, which will lead to a short circuit.
Never reach into the cutting blades, they are extremely sharp.
If you notice that the hand blender has difficulties puréeing because the food is too hard, it is better to stop blending, as the motor could run hot and become damaged.
Mixing Made Easy
A hand blender is very efficient, but here’s how to optimise your result:
Never allow the hand blender to rest completely on the bottom of the pot or container, otherwise, the blades will not work properly.
A small cooking quantity should be mixed in a small container.
In a narrow blender jug, move the blender jug slightly up and down so that all of the contents get thoroughly blended.
When blending directly in a pot, be sure to move the hand blender in a circular motion during use. The blender’s head should always be immersed in liquid.
Easy to Clean
Cleaning the hand blender can be quite annoying, especially if there is still a lot of food stuck under the splash guard and cutting knives, which you can't get to with a sponge and the like. But there are stress-free ways to get the hand blender clean.
Quick cleaning: Rinse the blender attachment with hot water immediately after use and then wipe with a sponge or brush and detergent.
Off to the dishwasher: Most attachments are dishwasher-safe. It is best to check on the packaging or in the instructions for use.
Alternatively, fill into a small container with water and detergent, plus a little vinegar for stubborn food particles. Then dip the head top of the hand blender into the water. Switch it on at the lowest setting and slowly increase the speed until the attachment is clean.
Extra cleaning brushes make cleaning a hand blender much easier. They can read spaces that a normal sponge can't. Sometimes they're delivered directly with your hand blender, but you can also buy them separately, like the cleaning brush MRQ Dish brush for hand blender.
But now on to the best hand blenders for making soup!
Effortless Mixing with a Real Lightweight
This hand blender offers a lot of comfort for little money and is the perfect entry-level model. Although it is controlled via a switch without power regulation, it reliably grinds cooked vegetables or fruit with little effort. This is also ensured by the attachment, which you can easily remove and attach again. In the corresponding measuring cup with a filling volume of 800 ml you can measure the required quantities.
Powerful Hand Blender without Many Gimmicks
600 watts and the four-blade cutting knife ensure really good mixing results. The non-slip handle fits well in the hand. The integrated two-speed levels with turbo button can be operated effortlessly at the touch of a button. After pureeing, you can simply remove the high-quality stainless steel mixing foot with a practical click mechanism and put it directly into the dishwasher.
The Classic Among Hand Blenders
Despite its thick body, which conceals an ingenious high-performance motor, it sits perfectly in the hand thanks to its ergonomic shape. The ingenious transmission mechanism generates an extremely high torque of only 160 watts and effortlessly crushes soft and solid foods such as nuts, frozen foods or meat. The two-stage speed selection is easy to operate thanks to the embedded buttons in the handle. Supplied accessories such as an easily attachable multi-purpose knife and beater, mixing cup and wall holder ensure flexible use and space-saving stowage, from crushing hard materials to whipping cream.
A Safe Kitchen for the Whole Family
This device from Aicook has multiple great functions. It has one button, which makes it easy to use: just press the button harder for a faster speed. It can blend, chop, whip, whisk and more, which means it’s a true jack of all trades. Best of all, there is a child lock included, which means that the blender automatically switched off if it hasn’t been used for 5 seconds. This hand blender is a great choice for those of us who want to cook worry-free with kids or toddlers in the kitchen.
Powerful and Universally Applicable Device
Whether kneading dough, crushing meat, nuts and hard cheese, shredding chocolate or cutting vegetables and the like into small pieces, everything is possible with this kitchen helper with its extensive range of accessories. And the good news is that all accessories are easy to clean because they are dishwasher-safe. The hand blender with a practical click closure works perfectly with the so-called Smart Speed technology, i.e. it reacts to the individual strength of the keystroke. The higher the pressure, the higher the performance of the device and vice versa. Herbs, shakes, soups and the like can be crushed, mixed or puréed reliably. And the stainless steel broom, which is also included in the scope of delivery, whips egg whites and cream without any problems.
Stylish and Stainless Steel
This 3-in-1 hand blender is not only highly functional but also has a great design, with a black finish and red accents. The stainless steel shaft is detachable, which is also a big plus. 400 watts and 2 different speed settings ensure that fruit, vegetables and the like are pureed in no time at all.
Our Favourite Soup Recipes
Ingredients for 4 People
1.5 kg Hokkaido or muscat pumpkin
2 spring onions
1 piece of nut-sized ginger
1/2 an orange
4 tbsp sour cream
20 g butter
1 l vegetable stock
Salt, pepper and nutmeg
Pumpkin seed oil
Parsley to garnish
Cut off the lid and hollow out the pumpkin with a spoon. Remove the seeds and fibres and cut the pumpkin flesh into small pieces.
Sautée the finely diced shallots in butter, add the finely chopped ginger and pumpkin, sautée briefly, deglaze with orange juice, season and fill with vegetable stock.
Bring to a boil once, simmer for 30 minutes and puree with a hand blender.
Stir in the sour cream and serve the soup in the hollowed out pumpkin, garnished with roasted pumpkin seeds, some pumpkin seed oil and parsley.
Oriental Lentil Soup
Ingredients for 4 People
200 g red lentils
600 g of soup vegetables (a mix of carrots, celery, turnips and parsley)
2 small onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Some lemon-white wine or date vinegar
2 tsp paprika powder
1 tbsp Ras el-Hanout (a North African spice mixture)
Some salt and freshly ground pepper
150 to 200 g yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 TL grated lemon peel
2 tsp black cumin
2 sprigs of mint
Clean the soup green and cut into coarse pieces. Peel the shallots and garlic and cut into cubes. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sautée the onions and garlic and deglaze with vinegar.
Add lentils, soup green, paprika powder and Ras el Hanout and steam for about 2 minutes.
Add approx. 1 litre of water, simmer for approximately 10 minutes and then blend finely with a hand blender. Season with salt and pepper and place in soup plates or bowls.
Mix yoghurt, lemon juice, lemon peel and black cumin, add 4-5 teaspoons each to the soup and serve garnished with mint leaves.
Mediterranean Tomato Soup
Ingredients for 4 People:
1.5 kg tomato
1-2 tbsp chopped thyme
1 tsp chopped rosemary
4 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion
4 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Some basil for garnish
Herb salt and freshly ground pepper
Wash the tomatoes, cut them in half and remove the stalk. Heat the oil in a wide saucepan, sprinkle the bottom with about 1 tablespoon of sugar and place half of the tomatoes with the cut surface on top.
Peel garlic and onion and dice finely, add rosemary and thyme and sautée for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the tomatoes, continue steaming, add ½ litres of water and simmer at medium heat for about 15 minutes.
Blend finely with a hand blender to taste with salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar and serve garnished with basil.
Tip: Garlic rosemary ciabatta goes well with this. Cut approximately 80 g ciabatta into thin slices, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with finely chopped garlic and a few rosemary needles. Roast in the preheated oven at 200 degrees top-bottom heat for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Take out, drizzle with olive oil and serve with the soup.
Another tip: Try some small buffalo mozzarella balls as a soup insert.