What Else Can You Make in a Soup Maker

If you were of the opinion that the only function a soup maker can perform is making soup, you’re in for a surprise. Most soup makers can be used as a blender. And can make the following:

  • Smoothies
    Just add your usual ingredients and select the blend button.
  • Milkshakes
    Rich smooth milkshakes are easy to make in a soup maker. A decent milkshake is like a slightly runny smoothie.
  • Pancake and waffle batter
    To be sure of a smooth mixture add all of the ingredients into the soup maker and select the blend function.
  • Baby food
    The soup maker is ideal for making home-made baby foods.
  • Sauces
    Making tomato ketchup has never been easier, just throw all of the ingredients into the soup maker and hit the blend function.

And it doesn’t stop there, check your handbook, many soup makers have a jam making function. This allows you to make jams and marmalades with no mess or fuss. Just place the ingredients in the soup maker and walk away.

How to make Smoothies In A Soup Maker

If you enjoy smoothies and you own a soup maker, you can control exactly what you’re putting into your body, and save money. Plus they’re so simple to make, here’s our suggestion recipe for making a smoothie in the soup maker. You can play around with the ingredients to suit your tastes and whatever you have in the fridge.

Recipe For Making A Smoothie In A Soup Maker


This delicious smoothie recipe is so quick and easy to prepare and much healthier and cheaper than a shop bought smoothie. You will need:

  • 100 grams of fresh strawberries
  • 100 grams of banana
  • 100 ml almond milk (unsweetened is best)
  • 300 ml plain yoghurt (low-fat if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

All you do is put all of the ingredients into the soup maker, give it a stir with a long handled spoon, put the lid on, and select drinks function. You can substitute the ingredients to suit your tastes, for instance, change strawberries for blueberries or raspberries. Or banana for mango, you can use any milk you prefer, and for a real (not so healthy) treat swap the yoghurt with ice cream and call it a milkshake.

You can also add frozen berries if fresh are out of season, whatever your favourite smoothie, you can make it in the soup maker for a fraction of the cost and you can be certain of all the ingredients (no unhealthy additives).

How To Make Milkshakes In A Soup Maker


To make a milkshake you need 3 main ingredients,

  • 1 cup of Ice cream
  • ½ cup of Milk
  • ¼ cup ofFlavouring 

That’s all, just those 3 ingredients, of course that still allows you plenty of choices, for instance, it doesn’t need to be milk, it could be almond milk, hazelnut milk, soy, the choice is yours. And the flavourings, anything from chocolate sauce to fresh strawberries and anything in between. Just place all of the ingredients in the soup maker, stir with a long handled spoon, put the lid on, select drinks function, and enjoy.

How To Make Pancakes In A Soup Maker


You don’t really make the pancakes in the soup maker, you use it to blend the ingredients to a smooth, rich batter. All you need is:

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or oil

Pour the milk into the soup maker, then add all of the other ingredients, stir, replace the lid, select the drinks function. When it’s finished pour your batter into the frying pan as normal. This is particularly useful if your soup maker has a cleaning cycle.

How To Make Sauce In A Soup Maker (Tomato Ketchup)

Tomato Ketchup

Any sauce you like can be made in a soup maker, but let’s look at tomato ketchup. You will need:

  • 1 can of tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 25 grams (1 oz) fresh tomatoes
  • 1 medium sized onion peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic puree
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 150 ml water

Pour the water into the soup maker and add the tin of tomatoes, onion, fresh tomato, garlic puree and salt and pepper, replace the lid and cook for 15 minutes or until the ingredients are tender.

Drain the ingredients and return them to the soup maker along with all of the other ingredients. Blend for a few minutes and taste. If it’s not sweet enough add more maple syrup, if it’s too sweet add some tomato.

When finished pour into a jar and keep in the fridge. This is so much healthier than shop bought tomato ketchup as it contains far less salt, no sugar (the sweetness comes from the maple syrup), and no preservatives.

How To Make Baby Food In A Soup Maker

Baby Food

We’re not here to tell you what to feed your baby. All we will remind you is babies need food with no lumps, and not too hot. Here’s an example recipe.


  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 350 ml hot water


  1. Peel and chop vegetables
    Chop vegetables into cubes around 1 inch.
  2. Pour water into the soup maker
    Just pour a small amount of water to line the bottom of the soup maker (this will help to prevent burning).
  3. Add chopped vegetables
    Then cover with the rest of the water.
  4. Select cook
    This usually takes between 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Select blend
    When finished blending check the consistency is smooth enough for a baby. If not blend some more.

This will make around 8 portions, which can be frozen in one portion sized containers. Remember to fully defrost and heat accordingly before serving.

You can substitute whatever vegetables you have at hand like butternut squash, parsnips, turnips etc. 

How To Make Jam In A Soup Maker


There’s nothing nicer than home-made jam, it’s a sensory pleasure. The aroma, the taste, and the mess. Using a soup maker to make jam cuts out the mess, you’re only using one pot, and if your machine has a cleaning cycle happy days.

You will need:

  • 400 grams of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc)
  • 300 grams of granulated sugar
  • 40 ml of pectin
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • A knob of butter

Making jam is slightly more tricky than making smoothies or milkshakes, as there are extra steps involved, let’s make this a step by step guide for ease of understanding.

  1. Add the ingredients
    Place all of the ingredients into the soup maker.
  2. Set the timer
    Set the timer for 10 minutes and select simmer.
  3. Stir the pot
    Give the mixture an occasional stir to ensure the sugar dissolves.
  4. Turn the heat up
    Turn the setting to high for 10 minutes.
  5. Check the consistency
    After the 10 minutes is up just spoon a little of the sugary mixture out onto a small plate. If after it cools it wrinkles when you push it, it’s done. If not, cook on the high setting for another couple of minutes.
  6. Jar it up
    Once the jam passes the wrinkle test, ladle it into clean,sterilized jars, cover with a wax paper disc and seal the lid.
  7. Lid dip
    As the jam cools it will thicken, and the lid should dip this shows it’s sealed correctly.
  8. Store the jars
    If the jars seal they can be stored in a cool dry place for up to 6 months, any that haven’t been sealed need to be stored in the fridge and consumed within a couple of weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my soup maker as a blender?

You can use your soup maker as a blender and as a jam maker too.

How do you get burnt stuff out of the bottom of a soup maker?

You can get burnt stuff out of the bottom of a soup maker by soaking the burnt stuff in a solution of biological washing powder and water. Leave overnight then just wipe away with a non-abrasive cloth.

Can I use frozen veg in a soup maker?

You can use frozen veg in a soup maker but take care as you run the risk of damaging the blades, and not all soup makers recommend using frozen veg so you could void any warranty.

Why does my soup maker keep stopping?

If your soup maker keeps stopping it’s probably over full, remove some of the ingredients and try again. Never fill above the fill line.

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