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Look back to my post of 18/01/10, full of hope and optimism.Now for the honest update.First, as to build quality quoted by a previous poster: this device is built like a battleship except for one important flaw. The drive to the base of the goblet is a plastic 'male' driving a plastic 'female'; both the makers of myself and my sister have failed, with the driving spigot losing its shape and thus the drive. In her case, she bought from L*k*a*d and they simply sent her (here in France) a new one!! I was not so lucky, I bought from an Oxford St. store who are not so far helpful, but it is within warranty.Next, I find that the heating element is exceptionally fierce. If you turn your back for a moment, the basics of the soup can burn in a trice. The lack of an automatic stir, leaving it to the user, is a sad omission. I am sure there will be a MkII which rectifies this, it is so obvious.Until it became unusable, we were able to live with the heating problem, by paying attention, but it is not the machine like Le Saucier which just does not need attention.On balance, I would not buy again if this one eventually fails outside guarantee.
It occurs to me to mention that we have used our maker rather intensively, and it is certainly on the harder stuff that it has probably lost its drive. Swede, chick peas, parsnips and carrots - we make our soups with TASTE, so do not want to cook the vegetables down to a squaggy mess before whizzing them. So we whizz when they are 'al dente', for the want of a better term.
your experience has backed up many suspicions then.i like many, love to make soup (and big quantities too, and you can depending on type of soup, make one in fairly quick time, and leave chunky for even less washing up, or a quick blitz with a hand blender.thanks for your year long experience.
For me, in my 70's, it certainly is as it cuts out the pan to fry the veg in first. Can probably get it cheaper than £140 if you look around.
"Thanks for your replies. They reinforce what I was thinking - that the only benefit is that you have no washing up afterwards as it is self cleaning. I just wondered if I was missing something. "................This self-cleaning lark is a bit of a con. My halogen cookery has this function which is good for getting the worst food residue off but you still have to wash the bowl in the sink or d/w.Anyway you would still have to rinse out the goo after making soup then put in the water and washing up liquid and run it and then empty it, rinse it and wipe it dry so what are you saving? Certainly not time and effort.Gadget makers seem to be dead set on telling us that we can't possibly cook anything without complicated equipment. Well, they have to make their dosh and please the share holders somehow.
I find it amazing!! Especially as I work and have a family! Pop the ingredients on before leaving in the morning and "Hey Presto" you come home to a perfectly cooked soup! Reheat, blend and serve! Fantastic!! ;o) X
The process with the CuSoupMker is that you put in the onions and/or other items which require frying and then you have to be there to keep prodding the stir button - or the onions will burn. It has a fantastically powerful plate heater at the bottom. Of course, you could cut out the frying of the onions, garlic and anything else, but then... you will have a dull stodgy tasting soup. I contributed some time ago, and since then, we have dumped the CuSoupMkr and discovered a 'stick blender' - I am sure one is just as good as another, so I am not going to mention that ours is a B***n. They are fantastic for soup making and there is no 1.4L limit on how much soup you make.
We were fortunate enough to find one in our local Lakeland which had a damaged box so was half price.I don't find that not frying the onions etc makes a dull soup. I made butternut squash leek and honey soup and it was absolutely delicious and no effort involved at all!!
If you seriously want one, try phoning your Lakeland, if you have one close enough, and asking whether they have any which came in a damaged box! That's what I did..it took a few times of enquiring but was worth it!If you keep your receipt Lakeland will take it back even if the only reason is that you find you don't like it!
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