On this site, we’ve spent a lot of time providing you with information about choosing the best soup makers, as that’s a huge part of making great soup. It’s not the end of the story though, as you may wish to go much deeper into perfecting your soups and being able to get more versatile results and be able to enjoy them in more ways.
For example, that might mean that you want to make soup ‘manually’ from time to time on the hob – that’s great, not everything in the modern world has to be automated! That might mean you need to invest in a good soup pan, commonly referred to as a soup pot. You might be making huge batches to freeze or refrigerate to take to work for your lunch. That would need some containers for storage and transport with you to avoid spillages.
This section is all about the accessories you might want to choose to get more from your new soup making skills. We’re not suggesting for a second you’ll want all of them (although we know some of our readers love to dive in and experiment with all sorts of creations), what we’re trying to achieve is building up to a complete resource for soup making equipment so that we’ve got you covered when you need them.
Here’s a run down of the common equipment you might want to consider in addition to your soup maker.
A Soup Flask
Carrying soup around is a risky business without the right equipment. A soup flask fills that requirement nicely, as it gives a watertight vessel to avoid spillages, while at the same time keeping the contents warm for hours until you’re ready to eat. If you’re the sort of person who spends a lot of time on the move, outdoors, or simply has no access to a microwave at lunchtime, this is probably a great choice for you.
There are a wide variety of flasks available, ranging from well known brands, to budget vessels from lesser known manufacturers, so there’s a product for everyone’s tastes and budget.
Learn more about the top soup flasks.
If you’re making a lot of soup at once, you’ll want a way to store it safely, conveniently and most importantly hygienically. The options have come a long way since Tupperware monopolised the food storage box industry, so you’ve got plenty of choice to find just the right solution for your needs.
Storing soups for consuming later is easy, with either individual boxes or even large sets that are very affordable to make refrigerating your creations a breeze. What’s more, they’re brilliant for storing ingredients too, so it’s not just your finished soups that can benefit.
Serving soup is easy if you’ve got the right bowls, but we don’t all have soup in mind when we’re buying crockery. If you need to extend your collection, it’s a great idea to buy a deeper design of bowl. This will mean that you’ve got soup that stays hotter for longer compared to shallower alternatives.
If you like to make soup on the hob from time to time as well as in your soup maker, you’ll need a good pan to do so. A large capacity one is a great choice, as it means you’re less limited in the volume you can create in one go. While saucepans can work, they’re not usually as convenient and easy to use when it comes to soup making, so a proper pan called a soup pot or stock pot is a wiser choice.
These are great for soups because they allow you to let the soup cook with minimal supervision, we’ve all had one of those times where you’ve come back to something cooking and found it’s all stuck (or worse still – burnt) to the pan! Having the right equipment makes life much easier.
You can find more on our featured stock pots here.
Continuing the theme of making soup on the hob, you’ll be needing some wooden spoons handy to make sure it’s mixing well and check on cooking progress. We all know you shouldn’t use metal spoons, particularly in non stick style pans, so having a set of wooden spoons is a cheap and essential purchase.