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Has anyone seen the Cuisinart Soup Maker & Blender? Would you buy it?

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peppatty Jan 9, 2011 10:38 AM

I saw this in the Williams-Sonoma catalogue and was curious. I know you can make soup in the Vitamix, but this has the saute function. Anyone have it? Beside the obvious creamed soups, smoothies, what else what you do with it?

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    jenica4 Jan 22, 2011 07:21 AM

    @peppatty,
    I bought one a couple of weeks ago, and I love it. Think of it as having the capabilities of a traditional blender with the added benefit of making soups and hot drinks. Even from the standpoint of a traditional blender, this one surpasses many. Instead of having 4 blades, it has 6, and two of them are "serrated"...is blends better than any other blender I've owned! The bottom heats up quickly...you actually hear the onions sizzling on the bottom (with just a little oil or butter). So far I've made Broccoli-cheese soup, carrot-curry soup, several variations of hot chocolate (my kids loved it) and frozen strawberry/protein smoothies. All have turned out tasting delicious! Hope this helps! :)

     
     
     
     
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      chrisonli Jan 22, 2011 04:04 PM

      Sounds really intriguing - how does it do at chopping veggies? I've only recently started cooking a lot at home and have been chopping by hand and using an immersion stick for blending. This would be a big investment, but all the reviews seem VERY positive...

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        jenica4 Jan 22, 2011 04:35 PM

        The raw veggies still need to be cut into "chunks" to speed up cooking time. Once the veggies are cooked, that's when you turn the blending function on. Everything comes out very smooth. I really like that is so versatile and can do hot and cold recipes.

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        taos Jan 10, 2012 07:57 AM

        How does this compare with a Vita-Mix? Also is the jar plastic or glass?

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          jenica4 Jan 11, 2012 10:03 AM

          The jar is glass. While I haven't owned a Vita-Mix, I do know that in order to "heat" up the soup you are making, you have to run the machine on high for several minutes...even 4-5 minutes is a long time when you're listening to that machine run on high! I've noticed on TV shows that promote the Vita-Mix, that they have "boxes" that they are in while they are running for this very reason...it's LOUD! I'm pretty sure part of the recipe process also involves using already cooked and preferably hot veggies, potatoes etc. In the Cuisinart, everything goes in raw and fresh...it has a heating plate at the bottom, so you are able to cook your food before ever even blending! This also allows for a "chunkier" consistency if desired. Also, the Vita-Mix, is more than twice the price for their cheaper versions...making it too pricey for many households.

      3. nsenada Jan 24, 2012 12:23 PM

        My wife got me one for Christmas - just started using it to make soup (cauliflower/chicken broth). I am thinking it might be a bearnaise/hollandaise timesaver, especially with the saute function. Anyone try sauces requiring heat in the blender yet?

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          Springhaze2 Nov 30, 2013 07:28 AM

          Bumping this thread to see if anybody has any recipes or tips for using. My husband bought it for me two years ago and I've only used it maybe two or three times. I loved the idea, but just haven't found a way to incorporate it into a cooking routine. And, I lost the instruction book when we moved last year.

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