With winter officially here, it’s time to heat up soups, stews, chili, and all kinds of cozy dishes. There is nothing better to protect yourself from the cold than a steaming bowl of soup with a good piece of bread to dredge up every bite.
Lest you think homemade soups and stews are tough, they’re actually not that hard to prepare, and with the right tools you can often throw everything in a pot and forget about it until let it be time for a tasty and hearty meal that the whole family will know Enjoy. Read on for each tool you’ll need to improve your game – and steer clear of those unnecessary cans – for making soups and stews at home.
Many soups and stews start with broth, whether it’s beef, chicken, or vegetables. Making your own is super easy; you can use leftover roast chicken or scraps of veg you have around – making a broth is the perfect way to clean your fridge. A pot is taller than normal pots and the high sides prevent liquid from evaporating during the long cooking time.
This inexpensive pot has nearly 1,000 5-star ratings from Amazon buyers, and for good reason. In height and width it is the perfect size for most pans, it has a tight fitting lid and is dishwasher safe.
This perfectly sized enamel pot will add a lot of style to your kitchen. Available in five beautiful colors, the enamel retains heat and is super light.
Mainstays 20 Quart Pot ($ 28.77; walmart.com)
Need something a little bigger? Good news! Our favorite full size kettle is also the best deal (it’s also available in smaller sizes). Reviewers love this jar’s cool-grip handles, and the clear lid makes it easy to see your progress.
Another option to make broth easily? A slow cooker, and after making your own broth, you can use this multitasking to turn meats, beans, and root vegetables into warm, sweet pieces in a soup or stew.
Our top pick for slow cookers, according to our review this Cuisinart gave us “perfectly cooked meals.” It’s dishwasher safe and lightweight, and once your meal is done, it automatically switches to hot mode.
This newly launched, well-designed, well-priced slow cooker is an appliance you won’t want to hide, but it’s also cleverly built with cool handles, a dishwasher-safe ceramic insert and a lid rest so you don’t have to worry about it. don’t get your meter messy.
Sure, you can have a colander or two handy, but if you’re into soup making, investing in a Chinese will increase the quality. A Chinese is a cone shaped metal colander with a very fine mesh which is also known as a porcelain cap. It is used to filter broths, sauces, soups and other items that need to have a very smooth consistency.
This top-notch colander set gives you not one, not two, but three colanders for a great price. They all feature long handles, resting ears, and a sturdy design.
Rösle Stainless Steel Conical Strainer ($ 34; amazon.com)
With over 1,300 5-star reviews from Amazon buyers, you can trust this colander that “will last a lifetime,” according to one reviewer. The size is perfect for most home cooks, but you can go up to 7.1 or 9.5 inches.
Many smooth, creamy soups will need to be mixed after cooking, and while any blender will work in theory, a strong blender with a more powerful motor will create the smoothest soups. You want to whisk the air into the mixture to create that light, chewy texture, and look for a blender with a large pitcher so you don’t batch mix.
We have declared this to be the best blender of 2021, and it’s easy to see why. Not only is this bad boy great for mash, but it also features a host of preset buttons, comes in multiple colors, includes key accessories, and is quieter than other models.
Another of our picks for 2021, our favorite economy blender makes an admirable
work at mixing creamy soups and smoothies. This mixer comes with a number of presets as well as low, medium, and high manual settings.
If you want to make the process even easier, get an immersion blender (which isn’t the same as a hand blender) that purees right in the pot. Don’t lift a pot and you can simply remove the blades to wash them when you’re done.
One of the key things to look for in a hand blender is a good blade guard, as you want to avoid pulling food through the blades and the bottom of your pan. This Breville model, although expensive, does it very well; In addition, the rubber handle is easy to hold, the on switch is intuitive and it has 15 different settings.
All-Clad Electrics Immersion Hand Blender ($ 99.99, originally $ 180; wayfair.com)
We love this cordless hand blender for its ease of use and storage. It slips easily into a kitchen drawer, and while it doesn’t have quite the power of a plug-in model, it does work well for occasional use. “A dream to use,” echoes a 5-star reviewer. Need we say more?
Yes, you can use a spoon to transfer your soup to bowls, but if you want to avoid a messy counter, a ladle is a great option. Pro tip: Use your ladle to pour pancake batter onto a griddle or whatever else you need for mess-free transfer.
We love a set, and this one has you covered for just about any soup situation for a great price.
If you love cute kitchen utensils, we have the ladle for you. Brighten up your day with this sweet green girl who will be standing on your counter until you need it, and the heat-resistant material means you won’t accidentally burn your hands.
If you’re still trying to eat soup with the spoons that came with your basic silverware set, it’s time to switch to deeper spoons to deliver more of the soup or stew in your mouth. Yum.
This restaurant-grade soup spoon set won’t look out of place on most tables, and over 2,500 Amazon buyers have given them 5 stars for their salvage ability and durability.
Another option that we personally are big fans of are the Asian-style tablespoons which easily sit on the side of your bowl and have a deep but flat spoon that allows for a spoonful of broth and all the chunks of meat and veg that come with it. can be found in your soup.
Harry & David Soup Gift Basket ($ 44.99; harryanddavid.com)
Send it to a family member who doesn’t cook as much, or just treat yourself to an assortment of soups, including chicken noodles and delicious crackers.
Fancy a broth of incredible depth with this hit combo pack of legendary ramen Tokyo Shio and Tokyo Shoyu from New York-based Ivan Ramen. You will get noodles, shoyu, soy reduction, soup broth, and more.
Nothing is more soothing (and dare I say it, healing) than a tasty bowl of matzo ball soup. For the uninitiated, it’s a chicken broth soup with giant cracker balls that crumble into the soup. This version of Brooklyn’s beloved Junior’s is going to scratch that house soup itch.