The most common issue first time users encounter with a soup maker is burning on the bottom. Unfortunately, if your soup maker burns on the bottom the flavour penetrates your soup and also requires a more involved cleaning after use. So, if you have found yourself wondering, ‘Why does my soup maker burn on the bottom?’, we’re here to help. Fortunately, there are a few quick fixes that can help you avoid getting a burnt taste with your food and eliminate the need to perform a deep clean each time you use your soup maker. That way, you can get back to making a wide variety of soups and other food at home quickly, and with minimal effort.
My Soup Maker Is Burning on the Bottom: Common Causes and Solutions
Liquid to Solid Ratio Is Off
One of the most common issues causing soup makers to burn on the bottom is a mismatched liquid to solid ratio. If there are too many solid foods and not enough stock the soup will often start to stick to the bottom causing it to burn.
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To avoid this, make sure that you add enough stock to completely cover the solid ingredients and then some. Remember to account for the fact that while your soup cooks, the solid ingredients will absorb quite a bit of liquid detracting from the overall amount of broth. If you are making a soup with diced or pureed tomato as the base, add a bit of extra water to the mix as these types of soup are particularly prone to burning the bottom of a soup maker.
Stirring Your Soup
Just like when you cook on the stove, it is important to occasionally check on and stir your soup maker recipes a few times while they cook. However, it is extremely important that you do not interrupt your soup maker by taking the lid off of the pot while the motor blending function is active. If you open during a blending cycle it could cause an explosive, hot mess that is quite possibly dangerous, the same way a normal blender would if opened.
How often you need to stir depends on the type of soup you are making. If you are making blended style soup recipes with peas or tomatoes for the base you may need to stir more frequently than with chunkier veg soup recipes. This is because they will not circulate as easily as a thinner soup recipe.
Solid Ingredients on the Hot Base
If you add heavy solid ingredients first, especially if your machine has a saute function, they are more likely to stick to the bottom. This is particularly true with soups that have a lot of bigger, heavier chunks like potatoes.
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To avoid this problem, simply add about 100ml of cold water to the bottom of your soup maker before you add your solid ingredients. This should prevent the initial part of the problem and if you make sure to stir frequently and add enough stock, you should be off to a great start.
If you use your soup maker on the highest possible heat setting it can often lead to a burnt taste in your food or at the very least, a burnt bottom on the soup maker. While soup makers are designed to cook your soup quickly, sometimes the highest heat cycle setting can be too much. That is why we recommend you avoid using the hottest setting on soup makers altogether.
Many soup makers have a range of temperatures that you can choose from and, while using a lower setting may make your soup have a slightly longer cooking time, the difference is insignificant when you consider how much it could improve the taste of your soup in the end.
It should be noted that not all soup makers allow you to manipulate the heat setting. If yours does not, try another method on this list to find your remedy. If you are searching for a new soup maker product make sure to look for one that allows you to change the heat setting.
A Little Oil Can Go a Long Way
Even though your soup recipe may not call for you to add oil, we have found that a little bit of oil can go a long way when it comes to reducing the chance of burning when you use a soup maker. This is particularly true if your soup maker unit includes a saute function in the bottom, causing you to turn it on before you add any liquids. Think of this the same way you would with a frying pan. You wouldn’t add ingredients to a frying pan without oil, right?
We recommend you use a small amount of oil in the base of your soup maker with each recipe you make if you have encountered some burning in the past. You can also try putting a small amount of oil on a piece of kitchen roll to carefully grease the blade inside before adding your solid and liquid ingredients. The greased blade will help distribute the oil throughout the soup while also preventing anything from sticking to it as well.
Check the User Manual
The last tip on answering ‘Why does my soup maker burn on the bottom?’ is to read the user instruction manual for your particular soup maker. This may seem like something that would be common sense to most people, but often we are so excited to try the new soup maker product we can skip right over this step, even if it is quite important. Most soup maker user manuals have a specific section that troubleshoots common issues, like burning on the bottom, and can provide you with more specific solutions geared to your particular soup maker.
Avoiding Burnt Soup Maker Bottom Altogether
By now, you most likely have the answer to your question, ‘Why does my soup maker burn on the bottom?’. Of course, you may not know which method is best suited to your specific issue yet, but at least you are headed in the right direction. Try one or more of our recommended prevention methods and you should be able to eventually avoid the issue altogether in the future. Aside from improving the flavour and making clean up easier, avoiding a burnt bottom on your soup maker will also increase its life and usability overall.
Chances are pretty good that if you sought out this article you probably already encountered this problem and need to clean the burnt bottom of your soup maker. If so, let us know how you get on and pass on any other tips you may have.