Morphy Richards Soup Maker Problems and Fixes
When they function properly, soup makers are an absolute godsend. Not only do they cut out a great deal of work on your end, but they make a pretty darn good soup! In theory, they’re a “fire and forget” type of gadget like a pressure cooker… but that’s not always how they work. If you’re unable to solve your Morphy Richards Soup Maker problems, then this is the article for you.
Generally, issues with Morphy Richards Soup Maker come from not knowing quite how to use and maintain your machine. With a little bit of homework, it will be almost guaranteed to work properly.
Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to fix the most common and annoying issues with Morphy Richards Soup Makers.
Before we try to troubleshoot problems, let’s get the basics out of the way. How do soup makers work, what can they do, and what can’t they do? If you don’t know your machine, it’ll make it much harder to use. And expecting things out of it that it simply isn’t capable of is a recipe for disappointment (and bad soup).
How Do Morphy Richards Soup Makers Work?
This is the first step to knowing what’s wrong with your soup maker. These work in a surprisingly simple manner – you push a button and it heats up. After that, you sautee your ingredients, add liquid, and let it rest. Easy, right?
The issues come into play when users don’t quite understand how the machine works. In essence, it’s a hotplate with a thermal lining to keep the contents of the “pot” hot and soup-worthy. It’s as if a coffee pot, thermos, and blender had a super-useful baby. The big bragging point of this guy is that it’s able to let you just throw in ingredients and let it do its thing. The issue with the most common Morphy Richards Soup Maker problems is that users forget that it’s still a machine.
This means that they can’t read your mind and you will need to pay attention to what you’re doing with it still. Just like in a pot, running the burner too hot, forgetting about it, and/or not adding enough liquid will cause the stuff on the bottom to burn. Not only will this be a pain to clean, but it can ruin the taste of your soup!
What Can They Do? (And How To Fix Them Not Doing It)
Morphy Richards Soup Makers can do three things rather well: cook soup, blend soup, and keep it hot. They generally come with four settings:
This setting is designed to keep chunky soup, well, chunky. In short, this means that it won’t overcook most ingredients (which would cause them to break down) while still properly cooking them. The downside to this is that you will need to cut everything first into reasonable sizes – especially if you don’t want to be involved after placing everything in. If you don’t do this, you’ll run into undercooked pieces on the top and overcooked bits on the bottom.
Remember to stir your soup occasionally and add enough liquid if it’s got large bits of meat in it.
One of the most common problems we see with these guys is that “chunky” soup is too chunky. Rather than well-cooked bits of veg and meat that are bite-sized, users end up with under or overcooked, large pieces of inedible food. That’ll ruin dinner very fast.
This setting will automatically blend soups for you to, theoretically, make a smooth bisque-like consistency. While this generally works very well, if your soup maker is old, consider sharpening and honing the blades.
If you’re having issues with blending consistency, a sharp blade will work wonders.
This does exactly what it sounds like – it juices ingredients. This is great for smoothies and milkshakes as it doesn’t apply heat. If you’re noticing your juices getting warmer than you’d like, ensure it’s on the right setting. The number of times that I’ve been upset with warm smoothies, only to find I’m an idiot is… more than I’d like to admit.
So I’ll say it again for those in the back – check your settings before starting.
This is for when the first go around the blending cycle doesn’t do what you want. It essentially becomes a blender at this point and, well, it blends things. Again, if this isn’t working well, check your blades.
If sharpening them doesn’t fix the problem, consider replacing the motor.
What Can’t They Do?
This is rather obvious, but I’ll clarify just in case. If you’re trying to do something with your soup maker that it’s not explicitly designed for, you’re going to have issues. Some common misuses I’ve heard of are:
- Trying to blend solid, uncooked food with it.
- Morphy Richards Soup Makers are exacltly that – soup makers. They’re not a blender or grinder.
- Using it as a thermos or hot plate.
- Again, these aren’t designed for travel or general cooking. Do not try to make pancakes in them, and don’t treat it like a thermos. I know it looks like one, but it’s not.
- Treating it as a general-use pan.
- Yes, you can sautee in them. Yes, it heats food. And no, you can’t replace all of your cookware with this, as tempting as it may seem.
While they’re great gadgets when used properly, misuse will lead to Morphy Richards Soup Maker problems in the future. Be sure to read your owner’s manual (yes, they exist for a reason) to be sure you’re using it properly. And if you encounter overly chunky soup or a burned bottom, just stir your food, add liquid, and sharpen your blades regularly. Just like knives, the blades in your soup maker will dull over time, so it’s best to be proactive here.
If you’re unsure of how to clean a burnt soup maker, check out our article on exactly that! Or, if you simply want to try out some tasty new recipes, you can come over to our soup recipe lounge and get some new meals ideas! Finally, (this is the last plug, I promise) if you simply want to try a soup maker out for yourself – here’s our guide to the best soup makers available today.