Top 10 Tools for Making Soup
Few foods taste cozier than soup, and cooking this comfort food yourself can be just as rewarding as slurping up a bowl. Stocking your kitchen with a handful of kitchen tools will make the process even smoother — in some cases, literally. From immersion blenders to pots, these soup-making essentials will cover all your bases.
Invest in a Dutch oven, and you'll use this multitasker for much more than soup. Our product tester named Le Creuset's Round Dutch Oven the best on the market. Made of enameled cast iron, this sturdy pan heats evenly and is ideal for sautéing veggies as you make your stock. Plus, its heavy lid locks in liquid before it evaporates.
Buy it: Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, 7-1/4-quart, $400; lecreuset.com
Le Creuset's soup pot offers all the same perks as a Dutch oven. At 4.5 quarts, it's a quart smaller than the average Dutch oven size. But it's large enough to feed a family of four.
Buy it: Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Soup Pot, 4 1/2 quart, $200; williams-sonoma.com
If you want to feed a family and have leftovers, this large stainless steel stockpot will hold it all. Prefer to stick to smaller batches? The stockpot's height keeps more liquid from evaporating than shorter pots. Either way, you want a stock pot with a heavy bottom to keep ingredients at the bottom from sticking.
Buy it: Tramontina Gourmet 16-Quart Covered Stainless Steel Stock Pot, $72; walmart.com
Use a skimmer with a fine mesh strainer to scoop up fat or froth that rises to the top of the pot.
Buy it: Hiware Stainless Steel Fat Skimmer Spoon, $8; amazon.com
An immersion blender (aka hand blender) allows you to puree soups without having to transfer them to a blender, sparing you a few spills and splatters. It's also ideal if your blender can't handle hot liquids. Our product tester picked KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender as this year's best.
Buy it: KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender, $40; amazon.com
A traditional blender can also give you a hand in the kitchen. When up against an immersion blender, the traditional blender results in the smoother soup. And compared to a food processor, a blender is less likely to leak liquids as long as you don't overfill it. What's more? Choose the soup setting, and this Instant Pot's Cooking Blender will actually heat your soup as it blends.
Buy it: Instant Pot Ace 60 Cooking Blender, $79; walmart.com
You don't need anything fancy to serve your soup. This long-handled stainless steel ladle will do the job.
Buy it: Newness Soup Ladle, $12; amazon.com
You'll reach for the Microplane to grate ginger, zest citrus, and finish off bowls of soup with Parmesan.
Buy it: Microplane Zester and Grater, $20; amazon.com
This BPA-free, dishwasher-friendly silicone container will change how you freeze soup for good. It allows you to divide soup into even portions and even measure how much you're pouring with lines to mark 1/2 cup and 1 cup.
Buy it: Souper Cubes Silicone Freezing Tray with Lid, $20; amazon.com