There are many soup pots out there but which is the best for making herbal soups? Here are the breakdowns on the pros and cons for different types of soup pots. In the instagram post, I made a typo. In item 4, it should be “faster cooking” instead of “fasting cooking”. I apologised for the mistake
Here are the detail breakdown
5. Stainless Steel Pot
This is the most common type of pots you can find in most kitchens but they are also the least idea of make herbal soups. This is because conducts heat quickly but fails in retaining them. This force the herbs to cook up fast and not giving it enough time to “release” its flavour and nutrients. If you are making soup that are fast cooking, like vegetable or tofu soups then it is no problem.
4. Pressure Cooker
Pressure cooker locks in the air and steam to a preset pressure point during cooking. This builds up the heat in the pot thus making cooking faster. Since air and steam does not escape, less water is required for cooking. However, also due to the high heat, it cooks up the vegetables and meat really fast which in does not give the ingredients enough time to “release” its flavour.
3. Electric Slow Cooker
This is our favourite and is also the one that you see in our videos. In my opinion, electric slow cooker is the best for working couples. Before heading to work, throw all the ingredients in and come back to delicious pot of soup at the end of work day. Slow cooking allows the herbs and ingredients to slowly “release” its flavour and nutrients into the soup thus making it good for making herbal soup but it is not the best. It is not the best on the eco side, as it is power on through out the day. The next gadget is a more eco version.
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2. Thermal Cooker
Thermal cookers made out of two containers.
- A outer container called a vacuum flask to hold and seal in an inner container.
- The inner container usually is a stainless steel pot which has its own handle and lid.
So you put all the ingredients into the inner container, cooked it via stove top for about 20-30 mins. And have the inner container transferred into the vacuum flask which you lock and seal in the heat. The heat will be retain and cooking continues. In some way, this is more eco-friendly and uses less energy than other cooking methods. Again, no need to watch over the cooking, but you might need to wake up a little bit early to prepare this as compared to the electric slow cooker.
This is the best for making herbal soup. It would be even more awesome if you are cooking it over charcoal. There is actually a science behind why claypot cooking is better over charcoal than gas. The reason is because charcoal is pure carbon and is able to produce higher heat than gas. This higher in heat is being conducted and retain in claypot efficiently. But claypot cooking is going to take a long time and you need to be watching it over the fire.
If you are planning to get a claypot, remember that you need to treat it before using.
- soak the pot in water for two hours
- dry it
- wipe the inner dry and dipped it with a little olive oil.
- filled it with 3/4 water, place lid over and boil
- allow it to heat up to 1-2 hours
- after that throw away the remaining water, let the pot cool and it is ready for future use. (it’s like warming up the pot, you only have to do this once)
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