Q: I was introduced to the wonders of carrot soups during college and would love to make some myself! Unfortunately, every carrot soup recipe I come across seems to require a blender, which I don't have (and purchasing one is not in the budget). How can I make tasty carrot and squash soups without one?
Would grating the carrots before putting them in the soup be a good substitute? This also applies to pumpkin/squash soups.
Sent by Laurel
Editor: Laurel, I know you said that a blender isn't in the budget but have you considered a stick blender? They tend to be much less expensive than an upright blender. This one from Cuisinart (a reader favorite!) is only $35 and I've seen it go on sale for even less. A Christmas present request, perhaps? It's going to be tough to make a creamy soup without some kind of tool like that. You can, however, use a potato masher to start breaking down the cooked vegetables to a point.
Readers, any other non-blender ideas?