5 different POTS & equipment I USE FOR making Chinese soups, MEDICINE, and HERBAL TEAS.

One guiding principle in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the yin yang theory.  In the natural world, there exists a balance between 2 opposing and co-existing forces and yet, they also exist in each other.  Our bodies, minds, and souls are designed the same way in that to be healthy, we need to be in harmony between these 2 bipolar states.  Yin is receptive and passive, calm and slow, embodying cold and damp qualities (when we are sleeping).  Yang is its exact opposite in aggressive and active, embodying heat, dryness, and movement (when we are awake).

One of our mission at The Chinese Soup Lady is to bring these principles into the foods and drinks we consume in order to support harmony.  

You can explore more about some Traditional Chinese Medicine theories in these posts.

You know I love my charts!  And what better chart for explaining the types of soup pots that I use and what they are used for.  There is purpose to my madness when I’m making soups.  Follow along here on my logic:

1. Is it a Chinese medicinal or Herbal Tea?  This is the first question because this is pretty much a process of elimination. Traditional Chinese medicines should be made with ceramic, clay, or glass.  This is because you don’t want the metal interacting with the herbs.

This is the exact clay pot that I use for Chinese medicines, soups and stews.  It’s a Korean / Japanese styled pot that is small enough to fit inside my cast iron and fit about 4 cups of water.  It comes in 2 different sizes, but buy the smaller one so that it can fit into your bigger pots and functions as the inner pot for double-boiling.  It’s served me so well!

 

 

2. Is it a long or short boil? My interest in this question is so that I am conscious of how I am using energy to make my soup.

Definition of short (or quick) boil = < 45 minutes boil time (for me) and minimal Chinese herbs.  These soups tend to have more vegetables, less large pieces (so even my veggies are chopped up quite small), cream-based, less Chinese herbs, and less bone meats (unless I pan fry them first). 

If I am doing a long boil, I will use a thermal soup pot to converse both time and energy.

If I don’t doing a short boil, then I will use either the rice cooker or stove top options.

3. Is it a one-pot meal or hot pot?

I will use the cast iron pot if it’s a one-pot soup meal or I’m doing a hot pot styled soup like this Japanese shabu shabu hot pot.  These pots are perfect for first pan-frying the meats or setting up a soup base to be used with a mini stove for hot pot.

I’m a big fan of cast iron pots, although they do take a bit of care on the metal to have it long lasting.  The best woks are cast iron!  I’ve been using this 2.25 quart Staub Cast Iron with a huge amount of success as both a soup both, a hot pot pot, and the outer pot for double boiling.  It’s amazing! I highly recommend this as a must have! 

 

4. How much time do I have?

If I have time, I will default to the convection heat either the stainless steel pot or the cast iron pot.

However, if I’m running out of time and want to make time saving soups, I’ll use the thermal pot or the rice cooker!  The rice cooker is definitely my favourite for a “set it and forget it” soup. I will use this for both small portions (of up to 4 servings of Chinese soup) for fresh ingredients and frozen soup packs. You can follow this video and learn how to make your own frozen soup packs!  

This Zojirushi rice cooker is one of the best inventions for making quick boil frozen Chinese soups!  You can follow this video on how to do this and make your own frozen soup packs! 

I would love to hear if you’ve got other ideas!  Drop them in the comments or any of my social channels and I’ll give you a shout out and add it to the post!

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