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Reply #1 - 01/04/03 at 06:22:52
Miranda   Guest

I try to sautee the veggies (onion, celery, carrot, garlic etc) for as long as possible before I add the rest of the ingredients. If I am adding dry spices or herbs, i add them then too, so that the flavors are fully extracted. then when you add the stock it takes on that flavor earlier and you get better soup. Grin
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Reply #2 - 01/28/03 at 03:00:13
pat de haan   Guest

Another way to make a tastier soup is to roast your vegies first, roasted tomatoe, butternut squash, pumpkin etc.  The flavors are much more intensified.
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Reply #3 - 02/03/03 at 08:06:04
Erwin Anisman   Guest

Another way to add creaminess and thickness to soups is to add tofu before pureing.  This also adds protein to the soup.
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Reply #4 - 07/13/04 at 16:26:12
Anne Marie Kemp   Guest

For soup, I lashed out and I bought a steel handled heavy pot.  it cost me $130 Australian.  It cooks as well as a pressure cooker.  i got a size that I can put in the oven for a casserole, my friend heats up her pies in it.  If you burn the bottom, you soak it with water overnight, and it comes off easily.
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Reply #5 - 10/11/04 at 09:44:53
Betsy Hinze   Guest

If you cover a large cardboard box with aluminum foil after cutting off one of it's ''walls'' You have a solar oven. You can add all the ingredients after you puree them and let them simmer for as long as it takes for them to get the consistency to your liking. Be sure to use a black pot for best results!
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Reply #6 - 12/19/05 at 10:55:36
Nylarc   Guest

A turkey frame soup recipe tip I just recieved from my Mother....Before adding the turkey bones to your pot (filled with water or chicken stock)  try to "chop" up the bones.  Or break them.  You want to try to expose the  marrow to the simmering water or stock.  I tried it, and what a huge difference it made!
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Reply #7 - 04/07/06 at 04:15:55
Emily Easton   Guest

Roasting the vegetables is a great idea. Especially with butternut squash; not only does it intensify the flavor, but it cuts your prep time drastically. Cut the squash in half, dig out the seeds and put on a baking sheet in a 400 degree over for 30-60 minutes. Go do something else. Test it now and again- when it's soft it's done and it slides right out of its skin and into soup.
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Reply #8 - 05/14/06 at 15:24:37
Tracey-ann   Guest

To get more flavour into your Mushroom Soup - try sauteeing the herbs, mushrooms, garlic and onion firstly in butter in a large saucepan. Take the sauteed ingredients out and then place your stock and potatoes into the large saucepan and cook potatoes until they are soft.  Season the stock with potatoes with ground black pepper, chopped fresh chives and continental parsley and then add the sauteed mushrooms prepared earlier. Then Blend the ingredients ( I used my hand wand mixer - bamix to blend in the saucepan. I found the soup is much more flavoursome, rather than boiling them with the potatoes...A dollop of sour cream is also good!!!
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Reply #9 - 06/09/06 at 22:56:50
Megan O.   Guest

Sorry this is so long -- you all inspired me! Smiley I like to roast my veggies, too, but I also roast the bones.

Kids should try this recipe with the help of an adult. It requires lifting a large, very heavy pot full of boiling-hot broth.

When we have a roasted chicken or turkey (whether I make it myself or buy a rotisserie bird at the grocery), I save the carcass after it is stripped of edible meat. Pull off any remaining fat and skin, then put the carcass and any loose bones on a tinfoil-covered cookie sheet. I usually spice it -- a little oregano or marjoram, and lay a few fresh sprigs of rosemary across/inside it -- then spritz liberally with olive oil. (No salt or pepper, though!)

Then I put the whole thing into a low oven (maybe 300-325 Fahrenheit) and roast it for 1.5 - 2 hours, or until it gets browned and smells heavenly. Let it cool slightly, remove the rosemary, then put it and any juices/browned bits on the tinfoil into a ziptop bag and freeze it.

After you collect several of these, you are ready to make some killer stock. This is best done on a weekend or whenever you have a day to spare. The good part is that after you get it going, it doesn't take too much babysitting -- you can be doing other things, so long as you check it once in a while.

Dump frozen carcasses into a large stock pot. 2-4 chicken carcasses, or one turkey carcass.

- a large unpeeled onion, split in half, that has been studded with maybe 10-15 cloves.  (If you have trouble getting the cloves through the peel, you can use a paring knife to make a small starter hole.)  Skewer the onion with several toothpicks to help it hold together.
- 1-2 stalks of celery (or your spare celery tops that you've been saving frozen in a ziptop in the freezer)
- a couple of carrots split lengthwise.
- cold water to cover the carcasses by at least 2", if not more. It's really important that you use cold water.

Cover partway (leave the lid cracked slightly to let steam escape) and bring to a simmer (slow bubbles) over low heat. Because you are using cold water, it will take a long time to achieve the simmer, but this way you will be extracting the most flavor.

I let it go for about an hour from when I first put it on the fire, then start skimming off scum and oil about every half hour. I couldn't tell you the total time on the fire... maybe 4 hours, give or take an hour.... but mainly what I'm looking for is color and taste. Over time, the broth darkens somewhat and tastes more intense. Season if you like, but don't add any salt. (You could spoon off a bit into a cup and salt that, if you want to taste it that way.)

Once it tastes like soup to you, set up a large bowl in your sink, with a colander inside it. Ideally the colander should be lined with a couple layers of cheesecloth, but if you don't mind small bits in your broth, you can do without. The bowl should be large enough to catch everything that's in your stock pot.

To help keep splashing down to a minimum, put the pot of soup on a trivet next to your sink, and with tongs or the like, carefully pull out as much of the carcasses as you can, one at a time, and place them in the colander. Then slowly and *carefully* pour the stock through the colander into the bowl.

Rinse out your stockpot. Then carefully lift the colander out of the bowl, let it drain a bit, then set it aside on a plate to catch drips. (Discard the contents of the colander; the drips might be salvagable.)

From here, you can do just about anything. You could refrigerate the stock to let it gel up and remove any remaining fat. You could have some broth straight up! Or, you could put the stock back into the stock pot and go on to make a fantastic soup. Chicken noodle and black bean/lentil are two of my favorites.

Stock freezes well -- you can put it in an icecube tray, then once frozen, shake out the cubes and put them in a ziptop bag.
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Reply #10 - 10/30/06 at 20:58:44
Pauline Unsworth   Guest

Try adding a little low fat cream cheese to finished soups for a touch of creaminess, this works really well with brocolli, cauliflower or chicken stock based sooups.
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Reply #11 - 01/05/07 at 00:14:34
letizia   Ex Member

Try this very light, easy and quick but extra tasty soup:
Pour in a big pot 3 cups cold water, add 1 cup chopped pumpkin and 1 medium-sized potato cut into thin slices. The more potatoes (or the less water) you employ, the thicker the soup will be. Boil everything, and when the vegs are soft, blend (I use an immersion mixer), add salt and you will have a smooth soup to which you can add any chopped  vegetable you like.
My favourite: chopped broccoli, which need another 10' cooking; or artichoke stems; or a handful of basmati rice (in this case I sprinkle my soup with black pepper).  Next time I am going to try mushrooms. Anyway, it is possible to try with different vegs.
It would be wise to add a teaspoon of olive oil before eating this heartwarming soup, but the taste is so good I always forget dressing it!
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Reply #12 - 02/04/07 at 02:03:51
Eric_the_Hoser   Ex Member

If you love Tomato Soup, try adding a little Sweet Vermouth, if you have it that is! 

Another favorite is Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts. I put about 1 kg of toasted hazelnuts in the veggie stock and discarded them after straining. I used a surface carved and warmed whole Pumpkin as a tureen to serve for the first course. It was a dinner party for 24 but you get the idea. Add the toasted Hazelnuts just before service, I have a thing against waterlogged nuts in food!
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Reply #13 - 02/05/07 at 10:19:12
Luc_H   Ex Member

Roasting vegetables is always a great idea and many other tricks here are simply great!

One little known trick to spruce up a soup is to add a parmesan cheese rind.  Yes the hard waxy layer that is impossible to grate.  That's if you are in the habit of buying real parmesan cheese wedges from a wheel. 
Parmesan cheese (like most cheese) contain brokendown proteins or free amino acids.  free amino acids are natural flavour enhancers.  One amino acid particularly interesting  is glutamic acid.  In hot simmering soup glutamic acid converts to monosodium glutamate (yes MSG).  In this case, the stuff is naturally occuring and wholesome (not like dehydrated soup mixes with loads of added chemical MSG).
Use a 2 to 4 inch by 1 inch rind in 6 to 8 quarts of soup.  It will swell in the water.  Put it in the beginning and let it simmer the whole time the soup is simmering.  Fish it out before serving (if it's still intact).
This is an Italian trick for making savory minestrone soup but applies to almost all soups and sauces (like spaghetti sauce).

Luc H
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Reply #14 - 05/02/07 at 07:30:57
KatieLS   Ex Member

One of our favorites in the winter is Creamy Potato Soup with bacon/or smoked pork/or both...

I use a combination of potatoes, Yukon gold, small red and small white tatoes. about 3 lbs total. 

1/2 lb thick sliced bacon, diced
2 smoked pork chops diced
1 med. yellow onion diced
3 stalks celery leaves & strings removed then diced
2 bay leaves
kosher salt (scant tsp)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 cup half & half
chicken stock
1 to 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes

In a large stockpot, render bacon over med-low heat.  Add smoked pork, including bones.  Add onion, garlic, celery, and spices.  Saute until onion is transluscent.  cover with purified water, increase heat to boiling, then reduce heat to simmer for 1 hour.

Peel yukon gold tatoes, and dice.  Roast in 375 degree oven until golden brown.
Peel 1/2 of the remaining potatoes and dice (1/2 inch cubles) all of them, place in simmering mixture.  add roasted Yukon golds. Add chicken stock to cover potatoes and simmer until potatoes are fork tender.  Increase heat to medium, add 1/2 & 1/2, stir.  Add instant mashed tatoes gradually (1/2 a cup at a time) stirring after each addition.  When soup has reached desired consistency, reduce heat to low.  Taste, add salt & pepper if needed.  Cover for 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve with warm bread and softened butter. 

Bon Appetit!
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