How do you make your soup
Soup has been around for as long as there has been cooking utensils such as pots and pans that could hold hot liquids without breaking. The idea of adding ingredients to a big pot to create a simple nutritious and filling meal that can be enjoyed by the rich as well as the poor is not new. Although the idea of making soup is the same the way you cook it has changed over the years. In the early days it was cooked over an open fire but now there are various ways that you can cook your soup.
The traditionalist still cook using pots and pans but now its not over an open fire but on a gas/electric hob or in a slow cooker. For chunky soup you cook your ingredients and serve directly from the pan but if you fancy a smooth soup you need to blend the ingredients. To blend you can use a hand blender sometimes known as a stick blender that you put straight into the pan or you can use a jug blender that the ingredients need to be placed into a jug. There is another way and that is to use a purpose built kitchen appliance where you add all your vegetables and stock into a soup maker and let the machine do the rest.
Do you love to get soup recipes from cookbooks and if so are you a stickler for following the recipe to the letter or do you like to experiment with different ingredients. There are plenty of recipe books available for you to choose from and there are specialist books just for soup. Plenty of the top celebrity chefs have published recipe books with a section for soups included.
Recipes from Grandma have been around for years and are handed down through the generations. That secret ingredient that no one must know about being carefully guarded and only you closest family being intrusted with its safe keeping. The trouble is these recipes have probable been changed over the years as they get added to with everyone’s personal touch. Do you have a Grandma recipe that has been handed down to you?
Are you the sort of person who loves to experiment with ingredients and just make it up as you go along. Some of the best recipes are made by doing this but you need to write it all down or the next time you go to make it you’ll never get the same result and that could be really annoying if you make a a superb soup but can’t remember how you did it.
Scraps and all-sorts.
This is my favorite, you simple look in your fridge and cupboards to see what you have and trow it all into the pot and see what you get. This is great for using up all your leftovers and can bring some surprising results. Soups are so diverse that you can use just about anything.
You may be the sort of person who does all of the above or you might just stick with the one you know best, whichever way you make you’re soup you know you are making a wholesome homemade healthy meal for you and your family to enjoy.