liquid food prepared by cooking meat, poultry, fish, legumes, or vegetables with seasonings in water, stock, milk, or some other liquid medium. The cooking of soup is as ancient as the devising of vessels to hold liquid; before the development of pots that could withstand the direct heat of a fire, soups were cooked by dropping hot stones into the liquid. The long cooking
of soup enabled nourishment to be drawn from meagre quantities of fish and meat too bony or tough to be otherwise utilized.
|Add fresh breads, rolls or crackers to complete your meal|
Soup is a forgiving way to cook. Every pot made is a master piece in it's own right. Never to be duplicated. Ingredients change, spices change and cooking times may vary, so just feel free to add or subtract depending on what you have on hand.
I like to make "leftover" soup. At the end of the week, I put all the leftover cooked grain, meat and vegetables into a pot of stock, broth, water or milk on the stove to cook. If I do not have enough leftovers to make soup, I freeze the leftovers in anticipation of adding it to a pot of soup one day. If I have salsa leftover, I will add it to chili or taco soup. I combine foods that compliment each other into a soup. If I have chicken and vegetables left over, I will add homemade noodles to make chicken noodle soup. If I only have chicken, I will make chicken and dumplings with it or freeze it for a later day. These are just examples. Let your imagination run wild with creativity.
Soup promotes a life of living within your means. There is very little waste if any when you cook soup with your leftovers. It makes more meals out of the same amount of groceries, which translates to reducing your grocery bill. Since you simmer soup for a long period of time, you can use tougher cheaper cuts of meats in your soup recipes. Using a pressure cooker retains vitamins, reduces the amount of energy needed to cook with and saves time. Using a crock pot is time saving too. Just throw everything in the pot in the morning before you start your work day and when you get home dinner is waiting for you.
You are not limited to cooking soup with leftovers. It takes very little fresh meat, vegetables and grain to make a good pot of soup. This also helps to make your groceries last. Soup is a well rounded healthy meal. You can make a light summer soup out of your garden vegetables or a hearty soup out of your root vegetables in the winter. Use spices sparingly to add depth to your soup.....