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Soup is one of my favorite meals to make. Mainly because they are really easy to make. If you don’t already possess one, I highly recommend a slow cooker. So this week is sharing what you need to become the boss of soup making (in my humble opinion that is) and my favorite soup recipe. I hope you like it and if you do, I’d love for you to share this content with everyone in your network using the share button of your choice!
Soup is the perfect batch cooked meal, so here are some of my suggested items you’ll want to gather up if you’re serious about creating some soups. Soups also freeze extremely well, so I often love picking a day of the week to cook a recipe and then next week doing another recipe because if you have lots of freezer space you can create a lot of meals and just store them!
Honestly, of all the recommendations I’m about to make in this post, a slow cooker is the most important thing. I use a slow cooker for loads of things, not just soups, but a variety of meals. You can throw all your ingredients in and just let it simmer and gather flavor for 6 hours or so.
If you cannot find a model to your liking in the store, Amazon sells them (and their prices are comparable to places like Walmart). The only real disadvantage is you have to wait for the thing to ship to you!
I do recommend if you can afford it, spring for the model that is programmed by hours. This means it will switch to “keep warm” after it reaches the hour you programmed it for.
I highly recommend getting your hands on a set of food storage containers (you definitely want microwave safe ones!). Places like Walmart have a wide variety that you can find, pick one style you like. I personally go for the “snap lock” lids, I just find they seal better, but there many different types you can get that will produce the results you need (which is a perfectly portioned bit of soup for lunches, dinner, etc!).
This is an optional item. Some soups call for pureeing, it’s not usually necessary to do it, it’s just the soup is typically served smooth. But if you like a smooth soup, you’re gonna need a blender. I personally like immersion blenders because you can blend your soup right in the pot you’re using, rather than having to transfer that hot soup into another appliance.
4. Long-handled Wooden Spoon
Specific recipes will call for a lot of stirring, wooden spoons remain cool while you do this, so they’re ideal. Also they won’t scratch the bottom of your pots usually.
This spoon will make serving your soup super easy. If you’re wanting to really watch how much you’re spooning out, you can even buy ladels that have the cup measurements on them. It’s basically a big, deep spoon that will allow you to transfer your soup where you need to quicker.
There’s a lot of other things you can buy, but these five items are all you need to get started. If you get going and love crafting soups and it becomes your weekend activity, then go ahead and explore more specific items (like a China Cap Strainer) to your kitchen.
So now that you have some essentials for getting started, here’s one of my favorite recipes to get you going!
I think this recipe was part of the little booklet my Home-EC teacher gave me when I was in grade 8 or 9 and honestly it is one of my top favorite soups. This soup is pretty good the first day but seems to be even better the next day.
- 225 g Ground beef
- 1 Medium onion, chopped
- 200 ml Canned tomato
- 1 Large carrot, grated
- 1 Large potato, cubed
- 1 Large celery stalk, sliced
- 2 pkg Beef broth (OXO)
- 750 ml Water
- 75 ml Condensed tomato soup
- 30 ml Barley
- 5 ml Parsley
- 1 ml Sugar
- 1 ml Salt
- 1 ml Thyme
- 1 Bay leaf
- 0.5 ml Pepper
Brown the beef and onions in a large pot. Once browned (no pink remaining), drain any additional grease.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring frequently. Remove the bay leaf prior to serving.
Alternatively, after browning the beef and onions, add all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low or high. I prefer the low settings (it will take longer) as it allows the flavors to really meld together.
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