Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Soup Tips & Tricks

I love soup!  I eat it all year long.  But as the weather turns cooler, soup is on the menu more frequently at our house.  Below are a few tips for soup that my mom taught me, and I thought I would pass them on to you, just in case you are a soup lover too.

Soup Tips & Tricks

1.  With today's pop top style of soup cans, this tip is a little harder to use, but it is still a good tip to know.  When using condensed soup, shake the can, and then open it up from the bottom.  The soup will slide right out and you won't have to use a spoon to remove the soup from the can.

2. If you are out of cream for your soup or don't have enough,  substitute with milk and add a little flour to make it a thicker consistency.

3.  If your soup is too salty, add a couple of slices of apple or raw potato to your soup.  Let simmer for a few minutes, then discard the apple or potato slices. 

4.  If you add too much garlic to your soup, put dry parsley flakes in a teal ball and add it to the soup to soak up the extra garlic.  The garlic will be attracted to the parsley.  Discard the parsley after several minutes of being in the soup. 

5.  Never boil your soup.  Simmering keeps the flavors intact.

6.  If you are making a clear noodle soup, cook your noodles, then drain and rinse the noodles before adding them to your soup.  Starch in the noodles will make it cloudy if you add them to your soup with out draining and rinsing them first. 

7.  Soup is always better if it is made the day before you serve it.

What is your favorite soup?  Do you have any tips you could share?  

Congratulations to the Winner of the Tate's Bake Shop Giveaway,
Ashley of What Does a Songbird Sing!

On Friday, I will be posting my
Slow Cooker Taco Soup recipe.

Visit my friends blogs!

You will love Bo and his blog,  Bo's Bowl.  Not only does he host great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.

Also visit my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!


  1. Great post! Love al your hints; milk and flour to replace cream soup; why didn't think of that?
    I love all home made soups; my husband's fav is Chicken Rice. Coming back to to check Taco soup.

  2. Thanks, Madhura Monojo!

    Rita, we love Chicken and Rice soup too! Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave! :)

  3. I am sooo excited that I won that amazing signed cookbook! I can not wait to try out the recipes. Thank you Tate's Bake Shop! Thanks Linda!

  4. What useful ideas! Especially that one about opening soup cans from the bottom.

  5. Fantastic looking soup and I can imagine how delicious it must be!!
    Thanks for the tips.

  6. Linda love your tips. Did not know about using parsley . Soups are a standby here too my fav is from scratch , Potato Cheese Chowder.....

  7. Linda,
    Your blog looks great. I'll follow. New Mexico? I've always wanted to visit...great weather and beautiful country. Gray, rainy and chilly here in Southern Indiana, today.
    xo, Cheryl (good soup day!)