Six Basic Tips for Making Soups

Here are some tips to help you make some yummy soups.  Enjoy!

1)     Have The Right ToolsSoup pic

A heavy quality soup pot is a must, it might be somewhat of a pain to lift but will maintain the heat temperatures for simmers and gentle boils for better control of perfectly delicious end product.  Depending on what kind of soup you are making, you might need a Blender or Immersion Blender for a creamy or puréed soup.  And a good Soup Ladle will come in real handy for serving.

2)     Start With Flavorful Liquid

Most soups are so much fun to make; they remind me of the building blocks I use to play with when I was a kid.  Generally, we start our soups with water, but depending on what kind of soup it is we could end up using a homemade broth or stock preferably verses store bought soup bases.  And sometimes we could use a wine or milk.  Please keep in mind that broth soups are usually a healthier choice than cream soups that are made with butter, flour and milk.

3)     Season Carefully

Seasoning soup can be a little tricky, especially the salt.  All manufactured soup bases are high in sodium and so are most canned veggies.  And if you are using homemade broth/stock and fresh veggies you still need to be aware of the amount of salt you’re using. The moral of the store is your could use to much or not enough, so the trick is to add a little at time.  That is why you see many recipes say “salt to taste”.

4)     Adding Flavor

Cooking fresh veggies like celery, carrots, onions, leeks and garlic should be done before adding the liquid.  In most cases this will only take a few minutes and will release more flavor and soften up the veggies for chewing or blending.  After cleaning the veggies remember to chop in uniform bite size pieces.

5)     Wow Your Soup With Freshness

Now we are almost done, let’s kick it up a notch with a fresh herb, a dollop of sour cream or yogurt.  This would be the right time to add a crunch, something not cooked.

6)     Last Step, Garnish

It will always add a special flare and give your soup that professional look to go the extra mile and add a proper and attractive tasty garnish.  The best advice I can give you is, use your imagination.  There are gazillion ideas out on the web

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