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Matriarchy: I want figure out how to make "canned soup." For instance, to make a cooked concoction, pressure can it in pint jars, and then be able to add water, stock, or milk to have 3-4 cups of soup. Cream of cauliflower or broccoli, for instance, so I can take advantage of that season. I want to see if I can make up the recipe without the dairy, can it as "condensed" soup, and have shelf-stable homemade soup. Anyone doing that?
7 years ago
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Margaret : Never tried to make my own canned soup, but I do use a lot of dried ingredients in soups (mostly beans). Those last for ages and ages. Let me know how this works for you though... I'd be interested in hearing about it. Sorry I can't be of any help.
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: It is the broccoli and cauliflower that got me thinking. I froze a lot last year, but it comes out mushy and I end up making soup. Seems like I should just make the soup and be done with it. But it will take up a lot of jar space, so I was thinking how to condense it so I could add water/milk later. Love the season where I can pay $1 for a giant head of local broccoli, but I have not yet settled on a way "put some up." We buy broccoli year-round.
7 years ago
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Margaret : Can you dehydrate broccoli? We usually get it fresh, but I have some frozen that I use in soups or stir frys. Or maybe you could pickle it, but that won't work in a soup application, I'm afraid. Hmm....
7 years ago
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Doris Clark: Last season when we had so much broccoli from the garden, I just made the soup, "Garden Fresh Broccoli Soup" ( don't know how to link this), and froze it in cartons.Good luck working it out and let us know. Incidentally, for the longest time I have been looking and wishing for a homemade way to replace the canned soup (Campbell's) ingredient in so many recipes. I don't feel confident about any of my results.
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: Doris, I am going to try your broccoli soup recipe, and if my family likes it, I will use your freezing method. Then I would just make the milk base and add the thawed puree. My family's favorite soup recipe cooks the broth and dairy together, so it breaks when it is frozen. When you say you frozen it in "cartons" - what do you mean? Waxed-cardboard milk cartons?
7 years ago
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Doris Clark: Actually, it was (washed, recycled) ice cream cartons. Then I bought some containers from a restaurant supply place near me. Now that you mentioned it, I remember in the past, having used milk cartons. I had forgotten doing that, it's been years since my milk wasn't bought in plastic jugs.
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: Good point. Most milk is in plastic. Didn't think of ice cream! Good idea! I buy deli containers from restuarant supply, too, but I like to recycle when I can.
7 years ago
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Doris Clark: The milk cartons have a better shape for shelf spacing, my Blue Bell's are round.
7 years ago