A soup is a dish obtaining most of its flavor from a liquid created by extracting flavor from solids such as meat and vegetables.

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Why won't my beans soften?

I have an old jar of 9 bean soup mix which is basically dried beans. In order to cook them, they must first be softened and according to some prior research a few methods exist, though the most common ...
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Fix a bad vegetable soup

I threw a whole bunch of vegetables in the crock-pot with water and realized I had forgot to buy meat for it. I cooked it anyways and it is extremely bland. Any ideas on what I can do to fix it now? I ...
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Tsukemen ramen broth/soup

I have tried the Tsukemen type ramen a few times and I find it fascinating. I want to be able to make it myself. My questions is: How exactly is it made? Is it made by simply reducing other ramen ...
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Can I slow cook in short intervals?

I'm making tonkotsu ramen broth, cooked over twelve hours (some people cook it even longer). I'd rather not leave my gas stove on overnight, so I'm wondering whether the same effect - breaking down ...
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Hot peppers in soup don't stay spicy

My favorite chicken-and-mushroom soup recipe incorporates hot peppers and, on upon immediate serving has a lovely kick. However the reheated leftovers are entirely bland, almost as if the "hot" from ...
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How can I make the most of this stewing hen?

For the longest time, I've been keeping my eyes open for a stewing hen. I make very good Chicken and Dumplings, and I've always heard that I could make it really great if I could just get my hands on ...
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Will Simmering Help/Harm Pumpkin soup?

I am making cream of pumpkin soup. I need to go do the weeks shopping and also get the cream I forgot. (Cream is added in the last step of my recipie) The recipie I am using calls for it to be ...
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Keeping noodles from absorbing all the soup

I cook in the summer for a week for about 30 people,and we serve buffet-style over the course of about an hour. This summer, my plan is to make lemon chicken orzo soup for one of the meals. However, ...
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Lemon juice as a natural preservative for soups

Can lemon juice be used as a natural preservative for soups? Additionally, Russian soup Borsch has a lot of cabbage in it, as far as I know that makes it last longer. Do you think cabbage can help ...
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If I'm using milk as an ingredient in soup, how can I prevent it from curdling?

There are numerous chicken stock based soups that also have milk as an ingredient and the milk always seems to curdle - how can I prevent this?
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What's the difference between gazpacho and normal soups?

Gazpacho is (afaik) a tomato-based soup, eaten very cold. I was wondering if there is a difference between gazpacho and other soups, apart from the temperature eaten at. Could you heat gazpacho and ...
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Chicken Noodle Soup

I am under the weather, and I am longing for some delicious homemade chicken noodle soup. I have 6 bone-in chicken thighs in my freezer that I can use, as well as boneless chicken breast (But I read ...
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What are common techniques for adding eggs to soup?

I have seen different techniques for adding eggs to soups. They seem to be a polarizing topic - I have known people to find the sight of "raggy" soup disgusting, and I have family members who won't ...
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Can pressure canning be replaced water bath canning?

I wanted to make and can, my Grandma's tomato soup. However I don't have a pressure canner. I made the soup in a 15 PSI pressure cooker and then poured it into sterilized jars and then canned it in a ...
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Trick to making perfect egg ribbons?

I'm looking for a time-proven method for getting perfect egg ribbons in egg drop or hot and sour soup. The result I'm looking for is a clear soup with the classic gossamer egg ribbons. I'm not ...
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How safe is it to leave soup food out? [duplicate]

I'm well aware that bacteria can grow on food left out overnight and should probably be thrown out afterwards. But, what about in instance of soups or stews, where the soup/stew goes directly from the ...
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Help! Chicken and Wild rice soup needs some extra flavor [closed]

I made a creamy chicken and wild rice soup for the first time following a recipe I found online. However, now that it's finished, I think it needs more flavor. The only seasonings I used was a the ...
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Tomato bisque soup too sweet [duplicate]

I was making this tomato bisque and the recipe called for 1 cup sugar so I thought I added 1 cup of sugar. But what I added was 1 cup of truvia, an artificial sweetener so my 1 cup of sugar is really ...
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How do I prepare fresh clams for clam chowder?

I regularly prepare New England-style clam chowder with all fresh ingredients except for canned clams which I use out of convenience. I have been feeling guilty of trying to pass my recipe off as ...
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Should I delay adding barley when making vegetable barley soup?

When adding barley to a soup (usually with some combination of vegetables), should I add the barley later than the rest of the ingredients?
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How do you stop banana flower soup from tasting astringent?

I have made banana flower soup 3 times now. The first time it had a nice, unique warming/comforting flavour. The second time it was inedible. The third time it was almost inedible. The recipes I have ...
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Green tomato soup calls for creme fraiche. I cannot have creme fraiche. If I add heavy creme will it be ok?

I want to make green tomato soup but the recipe I have calls for creme fraiche. I cannot get creme fraiche. Will using heavy cream as a substitute smooth out the sourness of the green tomatoes and ...
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How can I remove excess fat from stews or soups without refrigerating?

I've read that adding cork (from wine bottles) absorbs the fat. I'm not sure if this works or not. Are there any other ways to remove excess fat without standing there and spooning out or ...
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Skimming foam from stock without removing floating spices

When I make chicken stock from scratch, I like to include whole spices like mustard seed, coriander, star anise and black pepper. I put these in right at the start when the water is still cool, so ...
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Can I replace flour in a soup recipe with a 1 to 1 gluten free flour?

I have celiac disease and must eat a gluten free diet. I saw a recipe for creamy chicken and mushroom soup, and it looked delicious! However, it called for 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Would it be ...
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Soup is too salty!

I made a mistake with my lastest batch of chicken soup, and it's too salty to eat. Is there any way to save it?
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I accidentally boiled away most of my soup, what can I do to recover it?

I wanted to reheat my chicken tortilla soup and walked away and forgot about it. When I went back to the stove very little liquid was left in the pot, it was practically all boiled away. I used a ...
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How to a prevent spoon from falling into soup?

When preparing a soup, the spoon which I use to stir the soup with, often falls in. Is there any way to prevent the spoon from falling into the soup?
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Which red pepper to use?

I am making clam chowder and the recipe calls for black pepper, salt, parsley and red pepper (1/2 t). SHould I use ground cayanne pepper or red pepper flakes?
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Is there a reason to not add salt when making a soup?

On several occasions I have had friends make soup without salt and then tell me that salt should be added only when the soup is served. I've read Why is it important to add salt during cooking? But ...
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How do canned soup companies keep their noodles from absorbing all the liquid in the can?

I like to make noodle soups. Chicken noodle, pho, k'tieu, soba, and so on; there are many different types of noodle involved. In every case, if the soup goes into the fridge, the noodles absorb all ...
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Can I blend hot soup in a ninja?

I want to make broccoli cheddar soup tonight and it says to blend the stuff after you add the broccoli. I have a blender but it sucks and would rather use my ninja. Can I put hot liquids in this? How ...
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Oyster Mushroom Chowder

I just created an oyster mushroom chowder with a cashew-cream base for my vegetarian wife who can't do dairy. It turned out OK, but I overdid the celery and it tested strongly like cream of celery ...
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Why is my pumpkin soup sour?

Whenever I make pumpkin soup I always find it to be way too sour and I end up adding a Tbsp of brown sugar to correct. Are Pumpkins naturally tart, or is there a reason why this is happening? Are ...
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Using sauce as a soup base

I am wondering which, if any, prepared sauces would work as a soup base. After several experiments I have found that none of the many (mostly Asian) sauces I have on hand work for this (just an ...
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Leaving the lid open in a soup

I've heard from some that soups should be left with the lid slightly ajar when still left on the stove (heat off) because the soup can spoil when the lid is left completely closed, so you need to ...
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How long could a meat-based broth be held safely near 180F/82C?

This question is the flip-side of the commonly asked food temperature safety concerns. I'd like to know, if a meat-based soup stock (chicken/pork/beef/etc) were to be held constantly at a safe hot ...
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What can substitute for barley in soup

What can I use as a substitute for 1/2 cup of barley in a 2 quart soup?
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How to prevent dry chicken in soup?

I made chicken and vegetable soup the other day using standard ingredients (small cubes of chicken breasts, onions, carrots, celery, leeks, garlic, and stock). I sauteed the veggies in butter and ...
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Who added water to my chowder?

I made sausage and corn chowder the other day. I added both corn starch and Knorr's instant leek soup as thickeners. It simmered over the stove for 25 mins. I thought it may have been too thick, but I ...
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Counter to bitterness in soup

My minestrone turned out too bitter. How can I counter it? The soup contains tomatoes, pasta, Savoy cabbage, celery, carrots, burnt sautéed garlic, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Sugar seems to be ...
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How to create a soup with frozen chicken?

I have chickens in the freezing box. How long can I keep my fatty chicken legs there until they become dangerous to eat? How should I defreeze the chicken? Can I just put it to the hot water or should ...
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What order should I add ingredients when making soup?

I am a student with no cooking experience and a very low budget. The former forces me to cook as cheap as possible and I think soups in general are the most cost efficient meals out there, since they ...
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Leaving the ladle in the soup considered harmful?

There's this belief in my family that leaving the ladle in the soup is bad, but nobody actually seem to know why it would be bad; it's really just a persistent piece of family lore. I never really ...
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Too much pepper in soup: any way to fix?

I added too much ground black pepper to my soup (was actually following a recipe for once, while I usually season to taste) - is there any way to rectify this other than diluting it? I think I vaguely ...
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Can I add uncooked noodles directly to soup?

Most noodle soup recipes that I see call for boiling and draining the noodles separately, then adding them to the broth already cooked. Is there any reason that I can't just add the dry noodles 10 ...
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Why heat soup in a blender?

Several times lately I have seen people recommend a particular brand of (very expensive) high powered blender. Each time one of the main selling points for them is that the blender is so powerful ...
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Should I add vegetables and spices in the stock-making stage of pig-knuckle soup?

I'm toying with the idea of making some soup - just a simple one. The recipe call for boiling/simmering a pig-knuckle for about four hours together with a laurel-leaf. Afterwards the stock/fond is ...
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Clear cauliflower and blue cheese soup - how to get it clear

I am trying to recreate a Cauliflower and Blue Cheese soup I had many years ago (at a ski resort - the private chef wouldn't tell/sell me the secret recipe). All the recipes I have tried end up being ...
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What is the meaning of “cream of X” in a soup?

I have often had "cream of tomato" or "cream of mushroom" soup. But I still have no idea how the recipe or preparation differs from "normal" soup. What is the difference? Is it a specific ingredient ...