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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Can I freeze hot soup? [duplicate]

Can I put hot soup straight in to the freezer or should I let it cool? With my old frig I used to divide it into meal size portions and seal in freezer bags inside tupper ware containers. Now I ...
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Why does brining work with dry heat methods and not wet heat methods?

If you brine chicken in a high saline solution and and then cook it using a dry heat method it will come out salty. IF however you do the same thing and then cook it with a wet heat method e.g. soup ...
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Do leeks need to be softened?

I'm making a potato leek soup and I'd like to just throw all the ingredients into a slow cooker and go about my business, pureeing the whole batch and adding cream later. Does this sound reasonable ...
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My soup tastes tart… Is it safe to eat?

My soup tastes almost like someone poured some lemon juice into it. It smells fine, and other than being a little lemony, tastes OK. When I put it in the fridge a week ago, it didn't have that tart ...
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What are the optimal simmering times for each stage of a traditional phở?

Several of my associates and I consider ourselves phở connoisseurs, of a sort, and one thing we've noticed is the drastic variation in the quality of the broth served at various establishments. The ...
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Is kimchi a suitable addition to a noodle soup?

I have just returned from having purchased a can of kimchi. I have no idea what the contents are, since they are written in Korean, but thought that mixing it into the broth at the last minute might ...
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What is vietnamese pho? What exactly does it consist of?

What exactly is pho? I know it's a type of vietnamese cuisine. What does a bowl of pho typically consist of? What are the bare requirements to consider it pho?
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How much fresh lovage in soup?

My friend just gave me two lovage leaves and I am planning on making chicken soup (from bouillon crystals) with it. My question is how much lovage should I put in? Also should I leave them whole, chop ...
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When is slow cooking important to salt absorbtion, before or after boil?

Does the speed at which you reach the highest temperature affect salt absorption? Does slow cooking matter before or after reaching the highest temperature or both?
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Boiled chicken: coloured parts of the meat?

When I try to make chicken soup I usually find parts of the meat don't seemed to be cooked properly: red, purple, or brown bits which I think should be white. Sometimes some pieces come out white ...
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Replace the mouthfeel of consommé in vegetarian soup?

In soups that traditionally include a consommé as the base, such as French Onion Soup, what are some ways to replace the mouthfeel of the gelatin-rich stock when converting the recipe to be ...
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How can I keep my split pea soup from becoming too thick during storage?

Every time I have made split pea soup, I have to try to estimate the amounts to be finished in one meal. If I store the leftover soup (in the refrigerator or the freezer), the soup thickens to the ...
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Can I use flour to make a carrot soup more thick?

I made a carrot soup without the use of a blender as described in previous question link. Which was to chop the carrots and onions really small. The problem is that the result is quite watery. In ...
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What actual effect does a Parmesean rind added to soup have?

The answers to this question state that adding a Parmesan rind to a cooking soup will add a cheesy flavor to the soup. How much flavor does a rind really add? Does it flavor the soup to a degree ...
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Fresh vs Frozen Broccoli for soup?

Is there a substantial difference in using fresh vs frozen broccoli when making Broccoli Cheese Soup? And if I do make the substitution, should I thaw it first or put it in frozen?
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Carrot soup and avoiding the use of a blender?

Most recipes for carrot soup I encounter require a final stage of blending/whizzing to get the creamy texture. Eg: recipe1 recipe2 recipe3 Can the blender/whizzer be avoided? How must the recipes ...
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Cooking Chicken meat with bones in soup is better than cooking Chicken bones in soup? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I optimize my chicken stock for the best flavor at the lowest cost? Which soup will be better? The soup with just the chicken bones only or the soup with both the ...
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What is the Purpose of Using Onions in (Almost) Every Soup Recipe?

Almost every soup recipe seems to call for sauteed onions. For instance, I'm looking up recipes for squash soup, and every single one calls for onions -- but every soup recipe I can think of uses ...
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Why is the Chicken too hard in the outside but soggy in the inside?

I have a problem when I cook a chicken. Usually, I will divide the chicken into smaller parts. However, when I cook the chicken by placing in a soup, I often get the meat too hard at the outside and ...
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Why are some kind of packets-soups boiled up in lukewarm water, while normally just stirred into already boiling water?

Inscription on packets-soups from supermarket states: Stir the soup-meal into lukewarm water, boil it up, and wait 5-10 minutes. Ready to eat. Normally the inscription says that you should boil ...
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What is the correct consistency of a cream soup?

Some cookbooks give advice, but it is conflicting. Some say "it should coat the back of a spoon", which I find terribly confusing - my best try to imagine the result will work with a wide range of ...
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How to thaw soup without noodles going mushy

I made a great vegetable soup in which I also put noodles and beans. Fresh, it was perfect. I froze most of it in small containers to thaw as I needed them. The problem is that when I thaw them, the ...
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How to reduce the heat from peppers in my tomato soup?

I just made tomato soup with two cans of tomatoes with jalapeno peppers in it. The soup has turned out to be too spicy. How can I reduce the spicy (heat) level of the soup?
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Udon soup seasoning

What is the name of the seasoning traditionally available for the diner to add to their Udon soup and what is in it? I'm referring to the (I think) mix of spices that add a bit of a kick to the soup. ...
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Using yellow instead of green zucchini in vegetable soup

Can I use yellow zucchini instead of green zucchini in vegetable soup or is there a significant difference of between them?
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Why do gazpacho recipes have you put garlic and salt together, then mash with an egg?

Why do gazpacho recipes have you put garlic and salt together, then mash with an egg? What is the purpose?
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Tomato skin in roasted tomato soup?

In preparing roasted tomato soup, which includes tomatoes that I roast in the oven at 200 °C (392 °F) for 30 minutes, and then simmer for a long time, I am having an issue with tomato skins. I find ...
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3:1 ratio of oil:vinegar, vinaigrette — how can I use this in soups?

The introduction in the book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking mentions that this mixture can be used to flavor meat and many other dishes. I have created many soups and I ...
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How to use Bones in Soups?

I have now a pile of chicken bones and I have heard they can be useful in making some food. How should I preserve them and where can I use them? Should I cut them into pieces and throw them into a new ...
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Which parts of a chicken are used to make chicken soup?

I boiled a chicken legs for over 2 hours in low temperature. The soup is yellow and with very soft chicken. It tastes very good after adding some salt. Which part of chicken is the most appropriate ...
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How to fix the protein content of my minestrone?

I love minestrone, but am concerned that it doesn't contain enough protein. It usually contains pasta, tomato, zucchini, savoy cabbage, carrots and garlic. What could I add to enhance the protein ...
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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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How much water in potato-leek soup (Vichyssoise)?

Larousse De La Cuisine (American Edition) has the following recipe for vichyssoise: 250g leeks 250g potatos 50g butter 1.75L water 200mL crème fraîche I was cooking 3 times as much soup, so I ...
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Using anise seed instead of star anise

I have wanted to make Vietnamese pho bo for a while, and a simple recipe I found calls for 6 star anise. I couldn't find this, and instead bought some anise seed since I read anise seed is used as a ...
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Can I adjust soup texture right before serving?

I'm terrible at getting the right texture for soups and stews. Adding boiling water to adjust the texture right before serving is my usual response. Would this work as a long-term solution, or does it ...
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Why does my minestrone soup end up with so little liquid?

I have been attempting to make minestrone soup recently and I find that by the time I finish cooking it, the "liquid to bits" ratio is not particularly good and there is not enough liquid to really ...
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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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How do you properly soak and cook barley?

I am going to be making a beef barley soup and need to soak the pearl barley overnight. There are no directions on the back of the package and so I am unclear on what to do. There is a recipe for a ...
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Doubling a batch of soup

Straying from the printed recipe still makes me a little twitchy, so I ask you, gentle cooks (chefs?): Can I safely double the cooking time? (In this case, it's a split pea soup, dried split peas - ...
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Why refresh lentils before making lentil soup

I recently made lentil soup from a recipe that involved bringing the lentils to a boil and refreshing them before a more prolonged cooking together with the aromatics. The soup turned out great, but ...
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I have a frozen fish head. What should I do with it?

I butterflied a whole dorade but removed the head. It's now sitting in the freezer waiting for a soup or stock. Does anyone know a more interesting or creative use for fish heads?
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Why did my chicken soup go cloudy?

I made chicken soup tonight in my usual way - recipe is chicken flash fried, then onion, ginger, garlic added, then stock or water, then lid on and cook. Coriander added later. Usually, I end up ...
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How to substitute flour with nutritional yeast

I am planning on making a pretty standard (read: whichever pops up first in Google) recipe for Broccoli Cheddar soup; i.e. brocolli, cheddar, chicken stock, and about 1/2 cup flour per 4 bowls of ...
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What makes white chili white?

What makes white chili white; is it just the lack of tomatoes, substitution of broth for tomato base? I am working on a vegan mushroom based chili and am wondering if it would technically be a (chili) ...
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Add gelatin to soup as a replacement for stock?

My wife made some chicken soup last night, but we didn't have any stock to start it with, so we used water. Flavor-wise, the soup was fine - it was just lacking the mouth-feel associated with good ...
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Defrosting frozen soup

I am planning on defrosting some leftover turkey soup for supper tonight. To make it go farther I am planning on adding noodles to the soup in addition to some vegetables (ie. carrots). In this case I ...
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How do I get rid the yellow layer of oil that forms in my cream of mushroom soup?

When making cream of mushroom, I sauté the chopped up wild mushrooms with unsalted butter until tender and add a little olive oil. After a while, I add the milk, cream, bay leaves and season it to ...
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Why does roasting vegetables before pureeing into soup affect the flavour?

Last night I made a butternut squash soup. The recipe said to roast some squash and onion for 45 mins before boiling with stock for 15 and then pureeing. Is anyone able to explain (in moderate depth) ...
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How to prepare a vegetable base using roasted squash for savory tomato-chunk soup

I am looking to prepare a roasted squash soup base/stock. I plan on pairing the meal with a stout beer tasting. How do i go from roasted squash and asparagus to having a flavor dense but low volume ...
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How to know how salty is my soup without tasting?

This is a sister to this question. I need a method or a trick to measure (or guess) how saline is my food using normal tools or substances available on the super-market Any help?