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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Heat pot first or is it okay to heat with food?

There are a few posts regarding when to add oil to a pan, but I was wondering if the same applied to making soups with a pot. When making a fresh pot of soup, would I heat the pot first (using the ...
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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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Is there any reason against using red onion, or a mixture of red and yellow onions to make an onion soup?

Should I use yellow onions, red onions or even a mixture of both to make the best onion soup? I realise this is a subjective question, but is there any reason I shouldn't use red onions or is there ...
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If you brine a chicken and then boil it in soup, how much salt, if any, will come out and go into the liquid?

Suppose you brine a chicken in a heavy solution e.g. 10% saline. Suppose you now boil this chicken in water which does not contain salt or contains a little salt e.g. 5g. How much of the salt, if ...
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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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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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Will roasted corn work as soup croutons?

How can I can use roasted corn to make a soup more interesting? I was thinking about boiling and then some kind of a heat-blast, but I am not sure how to achieve this kind of effect.
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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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How can I fix a bitter raw leek soup?

My son just got his braces adjusted and in a panic to make him a lunch for school, I made the following soup in my vitamix with what I had on hand. The problem is that the soup is very bitter (raw ...
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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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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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Preventing Diced Vegetables Added to Simmering Liquid From Becoming Mushy

I like adding yams, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkin, all in 1/2 inch cubes, to soups/beans and other dishes with simmering liquid. I generally add them 10 minutes before the end, so ...
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Adding Noodles to Soup

If it takes 10 min to boil regular noodles if you drain the water after, give or take, how many minutes before the end of soup cooking should you add them in the pot considering they will keep on ...
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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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Pressure Cooker to Stovetop conversion?

I want to make ramen, in particular, tonkatsu ramen. My cookbook is in Japanese and even though I'm reading everything else fine, a part of it is confusing me (but no worries, I'm not confused about ...
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How do I balance the bitterness of raddichio in soup?

I made a big pot of soup and put a little of nearly everything I had in my refrigerator in it: radicchio fresh green beans beets potato carrots garlic scapes scallions tomatoes yellow ...
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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 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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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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Keeping homemade soup

I occasionally make soup and then freeze it in separate containers to be eaten at a later date. Most of the time I keep one or two servings in the fridge to use in the next few days but I never know ...
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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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Why did my roasted pumpkin soup smell foul and seem sour after only 1/2 day?

I made 2 batches of roasted pumpkin soup and both went sour and smelt horrible within 1/2 day. I am unsure why and am baffled as I have made soups heaps of times, but not this roasted pumpkin soup. ...
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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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Troubleshooting: Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup

One of my newbie goals is to be able to make a kitchen sink vegetable soup that doesn't default to tomatoes and packs a punch in flavor. (Cleaning out the fridge and being healthy are nice goals too). ...
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How to ensure that the chicken meat is not over cooked or under cooked?

I am cooking the chicken breast (together with bones and cut into 4 main pieces) in a soup. (The soup was cooked with some other ingredients first and then the chicken was pieces was thrown after 1 ...
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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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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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Unsightly chicken soup

The chicken in my chicken soup turns into little stringy pieces--i.e. it doesn't stay in nice bite-sized pieces. It happens in chicken/rice and chicken/noodle recipes. Is there a way of avoiding ...
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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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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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Vegetable Soup Missing Something Fundamental? [closed]

In response to the "on hold", I'll attempt to make the question more clear and specific. Is there an ingredient or ingredients (or technique) that is missing from the below recipe that all or nearly ...
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onion puree thickness

From times to times, I make this soup that consists of 90% onions and 10% green pepper/garlic/white cabbage/carrots. Not matter how much water I add to it, it always ends up quite thick after ...
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Keep “soup greens” once done cooking?

I have a Polish cookbook (translated to English) from the 1950's and most of their soup recipes contain a bunch of greens/veggies but it's not always clear if they are just to be used as flavor or as ...
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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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My chicken stock is a gelatinous mess. Is this normal? Can it be saved? [duplicate]

I've been looking for a chicken soup with matzo balls recipe that would duplicate my grandma's (she died without passing on the recipe.) This one sounded like it would be close. I followed it to the ...
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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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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 prevent salt from releasing from dry cured chicken?

I have dry cured some chicken slices with a lot of salt. I will cook it in a soup however I do not want the salt to be released/come out of the chicken. Is it best to saturate the soup water or if I ...
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First time dashi doesn't taste much

I tried making dashi for the first time today, but I think it wasn't very successful... I didn't have kombu so that might be a problem. I ended up adding a lot more bonito than recipes say to use. ...
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How to roast mixed vegetables together?

For a soup, I want to roast carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, onions etc., so what would be the procedure? If I put them together in a vessel and close the lid off, they'll get watery. If I put ...
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Too much gin in potato-scallion soup

I made this recipe for Scallion Soup but made substitutions for what I had - beef stock instead of chicken, and coconut milk instead of cream. I added gin because I saw a similar recipe that called ...
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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?