Fall is here (though it’s in the 80′s here in Michigan this weekend!) and thoughts of soups and stews are starting to drift through my mind. I love soups, but I really love stews. They’re just so filling–one of my real comfort foods.
Here are a few hints/tips for the soup and stew season:
- Soups and stews when cooking should only simmer, never boil.
- Place leftover stews into individual baking dishes or small casserole dishes, cover with pie crust and bake (real homemade pot pies!).
- Don’t throw the juices from canned mushrooms and vegetables down the drain–freeze them to use for soup base.
- Soup will go farther if you add pasta, rice or barley.
- Add 1/2 cup of strong tea to the stew, it will help tenderize the meat and reduce the cooking time.
- To add a sweet taste, try adding a small amount of pureed carrots.
- To soak up a heavy garlic flavor, place a few parsley flakes in a tea ball and place in the soup.
There has been quite a collection of Soups & Stews added to Farm Bell Recipes. They all look sooo good!
And a bread bowl to finish it off!
Or, how about some crackers?
Which is your favorite–soups or stews? Do you have a family favorite? Please submit it to Farm Bell–I’d love to treat the family to some new favorites!
Cindy blogs at Our Life Simplified.
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