Friday, February 20, 2009

Frugal Living Friday: Homemade Condensed Soups

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Did you have any idea you can make your own condensed soups, like cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, etc.? YOU CAN! I found out about this awhile ago and decided to try it last week. And I am telling you....the homemade version tastes SO GOOD! I think I just might be sold. I did this on a weeknight when I needed a can of cream of chicken soup and didn't have one in the cupboard. No matter...I just whipped up my own! Here is a picture of mine when I was done:

I was making a chicken gravy for Hawaiian Haystacks for dinner that evening. And I will tell you....I have never had gravy that good! It tasted much better than when I use the condensed soup from the store. My family loved it too.

I found out about this from Everyday Food Storage, a fantastic blog that helps you use your food storage in everyday ways and recipes. If you don't look at her blog regularly, you should! Crystal even has how-to videos which are VERY helpful! Browse around her site a bit, but here are the direct links to what you need to know in making your own condensed soups.

Condensed Cream of Chicken
Condensed Cream of Mushroom
Condensed Cream of Celery
How to make Magic Mix (used to make the condensed soups)

I know it might sound weird, but try it! I couldn't believe it myself until I used it. If anything, they will be a bit healthier for you too.


Jules said...

I do my own version, too. I blogged about it.
I'll have to try the magic mix someday to see if it is easier.

Monica said...

thanks Marne I am going I bookmarked that recipe and I will have to try it when my crem soup stock pile runs low!

Monica said...

What I meant was.....

thanks Marne I bookmarked that recipe and I will have to try it when my cream soup stock pile runs low!

I need to take a break or something.

Tami said...

DO you do the magic mix Marne? I'm all about premade mixes that saves time and money! Thanks for sharing!

Marne said...

Yep! I have a batch of Magic Mix always in my fridge. I use make many of her recipes that call for Magic Mix.

Christy said...

What a great post. Thanks!

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