Meanwhile I will share many things that I used to buy but have now found quite suitable substitutes for (or perhaps decided that they weren't really necessary and adjusted our lifestyle). There are some things in our life that I have gotten to the place that I rarely buy but I do still very occasionally buy and in those cases I probably will still post about it but I will be sure to disclose the fact that I still like to have it (or my family likes to have it) occasionally. I may also sometime post about things that I never did buy (like cake or cookie mixes or pie crusts) but if I do that I will also be sure to disclose that.
For today however I am going to talk about soup. At the beginning of our marriage and during my college years I did indeed once and a while buy canned soup. That was not something my mother did so when I started to really work at reducing our food budget as well as feeding my family healthier food turning my back on canned soup and making my own instead wasn't very difficult.
The reasons for changing from canned soup to homemade soup are simple- It costs a lot less (unless of course you can find a steal of a deal on canned soup AND you insist on really expensive ingredients for your homemade soup) and you can make it much healthier. You can put in only ingredients that you can actually pronounce the names of. Isn't that nice?
potato soup recipe here or you can look on a site like Allrecipes and find a bunch.
Here is my mom's recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup:
Take a piece or more of chicken (this is great use for backs and necks but legs or thighs or other parts will work great too.) and put it in a pot and cover with water and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Boil it and then take the meat off of the bone. Then combine in a pot:
- Broth and Chicken
- Chopped Onions
- Chopped Celery
- Chopped Carrots
- Chopped Potatoes
- Chopped Garlic
- Sage (a pinch or two)
- Salt (to taste)
NOODLES- Combine 2 cups flour, 2 or 3 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 - 1/3 cup milk or water. Mix and then roll out and cut into strips. You can let them dry before using them or put them in fresh. Any extras that are dry can be frozen for future use.
Soups are an easy thing to make a lot of so if you are feeding a crowd or if you want to freeze some to have as a convenient meal later (some creamy soups don't freeze that well but many others will) homemade soup will fill the bill. Soups are also an excellent way to use up little bits of leftovers like meat, gravy or veggies. You will surprised at how yummy a soup made from leftovers can be. Soup is of course always yummy paired with homemade bread or cornbread.
If you are looking to save some money and live healthier and more sustainably and you currently buy canned soup- I encourage you to give Homemade Soup making a try!
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