I FINALLY made some homemade soup – two homemade soups in fact, I just forgot to take pictures of the other one.
As you may or may not recall, my 2012 green goal is to eliminate more food packaging (without the slack factor I usually lean on). I created a super awesome plan and got to work. However, my first goal update did have some slacker issues. I was rocking hard by making all homemade baked goods and not buying any over-packaged goods like granola bars, but I also just kept on buying canned foods – soup in particular.
With the encouragement of reader comments I decided to buckle down. So far I’ve made two whole soups! I made one veggie soup for me with Lynn’s idea, offered in the comments here. And then I made the soup above with Cedar, for Cedar. He likes plain noodle soup usually with a chicken or veggie broth. However, he doesn’t like meat, so if you buy chicken noodle soup, he picks out the chicken, eating just the broth and noodles. So my goal was a very basic soup – just noodles and broth.
How it went…
Well, it all could have gone better taste wise with the veggie soup. The general idea worked, which was to round up veggies, simmer til soft, then either leave as is or puree to a smooth consistency. I did the puree method, although I do like chunky soup too. The consistency was right on, but the herbs I used didn’t work well taste wise. I really need to crack down and experiment with seasoning.
As for the noodle soup I sort of cheated, but small steps are better than none. I found an organic bouillon chicken base (so that’s packaging) rather than attempting my own chicken broth. We don’t eat meat though, so it’s not like I had a chicken laying around. I’m pleased to note that we did buy bulk organic noodles, so no packaging there because we use reusable bulk bags.
The noodle soup needs work. First of all I boiled the noodles in water and then simply added the bouillon. Wrong. The noodles released too much starch into the water and we ended up with creamy chicken flavored noodles rather than a soup. We added extra water, reheated but by then the flavor wasn’t as strong or good. What we should have done was boil the noodles, cooled them with water to stop the starch then added them to already hot flavored broth.
In the end, Cedar kind of liked the soup. He liked the flavor better before we watered it down, but hated the texture when it was too creamy. He did like the noodles, which he got to pick out himself in the bulk section. Overall I’d give us a B- for effort and a C- for final results. We can do better. I guess on the plus side, we did learn to make homemade creamy noodles for a side dish.
Overall I’m pretty darn proud of myself for actually trying.
I’m still making all our bread and cookies homemade along with most of our granola bars. We also attempted to make homemade rice bars, but those were sketchy. I need to work on it, then I’ll post it here. On the cons side, I did still buy chili and for some insane reason we bought a box of granola bars.
Overall, I’m doing pretty good. My next goal is to work on the soups I already made plus try a reader chili recipe (see comments here).
How are your 2012 green goals going?