I found this recipe by accident really. I was researching what condensed soups really are (in order to have a starting point for improving the condensed soup recipes that I had used in the past), and a Google Search took me to a YouTube video showing Crystal Godfrey of Everyday Food Storage (see the video below) doing a cooking demonstration for homemade condensed soups using Magic Mix. I was really intrigued, especially after she mentioned some of the key points of condensed soups that I had already read about:
Condensed soups are not just really thick soups (via a roux, which is the theory I had been going off for several years) but rather a soup “concentrate” where most of the liquid has been “removed,” which is why canned condensed soups require adding water or milk to reconstitute them. Check this out from Wisegeek.com:
Condensed soup is soup which is cooked with a minimum of water, so that it forms a thick stock which almost resembles a sauce. To use condensed soup, consumers add water or cream to the highly concentrated soup and heat it…
I made a few gluten free tweaks to Crystal’s recipe, and changed the spices up to suit my tastes.
It worked. Really Really Well!
Tips for preserving unused ingredients like the jarred mushrooms and mushroom broth: I put the leftover chopped mushrooms in ice cube trays, cover them in water then freeze until solid. Once frozen, remove them from the trays and store in a Ziploc Freezer Bag. I do the same thing with the leftover Mushroom Broth. When I use jarred mushrooms for other things (or Sam wants to snack on them, OYE!), instead of discarding the mushroom juice, I freeze it in cube trays for future use.
I store all components in separate freezer bags, it makes future condensed soup making *almost* as fast as opening a can.
Dairy-Free? No Worries!
For a dairy-free version of condensed mushroom soup, I definitely recommend trying the recipe in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook (Alisa’s recipe is not gluten-free, so just be sure to use your favorite gluten-free flour blend). This is the recipe I’ve been using since we went dairy-free and it’s delish, you can see a picture of it here.
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