Originally Posted by Charron
I know you said you'd rather have canned than frozen, but have you tried portioning out homemade soup in the serving bowls, lined with plastic film, and freezing? If you wrap em, once frozen, in foil and gather like soups together in large ziplocks they keep very well. Then it's just a matter of unwrapping, popping them back into the serving bowl and nuking for about 4 minutes on high. It has worked for me for years and keeps me from pilfering the junkfood in my store when I'm too uh, disinclined to cook.
If, like me, you find that food tastes better when prepared by someone else then perhaps you can find some fellow foodies and make a soup club. Each of you prepare a large batch of soup and portion it in singles for freezing. Swap 'em around... the more the merrier.
Also, if I may ask, I would really appreciate it if you could tone down the bitter. It's kinda spoiling the flavour of this lovely forum. I realize you are my elder, since you have been 'cooking seriously' since before I was born, but even a young punk like me understands that reacting offensively to a divergent viewpoint is beyond rude. Had I been present and heard you speak like that I would have Gibbs-slapped you without thinking twice. And I would not have been sorry.
Anywho, good luck in your quest.
I hope you find what you are looking for soon.
Look, I do all those things - make my own stocks, soups, freeze 'em, reheat 'em, and even eat them. I've been cooking
for more years than some in this thread have been on this earth, have taught cooking classes, and even had a small business making and selling sauces. However, every now and then, for whatever reason, it's easy and comfortable for me to open a can or box of soup, and what's the big deal about that? For example, it's almost 3:00am here, the neighbor's dog woke me up, it's cold and rainy, and I wanted something warm and tasty, so I opened a box of TJ's roasted red pepper and tomato soup, added a quickly diced piquillo pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes, a bit of organic, late harvest California olive oil, and had a quick, easy and acceptably enjoyable hot cup of soup. Why are so many here putting me down (overtly, aggressively, or subtly) because I sometimes want a can of soup?
I know a number of chefs and restaurateurs (and people here would recognize their names) in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, and guess what - sometimes they even open a can of soup, or open a box of Oreos, or use instant rice or instant mashed potatoes. WTF is the big deal about wanting to find a decent commercial product to enjoy when the mood strikes or circumstances dictate having something quick and easy? Sheesh! I've not come across such small-minded people in a long time. Who here has never opened a can of tuna fish or dipped into a jar of peanut butter?
Sure I'm miffed - I, too, thought this was a lovely forum, but like many nice places, some of the neighbors sometimes behave like jerks. Perhaps you can direct some of your sarcasm to those who have been rude and condescending in the first place. So, may those who have behaved like condescending, petty adolescents, relax, chill out, and have a nice cup of soup. For those who have actually helped with suggestions, thank you very much.
Oh, just one more small thing. Down at the bottom of this page there's an ad for Campbell's soup. Goodness! In a forum "that is composed of professional chefs and other cooks with an interest in cooking?"
LOL Perhaps you should take this travesty up with Nikko.
Well, my boxed soup from TJ's has warmed me, comforted me, saved me from defrosting or preparing something for a quick snack, and put me in a better frame of mind. Heck, even the neighbor's dog has quieted down, the rain has stopped, my cat is curled up and purring on my lap, and all is right with the world. Not a bad result from about 75-cents worth of prepared food.
Oh, please point out where I said I'd rather have canned than frozen. I don't recall saying that.