Sunday, August 23, 2009

Make Your Own | Cream Soup Mix

Canned cream soups are a convenience item that appeared on grocery store shelves in the 50's. I've used my fair share of these canned soups but I've also discovered a homemade version which I like quite well. Several years ago I found Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy. One of the recipes she includes is a homemade cream soup mix. During the cooler months I like to have this mix readily available as a quick and easy alternative. It works well as a base for homemade cream soups (I always use it for broccoli cheese soup) and it can also be used in any recipe that calls for a can of creamed soup.

Instant Cream Soup Mix
2 c. instant milk
3/4 c. cornstarch
1/4 c. instant chicken bouillon
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. pepper

Combine these and store in an airtight container.

To use for soup: combine 1/3 c. mix and 1 1/2c. water. Bring to a boil while stirring often. Add a vegetable for more flavor, such as diced celery (for cream of celery soup), or some sliced mushrooms (for cream of mushroom soup), or some diced broccoli (for cream of broccoli soup).

To use for any recipe calling for a can of cream of mushroom, chicken or celery soup can be replaced with 1/3 c. mix and 1 1/4c. water. Boil for a few minutes, stirring often.


Anonymous said...

that's great. i need to get some instant milk though : )

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

Thank you for sharing this...and like D, I need to get some powdered milk, too. I keep saying that I'm going to and forget! I like this homemade version because there's no additives that are bad for you. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you so very much. My son is on an additive free diet called failsafe and there are so many great recipes out there we could eat except they have a can of creamed soup. I've looked for a replacement for this and until now had no success. One quick question does two cups of instant milk refer to milk powder (dried or made up) or is it long life milk? I've never heard the term instant milk. Thanks again for such a simple but perfect for me recipe.

Nancy said...

blueskyhi ~ yes, instant milk refers to the powdered variety. use it in the powered form in this recipe. you'll have a powder mix to use as neded.

Amy said...

I have been meaning to do this one of these days as I have had this recipe tucked away for a rainy day. Thank you so much for reminding me of it!!

Wren said...

Thanks for sharing this. I'd love to try making my own broch cheese soup. I've had dried milk in the pantry forever. Need to get a new box!

Jenni said...

I knew there must be a way to do this! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll have to try it next time I make tuna noodle casserole.

JC Mom said...

I use this all the time. It lasts and lasts in tupperware...