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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Using Vegetables to make Great Tasting Soups, an easy way to make soup

Make Soups with an Easy Recipe Idea.

Soup can be made quickly and easily with easily available vegetables and it is a great way to use up vegetables that you have bought  or that you have grown.

Great tasting soups can be made from these (on their own or mix the ones that go well together).

Good Vegetables to use for a Tasty Soup,
fresh vegetables or you can try using frozen ones if that is all that is available. Some of the vegetables that can be used to make great tasting soups -
  • Parsnips
  • Carrots.
  • Peas 
  • Sweet potato
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes
These are just a few of the vegetables that you can use to make soup as you experiment with different ingredients you can come up with lots of  new ideas.

The easy basic soup idea here for making soups is an easy recipe to adapt and once you have got used to the method I found it quick and simple to experiment with different vegetable combinations to use in the soup.  

Method to Make Vegetable Soup.
  • Prepare the vegetables,  peel and chop them up, smaller pieces will cook faster so if you are in a hurry dice them smaller. 
  • Now if you are putting onions or peppers or leeks in your soup you might want to saute them first i.e. soften them in a little bit of oil over a low -medium heat. Otherwise you can just add enough water to cover the vegetables and then add a vegetable stock cube, I use a low salt one.  If you only use just enough water to cook the vegetables plus a little bit more  you will save on cooking time, and the gas or electric you would use up on longer cooking times. Plus a more concentrated soup stores easier and can have water or stock added to it later on.

  • Cook up the vegetables in the saucepan until they are soft enough to break down when blended. Once the vegetables are cooked and cooled you can use a blender or stick blender to make the soup into a smooth vegetable (puree) soup. 
  • When you are ready to eat the soup add enough water to make it the consistency you want it to be and reheat it. Store your unused portions of soup in the refrigerator and eat it in a couple of days or put the chilled soup into a freezer to store and use at a later date.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote