Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Make your own condensed cream soups

I love to make my own groceries. I found this recipe and finally tried it yesterday except as usual I altered it to suit my needs. It is a dry mix that you only need to add water to and your have something very similar to the consistency of a can of condensed creamed soup. I see great things coming of this for making casseroles.

Condensed Soup Mix

4 c. powdered milk
1 1/2 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. instant chicken bouillon granules
4 tsp. dried onion flakes
2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp basil - crushed dried
1 tsp. pepper

Measure all ingredients into a Ziploc Bag. Shake well, transfer to vacuum seal bag, seal and store up to a year.

To Use:
1/3 C mix
1 C water
Cook over low/med heat until thickened.

Variations: add 1/2 c. minced or chopped *_________*

*Choose One or More*:
Onions, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Cooked Chicken, Diced Potatoes, Tomato, Cooked Shrimp, etc.

OK my alteration, I didn't add the chicken bouillon.  Also I have stopped putting the thyme in.  It is too over powering and makes the mix much more versatile.

I needed condensed cream of mushroom soup for my recipe I had some dried mushrooms in the cabinet that I had dried. I took a few of them and crumbled them maybe a 1/4 cup and simmered them in a cup of water until they were reconstituted.
I then remeasured the water and added enough fresh to make a cup. Since I was making a chicken dish I did add a tsp. of chicken base to the water along with the 1/3 of mix. It was just wonderful. I see the use of this mix endless.


  1. This is so adaptable. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I printed it out to try. Sounds very manageable.

  3. You could always cut the mix in half to try it. Also depending what flavor you want you could leave the herbs out and add as you go but it is amazing how much you taste the thyme when you use the mix. It is a little thinner that the canned but worked just fine the the casserole I made. Could have added a little more milk to it and had a great bowl of cream of Mushroom soup for lunch. I liked the idea of the dried mushrooms and it didn't take that long to rehydrate them.