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farm life

Instant “Cream of” soup.

I posted pictures of this on my facebook account when I finished up making this.  I had several responses asking for the recipes, and a couple of people shared the photo.  I hate digging back through my facebook posts to find something so I thought I would post this in a “pin-able” format.

Finished jars of "Cream of" soup.

Finished jars of “Cream of” soup.

Cream-o-Chicken

  • 2 cups dried milk
  • 1 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup chicken bouillon granules (powder)
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 3 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cream-o-Mushroom

  • 2 cups dried milk
  • 1 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup beef bouillon granules (powder)
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 3 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

OPTIONAL: Chopped dried mushrooms (to taste- I use about a 1/3 cup or more per batch)  If you have a dehydrator, one 8 oz package of mushrooms will easily make two batches. Dry until crispy and then crush into smallish bits.

Stir all the ingredients with a whisk and put into an air-tight container.  One batch fits perfectly into a quart jar.  I use my FoodSaver attachment to seal the jars for extended storage.  One jar makes about 10-12 “cans” of soup, and takes up a LOT less room in your pantry.

To use: Mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup cold water and bring to a boil. Replaces 1 can condensed soup in recipes.

You can also make this with milk for a richer soup, or thin it with additional water/milk for gravy.

I adjusted the original recipe to my taste, you may find you need to do the same. The original had somewhat different measurements of the herbs, what I felt was too much pepper, and omitted garlic, which is a staple in our house. I also added the dried mushrooms because I felt that it was just “cream of beef” without them.

32 oz of button and baby bella mushrooms, washed, sliced, and going into the dehydrator.

32 oz of button and baby bella mushrooms, washed, sliced, and going into the dehydrator.

Dried mushrooms. Total volume reduced by about two thirds.  This was enough for 4 batches of cream of mushroom AND a quart jar of mushrooms "put up" for later use.

Dried mushrooms.
Total volume reduced by about two thirds. This was enough for 4 batches of cream of mushroom AND a quart jar of mushrooms “put up” for later use.

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Where does time go?

graduationGah!  Has it seriously been 2 years since I updated this thing?

So much has changed since I last posted!

I graduated with my Associates Degree in October and days later started an entry level job sort of in my field.  Not exactly what I went to school for, but I have my foot in the door and a chance to move around within the community based hospital/clinic I work for..

I also moved in with my boyfriend,Pork Chop (PC), which means I gave up my really pretty brand new kitchen for a 50’s vintage farmhouse that was last updated in the 80’s.  I love love love it.  It could use some freshening up, but otherwise, it is a space I’ve come to love in the years I’ve known my boyfriend.  Living in a rural setting is not what I expected I’d be doing with my life, and yet, here I am.  Living on a family farm that PC’s grandparents built, and sharing it with PC’s parents has turned out to be a dream come true.  Who would have guessed?

Living with him has meant some adjustments to my eating.  Most of which were not healthy.  There’s been some weight gain.  I found myself coming back here to collect a recipe or two.

If and when I am back to posting regularly, there will likely be some evolving here.  While my focus will still be on healthy eating, it will also be on “boy friendly”  meals.   Also on chicken and egg dishes.  We currently have 12 laying hens and 1 roo, but just put our order in yesterday for 5 more egg chicks, 15 meat birds (I call them “nuggets”), and his parents ordered 15 meat ducklings, and 2 egg ducklings!    I’m really enjoying our freezer full of last fall’s nugget harvest, and a fruit cellar full of canned tomatoes.  We’re planning our (shared) garden now and I’m hoping that my gardening skills get better with time.  Hey, that poinsettia is still alive!  So is last year’s Christmas cactus.  My brown thumb seems to be recovering!

As you can tell from this post, I may stray away from the food-focus now and then, and more onto a farm-life topic more often.  We’ll have to see.

If you’re one of my former readers- thanks for coming back.  If you’re a new reader- I make no promises about consistent posting, either in frequency or theme, we’ll just have to see where this goes!