perfect comfort food during those cold winter months!
its that time of year again. The snow is dusting our driveways,
our kids or grandkids are begging to go out and play in the newly
and the inevitable cold season is definitely
upon us. There is nothing that warms us more during these months
than a delicious, steamy bowl of homemade soup or chowder. Soups
are quite easy to transform into gluten-less dishes the
exception being noodles soups, but you will soon see how to bring
those back to your table as well.
course you will need several tools, appliances and pots to make
your soups and chowders. Luckily some tools can double as various
things, so you may be surprised to find that you already have
most of the equipment on hand. Should you find that you are missing
something please visit the Glutenfreeda
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Processor Blender Hand-Held Immersion Blender
are used primarily for puréeing soups. We tend to use the
food processor the most because it seems to work best for thick
soups. However, you may use a blender, hand-held immersion blender
or a food mill. They will all ultimately result in the same thing
some with a little more effort than others. With all of
this equipment, you will most likely have to work your soup through
in batches and then whisk together the purée upon completion.
will find this necessary to remove solids from stocks or draining
vegetables, beans or other larger ingredients that you are trying
to separate from your base.
a well-made, heavy, tall, large-capacity pot with a close-fitting
lid. Anodized aluminum (ex: Calphalon), or enameled steel cleans
up nicely and does not react with the acidity of wines, tomatoes
hand crank machine will work great for making fresh pastas for
your noodle soups.
spoons & cups
of your soups will call for a stock as a base or to add moistness
or flavor. Homemade stock will provide the best taste and thereby
the best end-result, however, you can substitute canned stocks
if you are short on time. Note: We
know that Swansons Chicken broth is gluten-free, however we are
not aware of a canned product for beef and vegetable broths that
is gluten-free. The easiest and safest way to assure yourself
of good quality gluten-free stock, is to prepare it and then freeze
it in pre-measured containers. That way you will always have it
on-hand. Click on the following links to retrieve some wonderful
recipes for delicious basic stocks:
soups are wonderful because they are smooth in texture and robust
in body. There are many ingredients that are hearty enough to
provide enough texture to be puréed, such as root vegetables
(particularly carrots or potatoes), tomatoes, cooked grains or
sweet corn. A food processor will provide the quickest method
of puréeing, however you will probably need to run the
purée through a fine strainer to remove any seeds, skins
or larger fibers. A great example of a wonderful puréed
soup is this months Potato
& Leek Soup. This is not difficult to make,
but absolutely delicious. We tend to refer to it as "feel
good food!" in our house.
people are big fans of old fashioned Chicken
Noodle Soup. Unfortunately for those people with
gluten-intolerance you either have to substitute corn or rice
noodles or go without the "noodle". The corn and rice
work (especially when crunched for time), however, we feel we
have come up with an alternative that will bring back those memories
of the traditional chicken gluten-noodle soup! Use our recipe
run your fresh pasta through the fettuccini attachment. Just prior
to serving your soup, add the pasta. It should only take a few
minutes to cook the pasta since it is fresh. I guarantee that
you will not be able to taste the difference between the gluten-noodle
and these noodles. You will no longer have the odd taste and texture
of the corn or rice noodles.
your soup requires you to sauté vegetables in oil or butter,
you may substitute half of the oils/fats with 1/4 cup chicken
stock or water. Most soup recipes that call for cream, may be
modified by substituting (if you are not boiling your soup) low-fat
milk, yogurt, sour cream, or a combination of half cream and one
of the aforementioned substitutions. Keep in mind though that
if you divide the amount of cream that will be used in the soup
by the number of servings, you may find that a very small quantity
of cream will be consumed at one sitting.
a soup is an easy way to boost flavor while turning your food
into a beautiful work of art. Here are some various ways to garnish
Roasted Red Pepper
a red pepper, seed and peel. Purée in a food processor.
Spoon onto a creamy soup, swirling into a decorative pattern.
our recipe for gluten-free croutons.
Place toasted croutons on top your favorite soup and add a touch
of fresh Italian parsley.
before serving, cut some fresh herbs and scatter over top of soup.
some lightly whisked sour cream on top of your favorite creamy
soup. It will add a nice rich flavor.
you will find that soup that has been stored in the refrigerator
for a day or so, will tend to improve the flavor. Keep soup tightly
covered, and make sure that the soup completely fills the container
avoiding the air from contacting the soup. Also, leave
the fat on top of the soup, as it will provide a natural sealant.
Once the fat chills it can be easily removed before re-heating.
The one exception to storing soup are soups made with seafood
these are best eaten immediately after being cooked
you are planning on freezing soups, make sure that you remove
all the air from your container prior to freezing. Puréed
soups will keep for up to 3 months. Most other soups are best
if they are eaten with 1 month of freezing.
whether you are coming inside from playing in the snow, nursing
a seasonal cold or simply looking for a little "feel good
food", try one of one of Glutenfreedas soups
this month. You wont regret it!
was gathered from the following sources:
All New All Purpose Joy of Cooking", Irma S. Rombauer, Marion
Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker, Copyright 1997.
William-Sonoma Kitchen Library, Copyright 1993.
may purchase the
Joy of Cooking and/or Soups
on Amazon.com . It is a wonderful
cookbook, with an abundance of information. It even has a few