One product I have missed because it is in some of my favorite childhood recipes is condensed cream of mushroom soup. Fortunately there is a remedy... make it from scratch!
My mom passed on a website that has great step-by-step instructions on how to make homemade cream of mushroom soup. The website is http://amysfinerthings.com/homemade-cream-of-mushroom-soup.
There are a couple adjustments I made to the recipe. First, I coarsely chopped the mushrooms instead of slicing them - just a personal preference.
Next, after sautéing the mushrooms and setting the extra aside to freeze, I added only 1 and 1/2 cups of milk*. The additional milk instructed in the recipe is to make the actual cream of mushroom soup - not the condensed form I like to use in various recipes.
I followed the rest of the recipe exactly as instructed and it turned out great!
|Homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup in a pint size jar.|
To quote Amy (from The Finer Things In Life blog), Just another example of 'if you can buy it, you can probably make it (better)!'
Note added July 12, 2011: To make the recipe gluten free, simply replace the 1/2 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of cornstarch. Be sure to add the cornstarch to the milk - versus adding the milk to the flour roux in the original recipe. (Thanks for the tips Gloria Klassen and Bernice Penner!)
Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms, sautéed in butter
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup flour (replace with 1/4 cup of cornstarch for a gluten free version)
4 cups milk (*I only used 1 and 1/2 cups of milk to make "condensed" cream of mushroom)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp parsley
To make cream of mushroom soup, simply sauté the contents of one bag with an additional 2 tbsp. butter. Mix 1/2 cup flour with 1 1/2 cups milk until smooth. Slowly add to mushrooms, whisking constantly. Then slowly add another 2 1/2 cups of milk. Whisk until smooth and bubbly. Add 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, and 1 tsp. parsley flakes. Remove from heat. Soup will thicken as it cools. Feel free to add more milk to reach desired consistency.