Learn How To Thicken Your Broth, Soups & Stews
Sometimes you try a soup recipe only to discover it turned out a little more watery than you had hoped. Other times you just crave a thick, hearty broth. No worries. There is an easy answer to both of these problems! Thicken the soup with one of the following tips and tricks, and you’ll be savoring delicious soups and stews in no time.
1. Thicken Soup With Flour or Corn Starch (gluten-free)
Add 1 tablespoon of flour to your soup, stir, and bring to a boil. You can also try a gluten-free version by adding corn starch instead. Your broth should slowly begin to thicken. The best part about this is you can thicken as much as you like by adding small amounts of flour or corn starch.
2. Thicken Soup With Instant Mashed Potatoes
Believe it or not, I stumbled upon using instant mashed potatoes one day when I couldn’t find any flour or corn starch in the house. Adding instant mashed potato flakes to soup not only thickens it, it also adds another flavor. I usually stir in 1 tablespoon at a time until I get the consistency I want. Add as much or as little as you wish, but keep in mind that if you don’t limit yourself, you’ll soon end up with thick mashed potatoes!
3. Thicken Soup With Pureed Vegetables or Beans
You can quickly thicken soup by adding a cup at a time of pureed vegetables or beans. Simply boil some of your favorite vegetables until they’re tender and use a blender or food processor (if you have one) to puree them, or smash them up using a fork. This method also adds more nutrients and vitamins to the soup.
4. Thicken Soup With Milk
Milk can also be used to thicken broth. For a low-fat, low cholesterol version, try using Fat-Free Milk. Stir in 1/2 cup at a time and bring to a boil.
5. Cook Without the Lid
This is the easiest way to thicken a soup when the ingredients above are nowhere to be found. Leaving the lid off the pot while cooking allows for water to evaporate. Keep in mind that this method also condenses the flavors, which may result in the broth being a tad salty and more concentrated. (Depending on the ingredients, this could be a good thing!)
*** Remember that you can reverse the thickening process by simply adding water to your broth, soup or stew, 1/2 cup at a time.
Do you have any tips and tricks of your own? Leave a comment below! :}