Strawberry Soup ~~ Summertime Delight

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Chilled Summer Soups


We are all familiar with Gazpacho, Cucumber and Borscht (beets and sour cream) soups which are served cold during the hot summer months. My grandmother, Bobcia, was Polish and as a young girl and as a mother with children of her own, she both enjoyed and prepared a variety of fruit soups. In the fall and winter they were made with dried or canned fruit from the previous harvest and served warm. In the summer they were made with fresh fruit just picked from their own bushes and vines and served chilled.

I hope to share several of Bobcia's fruit soup recipes with you, but as the heat of summer arrives -- it is already here across most of the southern United States and will soon envelop the rest of the country -- let's begin our cold fruit soup explorations with a delicious and satisfying Chilled Strawberry Soup. It is so simple and so easy.

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What You Will Need


2 pints strawberries (very ripe, almost too ripe)

1 cup water

2 - 4 Tbsp. sugar

1 - 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 cup Half and Half (light cream)

Mint leaves (for garnish, optional)


Wash and slice your strawberries and place them in a thick bottomed (distributes heat evenly) 2-4 quart sauce pan dutch oven, kettle, whatever you have. Add the cup of water and simmer, stirring frequently, over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the other ingredients except for the Half and Half. Start with the lesser amount of sugar and lemon juice suggested, taste, and then add to suit your family's taste. Continue simmering and stirring for another 10-15 minutes until the fruit is very tender.

Let the hot strawberry mixture cool. You can simply set it aside for thirty minutes while you do other things or to speed up the process, you can set the pot into a larger container full of ice cubes and water. When the mixture is cool, stir in the light cream, taste once more and adjust sugar and lemon juice if needed. Transfer to a glass bowl and refrigerate covered until time to serve.


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Holidays and Celebrations


This is lovely served with mint leaves as a garnish. It is lovely served without any additional adornment. I have served it at a family Fourth of July celebration and the color is perfect for a red, white, and blue theme. I have also served it at Christmas, not cold, not hot, but warmed and with a dollop of sour cream on top added at the last minute. Plain, lemon or vanilla yogurt would also do well as a topping. Never thought about it before, but this would make a lovely addition to any Valentine's Day meal. Serves 4. Enjoy!

I know some of you are busily thinking, "Well, my daughter is allergic to strawberries or my husband doesn't like them." Not a problem at all. You can follow the same steps and substitute either fresh raspberries or blueberries. They both make a fabulous soup and if you want this to be desert, you serve your favorite Butter Cookies, Short Bread or even Macaroons along side the soup.

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Serving suggestions



Strawberry Soup is wonderful served at the beginning of a meal, as a palate cleanser in the middle, or it can serve as a light and healthy dessert at the end of a meal. Of course it can certainly stand alone as part of a mid-afternoon effort to beat the heat or as a reward for the person who just cut the grass, trimmed the bushes, or weeded the garden.

Just a thought, but don't present this to your children as a soup, most of them will turn their noses up at it. Instead, thin it out with a little more milk and water until it will easily go through a straw, then serve it in a glass as a strawberry milkshake. Children, and adults too, will love it. Of course it is much healthier than most fast food milkshakes because it is 80% real fruit and 20% dairy as opposed to a commercial mixture of artificial colors, flavors, and thickening agents.

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wow! Stop it, Stop it, and Stop it. I have stuff to do. And now all I can think about is this moutwateringdeliciousthing. Our sunny Southern California first crop of strawberries is out. I shall drop by a dairy on my way home for fresh stuff and a farmers market for the berries. This article was just rude and an intrusion into my benign lifestyle. I hope it gets hot today so I can justify sitting around or in the hammock sipping my "soup" with a touch of Mint Julep added. None for the wife and child as I have declared them allergic - more for me. And now I have to add a powerwalk before and after just to justify!!!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, wow, this is the most beautiful "recipe" hub I've seen. Plus, I've never heard of strawberry soup. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Beautiful imagery.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

What a delightful idea! I love strawberries, and this seems so refreshing. I really like the idea of garnishing with mint!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi Eric - Sorry to interfere with your "stuff to do," :) The southern California climate is amazing. You guys get two !! crops of strawberries a season. Oh you can justify "sipping" your soup whether it is hot or just warm. Once you have the ingredients, it would be a shame not to use them. Poor wife and child - too bad about their allergies. :)

I would say be sure and enjoy, but somehow I think you will. :) Theresa


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have never heard of strawberry soup...not in my entire life...so I checked with Bev and she had never heard of it.

Theresa, I dub this an original idea....well done and you can bet we will try it.

blessings my friend,

bill


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hello Faith - Why thank you -- I do love beautiful, and striking pictures and photographs. I think it is because of all the artists in my extended family. My Roberts was a naturalist and illustrator who lived in the 1800's. I found a book that reproduced his drawings published around 1950. I hope to use many more of his drawings in the future. Hope you enjoy strawberry soup and thank you for your kind words and for sharing. :) Theresa


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi Natasha - It is very refreshing and not too sweet. Its a great summer soup or drink for children. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope your weekend is going well. :) Theresa


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

The situation here is not good, my wonderful bride is running around barking orders to pull weeds, barbecue and such like picking up the toys from the yard. Me and my buddy are refusing to leave our shays lounges and our bucket of soup. We are using advanced weaponry (squirt guns) to soak each other and attack flying critters. I claimed to be using the latrine as I write this clandestine recon. I hope you boys in the south have it better.

sincerely,

Sargeant Strawberry


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Sargeant Strawberry (what a moniker!) - It does indeed sound as if your post/base is in complete disarray. Apparently you and said buddy have lost control of everything but the "Bucket O' Soup"

I can see it now on billboards and fast food menus --- Bucket O' Soup - strawberry / raspberry / blueberry --- I need to copyright the term and the recipe so there will be some money in it for me. For the time being I approve of your choice of weaponry and I think the situation in the deep south is about the same.

Remember, sometimes compromise with the enemy or a wonderful wife is a good thing. It insures that one lives another day and hopefully will be able to enjoy another Bucket O' Soup in the future. Choose wisely.

Signing off now,

Captain Fruit or Soup or Fruit Soup


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi Bill - Neither of you has ever heard of strawberry soup? What sort of backwoods region do you hail form? Seriously, most people I talk to are only familiar with Gazpacho, cucumber and beet soup. But that is OK, clearly I was born to bring the joy of both cold and hot fruit soups to the American people. And I am up for the challenge. We will discuss warm fruit soups a we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas. Can you just imagine how gorgeous a clear glass bowl of raspberry or strawberry soup is sitting in the center of a festive Christmas Dinner table? Now I want the summer to hurry up and turn into fall. :) Take good care. Theresa


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thanks a lot Theresa. Now pulling weeds, sweeping and dreaming of strawberries gone by. A good note, my lady confiscated and then drank my concoction. I think there may be stars on a cloudy night -- women are such Eves.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

"Women are such Eves." What in the world? :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

isnt this somthing.. I guess it could be okay since they use strawberries in ice cream cold shakes.. drinks why not soup.. yeah thank you phdast7 for this eye opener...:)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

You are welcome Frank. Try it, but cut the recipe in half if you are not sure its your cup of tea. Enjoy. Take care.


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

I have heard of cold soups and hot soups, but never a fruit soup. It sounds delicious! I know what I will be eating this afternoon. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The photos are a terrific addition too!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you for reading and commenting tip - It really is delicious -- I do hope you enjoy it this afternoon. I am so glad you like the pictures. They are from an old book I found of botanical drawings of plants and flowers. I chose all the rosy and red colored ones for the hub trying to approximate the color of strawberries. Have a great week. :)


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

hihihihihi, I hid some and am now slurping away, my children say my "taste is all in my mouth" -- I think they mean my Hawaiian shirt with checkered boxers and my ladies floppy hat, with a fake daisy. Oh, I will loose all dignity, to savor your concoction ;-)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi! We aren't just a little bit hyper are we? :) Actually, I think this is just you high on life which is a wonderful thing. :) Glad you hiding place wasn't discovered and glad you are happily slurping.

I just almost died laughing, because this may be the best compliment I have ever received (when it comes to food and recipes) and I quote, "Oh, I will loose all dignity, to savor your concoction." That is a great line!

I know nothing can hold a candle to Bucket O' Strawberry Soup, but I just posted a really good Israeli Lemon Chicken/Rice bake. Thirty minutes prep (two hours in the oven) and you walk away to do other things. Add a salad and Cold Strawberry Soup and you have an easy feast.

With all this back and forth discussion I think I will have Bucket O' Soup and squirt guns ready when my son and daughter-in-law come over tomorrow. Shhhhh, don't tell. :)


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting recipe. Never heard of strawberry soup before. This sounds interesting. Voted up useful and interesting. Sharing and pinning it!


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Wow, sounds so wonderful! Never heard of strawberry soup! Have to try it..... And you are right, it sounds lot better than the milkshakes! Thanks for sharing..... :)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

We are Russian and strawberries were always considered a wonderful treat--this brings back memories for me Theresa--lovely pictures of flowers as well!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hello livingsta - I am sure that I wouldn't have either except for the fact that my father's mother, my Bobcia is Polish. Apparently warm or cold fruit soups are pretty common in central and northern Europe, or they were sixty years ago. I remember Bobcia saying they served warm fruit soups with pancakes for supper sometimes. The more I thought about it, it was a pretty balanced meal. Eggs in the pancakes and sour cream either in or on the soup, so they got their protein. And there was no syrup on the pancakes - you ate then with the sweet soup. :) Thanks for sharing and pinning. Theresa


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Good afternoon LaThing. Glad this sounds good to you, it is pretty wonderful and actually healthy. Hope you get a chance to try it soon and enjoy it. Have a great week. :) Theresa


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Wonderful recipe! I like your personal introduction and appreciate your serving ideas too. It sounds delicious. :-) Lurana


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hello Lurana - We all enjoy it. I think you will too. Thanks for commenting on the introduction. I think the reason I do recipes at all is so I can write an introduction and some family history. :) Theresa


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I would never have thought of strawberry soup, though it does sound similar to a homemade fruit topping recipe. This sounds delicious! And the personal introduction makes it all the more special.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi shanmarie - You are right, its not that different from some fruit toppings or even old-time traditional milk shakes (when they made them with real ingredients) , I think the major difference is the large quantity of fruit versus the very small quantity of sugar. So the flavor is very intense and its really good for you. I am so glad you liked the personal introduction. I really appreciate your comments. :)


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ignugent17 3 years ago

It is also my first time to read about strawberry soup. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I enjoy looking at your flowers too. :-)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you ignugent. I am glad you enjoyed the flowers -- I certainly did. And I appreciate your comments. I hope you are having a wonderful week. :)


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This sure works for me. Thanks!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I can see that...I still make smoothies and sometimes milkshakes kind of like that. I use frozen fruit usually so I don't have to add ice and then either milk, vanilla soy milk...or fruit juice with water sometimes, depending on how much more liquid I need to make it blend or how thick I want it. Once in awhile I will add cream or ice cream. :) I"ll have to try this soup sometime soon.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hello avian - I think you will enjoy it; we certainly do. Hope all is well. Theresa


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi shanmarie - Its not that different from a smoothie or milk-shake, just percentage wise way more fruit and less milk or cream. Funny that you mention it, I didn't put it in the recipe because we are heading into summer and fresh strawberries will be available, but I have done this with frozen strawberries. And some times during the year that is definitely the nway to go. :) Take care. Theresa


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This sounds spectacular! I like that it can be served as any part of a meal, or as a dessert. This would be a great thing to make this Summer. I'm sure my boyfriend would like it. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I look forward to trying it.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi Kathryn. It is pretty versatile and this is certainly the time of year for it. I just like serving my grand kids something that is mostly "fruit" with a little protein, instead of some chemical packed concoction that pretends to be "fruit-flavored." You and the boyfriend, enjoy. :) And thanks for the follow. :)


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Oh boy. A lot of this could go down quick!

Thanks for this delightful recipe. Switching it up to make it cow milk free will be easy and the idea of using it as a milkshake as opposed to buying the junk filled ones is for sure a duh moment. Thanks bunches. :)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

You are so welcome RT. :) And I hadn't eve thought about all the people allergic to cow's milk/lactose. It should be pretty easy to modify. I have to admit, it was a "duh" moment, but when I realized I could "thrill" my grandchildren with "milkshakes" that were actually good for them, I realized I could be the best grandmother ever! Pretty sweet. :) Thanks for commenting and enjoy! Theresa


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What a beautiful article! Love the photos and the way you have put this hub together. Truly impressive! Voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting and awesome. Will share with my followers.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you so much Au Fait. I love beautiful and elegant pictures and I think there are always several ways to dress up the text of a hub. One way is literally, strawberries and a soup tureen, but that is just not me. Sometimes, a single word in the hub inspires me and I find pictures to match. :)

I am so glad you like them and I greatly appreciate your votes and sharing. Have a wonderful week. :)


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phoenix2327 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Nice recipe and so beautifully illustrated.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you Phoenix. I just fell in love with the illustrations myself. I was at a Good Will store looking for bargains and I found this book from the 1950's I think that was a reprint of a "naturalist's drawings done during the 1800's. And it was two dollars. Such a deal. I have been scanning all the pages into my computer. Hope to use some more soon. Have a great day. Theresa


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Audrey - Somehow I failed to respond to your earlier comment. I am so sorry. So the Russian and the Polish people love their strawberries. :) Be Well. Theresa


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I have come back because this is truly one of the best organized, best written, and best presented articles I have seen. The pictures are incredible and add so much to this article and I just know the soup is fantastic.

I usually make myself a strawberry shortcake once a year, but haven't for a couple of years now because I haven't found any strawberries in the stores that weren't either hard and green or half spoiled. I refuse to pay the outrageous price for such poor quality berries, but when I finally find some that I am willing to buy, I intend to try this soup.

Just set up a new Pinterest account yesterday and I want this hub pinned to my board on "Salads, Soups, and Casseroles." Going to share this hub again too, in case someone missed it last time.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Dear Au Fait - Oh my goodness, I will have such a swelled head and big ego, if I get wonderful comments like your very often. You are so kind and generous. Thank you for taking so much time to respond. I do try to make my hubs interesting, easy to follow, and visually appealing. The pictures came from an old book of Botanical drawings of flowers -- I thought they were pretty amazing, and I have some more to use in another hub.

I agree with you, strawberries that are half green or have spoiled already are not worth buying at all. Let's hope this yer's crop is better. Strawberry shortcake is a wonderful thing, and I have an aunt who used to make it ll the time. Thank you for voting and Pinning and sharing this hub. I hope you have a great week. :) Theresa


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida

Strawberry is my very favorite flavor! I just made homemade ice cream over the 4th and added fresh strawberries. I'm sure I would love your soup, so I'm going to make it , for sure!

Voted UP, shared, and Pinned to my recipe board.


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poetryman6969 17 months ago

I love the flower illustrations. Such a delight to the eye. Never heard of strawberry soup. I might have to try it some time.

Voted up.


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oceansnsunsets 17 months ago from The Midwest, USA

The idea of Strawberry Soup sounds great this summer. I will have to try it sometime, so thanks for sharing this. Loved the flowers too.


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phdast7 17 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Oh, Mary. Homemade ice cream with strawberries sounds wonderful. Thanks for commenting and Pinning and I hope you enjoy the strawberry soup. :)


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phdast7 17 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

poetryman - I was so taken by this book of floral illustrations when I found it. The drawings date from some time in the second half of the 1800's. Such attention to detail. :) Hope you are having a great week. :)


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phdast7 17 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

oceans - It is so refreshing. I hope you enjoy it. Glad you liked the flowers. I just fell in love with all the illustrations when I found the book. Have a wonderful week.

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