How To Make Cream Of Mushroom Soup
Tips on Buying mushrooms
Mushrooms is the fleshy body, or actually the fruit of a fungus, they usually are produced or grown above ground on soil or on its food source. The name mushroom is the standard for the cultivated white button mushroom.The name is most often applied to the fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem, which is called a stipe , and a cap pileus, and it has what is called gills lamellae, sing. lamella or pores on the underside of the cap.
I usually purchase my mushrooms fresh from the supermarket or my local farmers market.
If available I like to purchase loose mushrooms, as opposed to packaged mushrooms . The reason for this is because ,I can hand select each one. I look for mushrooms that smell like mushrooms and nothing else, have no brown or moldy looking spots and are quite firm (not spongy)
Mushrooms can be purchase fresh, dried, preserved in cans or jars. When in a can or jar , they can be whole button mushrooms, sliced, or stems and pieces.
When bought fresh they usually have a little dirt on them so I make sure to wash them well before using.
A bowl Of Cream Of Mushroom Soup
Cream Of Mushroom Soup
There is nothing wrong with cream of mushroom soup in a can, In fact I always have several cans on hand. I use it mainly for making gravies, or adding it to a casserole..
But when I actually want Cream of mushroom soup to eat as a soup , well then I prefer, homemade..Nothing better than a hot bowl of Cream of mushroom soup served with a crusty bread..
Here is my recipe..Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Cream Of Mushroom Soup
Ingredients For Cream Of Mushroom Soup
- 2 Tbls Butter
- 2 Shallots, Minced
- 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
- 12 Oz. Mixed Mushrooms, Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Italian Parsley, Chopped
- 4 Slices Bread, Crust removed
- 3 Cups Chicken Broth
- Salt and Pepper, To taste
- Pinch Nutmeg
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
Kitchen Tips: How to Sauté Mushrooms. Basic cooking techniques and tips for Sauteing Mushrooms
Instructions For Cream Of Mushroom Soup
- Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Saute the shallots until soft, then add garlic, mushrooms and parsley.
- Cook over low heat for three minutes. Stir in bread, broth, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Raise heat and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Puree in blender, then return to saucepan. Add heavy cream slowly and serve
How to Grow Mushrooms
Mushrooms And Nutrition
Mushrooms are very nutritious. They are low in calories and full of antioxidant and immune-system-boosting nutrients.
They are a rich in other essential nutrients like riboflavin, and selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that is necessary for the functioning of the immune system. The selenium in Mushrooms works together with vitamin E to protect healthy cells in human beings from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Did you know that mushrooms are the only vegetable which contain vitamin-D in an edible form? Mushrooms are full of calcium which is a requirement for healthy bones , skull and teeth . They also contain iron in which is good for maintaining healthy hemoglobin levels which prevents anemia and maintain overall health .Mushrooms also have potassium, which is good for hypertension and the lowering of blood pressure. Mushrooms also contain copper, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid.
Mushrooms have very few calories, but contain many essential nutrients.
A 1/2 cup of cooked mushrooms has only 20 calories, plus 2 g of protein, 2 g of fiber, 6 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 8 percent of your daily iron need.
Mushrooms are good for us! Try them raw, sliced in a green salad or with a dip.
Unfortunately fresh mushrooms do not stay fresh very long...
Having said that, it is best to use your mushrooms right away or plan to purchase your mushrooms, just a day or so before you plan to use them.
If your mushrooms are stored the right way, they can last up to a week.
The best way to store them is to place the unwashed mushrooms in a brown paper bag, and fold the top of the bag over. Store the brown bag in the refrigerator. The brown bag helps to keep moisture away from the mushrooms..
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