Your Soup History Guide
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Fascinating Soup History
Soup history tells us that soups have been the main meal for people all over the world for thousands of years. Basically, it comes down to when man finally figured out how to boil water in a water-proof container that wouldn't crumble, burn up, or or fall apart when put over a fire or carried to another location.
The life-saving skill of learning to boil water made it possible to cook food at a lower temperature than simply frying, roasting, or baking. So, this made it possible for the early humans to make fuller use of the animal and plant products found in their regions and used in making the drinkable meal of soups.
Factoid: Did you know that soup history tells us that before making soup was discovered, our ancestors were not able to eat the bones - of the animals they caught, even if roasted? Considered by many as a delicacy, cooked bones using soup methods became yet another way to use up all the available parts of animals.
To continue, boiling water brought out a whole new host of taste sensations. Boiling grains from cereal products became the discovered solution to thicken soups. When you boil grains, it releases the starch into the water eventually thickening it. Was this how gravy was made in those early days? How thick the liquid became was dependent on the type of grain being boiled.
I can just imagine the first discovery of soup. An ancient woman tending the young ones, the meals and having a million things to do to stay alive (sound familiar?) puts a pot of water over the fire to boil. One of her kiddos distracts her. Another kiddo comes in with a handful of beans or roots he was playing with and notices the pretty bubbling water in the pot. He throws in his grains and roots to see what happens...
Voila! Soup was born! Or something like that...
Thankfully, we've come a long way since those days and as a result there are now endless variations of foods that can be made into rich, savory soup recipes, fun soup appetizers, bone-strengthening broths, and hearty, tummy-warming stews.
There's much to read about the history or soup and if you're interested, check out the links below to learn more about the histories of different kinds of soups. In the meantime, follow the link here for some yummy ideas for serving soup that our ancestors would have undoubtedly have loved...
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