View Full Version : Hate the soup I made - now what?
12-08-2008, 03:23 PM
I just made a big blender of a raw soup and I freaking hate it. The ingredients were tomato, red pepper, onion, jalapeņo, garlic, cucumber, carrots, pine nuts, sunflower seeds all blended up. I managed like 5 or 6 bites but I can't do more than that. There is sooo much left and I feel horrible wasting it though. Is there anything worthwhile to do with a recipe you hate or should I just be dumping it down the drain? I already tried to add things to it once it was done and I didn't like it, but I continue to really hate it. I'm so annoyed wasting all of these veggies!
12-08-2008, 04:32 PM
Usually you can turn it into something else. I created my favorite soup from one that didn't work. Avocado might work well in it. Depends on exactly what you don't like-the flavor, consistency. If it's too thick, add more water, lemon juice or more tomatoes. Or maybe turn it into a dip or pate. Maybe add a more flavorful nut like cashews. Try different spices.
12-08-2008, 04:55 PM
Exept for the cucumber, pine nuts and sunflower seeds it sounds like a good marinara sauce. I use the same ingredients with sun-dried tomatoes and serve it on zucchini noodles with pine nuts on top. You could try doctoring a small amount of it so you don't waste more ingredients fixing the whole batch. Then again, maybe it's time to cut your losses and toss it.
I've had several nasty green smoothies that I made palatable with stevia or honey and spirulina. Spirulina covers the taste of everything. If you've got any try that, but if you don't already use and like spirulina, it might make it worse. :p
12-08-2008, 05:04 PM
Could you add flax seeds to it and maybe a little salt and then dehydrate for crackers? I love flax crackers and I like experimenting with all kinds of veggies. Just an idea.
12-08-2008, 05:32 PM
I have done the same thing myself with dishes before. Some things I can fix by maybe increasing something that I really like out of the ingredients. Some things are just a loss cause. I now make a small batch of something new to see if I like it first - that way I do not feel so bad if I can not fix it and end up tossing it out.
12-08-2008, 11:05 PM
I was thinking dehydrating, with adding some ground up flax seeds and a bunch of sesame seeds to it. And add some more of the ingredient that you like too. This way you'd have veggie crackers that you could plop spreads onto.
I agree with MelissaO about making only a small batch of something new at first, then that way if it can't be fixed you don't have to feel so bad about wasting ingredients.
12-09-2008, 12:36 AM
Do you have small jars and a freezer? You can freeze the soup in small batches and add a batch every time you make marinara sauce or a big smoothie or some other soup as just a part of the ingredients so that it isn't overpowering. It might also help to heat the soup in either a dehydrator or the way I do it in a double boiler, just to about 105 degrees. Some things definitely taste better when they are warm. You might also mix some miso in it for extra flavor.
12-09-2008, 02:28 AM
Great advice already given but when all else fails you can hold your nose and drink it down fast, just like medicine, and the mouth will never know it was there.
12-09-2008, 06:53 AM
Maybe it needs some salt?
I've made many raw soups that I didn't like. I prefer miso broth soups with chopped up raw veggies/soaked sea veggies in them. Blended soups just don't do it for me.
I agree with the crackers idea.
Or compost the soup and make your garden happy.
12-09-2008, 08:36 AM
It's very close to a thai soup I make -- many of those ingredients but also with pineapple.
Or add some nama shoyu and flax and dehydrate.
I've only had one recipe that was impossible to rescue --- it was a lovely celeriac, portobello, red pepper soup. I decided to put some flax oil in to make it richer. So not only did I put too much flax oil in, more importantly I didn't notice that I had bought CINNAMON flavored flax. It was horrible, and although I felt terrible about wasting it, the combination of those things just didn't work for me. Just talking about it makes me queasy again.:(
12-09-2008, 02:25 PM
I've learned that making about 1/4 of a soup recipe usually equalls about one large serving.....so.....maybe on a first time recipe try making just one serving. I too hate to see all those ingredients go to waste.
12-10-2008, 07:30 PM
That's what I do as well; make only a small amount so you know if you really like it.
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