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Urgent soup question

Our soup recipe calls for adding 12 cups of water. But, considering what we've already got in the pot (vegetables + tomatoes + lots of stuff), our pot can only hold 8 more cups of liquid. What do we do?

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asked over 1 year ago

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added over 1 year ago

could you divide the soup between two pots? otherwise, i'd say just add as much liquid as it will hold and thin as needed as it simmers!

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Sarah Jampel

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added over 1 year ago

Thank you!!

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amysarah

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added over 1 year ago

Just put in what it will comfortably hold - soup making is generally pretty flexible. As it cooks down, there may be room to add more water or other liquid.

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Sarah Jampel

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added over 1 year ago

Thanks!! amysarah to the rescue.

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added over 1 year ago

add 8 and simmer. you are cooking with 2/3 of the water so add 1/3 more water when serving to thin down and you should be fine.

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ChefJune

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added over 1 year ago

I can't imagine that's a hard and fast dictum for 12 cups of water. I'd go with the 8 and add more as the mixture evaporates -- IF you think it needs it. Taste as you go.

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added over 1 year ago

i imagine the answer would also depend on if you are making a thin soup as opposed to a thick soup such as split pea. if thick i think dividing into two pots would work the best. also, you would want to add enough water to cover all of your ingredients.

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