Do you know how much soup a head of cabbage makes? You may not care because: 1) you never make soup; 2) you hate cabbage in any form; 3) you are too busy working to ever think about it.
Until recently, I would have chosen numbers 1 and 3, but now I have time (lots) to do things like make soup and so I decided to give cabbage soup a try.
I had purchased a head of cabbage at a farmers’ market in Livonia on Saturday at what I considered to be a bargain: $1.75 for the head. I then found a recipe called Healing Cabbage Soup at allrecipes.com, gathered up the simple ingredients and yesterday I attacked the cabbage with a cleaver and went to work a-soupmakin’.
Let me digress from this soup post to say that I am not a soup maker. I am more of a baker. I also do most of the cooking at my house so I do know my way around a kitchen and wield a mean spatula. That said, I have never had any luck with soup.
That record remains intact–although I have to say that I did make soup. Soup that was not half-bad and that is good since I now have about 22 cups of soup stored in two big Tupperware containers.
The downside is that I also made a mess since I didn’t realize how big a pot was needed for 8 cups of water, 8 cups of chicken broth, 28 ounces of canned tomatoes and a head of cabbage, coarsely chopped. I also didn’t realize that we lacked a pot big enough for said ingredients.
Needless to say, I made a mess. But I also made soup. Lots and lots of soup. Luckily, it’s not half-bad. I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with it all. I had some for dinner last night and lunch today. Maybe I can take it for one more meal before I’m tired of cabbage.
As to the rest, I will probably freeze it in small containers to thaw and eat it over the course of the winter. I am willing to give it away but am not sure how popular cabbage soup is with the public. Drop me an email if you live near Livonia, Michigan and I will bring you some. It may be the only chance you get. I think I will call it quits to soup making and stick with cookies and cakes. Not only do I know how to make those, but cookies beats cabbage every time.
That’s it for now, folks.