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healthier cream of crab soup?

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Rob334 Jun 6, 2011 12:13 PM

I am thinking of trying to make a healthier cream of crab soup. So the issue is how to replace the cream or half and half. My ideas so far cream of celery soup with a reduced-fat milk/flour roe or using evaporated milk. What do you think?

  1. eclecticsynergy Jun 6, 2011 05:57 PM

    You might try evaporated skim milk.

    1. mcf Jun 6, 2011 01:27 PM

      Replacing fat with starch has proven to be less healthy than eating the fat. If you're really determined to reduce the fat, I'd make it more like milk by using cream diluted with water, or just whole milk.

      1. c oliver Jun 6, 2011 01:16 PM

        Do you have the luxury of having this often enough that you even need to lighten it up? That's a splurge for me so fat be damned )

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          dct Jun 6, 2011 12:59 PM

          You may want to replace some of the cream/milk with either potato or rice that has been cooked in the soup base until very tender. When you blend it, you get a nice texture without as much dairy, though i think you still need a little cream. Julia Child has written something about using rice as thickener in soups, but I can't find it now,sorry.

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            escondido123 Jun 6, 2011 12:52 PM

            Are you talking about using a canned cream of celery soup? I find that a lot more objectionable healthwise than half and half.

            1. todao Jun 6, 2011 12:23 PM

              Once you do the math (x% per "serving") for evaporated milk you may not find it as healthy (compared to other milk products) than believed.
              In your place, I would lean toward a roux using 2% milk and lightly browned flour (for flavor) with a celery or potato base.

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