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Jan 21, 2013 07:02 AM

Boring turkey soup

Help! I made some turkey soup with leftover white meat, barley, kale, homemade chicken stock and various veggies - carrots, onion, celery, the usual. And it's BORING!

Any suggestions on how to liven things up?

Thanks ever so.

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      1. A drizzle of rice vinegar or lemon juice will enhance the flavor of almost any soup or stew. It wakes up your taste buds to the flavors of ingredients already present.

        A couple pinches of MSG does wonders too.

        1. I've always found that if I saute the carrots, onion, and celery beforehand, then add the stock, it has better flavor. Not just a boiled vegetable taste. Do you go that route? Won't help you this time, but try it next time.

          Otherwise, as suggested, more salt or a couple of teaspoons of Better Than Bouillon turkey or chicken paste.

          1. I was going to suggest a combination of what was already suggested by others

            #1 salt, lack of salt in soup can make it very bland
            #2 acid - lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, etc can do wonders

            If it is a big batch and you're worried about experimenting, put some soup in a small bowl and add whatever you decide to try to see if it fixes it before you add to the whole pot.

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            1. re: thimes

              In situations like this, I add hot sauce: salt, acit, heat all in one