The History of Soup


History suggests that soup has been around since the dawn of man.  Evidence of pottery capable of boiling water goes back more than 25,000 years ago.  Early man boiled bones to render the fats and it is not unfeasible to think that they drank the broth.  The word soup comes from the French word “sop” or “sup”, which quite literally means to soak up.  Breads or grains were placed in the dish and the broth was poured over it.

Soup was perfect for nomadic peoples or stationary.  Utilizing produce and meats that were readily available, simmered together in water made for a pleasant tasting concoction that not only filled and warmed, but was found to make the infirm feel better.  Colonial travelers carried “pocket soup” with them – a bag of dried meats and dehydrated vegetables that only needed hot water to make a satisfying meal.  Modern restaurants have evolved from the public “restoratifs” where broth (pot-au-feu) was served.

Modern technology made it possible for soups to be canned and packaged, making them readily available for the modern family to quickly produce that warm and restorative meal that has captivated man throughout history.

So dive into those great soup recipes – make a pot or two – and warm your belly with history.

Stay tuned for Crock pot Pozole, Citrus, Basil and Tomato Bisque, Clam Chowder, Quick Pho, Hot Borsht,  or, just try some that are already here:


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Happy “Sop”ping.