What Is Stone Soup + Recipe
Stone soup in itself does not sound appetizing at all. I mean who wants to eat a soup full of stones? On further research, I found that stone soup isn’t at all what the name describes. There are many different stories about where Stone Soup has originated from. The story that I found to be the most popular is from the book “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown that was published in 1947. This French folklore begins with soldiers looking for a clever way to get a free meal in a village they were passing through. They told the villagers that they were going to make this amazingly delicious stone soup that they had originally made for the king. Since the villagers wanted to try a soup that was fit for a king, they began helping the soldiers. First, they asked for a pot, then water and then the key ingredient being the stones. The stones were apparently the magical ingredient that made the soup taste amazing. It did not end there though; this is were the soldiers used their cleverness to have the villagers donate vegetables and seasonings to actually create the soup. In the end, everyone got to enjoy a delicious soup (soldiers included) all because they wanted to try a soup that was good enough for a king.
This story is about people coming together and sharing what they have to create something delicious for all to share. Stone soup is exactly this. We bring in different ingredients on hand, what ever we have and then add them to the soup for all to share. At the farmers market this Sunday, we are going to go around the market and find different vegetables and seasonings to add to a soup that the POP kids will get to help create and then try! This teaches them valuable cooking skills, as well as how to make do with what you have in order to create something delicious.
Here’s a fun recipe that I found that you can use to make this soup at home with your kids!
Recipe courtesy of: The Nourishing Home
Stone Soup Recipe
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 3 small, whole red or white boiler potatoes, cleaned and scrubbed
- 1 quart (4 cups) filtered water
- 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 6 red or white boiler potatoes, quartered
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 5 medium organic carrots, sliced
- 4 organic celery stalks, sliced
- 2 medium zucchini, sliced thick (or use 1 cup frozen green beans)
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3 bay leaves
For Mom to Add:
- 5-6 organic chicken drumsticks, skin trimmed
- Pre-chop and have ready all of the ingredients before inviting your children to help. (I use a one-quart jar to place the water and vinegar in. I also recommend placing the soup ingredients into separate bowls to make it easier for your kids to add them.)
- Read the book Stone Soup together.
- Then, have each of your children place one small whole potato (stone) into a 6-quart slow cooker. Have your oldest child slowly pour in the water-vinegar mixture. (If you really want to be silly, sing a funny made-up magical song to get those stones all jazzed up about making some delicious, healthy soup.)
- Next, have your kiddos add each of the soup ingredients, starting with the seasonings.
- To make it even more fun for little ones, place the pre-chopped veggies in various areas of the kitchen. That way, as you call out what you need for the soup, your children can take turns running around to find the requested ingredient.
- Finally, add the chicken drumsticks. Stir to evenly distribute soup ingredients, and ensure chicken is submerged in water.
- Cover and cook on low approximately 8 hours (or on high about 5 hours). Then, a half-hour before serving, carefully remove the drumsticks and allow them to cool slightly. Also remove and discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
- Use a fork to remove the meat from the bones (discard bones, or freeze for future bone stock). Shred the meat using two forks (or your fingers) and add it back to the crockpot. Stir to evenly distribute soup ingredients. Keep crockpot on warm for up to 30 minutes, until you’re ready to serve.
- Ladle soup into individual serving bowls and enjoy the magical taste of healthy homemade stone soup!
- Stone soup is magically delicious for kids of all ages – so you don’t have to have kiddos to enjoy the wonderful flavor of this healthy homemade soup!
- Freezer Recipe: This soup makes a great freezer recipe. Simply place all of the ingredients (except for the water, vinegar, seasonings and chicken) into a freezer-safe container and freeze until you’re ready to make the soup. (If freezing the drumsticks, do so in a separate container and be sure to thaw in the frig before adding to your crockpot.) When ready, place the drumsticks in your crockpot, along with the seasonings. Next, toss in the frozen veggies and add the water and vinegar. Then, cover and cook as directed. Easy and delicious!
This Sunday at the POP tent, we’ll be teaching kids how to create a soup that is similar to this one. Again, it all depends on what ingredients are in season and found at the market!
Hope to see you there!
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