Well ... since I love all three of the main ingredients in this recipe ... I came up with this idea to get them all together. When I first made this recipe I used one ingredient that my other half said " she would never eat. "
Well she had also told me early in our marriage that she didn't like " Vegetable Beef Soup. " Then I made my version and we had to have it once a week for the next two months ! She found out she kind of liked it ... LOL
So what was the ingredient I had that " she would never eat ? "
Now some of you just might be also thinking ... " Nope ... not eating one of those ! " Well after I made this recipe with the " 1 lb. Canned Ham " the first time for my wife " She loved it ! " ... When I made it the second time I used regular ham that I had from another meal and her response was " When you made this the first time the ham was a lot better ! "
These little canned hams are different than regular ham for sure ..... and the taste is somewhere between regular ham and canned Spam ! ..... " But there are multiple great reasons for using them " ... Check out my link above for more on them !
This is one of my recipes that my " Family and Friends " always ask for and .....
" I think you'll like it too ! "
I've tried many kinds of the 1 lb. canned hams and everyone has basically the same taste. I usually only find them at either " Wal-Mart's " or " Aldi's " .
Normally for this soup I only use " 1/2 " or " 3/4 " of the canned ham ( using the small or pointed end of the ham ) ..... Then we use the rest of the ham for:
- Frying up with eggs for breakfast ...
- Frying up a couple of slices just for lunch ... or even sometime putting the fried piece of ham in a " Grilled Cheese "
- There is a lot ways to use it ...
Since the time that I've found the " Orrington Farm's Ham Base & Seasoning " ( see photos below ) I've made this soup a little differently ..... and this is what I do for a better " Ham " flavor:
- Use only 1 - 32 oz. box of Vegetable or Chicken Stock
- Use 4 cups of water and mix in " 8 " - teaspoons of " Ham Base & Seasoning "
" And that is my soup base "
The three shown below are the ones that I've found locally.
I usually only find them at either " Wal-Mart's or Aldi's. "
Yukon Gold or Yellow potatoes are the " Best Potatoes " to use in a Slow Cooker. They have a waxy texture that holds up better than the Russet or Baking Potatoes which " tend to fall apart " in the cooking process and also give more of a " sandy texture / feel to the tongue " when cooked.
If you " can't find " Gold or Yellow potatoes then the next best choice are the Russet Potatoes. Baking potatoes " are not a good choice " since it takes them almost " 3 to 4 times longer " to cook in a soup which means everthing else in the soup is over cooked .....
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