Kettle Cuisine is an independent, artisan soup maker that has been cooking uncompromised soup since 1986. They treat food the way it's supposed to be treated every step of the way and only feed people the best soup possible every time. They use the best tasting, highest quality natural ingredients they can find and never add anything unnecessary or artificial and virtually all of the ingredients they use are raw and unprocessed. They only buy all natural meat and poultry and top quality produce and they buy from local suppliers whenever they can. They stay true to their core culinary ideals and don't use shortcuts. They peel their own potatoes, hand cut their own meats and vegetables, blend their own spices, and soak raw, unprocessed beans. They make their our own stocks from scratch, braise their meats, and sauté their vegetables. They cook their soups in small batches and add each ingredient to the kettle at just the right moment.
In addition, at Kettle Cuisine, they make effort to minimize their environmental impact as much as they can. Kettle Cuisine is also passionate about helping in the fight to end hunger in the United States and they support organizations that enhance the neighborhoods in which we live and work. They dedicate most of their annual charitable contributions to local non-profit organizations that serve these two very important causes. In addition to the financial contributions, they are always looking for opportunities to get involved so they volunteer their time and know-how to these organizations as well. To find out more about Kettle Cuisine, you can connect with them on Twitter and/or Facebook or you can visit the Kettle Cuisine blog and also sign up for their newsletter.
|Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables|
When I think of store bought soup I immediately think of it being in a can but Kettle Cuisine soups are frozen soups that you keep in your freezer. They come in their own bowl making them very easy to stick in the microwave, which is how I cooked mine, but they can also be taken out of the bowl and cooked on the stove top. The bowl is of decent size and there is enough soup to make you feel satisfied. The bowls can even be washed and re-used as snack or cereal bowls, paperclip holders, a place to put your spare change, etc.
The first Kettle Cuisine soup I tried was the Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables, which is a gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian soup that is high in fiber and vitamin A. This soup is made by cooking red-ripe tomatoes combined with hand-prepared squash, carrots, celery, green beans, and a blend of Italian seasonings. This soup was fantastic with a wonderful flavor. I had never eaten a vegetable soup with squash before but it was a great addition. The vegetables tasted very fresh. There was a good mixture of each vegetable and they went well together and were of perfect size and not cut too big or too small. I would definitely try this soup again!
The next Kettle Cuisine soup I tried was the New England Clam Chowder. This is a gluten free soup made with fresh light cream from local New England dairies with hand-shucked clams, sautéed onions, and potatoes. This soup had a wonderful, restaurant quality flavor and was probably one of the best clam chowders I've tried. There were plenty of potatoes and clams and they were of perfect size. I would definitely try this soup again as well!
I next tried Kettle Cuisine's Chicken Chili with White Beans, which is a gluten free soup that is also high in fiber. This soup is loaded with all natural chicken and hearty white beans and finished with sour cream and fresh cilantro. I had never tried a chicken chili before and I wasn't disappointed. It had a great Southwestern flavor with good sized pieces of chicken. The beans were excellent. I would also try this soup again.
The next Kettle Cuisine soup I tried was Thai Curry Chicken Soup, which is gluten free and dairy free. This soup is made from all natural chicken, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, bell peppers and brown rice with aromatic green curry, lemongrass and coconut milk. I had never tried Thai Curry before and I thought this had a very unique Asian flavor but I personally just didn't really care much for it. There was a good mixture of ingredients however. I don't think I'd like to try this one again.
My boyfriend tested out the Kettle Cuisine Angus Beef Steak Chili with Beans, which is a gluten free and dairy free soup high in fiber. This soup is made with slow simmered Angus beef with a blend of Southwestern spices, red beans, ripe tomatoes, hand-chopped peppers and spicy green chilies. He said it had a very good flavor and he really liked it but he did think the Angus beef was a little tough though if we had this in the freezer again he would definitely give it another try.
My boyfriend also tried out the Kettle Cuisine Roasted Vegetable Soup, which is a gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian soup that is high in fiber and vitamin A. It is made with fresh roasted vegetables and is seasoned with hand-blended spices and finished with extra virgin olive oil. He was only able to take a bit or two because he said it was too disgusting so he saved the rest for me to try later when I got home from work. I on the other hand liked it. It took a different twist on vegetable soup and offered something a little out of the ordinary. I would definitely try this soup again but my boyfriend on the other hand would not.
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Disclosure: I received free samples of soup from Kettle Cuisine in order to do this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own and I have not been influenced in any way.