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National Homemade Soup Day

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About National Homemade Soup Day

When is National Homemade Soup Day? This holiday is always celebrated on February 4

February is still the middle of winter. And, it’s mighty cold and snowy outside. We turn to rich and flavorful homemade soup to warm us up and to take the chill out of the air. Homemade soup is good for the mind, body, and soul. Today is National Homemade Soup Day, a February 4 holiday. We celebrate it at the perfect time of the year. So, get out your big stock kettle and make your favorite soup. I can almost smell the homey aroma wafting from the kitchen.

Soup has been filling and warming us up since almost the day man began to use fire for cooking. Various research estimates suggest it was first consumed 9,000 to 20,000 years ago. Did you ever wonder how researchers know this!? Anyways, all ancient cultures discovered soup at some long ago point in time. While it is most often consumed warm or hot, some soups are served cold. The best examples of this are Borscht, or beet soup, and Gazpacho. 

When it comes to comfort food, homemade soup is the ultimate comfort food. One needs only to look at what remedies we use when we have a cold or the flu. That happens to be Mom’s homemade chicken soup. No other variety will do. And certainly, it has to be homemade. It’s the remedy for the cough, sore throat, and achy feeling we have when we are ill. 

Homemade Soup is Good for You

Soup is delicious and nutritious. Perhaps best of all, you control what you put into the stockpot. Have it your way. Will you use broth or stock? How about a creamy soup? Alter the recipe ingredients to fit your taste buds. If you are a diabetic, skip the potatoes, rice, and noodles. Instead, use extra vegetables. On a low-salt diet? Reduce the salt in the recipe and add more herbs and spices. And by all means, experiment with the ingredients. Add ingredients, that are not in the recipe. You’ll know when you’ve got it just right. You’ll say “Ahhhh!

When you are ill, sometimes soup is the only thing you want. The nutritional value gives you the strength to fight whatever ails you. And, the steam helps to clear your sinuses, if only temporarily.

Soup Trivia

Here are some interesting factoids you can use to impress your friends with your knowledge: 

  • Americans consume over an estimated 10 billion bowls of soup a year.
  • Over 99% of Americans consume it.
  • Women are twice as likely as men to have it at restaurants.
  • The base of most soups is usually either broth or stock.
  • Cambell’s invented condensed soup.  They are mmm mmm good!
  • The cute Campbell’s Soup Kid was created in 1904.
  • They can be served hot or cold.
  • They can be a thick or thin soup.
  • Broth is made from meat and vegetables. Stock is made from bones.
  • One of the earliest records of soup dates back over 6,000 years ago. And, it was hippopotamus soup!
  • While this holiday is in February, January is National Soup Month.
  • The spoon was invented in Europe in the 17th century. It was created to get around the huge shirt ruffles at the neck which were in fashion at the time.

How to Celebrate National Homemade Soup Day

Food holidays are always delicious holidays. Here are ways you can enjoy National Homemade Soup Day:

  • Make homemade soup for dinner tonight. Don’t forget the crackers.
  • Make extra and bring it to someone. Also, bring along with a warm loaf of bread.
  • Try a new recipe.
  • Is someone you know ill or homebound? If so, bring some homemade soup to them. Then if they are not contagious, spend a few minutes with them. It will make them feel better.
  • Go home to mom’s house for her homemade chicken soup. While you are there, get mom’s recipe, along with any tips on how to make it.
  • Are you too busy to make it today? Check to see if you have any in your freezer. If not, look for a restaurant that makes homestyle soup. 
  • Swap homemade soup with others who make it today. Make sure to get their recipe, too.
  • Have a homemade soup party. It’s simple. You make the stock. Tell each person who comes to bring their favorite ingredient. It’s guaranteed to be a delicious and memorable time!
  • Read the book Chicken Soup for the Soul, or another book in this popular series.
  • Share your favorite soup recipe on social media. 
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Today's Quote

“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.” – – Marge Kennedy

And, here’s a chuckler:

“A Jewish woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well.” – – Henny Youngman

History and Origin of National Homemade Soup Day

We extensively researched information on this holiday. However, we did not uncover the identity of who created it. Nor, did we find any reference to why it was created. 

Soup has been part of our diet for thousands of years. But this holiday is far more recent. The earliest reference we found to this holiday was in 2011.

This holiday is called a National” day. However, we found no documentation in congressional records to confirm that this is truly a national day. Nor, did we find a presidential proclamation.

Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.



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