Columbia River Corn Chowder – Large

$ 6.95

Product Description

It’s the potatoes that make this soup so delicious. All of our potatoes come from Washington and Oregon, right next to our home base. This allows us to make small orders and ensure we’re using the newest crop.

Large Soup Directions, For Small Soups Cut Measurements in Half

You will need:
15 oz. Evaporated milk or milk substitute
1/4 lb. Bacon (optional)

Package Includes:
Potato and spice mixture

Directions: Chop and cook bacon then drain fat. Combine 6 cups water, bacon and optional ingredients, cover and bring to a boil. Add soup package, cover and reduce to simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. When potatoes are done add 15 oz. of your milk choice. Heat until warm, do not boil. Serve!

Cashew Milk Substitute:
Using blender, add 1-1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup raw cashews. Blend until creamy. Add 15 oz. as a milk substitute, approx. 1 1/2 Cups.

Cooking Variations:
Add 1/2 cup white wine or 1/2 cup sour cream. Top with grated cheddar cheese or Velveeta cheese or chives. Substitute bacon with ham or sausage.

Tidbits of History

The Columbia River flows for more than 1,200 miles, beginning at the base of the Rockies in British Columbia, and eventually running to the Pacific Ocean at Washington State’s Cape Disappointment.

The river originates between the Selkirk Mountains and the Continental Divide in Canada. Interestingly, the river flows north for its first 200 miles before changing course and flowing south toward the border between the U.S. and Canada. Continuing southeast it eventually meets with the Snake River at which point it heads southwest for the Pacific Ocean.

Long before the Washington territory was settled, Columbia River Indians made use of irrigation to cultivate fields of corn and potatoes in the area now known as Ephrata. In the 1870’s, Northwest farmers began to use the waters of the Columbia to benefit their farming as well. By the 1920’s major irrigation projects along the Columbia and its tributaries, the Yakima, Wenatchee, and Umatilla rivers, were operated on federal funds. However, during the 1930’s and 40’s construction of large dams, like Grand Coulee, increased the irrigated lands on the Columbia Plateau exponentially. Also in 1948, the Columbia Basin project began the process of transporting water to more that 600 thousand acres of farmland. Some of the major crops that are irrigated today because of this project include sweet corn, beans, beets, alfalfa, potatoes, and various orchard fruits.

The Columbia River’s annual flow is 160 million acre feet of water. On its journey to the sea the Columbia River flows through temperate rain forests and semi-arid plateaus that only average six inches of rain a year. There are more than 400 dams constructed on the Columbia and its tributaries to date.

Even More Tidbits of History:
In the Andes Mountains of South America, Pre-Columbia farmers discovered and cultivated the potato some 7000 years ago. In this harsh climate with poor soil conditions and fluctuating weather, the farmers were impressed with the plant’s hardiness, nutritional advantages and its ability to be stored. The Spanish discovered the tubular in 1537 when they marched through Peru but it was considered to be a poor mans food and was used predominately to feed hospitalized inmates.

It took three decades for the potato to gain popularity throughout the rest of Europe. In France, Antoine Augustine Parmentier, a pharmacist, chemist and employee of Louis XV realized the benefits of potatoes. He found the nutritional benefit of the potato, combined with it productive capabilities, could be a boost to the French farmer. After failing by conventional means to convince the Frenchmen of its many advantages, he decided on a surreptitious plan to make his point.

Parmentier acquired an unproductive plot of ground just on the outskirts of Paris. He planted 50 acres of potatoes and during the day hired a guard to look over it. When evening arrived, the guard was let go and the locals came to see what was of such importance. Many of the peasants believed that this plant must be very valuable and therefore took it upon themselves to “acquire” some from the plot. Soon they were growing the potato in their own gardens.

The potato gained wide acceptance across Europe and soon made its way to North America. Over time, the potato has become one of the major food stuffs of the world.


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