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2012-08-12 09:11:41 AM  
I am glad they clarified when and where that picture was taken, I wasn't sure about that.
 
2012-08-12 09:45:06 AM  
Sadly, they hired the same consultants that helped Domino's spice up their pizzas. I think they're called "Just Add Garlic Salt Consulting, Inc.".
 
2012-08-12 10:54:58 AM  
The last time I had a campbells soup it was so watery and devoid of any ingredient except "soup stock" that I was wondering what prison kitchen it came from. Then I read the label, and it said, "Property of San Quentin, use by 8/2002." Thats the last time I shop at Big Lots for Campbell's Soup.
 
2012-08-12 11:10:12 AM  
We get soup every once in a while. Most often it's clam chowder, and maybe some beef and barley and chicken noodle for the winter.

But on average we probably consume slightly less than a can a month.
 
2012-08-12 11:50:19 AM  
Groovy.
 
2012-08-12 12:26:35 PM  
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Sorry, I don't care what you foodies say, a nice grilled cheese and some Cambells tomato soup is awesome on a cool fall day.
 
2012-08-12 12:35:36 PM  

basemetal: [www.happyhealthyhomemade.com image 251x364]
Sorry, I don't care what you foodies say, a nice grilled cheese and some Cambells tomato soup is awesome on a cool fall day.


Or any day really. That looks delicious.
 
2012-08-12 12:37:26 PM  
I saw it for the first time in Meijer's today. I haven't read the ingredients tho. Seems appropriately priced, convenient, locally made (for me anyway).... Basically it gave me ideas for stuff to make myself at home. Starting a great one today from homemade stock. The crockpot is your friend.
 
2012-08-12 01:00:29 PM  
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What a spicy Campbell might look like
 
2012-08-12 01:06:07 PM  
It would help if their cans of soup didn't each have nearly 1000 mg of sodium in them.

They pump so much salt into their 'food' you can't even taste the soup and need to drink a few gallons of water afterwards to prevent dehydration.
 
2012-08-12 01:10:56 PM  
And if that doesn't work, they'll dig up Andy Warhol and reanimate him.
 
2012-08-12 01:11:24 PM  
I've eaten Campbell's Soups since I was a kid and have enjoyed them. I still eat a couple of cans a week and always keep some in stock. Some I use in other meals, like the Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken, some I like to 'jazz up' by adding more ingredients.

I've known workers to show up with a can of Campbell's concentrated soup, pop the top and just eat it right from the can without adding water or heating it up.

However over the years everything Campbell's has started tasting the same. From one version to the next, there's always what I consider the 'company flavor' lurking in the background.

I started looking for new canned soups by different companies and found a few, but they tended to be over priced, often lacking in taste and frequently low on whatever main ingredient the soup was made from.

I've bought clam chowder made by 'famous chef's' and had to dig through the stuff to find bits of clam. Others had passable chicken soups in flavor but these tiny, dark cubes of 'chicken' floated in them which didn't taste all that good.

Actually, I'd almost kill for a good soup.

My elderly Mom likes clam chowder, especially during winter, so when I buy a can of any brand, I buy a can of minced clams to add to the soup, having long ago given up on finding anything close to home made. The same with Oyster stew.

Store brands usually suck. I even tried the 'Soup Nazi' brand, sold in freezers and decided that the stuff isn't worth fighting for.

I make my own soups, of course, but over the years you can get tired of your own cooking, wanting something that has a bit of a taste difference.

Still, Campbell's seems to have cornered the market. For the price, their food is excellent. Their soups have carried many a down on their luck family through hard times without breaking the bank, especially those with kids. They seem to have the biggest selection also.

Once, at a meeting catered by a small local restaurant, I enjoyed the best bowl of Chicken Corn Chowder soup ever, a mix of fresh and canned ingredients.

Beef stew used to be very popular at the then popular public cafeterias and many restaurants, packed with savory beef and in a rich broth, but soaring prices for beef ended that decades ago. Canned beef stew isn't the same.

Currently, I haven't found any manufactured soups which stand out, though the selection of brands is very limited.
 
2012-08-12 01:20:39 PM  
Campbells soups long ago stopped being anything but an ingredient in something else at our house. I have prolly 15 cans of assorted kinds in the cabinet that I use in a variety of recipes.

If I want good soup, I make it myself. No 'soup' made shelf-stable with a 'freshness date' more than a couple weeks away can be good eats.

(Other than the occasional can o tomato soup for pairing with the classic grilled cheese, of course.)
 
2012-08-12 01:21:10 PM  
Campbell's has some funky technology that can make a chunk of chicken dry even though it's been sitting in a can of soup for weeks.

Make your own,. It can be time consuming, but it's much better tasting and you know what's in it.
 
2012-08-12 01:21:52 PM  

basemetal: [www.happyhealthyhomemade.com image 251x364]
Sorry, I don't care what you foodies say, a nice grilled cheese and some Cambells tomato soup is awesome on a cool fall day.


Yep.
They took the salt out, and I reached for the salt shaker.
If I wanted it spicy, I'd grab the hot sauce.

Don't fark with a winning formula, dolts.
Look at the sales figures for Coke when they tried it.
 
2012-08-12 01:38:43 PM  

Goodfella: It would help if their cans of soup didn't each have nearly 1000 mg of sodium in them.

They pump so much salt into their 'food' you can't even taste the soup and need to drink a few gallons of water afterwards to prevent dehydration.


That's exactly what I came in here to biatch about. You might as well boil a pot of water, dump an entire box of rock salt into it and add some food coloring and call it soup. I'm pretty sure that's what Campbell's does anyway.
 
2012-08-12 01:53:45 PM  
i grew up on campbells soup, but now i make my own soup. if i roast a small chicken, i use the left over chicken to make a big pot of simple soup. make a ham? split pea soup. pork roast? tomatilla soup, etc etc.

tbh, i stopped using their soups as additives to other recipes. i can get cream of X in the store brand for 30 cents cheaper per can, and when its just one ingrediant among many, i don't see the point in paying more.

that said, i keep a few cans of their tomato soup and their chicken and stars in the cupboard. sometimes you need your comfort/sick foods
 
2012-08-12 02:09:28 PM  
Campbell's doesn't taste very good to me any more.

Progresso makes a great tomato-basil soup. I highly recommend it. Most of the Progresso stuff is solid.
 
2012-08-12 02:19:35 PM  
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Pickled Campbell
 
2012-08-12 02:35:12 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Sadly, they hired the same consultants that helped Domino's spice up their pizzas. I think they're called "Just Add Garlic Salt Consulting, Inc.".


So that name is already taken?

/now what am i going to do
 
2012-08-12 03:02:54 PM  
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2012-08-12 04:38:03 PM  
...when they cook, they value easy preparation and fresher, more exotic ingredients over canned staples.

Huh? What beats canned food for "easy preparation"?
 
2012-08-12 04:44:27 PM  

basemetal: [www.happyhealthyhomemade.com image 251x364]
Sorry, I don't care what you foodies say, a nice grilled cheese and some Cambells tomato soup is awesome on a cool fall day.


Maybe, but that stuff in the picture you posted looks even better.
 
2012-08-12 04:47:22 PM  

Skyrmion: Huh? What beats canned food for "easy preparation"?


I think part of it is that some of Campbell's soup products are more bases for things than ready-to-eat out of the can. Stuff like cream of mushroom and chicken broth. Also, most of their smaller cans of stuff require water to be added, which is not difficult, but which is still an extra step.
 
2012-08-12 04:51:38 PM  
The myopic focus on constant growth is an indicator of everything that's wrong with everything.
 
2012-08-12 04:59:20 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Sadly, they hired the same consultants that helped Domino's spice up their pizzas. I think they're called "Just Add Garlic Salt Consulting, Inc.".


To be fair, garlic salt adds a lot to cheap pizza.
 
2012-08-12 05:00:56 PM  

basemetal: Sorry, I don't care what you foodies say, a nice grilled cheese and some Cambells tomato soup is awesome on a cool fall day.


With a pic of the kind of bread a foodie might use...

/been called a foodie for the insane idea of using good bread and real cheese on a grilled cheese sammich
 
2012-08-12 06:13:10 PM  
I will never buy or eat Campbell's soup again. Last time was 12 years ago. I puked up the undigestible corn from the vegetable soup.
 
2012-08-12 06:24:45 PM  

Skyrmion: ...when they cook, they value easy preparation and fresher, more exotic ingredients over canned staples.

Huh? What beats canned food for "easy preparation"?


You have to either put it in a bowl, and microwave, or...gasp...put it in a pot, and stir it.
 
2012-08-12 06:30:30 PM  
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In this photo taken Aug. 31, 2011, a can of Campbell's soup is displayed in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

Sorry, I just can't take anything that follows seriously after seeing that.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:19 PM  
They spice it up, the wife will be mad. I just add a shot of Crystal hot sauce to mine.
 
2012-08-12 08:34:20 PM  

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I love Trader Joe soups but find they taste better out of the carton.
 
2012-08-12 09:40:41 PM  
In Spain they sell fresh, refrigerated gazpacho in milk cartons.

Get on it, Campbell, because that shiat is delicious.
 
2012-08-12 10:26:36 PM  
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Cream of Baby
 
2012-08-12 10:31:12 PM  
Soup in general is just a terrible food for a meal. It doesn't fill you up. It's something you have before or with a meal you've already decided to have. People who crave soup have some genetic disorder that would be equally sated by a milk shake that contained their entire lunch.
 
2012-08-13 01:48:22 AM  
My cooking life improved when I stopped using canned "cream of x" and just started using real cream, sour cream, or when I lived over seas creme fraiche.
 
2012-08-13 01:56:21 AM  
This is what happens when you skimp on salt. A little pinch is all it takes.
 
2012-08-13 03:04:28 AM  
Their soup gives me headaches and all tastes the same. Not to mention that all of the "meaty" varieties look like dogfood.
 
2012-08-13 07:04:06 AM  

Rik01: Actually, I'd almost kill for a good soup.


We've got a restaurant in town, a family style place that has good vegetable, tomato, and potato soup that alternates on the menu. Chili too, go in there often and generally have a grilled cheese to go with it.
I use Campbell's cream of mushroom for an easy tuna noodles base. Stuff is getting damned pricy though, too many other good alternatives to pay a ton for it.
 
2012-08-13 08:30:58 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Soup in general is just a terrible food for a meal. It doesn't fill you up. It's something you have before or with a meal you've already decided to have. People who crave soup have some genetic disorder that would be equally sated by a milk shake that contained their entire lunch.


Pho would like a word with you.

/the soup that eats like a meal
 
2012-08-13 09:36:31 AM  
TAKE THE FARKING SALT OUT OF V8 AND OTHER PRODUCTS AND REPLACE IT WITH LEMON JUICE OR OTHER ALTERNATIVES111!!!

I swtiched to Lakewood Super Veggie juice. V8 can bite my clank.
 
2012-08-13 10:07:35 AM  
If by "spice up" they mean "add flavor, better ingredients, and overall quality" then it's good.

But I'm guessing they mean "add salt".
 
2012-08-14 10:04:38 AM  
Major bummer that I can't find Campbell's Green Pea soup in Montreal.

Best soup they make.
 
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