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Old 04-28-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Default Is it a soup or a stew?

Big pieces of meat, big pieces of vegetable, lots of liquid.

Second question, should this be eaten with a fork, a spoon, or both? I've been using both.

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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I think the difference between soup, stew, and sauce is the thickness and amount of the liquid, not the size of the ingredients.

Soups are always eaten with a spoon. Cut with the edge of the spoon.

Stews can go either way, or both.

Sauce can go either way.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Stew! My way of thinking...
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Stews are thick and have less liquid to solid. Can be eaten with either fork or spoon Soups have more liquid and the only you can consume the liquid is with a spoon or drink from the bowl itself.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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Stew ,soup or roast ..I'll take it!!
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I think it's all a preference thing. I like a spoon with stew, chili and the like. And anything with more veggies and meat than broth is a stew to me. Soup is more liquid and the broth almost hides any other ingredients.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Stew is a big brother to soup in my way of thinking. I like stew better and on the thick side. Beef stew over rice is a favorite.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I consider the size cut of ingredients to determine the difference. My ex-mother-in-law's "stew" was in very small pieces compared to what I was used to, and so it was merely soup in my mind.

I use a spoon. And bread to "sop it" (I'm one of those who hates to waste good sauce/broth).
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:20 PM
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Thats why I always carry my handy dandy SPORK.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:30 PM
 
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I often think of soup as an appetizer and stew as a main course or even the whole meal in a single pot. My wife is the soup eater and I'm much more of a stew person. I just like to be able to identify what I'm eating...
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