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Old 03-21-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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It is so bland, it's barely edible. What can I add that would make it more palatable? Part of it is just me, because I've lost some sense of taste, but surely this chowder can be better.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Are you talking about the light clam chowder or the regular clam chowder? In either case, add butter and maybe some onion salt. Of course, that defeats the 'light' version.

I've never had a canned clam chowder (white) that I enjoyed enough to purchase it again. Red may be better, but I'm not a red chowder fan.

That said, the Progresso light chicken and dumplings soup is pretty good.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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Are you talking about the light clam chowder or the regular clam chowder? In either case, add butter and maybe some onion salt. Of course, that defeats the 'light' version.

I've never had a canned clam chowder (white) that I enjoyed enough to purchase it again. Red may be better, but I'm not a red chowder fan.

That said, the Progresso light chicken and dumplings soup is pretty good.
It's the light version, but it doesn't matter that additions may change it as I need to gain weight anyway. I probably bought the light one because it's the one I noticed. Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Tricity
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It's canned, processed food so don't expect to be tasty. Saute up some bacon bits with some onion pieces mix in fat and add to the chowder. Fresh chopped dill might help too. Or powdered garlic, or lemon garlic pepper. You can make it a bit thinner with milk, or sour cream.
No salt. It has already plenty of salt.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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It's canned, processed food so don't expect to be tasty. Saute up some bacon bits with some onion pieces mix in fat and all to the chowder add a fair amount of coarse ground black pepper and some seasoned salt. Fresh chopped dill might help too. Or powdered garlic, or lemon garlic pepper.
Thanks for the suggestions... I know it's canned and while I didn't expect it to be wonderful, I hoped it would be better than what it is. lol
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:40 AM
 
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Honestly, I would return it and head to the deli for their clam chowder. Theirs is decent of you don't want to make your own. But anything milk/cream based in a can isn't good. I would stick with broth/tomato soups if you need canned.

Other than that, maybe get a can of clams, celery and onion. Sauté diced celery and onions in a bit of butter till soft, add clams and then add canned soup with a can of half and half.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:06 AM
 
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Honestly, I would return it and head to the deli for their clam chowder. Theirs is decent of you don't want to make your own. But anything milk/cream based in a can isn't good. I would stick with broth/tomato soups if you need canned.

Other than that, maybe get a can of clams, celery and onion. Sauté diced celery and onions in a bit of butter till soft, add clams and then add canned soup with a can of half and half.
No canned milk products, please! And what about the potatoes?
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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No canned milk products, please! And what about the potatoes?
? Are you asking if I buy canned milk or potatoes? I don't buy either.

Or are you saying to add potatoes to the clam chowder to doctor it up? That's a good idea too if the canned soup doesn't have any potatoes in it already.


ETA: Omigosh I see what you bolded! No no no, not canned half and half, I meant a can OF half and half instead of the can of milk it usually calls for.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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I usually add tobasco sauce to mine.

But you are right- their clam chowder is pretty dull. I rarely buy it.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:31 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Sweat a sweet onion - or a leek - in a small amount of butter.

Pour in a couple of boxes of chicken stock. Or use chicken base with water (you can also buy organic chicken base, which is what I usually do). Put in enough stock to be able to cover the potatoes that you are about to throw in.

Speaking of...Cut up some new potatoes. I often use red. Throw them in.

Add about 1/8 t. of pepper, 1/8 t. thyme, 1/8 t. marjoram. Certainly adjust this to your preference.

Just before the potatoes are tender, throw in a can of chopped clams. I usually use Booth Bay brand, but any will work. They usually come in a 6.5 oz can, and if I feel that I want more clams, I throw in an extra can. Depends on my mood. Make sure to put the liquid from the clams in, as well.

When the potatoes are tender, throw in a bit of half-and-half. I've never heard of it canned. Use fresh. Frankly, I use heavy cream, but that's me. Don't put a lot in, just enough to make it a bit white.

I'm from New England. Do not throw in flour. Blech!

This may seem complicated, but it is incredibly easy, once you do it. You will never eat canned chowder again. And next time, you can add or subtract, according to what you prefer.
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