Different between Soup and Stew
Soup and stew are two different ways to consume food. Both are made of solid ingredients and a liquid as a base. They share so many features that people often confuse these two foods with each other. Let us see how they differ from each other!
Soup is a liquid food made of solid ingredients and a base of water, broth or stock. It is generally made of fish, meat, vegetables etc., and a liquid as a base. It is served hot and is cooked by boiling all the ingredients with the base at a high temperature for short duration of time. The ingredients are boiled in order to extract different flavours into the base. A soup is generally consumed before a meal as an appetizer. It is served in a bowl and does not require sauce or any gravy to be added to it. Humans are consuming soups since 6000 BC.
It is thin in consistency than stew as it has a higher liquid to solid ratio than stew. The preparation of soup does not involve stewing, a cooking method in which food is simmered in a small amount of liquid for a long period of time. Traditionally, soup is divided into two types: clear soup and thick soup. To prepare thick soup butter, cream, flour, starch, eggs, etc., are added to it.
Stew is a liquid food that is thick in consistency than soups. Like soup, it is also made of solid ingredients and a base, but it has more solid ingredients and less liquid, i.e. it has a higher solid to liquid ratio than soups. To prepare stew, the ingredients are simmered in a small amount of liquid that can be a stock, wine and even beer.
Stew is cooked over low flame for a long period of time in order to extract and blend flavours of all ingredients and thus to produce a characteristic flavour and aroma. It is the main dish so it is not consumed as an appetizer or a dessert. It is served on a plate and a sauce or any other gravy can be poured over the solid ingredients.
Based on the above information, some of the key differences between soup and stew are as follows: