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Orange Juice Is The Secret Ingredient That Takes Tomato Soup To The Next Tier
By Cristine Struble
A balanced dish should have salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami flavors. To prevent your tomato soup from being one noted, orange juice can provide a sweet, bright boost.
Besides harmonizing with the savory flavors in tomato soup, orange juice also helps to create a bright bridge between the tomato and other ingredients.
From rounding out the pungent garlic to keeping that drizzle of cream from overtaking the eating experience, the citrus keeps the scales from tipping too far in any one direction.
When adding orange juice to tomato soup, freshly squeezed orange juice is preferred, but you can use store-bought orange juice if it doesn't include any added sugars.
This OJ hack is meant to be a sweetener, but no one wants to turn a comforting tomato soup into a more densely caloric meal that feels like a dessert.
When adding orange juice, you should be careful to pour in more than a splash but less than a cup. Remember, it is a tomato soup, not an orange soup.