Okay, there is an upside to this recipe and a downside.
I will start with the downside. You will need celery juice.
You could buy it (make sure it is GF) or if you are anything like me, you can dig out the gift your husband gave you a few years ago for Christmas… during your “juicing phase” that lasted all of a week. Right up until the moment your husband convinced you to drink a glass of beet/kale/carrot/tomato/apple juice because, “the apple juice hides the *tastes like dirt* flavor of the beets and kale.”
My husband is a liar. I drank apple flavored dirt. That was then end of my juicing phase. The juicer had been sitting in a box in the garage for 2 years until I resurrected it for this recipe.
3/4 Celery Juice (I have made this with the full 3/4 cup of celery juice, which was pretty strong. And also with 1/2 cup celery juice + 1/4 cup water, which was milder. Adjust to your personal taste, just be sure to use 3/4 cup of liquid).
Add Magic Mix, onion powder and celery juice to a saucepan. Mix well.
Turn heat to medium and stir constantly until the mixture thickens (this does not take very long).
Use one recipe of this for each can of Condensed Cream of Celery Soup called for in your recipe.
Comparison time (this is the upside):
Campbell's Condensed Cream of Celery Soup
So I have to comment further on this. I am actually glad I did not research Campbell’s version first or I would have tried to replicate it. When I first opened it (fully expecting at least a light green color), I was surprised at how yellow it was (remember, it has been MANY years since this product was used by me in a recipe). I then moved closer to smell it. Know what it smelled like? Glue. Wet wheat flour. I did not detect even a hint of celery! Huh?
So here is the good news I mentioned above. Since the Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Celery Soup does not smell like celery (as for taste, well, I just cannot tell you that. Nor will I ever be able to). I am assuming that you could also just saute some celery and fold it into a GF Magic Mix Cream Soup Base.
Gluten-Free Magic Mix Condensed Cream Soup Base:
I cup Gluten Free Magic Mix
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
3/4 cup water (remember, the Magic Mix has powdered milk in it)
Suggestions for GF Condensed Cream of Celery Soup (without the celery juice):
Add 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. Celery Salt or Celery Seed for added celery flavor
Fold in 1/4 cup sauteed celery.
If you use this method, I would recommend making it the day ahead to allow the celery flavor to develop.
There is no MSG or Yeast Extract in the homemade version!
How I made celery juice:
I have the Breville BJE200XL juicer .It is available on Amazon.com for $99.90 with free shipping. Breville makes a few juicers in different price ranges and you can read user reviews on Amazon.com There are other brands of juicers too and you can see some samples here . Overall, Breville seems to rate among the highest with users and I agree, I absolutely LOVE mine (just not for the aforementioned juice blend)! Back in the fall, I started juicing apples to make the boys fresh apple juice. I have also juiced pears and grapefruit. If we manage to actually produce any tomatoes this year, I would like to make my own tomato juice for condensed tomato soup. I am also curious to see if juicing blueberries, raspberries, etc. would work as a natural food coloring in some things, but that is an experiment for another day. I really know nothing about that subject! Does anyone else happen to have a dehydrator? Can you dehydrate liquids in a home dehydrator? Sorry… see why I can get so behind?
The motor in this juicer sounds like an airplane, it is amazing the power behind it. It is easy to clean too, everything but the base is dishwasher safe!
Trim your celery and wash thoroughly.
Stick several stalks in the opening...
Press the celery down with the plunger...
The boys love to watch and listen to the juicer. Somehow watching the juice being made, makes them want to try whatever it is. Luke really likes celery juice, go figure!
You can juice an entire bunch of celery in like 2 seconds!
This is a photo of GF Condensed Cream of Celery Soup that was just pulled out of the refrigerator. It gets very thick! I only added 1/8 tsp. Celery Salt to this batch of soup.
I have also experimented with folding in dehydrated celery for added texture. The celery re-hydrated during the cooking process. You could also saute some fresh celery to fold in the soup. Personally, the homemade version of the soup is so highly concentrated in celery flavor, that I do not add any celery pieces.
Just an example of using dehydrated celery...
Final product with the dehydrated celery. It is thinner in consistency when it is still fresh on the stove.
I really like the celery juice version, especially after reading about the health benefits of celery juice. The combined celery juice and onion powder taste reminds me of the aroma from sauteing celery and onion for Thanksgiving dressing. I only have one recipe that calls for Condensed Cream of Celery Soup, and by the time you add it to a bunch of other ingredients, the celery bits aren’t noticeable anyway, which is why I don’t mess with the added celery.