Clam Chowder From Food Storage Items

chowder in a sour dough bread bowlAs the weather gets colder, we begin to think in terms of  foods that are hot and hearty.  Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of clam chowder served with some crusty sour dough bread.  Baker’s Man isn’t much of a soup fan, but he loves chowder.  After growing up in San Francisco, he is  also very fond of sour dough bread.

We have a small food storage cache.  I try to pull from it and add to it regularly.   I decided that I wanted to see if I would be able to create something new from the items in our food storage.  The idea I came up with was Clam Chowder.


Among the canned meat in my pantry,  there is almost always canned clams.  They have many uses from linguine with white clam sauce to chowder.   Another thing that I have in the pantry on a regular basis are dehydrated soups we can take camping.   I looked at the soup and I looked at the clams and I had an idea.  Why not combine the two to make clam chowder?

After reviewing the ingredients on the package of dehydrated potato soup, I realized that it had almost everything in it that I would add to scratch made clam chowder.   It was at this point when I knew with certainty that my idea would work. The only missing ingredient was celery.

Armed with my ingredients, I rushed into the kitchen.

celery sauteing in butter

I finely chopped two celery stalks.  I added these along with two tablespoons of butter to the bottom of my soup pot.  I sauteed the celery until it began to carmelize.   If you don’t have any fresh celery, you can also use a couple tablespoons of dehydrated celery, but you just toss it into the pot with the dehydrated soup mix.

add clam juice

I added the clam juice from the cans of clams (1 1/2 cups)  as well as the balance of liquid called for on the package of soup mix.  (The recipe called for 8 cups of water, but since I had added 1 1/2 cups of clam juice, I only added 6 1/2 cups water.)

Clam Chowder from food storage

I waited until this mixture came to a boil, then I whisked in the potato soup mix.  Once this was well incorporated, I poured in the clams for my 3 cans.  Once it returned to a boil, I lowered the heat and allowed the chowder to simmer for 15 minutes as directed on the soup pouch.

bread bowl overflowing with clam chowder

When it was ready, I ladled it into sour dough bread bowls and served it with a shrimp ceasar salad on the side.

It was very filling, and it was delicious.  Give it a try.

Clam Chowder From Food Storage Items
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Soup/Stew
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Serves: 8
Made from ingredients in our food storage pantry, this clam chowder was surprisingly filling and delicious.
  • 8 serving size package of instant, creamy potato soup
  • 3 (?? oz) cans of clam chowder
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 cups combined water and clam juice (or the correct amount of liquid for the brand of soup you are using.
  1. Sautee Celery in Butter over medium heat until celery becomes tender.
  2. Drain and reserve liquid from clams
  3. Add enough water to clam juice to provide the amount of liquid called for in the recipe
  4. Add water and clam juice
  5. Bring liquid and celery mixture to a boil
  6. Whisk in soup mix until thoroughly incorporated
  7. Add clams
  8. Bring to a boil again.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes



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