Hearty Bean Soup Mix
Approx. 1/2 Quart / 500ml Wide mouthed Jar
Recipe ingredients as shown below
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Recipes in a Jar
These make great gifts for friends and family for every occasion from Christmas to birthdays, to mothers day's and even just a pick me up for someone who is feeling down.
For these recipes you will need a jar that holds around 1/2 a quart or 500mls.
If your jar is airtight add the ingredients directly otherwise place them into
an airtight or ziplock bag and attach the recipe card instructions.
Tie the whole jar up with some cellophane or add some curling ribbons and a bow to finish off this gift
Ingredients for the jar:
1/4 cup dried garbanzo beans
1/4 cup dried navy beans -- black beans or lima beans
1/4 cup dried red kidney beans -- soy beans or pinto beans
1/4 cup dried whole or split peas
3 tablespoons minced dried onion
2 tablespoons whole wheat berries
2 tablespoons pearl barley
2 tablespoons dried celery flakes
2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon dried basil -- crushed
1 bay leaf
Attach to the jar:
To make Bean Soup:
Combine contents of package with 7 cups water in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to
boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let
stand 1 hour. (Or soak bean mixture in the water overnight in a covered pan.) Do
not drain. Bring beans and liquid to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1-1/2
to 2 hours or until beans are tender. Stir in one cup diced ham or 1 pound Italian
sausage which has been cooked, crumbled and drained. Remove bay leaf. Season to
taste with salt or seasoned salt.
Variation: Add one 16-oz. can tomatoes, cut up and undrained and one medium carrot,
chopped. Cover and simmer for 30 more minutes. Season to taste.
To give these soups as gifts, use canning jars for the mixes. Cut a piece of fabric
in a circle which is several inches larger than the jar lid and place the flat lid
on the jar . (Pinking shears make a nice edge.) Secure the fabric to the lid with a
rubber band or use the canning jar ring. Attach the directions to the jar with a
ribbon or raffia. These soups would be nice grouped in baskets with bread mixes for
a gift of a complete meal.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.