For long term food storage there is nothing like having your bean soup put together… all ready for the soup pot. This is a wonderful, easy, long term storage item for your family. Also, this bean soup mix makes an ideal gift for a friend.
Calico Bean Soup Mix For Long Term Food Storage
2/3 C. Yellow split peas
2/3 C. Green split peas
2/3 C. Dried Lima beans. (small size)
2/3 C. Dried Pinto beans
1/2 C. Dry Kidney beans
1/2 C. Dried Great Northern beans (small size)
1/2 C. Dried minced onion
4 tsp. Beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
Layer the ingredients in the order given into a wide-mouth 1 Qt. canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient.
*It may seem that it’s impossible to make all of the ingredients fit into the jar. But… if you pack each layer tightly, and with persistence, all the ingredients fit.
You can remove the air from the jar by using your Vacuum Sealer. This mix stores for several years without any problem. If you don’t remove the air from the jar, I would use the product within a year. Store your jar in a cool dark place.
If you have a Mylar bag sealer, you can use it. Remove air from the bag.
Having your Calico Soup Mix prepared in advance. It makes a meal quick and easy to fix when you’re in a hurry. This Calico Bean Soup recipe is one of my favorites. It’s super on a fall evening. I prepare it around Halloween time.. just when the the air is getting crisp.
Calico Bean Soup Recipe Cooking Instructions:
1 Jar of Calico Bean Soup Mix
4 carrots, diced
2 Lg. stalks of celery, diced
Meat for 4 ham hock or left over ham bone with ham.
1. Place the bean soup mix in large soup pot. Add 16 Cups of water and bring to a boil.
2. Cover and remove from heat and let sit for 1 hour.
3. Return pot to heat, add ham hocks or ham bone. Cover and simmer 1 hour.
4. Add veggies to the pot… and simmer 1 more hour or until beans are tender.
5. Remove ham hocks from the pot and remove the meat. Return the meat to the pot.
6. Reheat and serve. (6)
Happy Canning and Preserving
Kathy Griffiths – Insightful Nana
P.S. Cooking time may vary according to altitude.