Soup mixes have been popular because they are quick to fix when you’re in a hurry. Having a few of your own Bean Soup mixes in your long term storage is a smart idea.
They will give you the security of knowing you can fix a meal with just the addition of water and a little meat. However, meat is not a requirement because dry beans and lentils are packed with protein.
Rainbow Bean Soup Mix For Long Term Storage
3/4 C. Dry Red Beans
3/4 C. Dry Great Northern Beans (small size)
3/4 C. Green split peas
3/4 C. Lentils, preferable red or yellow for color
3/4 C. Dry Black Beans.
2 TB. Beef bouillon granules
2 T Dried minced onion
2 T Dried minced parsley flakes
2 tsp. Dried basil
2 tsp. Powdered Lemonade mix with sugar
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
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.
If you have a Mylar bag seal, you can use it. Remove air from the bag.
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.
Cooking Instructions for Rainbow Bean Soup
1 Jar of Rainbow Bean Soup mix
4 carrots, diced
2 Lg. stalks of celery, diced
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
Optional: 1 lb. of browned hamburger.
1. Place the bean soup mix in large soup pot. Add 12 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 tomatoes and hamburger. Cover and simmer 1 hour.
4. Add veggies to the pot… and simmer 1 more hour or until beans are tender.
5. Serve (6)
This recipe is very good and it’s very much like an enhanced chili.
Happy Canning and Preserving
Kathy Griffiths – Insightful Nana
P.S. Again… cooking time varies because of altitude. Check your beans often during the cooking process. As soon as they are tender… your soup is done.
P.P.S. Look here for long term food storage for Dry Beans