Oct 24, 2012

Soup Time! (mre style)

Well as winter comes and so does my favorite food. Soup!

But soups are the easiest MRE's to make ........
You can make them in a jars;  you can make them in mylar...You can keep them in your car,  so you can bug out real real far. You can wrap them in a bow and give to people you know. You can keep them for many years to help lessen the worst of prepper's fears. Ok I am no poet that's for sure...

Ok, first thing canning fresh soup is great, but dehydrated soup makes for light weight travel and less storage space. And for those of you who have not yet canned meat you can buy so many canned kinds at the store Click Here to the the variety. You can go to The Ready Store and order freeze dry meat to add to these mixes. I bring this up because bean are a great protein sub.but many call for meat. I find the little cans of chicken meat (tyson and bumble bee make them) work great for a fast cheap soup.


Pasta Soup Mix in a Jar or bag

Now you can skip the mushrooms or the lentils and add replace with peas or a bean if you prefer. Or by pass any of them and add what ever you want.  

1/2 cup macaroni
1/4 cup dried lentils (optional)
1/4 cup dried, chopped mushrooms (optional)
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon onion flakes
3 tablespoon chicken bullion powder  (4 cubes)
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 dash garlic powder

Mix Parmesan cheese, onion flakes, soup base, parsley, oregano and garlic powder together in a small bowl.

In a one pint jar, layer ingredients in this order: (but you do not have to because they will all be mixed this is just if you want it to look pretty for a gift)

Spice mixture

Stick a label on the jar for future cooking instructions.

Combine contents of jar with 3 cups water in a 2 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.

Onion Soup!! 

4 teaspoons beef bouillon powder
8 teaspoons dried onion flakes ( easy to make your own!)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon seasoned pepper 

i teaspoon of dried chives

Add mix to 3 cup of boiling water let rest for a few min.s and done! 

That simple just add hot water! makes 3 cups of soup takes 5 min.

Taco Soup

 Soup Mix:
1 cup converted long grain rice
2 1/2 cups slightly crushed tortilla chips or small bag of Frito or Doritos
1 (5 ounce) can chicken
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles or dried tomatoes and chiles. I also add dried corn and carrots to mine.

2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dried minced onion

Mix seasonings ingredients and place in a zip-type sandwich bag.

Place soup mix ingredients in jar in this order: Add rice to the jar first. Add the seasoning packet into jar. Fill jar with tortilla chips. Add the lid to the jar.

Remove tortilla chips and seasoning packet from the jar into a dish and set aside.

In a 1-gallon soup pot, add the rice and 10 cups of water. Add the can of diced tomatoes and green chiles, the can of chicken, and the seasoning packet from the jar. Bring to a boil; lower the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add tortilla chips, replace the cover and simmer 5 more minutes. Makes 3 quarts soup.


Potato Soup Mix in a Jar

1 3/4 cups instant mashed potatoes
1 1/2 cups dried milk
2 tablespoons powdered chicken bouillon
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well. Put ingredients in a 1-quart jar.
Place 1/2 cup mix in soup bowl; add 1 cup of boiling water; stir until smooth.

Tortellini And Sun Dried Tomato Soup

1.5 oz.packet sun-dried tomato pesto; sauce
1 tb. chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz. dry tortellini

Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large pan. Empty jar of
soup mix into
boiling water, stir well. Bring back to boil. Cover. Lower heat and
simmer for 25 minutes.

Or another idea with the tortellini is to just mix the knorrs tomato soup mix with the tortallini and bam simple soup that is yummy and filling.

Song for this post has to be....short and cheezzeee  The Mighty Boosh- Soup Song 

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