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THIS woman inspires me!
WHY THIS sister’s work is important….
Other than my paranoia that an earthquake is going to ruin this good sister’s hard work, (please store your glass canning jars back in their box! And down low!) I think this idea is fantastic! And after getting a years supply of basics, this idea has really captured my heart. She came up with a plan and did it, and further more, she did it based on the precepts that SCANDINAVIANS did for CENTURIES to stay alive.
IN places like Finland, Norway and Sweden, that got 10 months a year of darkness and snow, they had to put together a years supply EVERY single year quickly, at the end of their short growing season, and live off it every single winter. They made hard bread with a hole in it, about 300-400 loaves per family, and hung it on poles and then strung up in their wood rafters. They knew how to provide nutrition through stews, soups, and porridges. They knew that a small piece of meat or bone could flavor the soup and give everyone a little protein but not waste it (think : eat meat sparingly) and they were masters at drying/smoking meat and other foods (think of Ludvisk). They would dry almost everything, and use it later when they melted snow in a pot over fire and made hearty soups, and then soak their hard bread in it as their meal.
I quickly calculated if I could get almost everything dried or freeze-dried, and then place it in my largest jars and then seal then up removing the oxygen (using the same oxygen packets you can by at the church cannery for #10 cans), that I could get a VERY long shelf life out of these dry products; a lot longer than “regular canned soups”, and a LOT healthier.
There were some obvious things I felt I needed right away….
SOME good recipes and resources….and a plan!
I found them both right away once I started looking.
I also bought a good dehydrator, so that I could dry what I could not buy.
I am now working on this and know this will take me several months to do.
I found great dehydrated products in bulk at www.bluechipgroup.net
They had products like dehydrated carrots, corn, onions, celery, and a cream base soup mix, and a tomato powder that made a nice base to several soups. They also had little dehydrated pieces of chicken, etc…they sold in bulk too. I found bulk spices at Allison’s Pantry Outlet Store in Utah County, also available online at www.allisonspantry.com . I found some great dried five cheese tortellini at Costco, and I found some great recipes.
I realized I could do this one recipe at a time, so It didn’t get overwhelming.
If I had 15 recipes I loved, I had to only make two cases (or twenty four jars of each recipe) to come up with roughly 360 days of meals. That meant that I could eat something different for 15 days before I had to eat it again.
Twice a month roughly it would rotate around.
This idea intrigued me, how good it could be, when added to the basics of wheat rice and beans.
So without further ado, I am going to get you started with some of the recipes I loved, and modified slightly for my family…I don’t have all of the done, but am excited to be able to do this as my goal this year.
Plus it will extend my food storage out to be more well rounded.
And what is soup without crackers????
So, I also am including a list of cracker recipes I found online that any could make from scratch!
RECIPES FOR DEHYDRATED SOUP MIXES (to get you started…If you find more let me know!)
Potato Soup Mix
1-3/4 cups instant mashed potatoes 1-1/2 cups dry milk 2 Tb. instant chicken bullion 2 tsp. dried minced onion 1 tsp. dried parsley 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper 1/4 tsp. dried thyme 1/8 tsp. turmeric or curry 1-1/2 tsp. favorite seasoning salt Measure all ingredients in a canning jar or vacuum seal bag.
To Use: place 1/2 cup mix in soup bowl and add 1 cup boiling water. Stir until smooth.
Add small dehydrated potatoes or bacon bits Or small amount dehydrated broccoli or dehydrated corn or celery
Split Pea Tortellini Soup
Mix 3 ounces dried cheese-filled tortellini (2/3 cup)
1/4 cup dried tomatoes 1/3 cup dried split green peas 1/2 cup dried chopped carrots 1 tablespoon instant chicken bouillon granules 1 tablespoon dried minced onion 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil — crushed 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme — crushed 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper Add a couple Table spoons Tomato Powder
Layer all ingredients in a Jar, or Vacuum Seal bag; seal & attach a tag with directions.
1 pkg mix
Add 5 cups water. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 50 minutes or until peas are tender.
(Option: Add 1 cup chopped cooked ham or sausage or add imitation bacon bits to the mix above ahead of time for bacon flavor)
Texas Two-Step Soup
Mix 1 (1.61-ounce) package brown gravy mix 2 tablespoons mild red chili powder 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried minced onion 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
10 to 12 regular-size tortilla chips, coarsely crushed 1 to 1 1/4 cups uncooked small to medium-size pasta Dehydrated corn, Dehydrated red and green bell pepper. Layer ingredients in a jar.
Brown 1/2 pound ground beef.
In a crockpot combine the following:
Browned ground beef
Contents of jar
8 c. water
Simmer a couple hours or until macaroni is fully cooked.
Sun Dried Tomato & Penne Soup
2 c. penne pasta dried tomatoes dried mushrooms 1/4 c. onion flakes 1/4 c. parsley flakes 1 T dried minced garlic 1 1/2 tsp dried crushed thyme 1 1/2 tsp dried minced basil 1/2 tsp dried crushed red pepper Vegetable Broth powder Salt Pepper Dried Green Beans. Combine all ingredients in lg Jar or vacuum seal Bag.
1 Jar Mix
8 cups water Good with a little sausage.
Combine all except beans in large saucepot. Soak for an hour. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer in Thermo cooker.
Cream of “Anything” Soup Mix 4 c. powdered milk 1 1/2 c. cornstarch 1/2 c. instant chicken bouillon granules 4 tsp. dried onion flakes 2 tsp. dried thyme 2 tsp basil – crushed dried 1 tsp. pepper Measure all ingredients into a Ziploc Bag. Shake well, transfer to vacuum seal bag, seal and store up to a year.
1/3 C mix
1 C water
Cook over low/med heat until thickened.
Variations: add 1/2 c. minced or chopped *_________*
Onions, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Cooked Chicken, Diced Potatoes, Tomato, Cooked Shrimp, etc.
Creamy Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
2.75-ounce pkg. Country Gravy Mix (regular or no-fat) 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules 2 teaspoons dried minced onion 2 teaspoons dried celery flakes
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/4 cup uncooked wild rice 1 cup uncooked white rice
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped dried mushrooms from the produce section (shiitake, chanterelle or oyster)
Attach gift tag with following directions:
Empty contents of jar into a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 7 cups water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Or, place in crockpot in the morning with 7 cups of water and let it simmer all day until you get home.
Dreaming of a White Christmas Soup Mix
1 package (2.75 ounces) regular or no-fat country gravy mix 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules 2 tablespoons dried minced onion 2 tablespoons dried celery flakes
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 2 1/2 to 3 cups uncooked wide egg noodles or other pasta
Gift tag directions:
Empty contents of jar into a 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 8 cups water; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to medium; add one 10-ounce or two 6-ounce cans cooked and chopped chicken. Cover and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
2 tablespoons dried minced onion 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes 2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper 2 tablespoons beef bouillon flakes 1/2 cup quick cook barley 1/2 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup rice, uncooked, do not use instant 1/2 cup dry lentils 1/2 cup alphabet pasta, uncooked
1 cup flavored spiral, macaroni, uncooked ½ cup dehydrated carrots ½ cup dehydrated celery 1 cup dehydrated tomatoes ¼ cup dehydrated cabbage, 3 table spoons tomato powder.
1 pkg Mix
3 quarts water Boil then simmer. Add Beef ground or stewing if available.
Winter Bean Soup Mix
1/3 cup dried yellow split peas 1/3 cup dried green split peas
1/3 cup dried lima beans 1/3 cup dried pinto beans 1/3 cup dried kidney beans 1/3 cup dried great northern beans
1/4 cup instant minced onion 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Layer all ingredients in a 1-pint glass jar. On gift tag put recipe for Winter Bean Soup Mix as follows:
8 cups water
Winter Bean Soup Mix and the following fresh or already have dehydarated and include in jar:
2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup) or 2 medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
2 pounds smoked ham shanks or meaty ham bone
Heat water and Winter Bean Soup Mix to boiling in 4-quart Dutch oven. Boil 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Stir carrots and celery into bean mixture. Add ham shanks. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 2 hours or until beans are tender. Skim fat if necessary. Remove ham shanks; remove ham from bone. Trim excess fat from ham. Cut ham into 1/2-inch pieces. Stir ham into soup. Heat until hot.
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup Mix
3 cups black beans, sorted 3 tablespoons dehydrated onion
3 tablespoons granulated garlic 1 teaspoon crushed oregano 2 teaspoon salt 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (do not omit) Dried Cilantro Dried chopped Onion dried limeslice
Attached the following instructions on a gift tag:
Put in pot. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and cover beans with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until very well done (about 2 hours). Beans should be very soft. Add water as needed to keep beans from sticking. There should be some liquid left on beans when done.
Serve over Rice.
Turkey Noodle Soup Mix
1 cup Uncooked fine egg noodles 1 tablespoon instant minced onion
2 and 1/2 tablespoons chicken-flavored bouillon granules 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried whole thyme
1/8 teaspoon celery seeds 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1 bay leaf Add: Dried Turkey or chicken Dried Carrot Dried Celery Dried Corn
To make the soup:
Combine soup mix, 8 cups water, in a large pot. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf
Minestrone Soup Mix
1/4 cup dried split peas 1/2 cup dried kidney beans 4 crumbled beef bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup elbow macaroni dried carrots dried celery dried onion dried corn dried tomatoes 3 Tbls. dried tomato powder
8 cups water
1 jar minestrone soup mix
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
Place water into a large stockpot. Add the minestrone soup mix and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the skin from the sausage.
In a medium skillet, brown the sausage, breaking it into small pieces. Add to soup.
Bean Soup Mix
1/4 cup dried garbanzo beans 1/4 cup dried navy beans or lima beans 1/4 cup dried red kidney 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 tsps. instant beef bouillon granules 1/2 tsp. dried basil, 1 bay leaf Salt , dehydrated onion, tomato powder
Layer all ingredients.
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. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste. Makes 6-8 side dish servings. To make chilli add chilli powder and tomatoes, and beef if available. To make cheesy bean soup remove bay leaf, and use 4 cups water…mash a little add mild and cheese.
Chicken Rice Bake Mix in a Jar
Sauce Base: Cream Soup Base Mix, Dehydrated Chicken pieces, 1 pkg Chicken Flavor Ramen noodles, broken up 1/2 cup Long-Grain Rice 1/8 cup Dried Minced Minced Onion Dried mushrooms Freeze dried or Fresh Chicken Breasts…and Raman seasoning packet.
Pour contents of jar into 9 x 13 greased pan. Combine 3 cups water, seasoning packet. Lay 3-4 skinless, boneless chicken pieces on top of rice/noodle blend. Pour water/seasoning mixture over all, cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, 15
Beef Noodle Dinner
1 cup dry non-fat milk 1 TBS onion powder 1 TBS garlic powder
1 tsp Black pepper 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp basil 1/4 tsp oregano 1 tsp Paprika 1/8 tsp Cayenne 4 Tablespoons Brown Gravy Mix
1/4 tsp ground celery seed 2 TBS Cornstarch ½ cup dehydrated mushrooms
Measure all ingredients into a large ziploc bag, seal and shake until well combined.
Makes approx 26 Tbs.
Beef Noodle Dinner
1- 12 oz pkg of egg noodles
1- 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
7-1/2 TBS of Beef Noodle Seasoning Mix (above)
8 cups water
Brown hamburger & Drain. Add Jar ingredients and Hot Water. Add the noodles and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, cook 15-17 minutes.
Remove lid and let gently simmer until sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.
Dill-Lemon Rice Mix
4 c Long Grain Rice, Uncooked 5 t Dried Grated Lemon Peel
4 t Dill Or Dill Seed 2 t Salt 8 t Instant Chicken Bouillon
Combine 1 1/2 cups of mix, 2 cups cold water, and 1 T
butter or margarine in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high
heat; cover and reduce heat. Cook for 15 to 25 minutes until liquid is
absorbed. Great with Fish or chicken.
MYO: Veggie Burgers (mix)
½ c Dry garbanzo beans ½ c Dry soybeans ½ c Dry lentils
½ c Yellow split peas ½ c Instant brown rice ½ c Rolled oats 1. pkg Dry soup mix or Salad dressing mix (from your mixes)
¼ c Bread crumbs ¼ c Cornmeal 1 ½ ts Baking soda
Grind all ingredients together in blender or food processor.
To Use: Mix 1 c. Veggie Burger Mix
2/3 c. Liquid (Broth/ BBQ Sauce/ Seasoned Blend/ water/ Wine etc.)
Mix well, set aside for 12-15 minutes. Shape into burgers and cook on stove or grill.
Apple Almond Rice
Mix 4 cups uncooked rice 1-1/3 cups slivered almonds, toasted
1-1/3 cups chopped dried apples 1/4 cup parsley flakes 1/4 cup chicken bouillon granules
Combine all ingredients in large bowl; mix well. Place 1-3/4 cups rice mix in each of 4 air-tight containers or zip-top plastic bags. Makes 4 rice mixes.
Preparation instructions: Combine 1 rice mix, 1 cup water, 1 cup apple juice (use 1-3/4 cups total liquid for medium or short grain rice, 2-1/2 cups total liquid for brown rice) and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine (optional) in 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes (45 minutes for brown rice), or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork. Makes 6 servings.
Mix 1 c. instant nonfat dry milk 2 t. grated romano or parmesan cheese
1/3 c. dried minced onion 1 t. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. white pepper
Measure all ingredients into a large ziploc bag, seal and shake to combine.
To use, combine 1/4 cup Noodles Mix with 2 tablespoons melted
butter and 1/4 cup milk. Toss with pasta.
For variety, add 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese in place of the
Parmesan cheese for a different taste.
Friendship Scone Mix in a Jar
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 Tb. baking powder
1/2 ts. Salt 1 c. quick-cooking oats – uncooked 1/2 c. chopped walnuts 1/3 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips dehydrated butte requal to ½ cup reconstituted 1 Tbs powder milk dehydreated egg equal to one
1 Jar Scone Mix
cold Water to soft dough texture
Preheat oven to 375°.
Dump scone mix and margarine into a bowl, mixing well. In a separate bowl beat the remaining ingredients until well combined and then pour into the scone/butter mixture. Stir with a fork until mix forms a ball then knead the dough. On a floured surface roll the dough into an 8″ circle. Cut dough into wedges (8) & place on grease cookie sheet 1 1/2″ apart. Bake 9-11 minutes, (should be light golden brown).
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