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    Dry soup mixes for gifts

    Went to a craft show that had some neat gift ideas. There were also two booths that had dry soup mixes at 4/$20. It seemed a great idea to have mixes on hand that one can pop into an Instant Pot or a pressure cooker in my case.
    Do you make these mixes because I would like to make some tested recipes and experiment before giving them as gifts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    Went to a craft show that had some neat gift ideas. There were also two booths that had dry soup mixes at 4/$20. It seemed a great idea to have mixes on hand that one can pop into an Instant Pot or a pressure cooker in my case.
    Do you make these mixes because I would like to make some tested recipes and experiment before giving them as gifts.
    I would like some recipes for these too, with clear cooking instructions. What a nice gift idea, very practical and thoughtful.

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    What would these mixes have in them besides a starch and seasonings? I mean, you would have to add fresh ingrediants, right?

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    I'd take a look at some prepping/food storage cookbooks. A lot of those soups have dehydrated vegetables in them, in addition to seasonings and starches like pasta. Here's one I found at Amazon, I haven't used this particular book, but I have used the same company's books on dip mixes and seasoning mixes.
    https://www.amazon.com/Gifts-Jar-Sou...gifts+in+a+jar

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    What would these mixes have in them besides a starch and seasonings? I mean, you would have to add fresh ingrediants, right?
    The different jars are made of layers of different coloured legumes, dried onion, dried garlic, dried veggies, dried spices like oregano, cumin, sage, bay leaf etc., to which one adds water or tomato juice. They started the business making these mixes for hikers and campers to pack lightly but nutritionally and the demand grew. Some jars had curry and coconut mixed in as well as dried tomato and potato.
    I may be very wrong but i thought $20 for 4 could actually make twice that many with little effort.
    Could be a fun way to try a new approach to cooking.
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    I tried a number of soups in the jar mixes and did not find one I actually liked. I hope you have better results.

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    If you have a dehydrator, I suppose you could just prepare the ingredients of a soup you know you like, and then dry them.

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    I haven't tried any of these, but here are links to a couple of soup mixes--I selected no meat:

    https://www.yummly.com/#recipe/Potat...Mix-Allrecipes

    https://www.yummly.com/#recipe/Frien...-a-Jar-1606222

    There are others on this site; do not know if they are any good or not, but try the site

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    What would these mixes have in them besides a starch and seasonings? I mean, you would have to add fresh ingrediants, right?
    DW is doing this for work holiday gifts. The recipe she used calls for including a can of chicken breast separately, so there is some protein in the assemblage.
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    I did this many years ago as Christmas gifts. It seemed to be appreciated and one or two of the recipients actually let me know that they enjoyed the soup. There are a ton of different "In A Jar...." type gifts/recipes out on the web.
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