Dinner Is in the Jar, by Kathy Clark, is a great source for soup recipes that include food storage ingredients. Like the recipes in Mix-A-Meal Cookbook, the majority of the ingredients needed for this soup recipe can be stored together in a jar and left on your shelf until you have a busy night and need an easy-to-prepare meal. My particular favorite soup, “Vegetable and Beef Soup,” is a great example of the small amount of work needed to make a delicious meal from Dinner Is in the Jar.
To make “Vegetable and Beef Soup,” you will first need a glass jar (or mylar bag, though I don’t describe how to make up a bag in this blog). The recipe is simple and straight forward. First, place all of the dried ingredients called for into the jar.
For this recipe you will need a variety of freeze-dried or dehydrated vegetables, including green beans, corn, peas, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, onion and celery. You will also need a variety of spices, including basil, thyme and bay leaves. Some other additions include rice, beef bouillon and garlic powder.
Once all of the dry ingredients are in a jar, oxygen absorbers can also be added for an extended shelf life (though they are not necessary). Seal the jar with a vacuum sealer or just place it on your shelf without the vacuum seal. The jars with vacuum seals will stay fresh longer than the others.
On a busy night (or a night you want an easy meal), pull out your jar of already-measured ingredients.
The “Vegetable and Beef Soup” recipe directs the cook to boil eight cups of water, turn off the heat and stir in the jar’s contents. After covering the soup and letting it sit for five minutes, you will need to add a pint of cooked ground beef (see our signature ground beef products if you want to used pre-prepared meat) and a can of diced tomatoes. The soup then needs to simmer for 30 minutes, after which salt and pepper are added.
And that is “Vegetable and Beef Soup!” It is so simple and easy. I love this soup’s flavor, too. It is healthy for you, but it doesn’t taste like diet food. When I eat this soup, I usually make a batch of Hot Rolls from Mix-A-Meal Cookbook to enjoy along with it (see website’s “Recipes” section for the instructions on making these delicious rolls).
Until next time,