Need a quick meal on a busy day? When you make several batches of soup in a jar, you’ll always have a simple meal ready in your pantry. A thoughtful gift for friends.
Dehydrated food naturally lends itself to shelf-stable meals. You do a bit of work on the back end and then have the benefit of drawing from your shelves for months.
While it’s often easier to keep the ingredients separately, so they are available for any recipe, another option is to create premade soup in a jar. Just think how easy meals will be on a busy day if you have everything prepared ahead of time.
These make-ahead-meals from those dried foods make great gifts too. You’re going to love making soup in a jar!
Basic Ingredients for Dried Soups
You can use the recipe below to create your first shelf-stable soup, or make your own using basic ingredients form the soup you love.
Think about the soups you like to eat. They probably have many of the same ingredients, just mixed in a different way for different tastes. To make your own recipe, use these common vegetable soup ingredients as your starting point.
In addition, we often add some form of carbohydrate to soup to make it more filling. These are a few of the common ones:
- rice (white or brown)
There are only a few rules for making these soups. First, everything you put in the jar must be completely dry. If you are dehydrating vegetables at home make sure that the food has not been exposed to any humidity.
Second, make sure that the ingredients will fit inside of the jar. A quart canning jar holds 2 cups of dried food. You’ll find that some tamping, poking, and shaking is required to get it all inside the jar.
I like to have a long skewer, a butter knife, my wooden sauerkraut tamper, and a wide-mouth funnel ready on the counter to help arrange things inside the jar while I am packaging it.
Taco Soup in a Jar Recipe
This recipe is loved by kids and adults alike. While there is some pre-planning in the form of dehydrating the ingredients, once you’ve got them all together creating the soup in a jar only takes minutes.
For each quart Mason jar you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups quick-cook red or black beans
- 1 cup white rice
- 1/2 cup dehydrated onion
- 1/3 cup dehydrated green peppers
- 3/4 cup dehydrated corn
- 1/2 cup tomato powder
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
Jar Layering Directions
- Use a widemouthed quart-sized jar
- Add the beans to the bottom of the jar, tamp them down
- Add the rice over the beans, tamping and shaking the jar to get the rice to fall inside the beans (optional, you may like the look of the layers instead)
- Add the onion, green pepper, and corn
- Add the tomato powder, tamping and shaking the jar to get the tomato powder to call inside the vegetables
- Add the taco seasoning
- Tighten the canning jar lid and (if giving as a gift) decorate with paper or a cloth square.
NOTE: If this will be on the shelf for longer than 1 year, add a 300cc oxygen packet to the jar before capping.
- Place the contents of the jar into a 4-quart pot
- Add 8 cups of water, stirring to mix the ingredients
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium, simmer for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender
- Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream, if desired.
Welcome to Gifts from the Homestead I’ve collaborated with my homesteading friends to bring you a bunch of terrific gift ideas that you can make from scratch. They are guaranteed to be easy on the wallet and ear grouped by the amount of time it takes to complete.
So whether you have an hour, a day, a week, or a month to make a gift, you will certainly find something that suits your needs and ability. Take a look!
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