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Archive for January 2nd, 2011

MYO Dry Soup Mixes

This time of year is soup weather. Be it due to colds or flu’s, or just because it’s a comfort food during the dark winter months soup is just soothing.   Store purchased soup in cans is packed full of preservatives, additives and sodium to point there is little “soup” to it.  Dry mixes are expensive for the amount you get.  I personally love the dry mixes as they are easy to take with you or to make single servings, but they are also easy to make at home in bulk, and at a fraction of the cost.

Instant Noodle Soup Mix (Yield 5 – 1 cup servings)

2 tbsp chicken flavored instant bouillon (low sodium)

1 tbsp dried mixed vegetables (preferably ones you dried yourself and put in blender to “flake”)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp dried parsley flakes (preferably ones you dried yourself and put in blender to “flake”)

1 tbsp dried onion flakes (preferably ones you dried yourself and put in blender to “flake”)

1/2 tsp poultry seasoning

1/8 to 1/4 tsp black pepper

4 oz (1 cup) tiny soup noodle pasta (found in your pasta section of store)

Combine in bowl, mix well and spoon into small plastic bag or container.

To make.  Add 6 cups water to mix and bring to boil over medium heat, or until pasta is of desired tenderness.  Stir frequently.

or place in microwave safe container and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Instant Potato Soup Powder Mix (12 servings)

1/4 cup chicken bouillion granules

3 cups mashed instant potato flakes

2 tbsp dried minced onions

3 tbsp dried green onions

1 tsp white pepper

1/4 cup REAL bacon bits.

1 tbsp parsley flakes

1/2 tbsp dill weed

1/2 tsp thyme

1 cup instant milk powder

To make: 1/3 cup dry mix to 1 1/2 cups water. Heat to boiling and add 3 tbsp flour mixed with enough water to get thin paste.  Heat and stir constantly until thickened.

Cream of ANYTHING Soup Mix. (3 cups dry, 9 cups reconstituted)

2 cups instant dry milk

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup chicken bouillion granules

2 tbsp dried onion flakes

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

To make: Combine 1/3 cup mix and 1 1/4 cup water. Heat over medium heat until thickened.

**Variations**

**Cream of Mushroom Soup: 1 cup dried mushroom bits.

**Cream of Celery: 1 cup sauteed celery, dried and put in blender to make powder.

**Cream of Broccoli: 1 cup steamed broccoli, dried and blended to powder.

Onion Soup Mix

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup beef bouillion granules

2 tbsp dried onion flakes

1 tsp dried basil flakes

Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container.

To make: 1/3 cup dry mix and 1 1/2 cups water. Cook over medium heat until thickened.

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With Christmas behind and the New Year ahead it is time to pull out the seed catalogs.  During the dreary winter months I find myself looking forward to this time, a time to reflect on dreams of warm spring days, the feel of soft dirt under bare feet and resting in palm of my hands.  A time to watch tiny seeds sprout into glorious plants that produce tasty food to keep my family fed and that I know are safe and chemical free to offer nutrient to their growing bodies. A time to  just bask upon the wonders of nature in her full glory.

With so many varieties of seeds available, from those that do well in large gardens to container, even some indoor grown varieties, there is little reason anyone can not plant and harvest some fresh foods for their families and tables.  With so much questionable produce in the stories these days, it is worth the time and effort even if limited.

Here is a list of companies that send free catalogs that I have and do use when I need to replace seeds or wish to try new varieties.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Abundant Life Seed Company.

Annie’s Annuals and Perennial’s Plant Catalog.

Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog.

Bluestone Perennials Plant Catalog.

Botanical Interests Seed Catalog. (US & Canada)

Bountiful Gardens Seed Catalog.

Brent & Becky’s Bulbs Seed Catalog. (US & Canada)

Burnt Ridge Nursery.

Burpee Seeds and Plants.

The Cook’s Garden. (US & Canada)

Garden’s Alive.

Gurney’s Seed Catalog.

Harris Seed Catalog.

Heronswood.

High Mowing Organic Seeds.

Jackson & Perkins.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

Klehm’s Song Sparrow.

Neseed.

Nichol’s Garden Nursery.

The Online Greenhouse.

Park Seeds.

Grow Organic.

Planet Natural.

Plant Delights Nursery.

Raintree Nursery.

Richters Herbs.  (US & Canada)

Seed Savers Exchange.

Seeds of Change. (US & Canada)

Select Seeds.

Southern Exposure Seed Catalog.

Territorial Seed Company.

Thompson & Morgan.

Urban Farmer Seeds & Plants.

Veseys. (US & Canada)

Wayside Gardens.

White Flower Farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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