Sunday, August 14, 2011

52 Week Food Storage - Week #31 (Part 1)

Week # 31: 16 lbs dry Soup Mix

16 lbs Dry Soup Mix:
Soup is a food that is made by combining ingredients, such as meat and vegetables in stock or hot/boiling water, until the flavor is extracted, forming a broth. Commercial soup became popular with the invention of canning in the 19th century, and today a great variety of canned and dried soups are on the market. We specify DRY Soup Mix because it takes up much less space than canned soup for the quantity you can get, cost per serving is less than canned soup and all you need to do is add water and prepare it.
Even if you’re not one to like soup, you can always make it thicker by simply reducing the amount of liquid required and making it into a stew instead.

Types of DRY Soup Mix:
Pre-made (just add water): There are hundreds of different types of soup mixes. You can purchase them in bags, boxes and even buy the mixes in the #10 cans.

Homemade: For a more cost effective method and if you have a garden with abundant veggies, you can even make your own dry soup mixes and vacuum seal them for later use. (Click here or here for dry soup mix Recipes)

Now that you know there are a variety of soup mixes, you know that the nutritional value of each soup can vary. Chances are, the more ingredients the soup has the healthier it can be for you. (depending on the soup) Ingredients range from just the stock to including ingredients such as meat, beans, rice, barley, veggies and more. So obviously you can get in a good day’s worth of energy just from soup! Each country or part of the world also have different kinds of soups you can try.

The best thing about the commercial dry soup mix is it will usually last a year or more, depending on the soup. Just be sure to check the expiration date on the packaging. Usually the dry soup mix in the #10 cans lasts for years.

Click here for a list of soups.
Click here for more info about soup.

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