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Recipe: Layered dried bean soup mix in a jar

Posted December 8, 2011

Several years ago, one side of my family decided that the adults would only exchange homemade gifts during the holidays. It was a welcome decision for my pocketbook. The problem is, I'm not very crafty.

After much trial and error, however, I finally found something I could do: Fill up jars with food and give them as gifts. With the help of my older daughter, we've given everything from soup to spice mixes to cookie mixes in a jar.

Here's one that we've made at home as well. We found the recipe on

Layered Dried Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

Dried Bean Mix
1/2 cup kidney beans
1/2 cup split yellow peas
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup small red beans
1/2 cup split green peas

Layer each type of bean in a 24 ounce clear gift jar. (That's my daughter's favorite part).

Seasoning Mix
1 tablespoon dried sweet pepper flakes
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
4 tablespoons brown sugar

Combine these ingredients and store in a resealable plastic bag. Attach to the jar, along with the recipe for seasoned bean soup, which is below.

These are the instructions to attach to the jar:

Seasoned Bean Soup

Dried bean mix
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomatoes
Seasoning mix
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (This is optional. I skip it).

Rinse beans and place in large Dutch oven or stock pot. Pour 4 cups boiling water over beans; cover and let soak overnight.

Drain beans and return to stock pot. Add 6 cups water or chicken stock, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1/2 hours or until beans are almost tender.

Add tomatoes and seasoning mix. Stirring occasionally, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Uncover beans and continue to simmer about 1 hour longer or until beans are tender and soup thickens. Serve warm.

You'll get about 10 cups of soup.

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  • computer trainer Dec 9, 2011

    I bet you could do this in the crockpot