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Soup, Rice & Seasoning Mixes

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Layer the ingredientsin the order given in a 1 and 1/2 cup jar.


Attach to Jar:

Curried Rice

Serves 6

2 1/2 cups water

1 package curried rice mix

In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil. Add the rice mix. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes.




Dried Bean Soup



1/2 cup of each of the following:

kidney beans

split yellow peas

black beans

red lentils

small red beans

split green peas



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



For dried bean mix, layer each type of bean in a clear 24-oz jar. For seasoning mix, combine ingredients. Store in a re-sealable plastic bag. Attach to jar and give with recipe for Seasoned Bean Soup. Yield: about 3 cups dried bean mix and 1/4 cup seasoning mix.


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Dried Bean Mix ( 3 cups)

2 cans ( 14-1/2 ounces each ) stewed tomatoes

Seasoning Mix ( 1/4 cup )

1 teaspoon liquid smoke ( optional )

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, 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. YIELD: about 10 cups soup.




Fish Seasoning Mix


2 cups yellow cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dried parsley flakes, crushed

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. celery salt

1 tsp. onion salt

1 tsp. lemon pepper

1/2 tsp. ground red pepper



In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a resealable plastic bag or jar.


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Fish Seasoning:

Makes about 3 cups mix and will coat about 4 pounds of fish. To serve: In a deep skillet, 1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine 1 egg and 1 cup butter milk. Dip fish into egg mixture. Place in bag of mix; shake until fish is well coated. Fry until fish is golden brown and flakes easily with fork. Drain on paper towels and serve.




Friendship Soup Mix

1/2 cup dry split peas

1/3 cup beef bouillon granules

1/4 cup pearl barley

1/2 cup dry lentils

1/4 cup dried minced onion

2 teaspoons italian seasoning

1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice

1/2 cup alphabet macaroni or other small macaroni (can be put in a plastic sandwhich bag to make it easier for the recipent to get out of the jar)



Layer in a 1 1/2 pint jar the ingredients above in given order. Seal in an airtight container or jar.


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Friendship Soup

1 pound ground beef, 3 quarts water, 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained. To prepare Soup: Carefully remove macaroni from top of jar and set aside. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown beef, drain. Add the water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil; Reduce heat; Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add reserved macaroni; cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until macaroni, peas, lentils and barley are tender. Yeild; 16 servings (4 quarts).




Herbed Rice Mix


1 package ( 3 pounds ) long grain rice

2 cups dried celery flakes

2/3 cup dried minced onion

1/2 cup dried parsley flakes

2 tablespoons dried chives

1 tablespoon dried tarragon

3 to 4 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons pepper.



2/3 cup water, 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Combine the first eight ingredients; mix well. If giving for gifts place two cups each in a jar: makes 40 batches ( 10 cups total ) .



Herbed Rice Mix

To prepare one serving of rice: In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring water and butter to a boil. Add 1/4 cup rice mixture. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Yield: 1 serving. NOTE: To prepare more than 1 serving, multiply the rice mix, water. and butter by the total number or desired servings and cook as directed.




Instant Stuffing Mix


3-1/2 cups unseasoned bread cubes

3 tablespoons dried celery flakes

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

2 teaspoons dried minced onion

2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules

1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/4 teaspoon sage



Place bread cubes in a jar. In a small plastic bag, combine celery flakes, onion, bouillon, poultry seasoning and sage; mix well. Tie bag shut and attach to jar of bread cubes. Yeild: 1 gift.


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Stuffing Mix

1 cup water, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. To prepare stuffing: In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring water, butter and contents of seasoning packet to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; add bread cubes and mix gently. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Toss with a fork before serving. Serving suggestions: Add some sauteed mushrooms, almonds and celery.




Italian Meatball Mix


2 ½ cups dry bread crumbs

2/3 cup dried minced onion

2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup dried parsley flakes

1 T garlic powder

1 T garlic salt



In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients; mix well. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Yield: 4 batches (about 4 cups total).


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Italian Meatballs

To prepare meatballs: In a bowl, combine egg and 1 cup of meatball mix. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 1 ½ inch balls. In a skillet, brown meatballs; drain. Transfer to a 13″x9″x2″ baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yields 16 meatballs for batch.




Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix


(Lemon Pepper adds a piquant flavor when used on grilled meats.)

1 cup ground black pepper

1/3 cup dried lemon peel

3 Tablespoons coriander seeds

1/4 cup dried minced onion

1/4 cup dried thyme leaves


Directions for Jar:

Stir all the ingredients together and store in airtight jar.


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Grilled Lemon Chicken

Serves 4

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

6 chicken cutlets

Preheat the broiler or BBQ grill. In a low, flat dish stir together the lemon juice, oil and Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix. Add the chicken breasts, and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Grill over hot coals or broil for 4 minutes on each side, or until done. Serve hot or at room temperature.




Love Soup Recipe


1 box of Lipton Onion Soup (use both packets)

1/2 cup split dried peas

1/2 cup Alphabet Macaroni

1/2 cup shell macaroni

1/2 cup colored macaroni

1/4 cup lentils



Layer the above ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar and attach the “love note.”


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Love Soup

When you feel you are too busy

and a meal you need to fix, Get out a kettle, 7 cups of water, 1/2 pound of hamburger and this mix. Let it cook and simmer slowly while you have your things to do, and when you sit to eat it, Remember, We love you!




Onion Soup Mix


3 onion bouillon cubes, crushed

1 beef bouillon cube, crushed

2 tsp. cornstarch

1/3 cup instant onion flakes

2 dashes pepper



Put all ingredients in a small sandwich bag. Seal well and store in cool, dry place. Attach to Jar or Sealed Bag or Container:

Onion Soup:

Empty package into a pot and gradually stir in 4 cups cold water and 1 Tbsp. butter. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer 20 minutes. Ladle soup into oven proof bowls, sprinkle with croutons or toasted bread. Then add one slice pravalone cheese. Briefly put bowls under a broiler to melt cheese. Serve. Makes 4 1-cup servings. Onion Dip: Mix one package onion soup mix with 2 cups sour cream. Chill before serving. Keep in a cool place. To serve: In mug, pour 6 ounces of hot water over 1/3 cup cocoa mix, and stir until well blended.




Potato Soup Mix


1-3/4 cups instant mashed potatoes

1-1/2 cups dry milk

2 Tb. instant chicken bullion

2 tsp. dried minced onion

1 tsp. dried parsley

1/4 tsp. ground white pepper

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1/8 tsp. turmeric

1-1/2 tsp. seasoning salt



Combine all ingredients. in a bowl and mix. Makes 6 servings. Place in 1 quart canning jars to store.


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Potato Soup

Instructions to attach to jar: To serve: place 1/2 cup mix in soup bowl and add 1 cup boiling water. Stir until smooth.




Soup Mix in a Jar


(This makes a great gift when a friend is under the weather. Decorate with a fabric lid and bow tie around the neck if you want.)

1/3 cup beef bouillon granules

1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes

1/2 cup split peas

1/2 cup ABC, small shell, or ring macaroni (any small shape pasta will do)

1/4 cup barely

1/2 cup lentils

1/3 cup non-instant white rice

tricolor spiral pasta



Use a canning funnel or any funnel that has about a 2-inch neck. This will make it easier to fill the jars with the ingredients. Be sure to use a wide-mouth, 1 quart canning jar. Layer ingredients in the order given: bouillon, onion flakes, split peas, small shape pasta, barley, lentils, rice, and enough tricolor spiral pasta to fill jar.


Attach Tag with Cooking Instructions:

Soup Mix

In large kettle, brown 1 pound ground beef or stew beef cut into bite-size pieces in a little olive oil. Remove tricolor pasta from top of jar and reserve. Add the rest of the jar contents to the kettle with 12 cups water. Let come to a boil and simmer 45 minutes. Add tricolor pasta and simmer 15 minutes more. Serve with your favorite bread or rolls and a tossed salad. Enjoy!




Taco Seasoning Mix


2 tsp instant minced onion

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp red pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp cumin



Combine and store in airtight container or jar. Store up to 6 months.

Attach to container or jar:


Taco Seasoning Mix




Tortilla Soup Mix In A Jar


1 cup converted long grain rice

2 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips

1 5 oz. can chicken


2 t. chicken bouillon granules

2 t. lemonade powder with sugar

1 t. lemon pepper

1 t. dried cilantro leaves

1/2 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. ground cumin

1/2 t. salt

1/4 cup dried minced onions



Mix the seasonings and place in a thin zipper sandwich bag. Use a quart jar. Place ingredients in jar in this order: Place rice in jar first. Place seasoning packet into jar next. Gently flatten bag so it is visible from all sides of jar. Fill jar with tortilla chips. Put lid on jar. Attach can of chicken to top of jar. Decorate jar.


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Tortilla Soup

Carefully empty tortilla chips from jar into a dish. Set aside. Remove seasoning packet. Set aside Place rice in large pan. Add 10 cups water and 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies and seasonings from packet. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Add tortilla chips. Cover and simmer 5 more minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 12 cups soup.




Turkey Noodle Soup Mix


(Great way to use left over turkey!)

1 cup uncooked fine egg noodles

1/2 Tablespoon chicken-flavored bouillon

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon drried whole thyme

1/8 teaspoon celery seeds

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 bay leaf



Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store in airtight container (zip-loc bag – can decorate or small container, jar.)


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Turkey Noodle Soup

1 package Turkey Noodle Soup Mix

8 cups water

2 carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1/4 cup minced onion

3 cups cooked diced turkey

Combine the turkey noodle soup mix and the water in a large stockpot. Add the carrots, celery, and onions and bring to a boil. Cover the soup and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Stir in the turkey and simmer an additional 5 minutes.




Dip and Dressing Mixes:




Home-Style Dressing Mix


2 tsp. instant minced onion

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. monosodium glutamate, if desired

1 Tbsp. parsley flakes



Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until evenly distributed. Put mixture in a foil packet or 1-pint glass jar. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 months. Makes about 2 tablespoons of HOME-STYLE DRESSING MIX, enough for 2 cups Home-Style Dressing.


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1 C mayonnaise

1 C buttermilk (Can use regular milk)

Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Shake until well-blended. Chill before serving. Makes about 2 cups Home-Style Dressing. Variation: Substitute 1 cup sour cream for buttermilk and use as a dip for fresh vegetables.




Mexican Fiesta Mix


This is an unusual Southwester dip mix that can be given in a small sombrero. It can also be used for a jar gift. Decorate the jar using a Southwest theme.

1/2 cup dried parsely

1/3 cup minced onion

1/4 cup dried chives

1/3 cup chili powder

1/4 cup ground cumin

1/4 cup salt


Directions for Jar:

In a large bowl, combine the spices and store in an airtight container or jar.


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Mexican Fiesta Dip

Makes 2 cups

3 Tablespoons Mexiacn Fiesta Dip Mix

1 cup mayonnaise or low-fat mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream or low-fat yogurt

In a medium mixing bowl combine the Dip Mix witht he mayonnaise and sour cream. Whisk the mixture until smooth. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh vegetables.




Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix


Use this recipe for three different things: dressing for salad, dip for fresh vegetables, or topping for baked potatoes.

1 1/2 Tablespoon dried pasley

1/2 Tablespoon dried chives

1/4 Tablespoon dried tarragon

1/2 Tablespoon lemon pepper

1 Tablespoon salt

1/4 Tablespoon oregano

1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder


Directions for Jar:

In medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. Store in an airtight container, or small jar.


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· Ranch Dressing

Makes 1 cup

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 Tablespoon Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

In a large bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk and dressing and dip mix. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.


· Ranch Dip

Makes 2 cups

2 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

1 cup mayonnaise or low-fat mayo

1 cup sour cream or low-fat yogurt

Combine the Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix with mayonnaise and sour cream. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving with raw vegetables, or as a topping for baked potatoes.




Salsa Mix


1 1/2 cup dried cilantro

1 teaspoon garlic powder (more to taste)

1/2 cup dried chopped onion

1/4 cup dried red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon pepper



In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended. Store in an airtight container. Give with serving instructions.


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(May be used for Spicy Salsa or Salsa Spread)


Spicy Salsa:

Blend 2 tablespoons salsa mix with one 10 oz. can mexican style tomatoes. Serve with chips.


Salsa Spread:

Blend 2 tablespoons salsa mix with 1 cup softened cream cheese. Serve with crackers.


***There is an Onion Dip listed in the Soup Section under Onion Soup. Variations of the Onion Soup Mix Recipe.

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