Nothing beats a homemade gift. Especially one you can eat. These soup mixes are fun, simple and lovely to look at. They’re also vegan and gluten-free as written. And who wouldn’t appreciate a simple winter supper that can be tossed into the slow cooker?
The 15 varieties of beans are flexible. You could double up on black beans and leave out roman beans. Or try lima beans, cow beans, black garbanzos. Mix it up with fava, aduki, or soy beans. Any 15 dried bean varieties will work. The key is to make sure the beans are all the dried variety, not canned or fresh. Dry beans are inexpensive and widely available. You can even find them in bulk bins at natural foods stores or larger grocers, as well as in ethnic grocers for a low price.
The following amounts make about 10 quart-jars. How your jars fill will depend on the size of your beans; for example, lima beans or kidney beans are really large and take up more room than lentils or split peas.
1 pound of each:
Dark Kidney Beans
Garbanzo Beans (aka chickpeas)
Great Northern Beans
Green Split Peas
Light Red Kidney Beans
Yellow Split Peas
10 tsp. ground black pepper, divided
15 tsp. smoked paprika, divided
10 bay leaves
10 quart jars with lids
10 copies of “Recipe Instructions Card” (click on the image below!)
any decoration, as desired (ribbons, fabric, tissue paper, stickers, etc.)
To assemble, make sure all jars are clean and totally dry inside. Decide it you want to do mixed or layered/striped beans in your soup mix jars.
To make mixed jars, mix ALL dry beans together in a large bowl until blended evenly. Fill quart jars to the edge with bean mix. Top with 1 tsp. ground black pepper, 1 bay leaf and 1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika. Tightly screw on lid and decorate as desired. Give as a present with a copy of the recipe instructions.
To make layered/striped bean soup jars, use a 1/4 cup measure. Do not fill entirely, as you need about 1/5 cup of each kind of bean per layer. You can arrange the layers in color gradation, or in any sequence that looks attractive to you. Once you have added a layer of each of your 15 beans, top with 1 tsp. ground black pepper, 1 bay leaf and 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika. Tightly screw on lid and decorate as desired. Give as a present with a copy of the recipe instructions. Just click on the image below!
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