Looking for a quick, inexpensive Christmas gift? The ingredients may already be in your pantry or if not, can be picked up on your next trip to the grocery store. Here’s my recipe for Bean Soup Mix.
You’ll need equal measures of each of the following (prices are for 1 lb bags):
Pinto Beans (74 cents)
Dark Red Kidney Beans ($1.18)
Small Lima Beans ($1.00)
Great Northern Beans (98 cents)
Black Beans ($1.14)
Garbanzo Beans ($1.18)
Dump all the beans into a big bowl. Mix thoroughly and measure into jars. The above yields approximately 3 ½ quarts of bean soup mix. That puts the cost at about $1.78 per quart. If you’ve got a bulk food store nearby, the price would be cheaper still.
For the Bean Soup mixes pictured below I used canning jars that I’ve saved but you could use any clean glass container. To add a bit of holiday flare, I topped the lids with a simple cross-stitched Christmas wish. A circle of pretty fabric tied with a bit of ribbon or some raffia would also work well.
As you can see, I labeled the jars with the ingredients so that the person receiving the mix can duplicate it once they’ve run out. And don’t forget to add a hand-written recipe card with instructions for making the Bean Soup.
The jars of soup mix could be the whole gift or could be turned into the gift of a meal by putting the jar in a basket along with a quick bread mix; again labeled with instructions for baking.
Edited to Note: On June 7, 2013, I shared more detailed recipes for the Bean Soup in a Jar Mix as well as the recipe for Homemade Bean Soup made from the dry mix. Click on either of the highlighted links to be taken to that post.