Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Meal in a Jar: Potato Soup




A little while ago I ran across a recipe for potato soup mix, on allrecipes.  About a million people had made and reviewed the soup, and the reviews were amazing.  

I was intrigued.  So I tried it, with high hopes.  We hated it.  It was truly terrible.  So I went to work and created a Potato soup meal in a jar that my family liked.   

This Potato Soup is the result.

Recipe Notes: 

  • Precooked crumbled bacon.  I recommend using store bought precooked bacon.  I get mine at Sam’s Club.  It looks like this.  
  • Shelf Life with the bacon:  when I use precooked bacon in a meal in a jar recipe I figure that the shelf life can only be as long as the ingredient with the shortest shelf life.  In this case the bacon, which is 1 year.  
  • Shelf Life with out the bacon:   5 years.   You could just add bacon as you are cooking. 
  • Bacon TVP.  You could substitute Bacon TVP (think bacos)  instead of the precooked bacon, I haven’t tried it (we try to avoid soy) but it would give you a longer shelf life then the bacon.     


Potato Soup
½ cup Thrive B├ęchamel Powder
½ cup Sour Cream powder
¼ cup freeze dried celery
¼ cup freeze dried onion
1 ½ cup freeze dried potato dices
¼ cup precooked crumbled bacon (this shortens the shelf life, leave it out if you want a longer shelf life)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chives

For a thinner soup
Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water.  Stir well.    Simmer 10 -12 minutes until potatoes are soft. 

For a thicker soup
Add contents of jar to 6 cup of rapidly boiling water.  Stir well.    Simmer 10 -12 minutes until potatoes are soft. 

Shelf Life as Figured by Me:  1 year if using precooked bacon, 5 years if not using bacon

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