Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Present Soup

1 lb. dry red kidney beans
1 lb. dry pinto beans
1 lb. dry split peas
1 lb. dry black eye peas
1 lb. dry Navy beans
1 lb. dry lentils

1/2 c. dried parsley flakes
1/2 c. dried bell pepper pieces
1/2 c. dried minced onion
1/2 c. dried celery flakes and leaves
2-3 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried ground red pepper
2 tsp. cracked black pepper

8-10 pt. jars with lids
Mix all beans in a large bowl. Pick out any discolored beans. Divide beans evenly in 8 or 10 pint jars leaving 3/4 inch of space at the top. Combine all remaining ingredients and divide evenly in the jars. Seal with lid. Attach a card with the following recipe to each jar.

Soak bean and spice mixture in 2 quarts of water overnight. DO NOT RINSE OR DRAIN. Bring to boil; reduce heat and cook 2 hours. Add salt pork, ham bone, or bacon plus 16 oz. tomatoes and 8 oz. tomato sauce. Cook an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Serve with hot bread and fruit. Makes 8-10 gifts.

from Martha Barrow