By Dib's on December 09, 2002
Photo by Julie B's Hive
Photo by Julie B's Hive
"Here's a very inexpensive recipe for "Gifts in a Jar." This is also handy to have around the house for hungry kids who need a quick fix after sleding or skating!"
Serving Size: 1 (350 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I certainly watched DH with apprehension when I served this to him for a trial run. I was looking for things that he can prepare for himself with a minimal amount of effort, be nutritious and shelf stable. We are normally not fans of 'instant mashed potatoes'...in fact, I only keep the stuff in the house for bread making, but I figured when Di suggested it, why not?! We were very pleasantly surprised. All of the flavors tend to over-come the 'instant' taste of the instant potatoes...yippee. DH wanted me to send enough for at least three servings (pre-measured for him) for this 5-day stretch out. None of my family has ever cared for seasoning salt (the brand name product anyway), so I substituted Soul Seasoning for that. Otherwise, I followed directions exactly as stated. Thank you for another winner in my house Di!!! Do you happen to have any more 'instant soups'? ;-)"
"I used the instant mashed potatoes from Gordon's Food and the soup was much too thick with 1/2 cup mix to 1 cup of boiling water. I used 1/4 cup of the mix and it was much better. I also tried one batch using creamora instead of dried milk and it was very creamy tasting. We are using it when we go camping. It is very good. Glenda P."
"Like Cindy Lynn, we're leary of instant mashed potatoes so I made up a test batch first to make sure we would even like it and hubby immediately ate 2 bowls and wanted more. I tried it myself and it was pretty good considering it was a dry soup mix. Although next time I cook some up I'll use a little less water to make it thicker. I made up 3 quarts of the soup mix for my husband to take to work. He gets tired of cold lunches every day and needs something warm in his belly. Great idea Di! Thanks for sharing!"
"To this recipe I added 4 cups total of Potato Buds, 3 cubes total of 'Garden Veggie' bouillon cubes , 2 tsp dried shallot powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, an extra tsp of black pepper and no seasoning salt. I put it in the food processor till smooth and then into an air tight jar. 1/4 cup of mix to 3/4 cups hot water was a good consistency for soup and use less water for mashed potatoes with a touch of butter."
"I made a trial batch, had a bowl, and made two more batches with half the seasoning salt. Smooth consistency, neither too thin nor too thick. Will keep some on hand at all times for midnight snacking. Thanks!"
"Definitely a bit too salty as written.. even my salt-loving grandmother said it was too salty for her tastes. But I'll probably make it again some time with less salt, or with low-sodium chicken bouillon."
"Very good and easy to make. I made these as gifts for Christmas this year and they turned out well. They were a little salty IMHO so I would decrease the seasoning salt to 1 tsp or use reduced sodium chicken bouillon."
"This soup was good! Not great but definitely good! I made a batch and gave it to my daughter with her Christmas gifts last year! Something easy she can grab and take to work for an easy lunch or anytime when you need to warm up! Can be easily tweaked! I threw a handful of cheddar cheese in mine!"
"This is really good. My older kids seem to like it. I will be making this for gifts for our family and friends. I like that fact that is something that the kids can fix for themselves if they need a snack or quick meal. My husband finally tried and loves it. I now keep a gallon jar of it on hand."
"I had to do alot of tweaking to make this taste ok. I think the main thing was I didn't like the thyme in there. Not sure if I will make again."
"Just made this for lunch. For what it is - a quick meal with a good flavour it is excellent. Obviously isn't like homemade soup - but a marvellous and tasty VERY speedy meal. I made it as it was I only seasoned the mix with a little salt and pepper rather than add the salt. (my buillion - Swiss Marigold - is a little salty anyway) I can't buy onion flakes where I live so I used dried chives and I used a low fat milk powder, next time I will add a little more garlic. Great to give students."
"I also found this just a bit salty, so I will try decreasing the seasoned salt a little the next time. For this batch I just added 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to the water when boiling. Also, I put a single serving of the mix into a zip lock bag for easy storage. Thanks for a really great recipe. Edit: I added a tbl of dry cheese powder to a cup of mix, and it turned out great."
"This was very tasty & filling! My 2yo shared a bowl with me tonight. :) I love that it is nearly fat free (when made with fat-free dried milk) yet still has a decent amount of protein per serving. And how fast it is! I will definitely be keeping a jar in the cupboard for fast lunches. Thanks DiB's!"
"This was an easy, fairly good soup...I was trying it out before I gave it as a gift. I did decrease the salt based on other reviews and when I made a bowl tonight, I had to add extra mashed potato flakes as it was really, really thin. It lacked in taste a bit, but I added some more freshly ground pepper and lots of cheese, which makes everything better! Overall, it was good and will be easy to keep on hand for a really quick meal/snack."
"Last month I made a similar soup mix from a different recipe. It was awful. I tried to fix it and it became even worst! Today, using DiB's recipe as guidelines to the right proportions I was able to add the the right amounts of the correct ingredients to turn my awful soup mix into DiB's great soup mix. Thank you for the rescue. My hat's off to you!"
"Made this last nite and it was delicious! Had made mix awhile back for a gift and then did something else. The only thing I did differently was add one chopped microwaved potato because I like lumpy soup! I also used a coffee creamer instead of powdered milk. Excellent recipe!"
"I thought this might have potential as camping food. I found this a bit salty for sure. Also found the 1/2 cup soup mix to 1 cup water too thin."
"I was amazed by this. After making a test batch for the family, this was our Christmas goodie to give to the neighbors. It's great with a little parmesean or cheddar cheese. "
"As an avid back-packer and camper I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when I came across this! I was looking for a 'regular' potato soup recipe for supper tonight and ended up trying this one out. I omitted the seasoning salt (for lack of) but I added a little dried parmesan cheese. It was very tasty and filling - a little thick ... but I like it that way! :) Anyway ... makes a great little Meal Ready to Eat and I'll be sure to make a batch for my next trip - Thank You!"