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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Abby's Jar O' Soup vs a Cup of Soup

Cup of soups in those styrafoam containers are on every grocery shelf in America. In offices and schools. They are so convenient. They depending on your taste buds don't taste half bad and they are fast and shelf stable. But have you ever read the ingredients?

Here are the ingredients for the Maruchan Brand Roast Chicken:

Enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: canola, cottonseed, palm), preserved by BHT and/or vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: canola, cottonseed, palm), preserved by TBHQ, dehydrated vegetables (corn, carrot, onion, garlic, chive), salt, textured soy protein, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed corn, wheat and soy protein, chicken fat, dehydrated soy sauce (wheat, soybeans, salt, maltodextrin), powdered cooked chicken, natural and artificial flavors, sugar, spices, autolyzed yeast extract, chicken borth, soya lecithin, potassium carbonate, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), sodium phosphate, sodium carbonate, turmeric, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, caramel color.
Contains: Wheat, Soy and Milk ingredients.
May Contain Traces of Shrimp.

For Abby even the first ingredient is going to stop her from eating it. After that most of the rest of the ingredients would make her sick(and honestly the rest of us ought to refrain from a few of the ingredients as well)

We decided we needed to make a cup of soup version for Abby. If I was not so set on something that was shelf stable, I could have easily created a freezer version that she could pull out and heat quickly. However, I was determined that she could have a safe cup of soup- or as it turned out a safe "Jar of soup."

Abby's chicken Jar of soup ingredients,

Noodles(rice, tapioca,salt and water)
1/5 cup per pint jar dehydrated at home organic peas,carrots and onions.(these can be purchased online either dried or freeze dried)
aprox 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley,
aprox 1/2 turmeric,
1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt,
dash fresh ground pepper,
1/4 teaspoon dried basil,
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme.
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Dried homemade chicken boullion(followed this recipe here: Organic Survivalist Site)
1/2 teaspoon dried ground veggies.(I dehydrated some carrots,peppers and pea pods and ground them to a fine powder to add to foods.)

(Picture of the dried and powdered veggie mix)

(4 cups of chicken stock after reducing and dehydrating)

(dehydrated chicken stock after I ground it to a fine powder in the ninja single serve)

Certainly cleaner, more allergy friendly and safe for Abby. It wasn't a lot of work, but it was a long process. Dehydrating takes time but if you throw your stuff in before bed it is ready for you in the morning. The noodles I found at the Asian Market, they were Mama"s brand 3 minute instant noodles. Then it is simply throwing them into a jar- done.

Anything can be made clean,safe, and at home. Even a cup of soup! Once these are put together all they need is boiling water and a few minutes- and you have an instant meal that is clean and safe and a lot better for you then the store bought version.

NOTE: Dehydrated or Dried veggies can be purchased online. I don't know which ones are allergy safe, but surely they are out there.
My measurements on spices were approximate. Abby wanted a bit more salt after tasting her's. I did not. You can add whatever herbs or spices you prefer. The Turmeric offers a nice yellow color to remind you of the original. If you do not want to deal with dehydrating the chicken stock,the veggie powder offers a nice flavor alone. You could also freeze chicken stock in cubes and simple heat and pour into the jar.

When you pay an arm and a leg for organic safe veggies the last thing you want is to waste any. I started dehydrating and fine grinding the veggies and am finding ways to add them to all sorts of foods- from soups to breading etc. A nice way to avoiding wasting and adding more safe flavoring to allergy free foods.


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