Slow Cooker Mixed Bean Soup Jar Recipe
Get a piece of cloth and cut out a circle that is a couple of inches larger than your lid. I used a large yogurt container lid to draw my circle on the back of the cloth. A cereal bowl also works. Cut the fabric out with pinking shears for a cute edge. Set it aside. Then, layer the beans in a clean mason jar. I added about a cup of red, a cup of black, a cup of white, and a cup of pinto beans. Leave room for the seasoning packet. I mixed the seasoning packet and put it into a zip lock bag and popped it into the top of the jar. Then I put the flat top of the lid on the jar and covered it with the cloth. Next, I screwed the ring on. Finally, I folded the recipe, punched a hole in it, and attached a recipe with a piece of ribbon. You can use the copy/paste on your word processing program to make the recipe, or you can hand write it. Easy!
SLOW COOKER BEAN SOUP FROM A JAR
Contents of the bean jar (2 pounds of mixed beans)
2-3 cups of water (2 cups makes a thick bean mix-3 cups makes a soupy soup)
The seasoning packet contains::
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoning Salt
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper or cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bay leaf-crumbled
1 tablespoon brown sugar
For the slow cooker: Rinse the beans and remove any stones or sticks. Transfer your beans to a large slow cooker. Don't worry about soaking them; it's not necessary with the slow cooker. Rinse the jar that the beans came in. Add 2-3 jars full of fresh warm water and the seasoning mix to the beans in the slow cooker. Stir gently to mix the seasonings into the water. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. You may also add ham, bacon bits, or any smoked meat of your choice. Chopped vegetables, such as celery, carrots, or peppers may be added at the beginning or up to halfway through the cooking time. Test the beans for tenderness after 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high. Discard the bay leaf pieces. Stir before serving. Refrigerate any leftovers. You may also freeze leftover bean soup to have later.
Beans are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. This soup is great with grilled or toasted cheese sandwiches. It is also super with hot dogs or a quick bologna sandwich. Enjoy your souper sandwich meals!
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