I'm going to give this as hostess gifts to friends and family this holiday season, and I really wish I could give them the proper cooking instructions! I figure the 13 cups of liquid must have a purpose... right? I know the beans are dried, so perhaps the reason for so much liquid is because the recipe basically calls for soaking them and cooking them at the same time??? And during the 2-2 1/2 hours of cooking there should be significant evaporation, right??? I guess I'll cross my fingers & hope for the best. Wish I had time to try it before the first round of parties this weekend!
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix
From EatingWell: November/December 2010
Making your own dry soup mix from beans and spices couldn’t be easier. Layered in a jar, it makes a very pretty gift.
13 Reviews for Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix
. . . because I could not find a Contact Us (by phone or email) link to ask about the 2 vs. 9 cups of water discrepancy in the reviewer's comments and directions for making soup. I've rated the soup POOR because of how it is written up, NOT on taste, because I haven't made it. I'm going on FAITH that 2 cups of water is correct and that the veggies will release a lot of water because family and friends will put a contract out on me if 2 cups is incorrect. I'll have to enter the Witness Protection Program for safety until their anger blows over! We hate to make "failures"!
The instructions here say NINE cups of water and FOUR cups of broth. Is that correct? Where did the reviewer get the TWO cups of water?
It makes a delicious thick soup & a great gift! I made it in my crock-pot/slowcooker. Although the recipe calls for only 2 cups of water, I still used the 4 cups of broth. I'm making it today with ham broth instead of chicken broth & a ham bone, with a little bit of ham added---to see how it is with some meat.
IN ANSWER TO THE ? RE: (oops, forgot caps were on) enough water, in a crock pot, the vegies and meat, if there is any, give off a tremendous amount of water/liquid, so 2 cups is more than enough*!*~~~~*!*~~~*!* Do NOT add any more or you won't have soup, you'll have overcooked and melted ingredients! Long time, tried everything and made ALL the mistakes, Crock Pot User in Tucson, AZ ENJOY*!* I'll be putting this up for my friends and family, what a delightful, inexpensive present to give, INDEED*!*