This bean and rice survival soup recipe, because it’s an inexpensive and easy one to prep, store, and make when you’re ready to use it. Once it’s in the jar and stored, you will only need water and heat to have a hearty bowl of soup loaded with carbohydrates and proteins. A great perk of this recipe is that it’s highly adaptable. You don’t like rice? Simply omit it. Or, you want it spicy and full of robust flavor? Add your choice of seasonings to the jar
Small batch recipe:
• 2/3 cup kidney beans
• 2 cup barley
• 1 cup lentils
• 1/4 cup green split peas
• 1/4 cup chickpeas
• 1 1/2 cup rice
• Bouillon (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
• *Seasonings of your choice
• This all fits in 2 individual quart jars.
*The seasonings I chose (per quart jar) was 2 bouillon cubes, 1 teaspoon of salt, about 1 tablespoon of dried onions, about 1 tablespoon of dried celery flakes, 1 teaspoon tarragon, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder. For the record, this is a relatively bland batch of seasonings. If you like spice and bold flavor, add more according to your own liking. Now, that you have an idea what goes in it…what is the best way to store it?
Prepping For Storage The prep is the same for both size batches, and is as follows: #1. Mix all the beans in a large container.
Keep in mind the shelf life for all ingredients that you add, such as:
• Dried beans – 10 years to indefinitely (depending who you believe)
• White rice – 4-5 years, unless vacuum sealed (then about 10 years)
• Spices – most ground, dried, or whole spices are good for 2-5 years
So, as long as you separating the dried spices from the beans and rice, the above recipes should last a minimum of 2 years, depending on the spice.
However, there is no need to toss the entire batch. After 2-5 years, just change out the seasonings and start over for the expiration date.
If you do not want to store the batches in quart jars, you can also place the batches in quart or gallon size baggies. However, critters can get through bags much easier than glass jars. So, make sure to store the bags of ingredients in an airtight storage bin. Optional Additions to the Soup
If circumstances allow, you can always add fresh ingredients, such as meat or veggies. Personally, I like a good ham added to bean soup.
But, if you’re in survival mode, that might not be an option. So, having more seasonings in the jar will allow for more flavor to develop, and you might not even miss the meat.
And, even though it will be an abundance of bean and rice soup, altering the seasonings between the batches will give you a bit of variety, which is especially nice if you are truly in a state of survival and don’t have anything else to eat.
However, having batches of this on hand is also great for the temporary survival situations, such as a bad storm knocking your power out for a week or two. One jar, a pot, water, and a source of heat is all you need to eat inexpensively and healthy for a while.