Monday, May 30, 2011

Week 22 of the 2011 Food Storage Challenge

$10 Plan
5 packets soup mix

$20 Plan
10 packets soup mix

This seems like a strange challenge, doesn't it!  It's all about flavour and being able to have options with the food we have already stored.  Add a packet of French Onion Soup Mix to some evaporated milk and create a pasta bake, add it to fried rice for some variation, use it as a base for your own food storage soup (tinned veggies - not always the best but when you're's better than nothing).

There are also some really yummy things you can do with it.  When I was growing up, we had french toast, and I still make it for my little family:-

  • 1/2 packet French Onion Soup Mix 
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 slices bread cut into triangles
  • Oil for pan frying (I use Vegetable oil)

1. Whisk eggs and soup mix together.

2. Heat oil in pan.

3. Dip bread into egg mix and pan fry until golden.

4. Drain on absorbent paper.

Note: The Soup Mix is really strong, so this ratio of eggs per half pack of soup mix works pretty well.  I have been known to get by on 5 or 6 eggs depending on how many people I'm feeding.  You also won't want to leave the bread soaking in the egg mixture unless you like soggy bread.

Other uses for French Onion Soup Mix

- Use it to add flavour to coat chicken drumsticks or chicken pieces
- Savoury Mince (add to mince and veggies)
- Casserole
- Dip (add 1/2 packet soup mix to 1 tub sour cream)
- To enhance meatballs, meatloaf or rissoles
- Potato Bake
- Sprinkle over roasted veggies

Uses for Chicken Noodle Soup Mix

- Meatball 'porcupines'
- Chicken and veggie soup
- Chicken casserole
- Pasta Bake
- Chicken and corn soup (add a tin of creamed corn and diced chicken and whatever else you like)

Remember you don't have to store this ingredient if you don't think you'll use it.  Store something that would work well with what you do have that will add flavour and help complete a meal.

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