Calico Bean Soup Mix
This is another soup mix that we personalized to give as home-produced gifts as well as making a very tasty soup, Why Calico? We had a similar soup in a little restaurant once when visiting Calico, California where the mountains were named for the colours which was supposed to remind the miners of a calico dress. The soup was very tasty and reminded us a little of the ham and bean soups of home.
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Calico Bean Soup Mix Preparation
To make the soup mix, combine the beans and place in a plastic bag. In some craft shops and cook shops, you can find bags that are ideal for this, although we like to use an attractive storage jar and layer the beans so that the jar looks nice and attractive.
Place the spices in a small plastic bag, very small Ziploc bags can also be found in craft and cookware shops.
Include the following recipe, we find it best to put it on a nice card.
Calico Bean Soup
1, Package of beans
1, Packet of spices
1 Hambone, ham hock, or 250 grams of ham, see notes
1? litres of water
1 large onion, chopped
2 x 400 gram cans of tomatoes, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
Wash the beans thoroughly, Place in a large soup pan, cover with water and soak overnight. (An alternate method is to bring the beans and water to a boil remove from the heat, and cover and let stand for 1 hour.)
Next, drain the beans and add 1? litres of water and the ham or ham hock.
Simmer slowly for 2? to 3 hours. Then add the spice packet, onion, tomatoes (inc. juice), and lemon juice and salt to taste (the spice packet contains no salt).
Simmer for another 30 minutes or until the beans are tender.
Take the ham from the soup, remove any bits of ham from the bone, and return to the soup.
If using boneless ham, cut into bite-size pieces and return to the soup. Serve and Enjoy
Notes; Most of the beans are available at Holland and Barrett, and Goodness Direct (/www.goodnessdirect.co.uk)
Calico Mountains (California) are just north of Interstate 15 in the Mojave Desert, California.
Substitute beans liberally; use Anasazi beans, pink beans, red beans, etc. There should be approximately 1 pound of beans in all.
If desired, omit ham and substitute beef, chicken, or vegetable stock for the cooking water.
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