Soups Up!

Marathon County 4-H Youth Action Council put together INSTANT POTATO SOUP MIXES to donate to Covenant Community Church in Schofield.

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Here is a great idea for a club community service project. This involves many areas of what 4-H teaches. It can fall under Foods, Youth Leadership, and Community Service!

This could be something that is done at a leader’s house, or even as the project at the end of a meeting. You could also do this with different kinds of soup, or store it in glass containers.  We used plastic bags because that is what we had and could afford.

This is a very basic recipe that I got off All Free Crafts.  I can’t take credit for this recipe, since I didn’t create it. So thank you to Jane Lake for posting it. 🙂

Instant Potato Soup Mix (6 Servings) (about 96 servings in parenthesis)
2 cups instant mashed potatoes (32 cups)
1½ cups instant milk powder (24 cups)
2 Tbsp instant chicken boullion (2 cups)
2 tsp dried minced onion (32 tsp)
1 tsp dried parsley (16 tsp)
¼ tsp pepper (4 tsp)
¼ tsp dried thyme (4 tsp)
1/8 tsp turmeric (2 tsp)
1½ tsp seasoning salt (1/2 cup)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Store in 1 quart jar. Alternatively, you could divide the mix into small ziploc bags, adding 1/2 cup to each bag, as a handy addition to pack with your lunch.s.

To Serve:

Place ½ cup instant soup mix in a soup bowl, cup or mug. Add one cup of boiling water and stir until smooth.

 

What YAC did was put one cup of mix into a sandwich sized bag and then a tag with directions and the recipe to make more.  They had quite a bit of fun putting this together.

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This is a great 4-H project because it develops measuring and math skills, as well as teamwork.  You can even throw in some leadership by putting one youth, or a group of youth, in charge of organizing the project.  This could mean either gathering all the ingredients, or making sure that each family brings one of the ingredients or supplies.  They would then also be in charge of orchestrating the actual production of this.

IMPORTANT: Before you start this project, it is important to find out what local food pantries will take homemade food.  Many of the larger ones will not because they require factory packaged food and expiration dates.  Some of the smaller ones might, such as church food pantries.

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