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    Has any one made this before? I read somewhere that you can cook a soup down to the point where its like jelly, cut into peices and dry in the sun for 10 days, and will keep for a very long time if kept dry. Sounds like a cool project, what do you think?


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    I think there was reference to this in the book, Robinson Caruso. He was making turtle soup I think and saving it like that.
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    I haven't done it, but we've had quite a few people talking about dehydrating soup. Should work well.
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    Never heard of it, but would be very interested if it can be done or not....

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    You don't have to dry it for 10 days, put it on a sheet pan (cookie sheet) and put it in the oven at about 160-170, and it will dry that way, but make sure you use a pan you can scrape it off of. The problem is that the rejuvenation process is hit or miss, too little or too much water and it doesn't come out right.

    You have to be carefull to dry it thoroughly though, if there is too much moisture in any of the ingerdients it could make you bad awful sick if it goes rancid.

    I was a banquet chef before I was a truck driver, and we used to make soup bases by just not adding the liquid content until needed. We'd make a couple of gallons of the stuff, freeze some, and refrigerate the rest. Great for sudden company. The concept is the same.

    The cube bullions are okay, but way too salty, you can make your own and dehydrate (as above) making it less salty, and also safer, then when you want soup you can throw it in with whatever is on hand to make it with, or mix with dehydrated veggies, or whatever...
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    With the current price of bullion cubes, I'm not sure I'd go to the trouble myself, but I'm always curious to learn about things like this.

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    When my Grandparents were alive, back in Scotland, people used to make porridge and pour it into a drawer, in a chest of drawers, and let it set.
    They would then take it to work for their lunch for the rest of the week, cut into pieces and wrapped in newspaper.

    So I presume the theory behind it might be the same.
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    The Lewis and Clark Expedition had a "Portable Soup" that was dehydrated soup. If you read undaunted courage you well get a sense of how nasty it must have been as the men didn't like it much. It did keep the scurvey down though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by endurance View Post
    With the current price of bullion cubes, I'm not sure I'd go to the trouble myself, but I'm always curious to learn about things like this.
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    Never thought of dehydrating soup, I may give it a try.
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    OK,Its about 9.30 on friday night, 2 days ago I made cabbage soup ,I strained 2 cups and are going to see what happens, Going to start boiling it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runs With Beer View Post
    OK,Its about 9.30 on friday night, 2 days ago I made cabbage soup ,I strained 2 cups and are going to see what happens, Going to start boiling it now.
    So how did the boiling go, is it on its way to being dehydrated.
    I Wonder Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink what ever comes out?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by welderguy View Post
    So how did the boiling go, is it on its way to being dehydrated.
    It took about 1 hour to get it real thick. Then took a paper towel on a cookie sheet and put teaspoon goobs on that. Its 5.45am its soild but still soft, Im sure it needs to be bone dry. We will see how it goes?

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    7.45 pm Its still drying, I like leather now, Doesnt smell very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runs With Beer View Post
    7.45 pm Its still drying, I like leather now, Doesnt smell very good.
    It's cabbage soup, it never smelled good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RunsWithDeer View Post
    It's cabbage soup, it never smelled good.
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    Yea I can dig it, When I first made it, was quite good. But after looking, and smelling, and smelling and looking, I think I should try again, cause I aint eatin that!

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    Ha ha LOL that's priceless!!
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    dehydrated soup?

    Top Ramen, Maruchan Instant lunch, Lipton. they work for me and shelf life is very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    dehydrated soup?

    Top Ramen, Maruchan Instant lunch, Lipton. they work for me and shelf life is very good.
    Yea buddy, I think your way is easyer.

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