Combine all beans. Divide into 14 (2-cup)gift packages; present with the following recipe for French Market Soup.
FRENCH MARKET SOUP RECIPE: 2 cups French Market Soup mix 2 quarts water 1 ham hock 1 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 ( 16-oz.)can whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1clove garlic, minced 1 chili pepper, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup lemon juice
Sort and wash 2 cups bean mix; place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans, and soak overnight.
Drain beans; add 2 quarts water, ham hock, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil’ reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.
Remove ham hock from soup. Remove meat from bone, chop meat and return to soup.
“Just got my first “comments” back on this mix.I made a bunch of them for a fundraiser/sale about 3 weeks ago and they “flew” off the shelf.A friend called me last night to tell me it was one of the BEST soups she has ever prepared.I’ll be making these up for Christmas gifts this year. THANKS Tonkcats.”
“I love this soup! I’ll definitely be giving some of these out as Christmas gifts.”
“This made a wonderful bean soup!It’s still in the upper 90’s till early AM, but this is great for breakfast with a crusty roll. I did use a chunk of ham from the frezer (about a lb). I like the variety of STUFF”