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November 2021 Trail Bytes: Soup Roundup
November 05, 2021

We turned the clocks back this week in Switzerland, and with that Dominique put in her first order of soup with Chef Glenn. During the summer months, I send her to work with yogurt and fruit, but now that there’s a chill in the air, I’ll be filling her thermos with soup.

Homemade Chicken & Vegetable Soup

I didn’t dehydrate the first batch of soup that I made, but if I had wanted to, I would have separated the soup solids from the broth, and then blended a portion of the solids with the broth until it was thick enough to spread on dehydrator trays. I would have dried the remaining soup solids on a separate tray. Once dry, I would have recombined the dried soup bark with the dried soup solids, and bagged it into four servings.

Ingredients for Chicken & Vegetable Soup: 1 onion, 1 clove garlic, 5 small carrots, 5 small potatoes, 3 spears of broccoli, ½ pound chicken, bouillon, salt and pepper to taste, pinch each of basil and parsley, 1 bay leaf, and 8 cups of water. I added two tablespoons of potato-leek soup powder to thicken it just a bit.

Cook the diced chicken by itself in a pan. In a soup pot, cook the diced onion and garlic first, then add the rest of the sliced and diced vegetables raw with the seasonings. Mix it all together, then add the water and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and simmer for about thirty minutes.

Of course, we have dried a lot of soup over the years, and you’ve seen several of the recipes here in Trail Bytes. My occupation over the past week was to round up all the dehydrated soup recipes and create a table of contents on the website to make them easier for you to find.

New page: Dehydrated Soup Recipes

There’s also a chapter dedicated to dehydrating soup in Recipes for Adventure II: The Best of Trail Bytes.

The new web page discusses the different approaches to dehydrating soups, whether you want to dehydrate thick soups or assemble soups from individually dried ingredients. I made Ratatouille & Rice Soup for Dominique's thermos lunch on Thursday with dried ingredients that I had on hand.

Ratatouille & Rice Soup

You’ll find the recipe on the new page: Ratatouille & Rice Soup.

I also moved the soup recipes shared by readers to the new page. If you have a good dehydrated soup recipe, feel free to send it to me for inclusion.

Thanks once again for your support in purchasing the Recipes for Adventure books. Richardo writes regarding Recipes for Adventure II, “A great addition to the first book. Thanks Chef Glenn for your emails, too. It really is all you need to make healthy meals for extended trips or the zombie invasion!”

If you would like to buy a book for yourself or a family member, we’ll keep the sale going, along with free shipping through the holidays.

Dominique and I send our warmest regards to you and your family. We are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our Georgia family later this month—for the first time since 2019.

Freundliche Grüsse,

Chef Glenn & Dominique

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