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Soup in a Bag?

Our local supermarket has a new product on its shelves and I think it's a pretty nifty idea.

Quite simply, you can buy all the ingredients, except oil, to make a particular soup all packaged up in one bag.

Now, before you poo-poo this idea and saying - “What? A carrot, a potato and an onion in a bag?!” ,the soups on offer are more complex in nature. One is a Thai soup, for example.

It's not a product that I would buy; I make soup regularly, both simple and complex.

However, I think it's a great idea, especially for those who don't have an extensive store cupboard or a vast array of ingredients to hand. It also encourages people to 'have a go' at making something different from scratch.

What do you think? Would you buy a product like this?

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scheng1 wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:29 AM

It is good for those who have very limited time for grocery shopping and cooking.

WorDazza wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:38 AM

It's a better idea than the one I had! Soup in a net! Never caught on for some reason.

Ambermol wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:49 AM

I've just read a fishy post by you and now, reading this, for some bizarre reason I imagine you eating soup whilst wearing fishnets....

soupdragon wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:00 AM

I tried something like this once and it wasn't bad - great if you still want a homemade soup but just don't have time to start chopping a load of vegetables.

Kasman wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:02 AM

Ambermol - oh dear! I can see your sense of humour is going to fit right in here at Persona Paper!

Kasman wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:03 AM

WorDazza - is that made by the same company who produced the bar lunch 'soup in a basket'?

Kasman wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:04 AM

This sounds like a good idea. I know that plain old-fashioned 'bags of soup' ingredients have been available for some time but more exotic types of soup would be welcome in Chez Kasman.

Ambermol wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:06 AM

Do you have Booths up your way?

Ambermol wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:06 AM

Wordazza brings out the worst in me.

Ambermol wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:07 AM

Actually, I might be tempted to try the Thai one, Thai can be such a faff with all the ingredients.

Kasman wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:24 AM

Ambermol - no, we don't. We have other major supermarkets like Asda, Sainsbury, Morrison and Tesco as well as some very good independent foof retailers selling slightly unusual items.

basketofbuttons wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:48 AM

Its a great idea if you don't have a lot of time and it's also probably something I'd do / use

crowntower wrote on January 10, 2015, 11:34 AM

wow it is cool to have a market like that. You know even if it is simple or not, many are greedy to give you ingredients and instructions how to cook something. My mom had ask someone about how to do a gelatin but that woman she asked she just deceived my mom,,, but my mom is bless with wisdom in terms of cooking, she realized the measures is some kinda not right. When you overly put liquid in a gelatin it can't be made and it is a lot of money to waste. But perfect we did it for the first time and it is really taste yummy.

GedWrites wrote on January 10, 2015, 11:57 AM

I think I might because it is easy shopping and I hate shopping, however I would be shouted down at home because my partner is a great cook and prepares everything herself.

k2705 wrote on January 10, 2015, 4:35 PM

Sounds like a good idea socially if you don't have time to stand and make it all from scratch.

beachchair wrote on January 10, 2015, 6:54 PM

I think it is a good idea. Change things up a bit. If you are short on time or money this would work great. Or if you cook for just yourself it makes more sense. Less waste.

Quinbe wrote on January 12, 2015, 11:23 AM

we get fresh ingredients cup up and in a bag ready to be prepared at home.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:44 PM

I think it's a lovely idea for a grocery store to provide the ingredients for a single recipe in one package, as long as it's well priced. In addition to encouraging people to try new things, if the kits are affordable it would help people on fixed incomes - especially students living alone and singles or couples who may not be able to use an entire bag of one ingredient before it spoils.

Ambermol wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:31 AM

Shame, it's Booths that are doing the bags that I saw.

kat123456 wrote on January 13, 2015, 4:33 PM

I think I would - it is a great way of encouraging people to try a new dish and make it convenient

VinceSummers wrote on January 13, 2015, 4:36 PM

I would obtain individual ingredients. For one thing, oil should never be added to a soup. I use marrow bones -- the long thin kind with a ton of marrow inside. Oil is SO artificial. For another, individual ingredients are cheaper to buy. For yet another, my recipes do not depend on the recipes of others. I think you see where I am headed with this...