Prep Endless Homemade Mason Jar Soups With This Handy Chart

By , Tricia Silverman, RD
Mason jars are trending—not only for crafts, but also for people who are looking for fun, fresh and fantastic new ways to get or stay healthy. Mason jar salads and Mason jar oatmeal have had their moment, but the latest, greatest meal-prep project is Mason jar soups.

Warm, filling and versatile, soups can be eaten as a meal or snack any time of day, and the pint-size nature of the Mason jar makes them perfect for portion control. Research also shows that eating a lower calorie soup before your meal may help reduce total calorie intake over the course of the meal. Not bad for a dish most of people relegate only to sick days and snow days.

The best part? With just a few ingredients, you can mix and match delicious soups that will never leave your diet feeling boring. With this formula, the flavorful, healthy possibilities are endless. 

Tricia Silverman, RD, MBA, is an award-winning registered dietitian, fitness instructor and wellness coach. She specializes in giving dynamic and engaging group wellness programs. She has helped many people to eat more healthfully, feel better, exercise and lose weight. She also teaches health and nutrition courses for Northeastern University. 

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SES823 4/28/2021
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JANDERSON24 1/30/2021
I will be using the chart a lot! Thank you! Soup is my favorite but I always make a potful (I can’t help it!) and then get tired of it. This is perfect! Report
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When I made jar salad my partner dumped his in a bowl. So the same could be done with the soup and then it could be microwaved and heated up safely. Report
None of them look appetizing to me, but I have been putting dry ingredients in jars for decades to cook and give as gifts, for over fifty years. Report
I love soup & part of the flavor profile comes from having it simmer to meld together the ingredients. I could see adding boiling water to a mixture but as hot as that jar would be, you'd need a hot mitt to handle & that could slip & be dangerous. Maybe it should sit for a while, then be shaken. Also glass is so easily broken, I don't see the attraction of Mason jars & trying to transport them. Plastics are problematic for other reasons yet it surely makes transporting soup to an office doable. I would think buying wax coated cardboard containers from a restaurant supply place would be a better option. Look for or inquire to be certain they can handle hot liquids.

Personally I like to make homemade soup. I cut my veggies & throw in a pot w/ chicken parts, add some seasonings & let that aroma fill the air while I do other tasks like laundry or cleaning then checking it off & on. Or you can use your crock pot. Remove the meat to use for dinner & a few lunches, shred some to return to the broth. You can portion out & freeze for later. I make sure to take out the night before I want it so it has time to thaw. If you want to add grains, legumes, noodles or other veggies you could do so when reheating later whether in a microwave or saucepan.

My friend has an electric kettle at the office that she heats plain broth in to pour over her leftovers - same concept as this silly article & more practicle.

Using the phone app, you can barely read the charts. SP should fix that w/ a .pdf link. Just the charts would be more helpful for combo ideas. Report
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Great idea! Something I can put together while I'm cooking and packing my lunches for the week. Report
For something that will only last 3 days in the fridge, I'd rather make a large batch and freeze it in individual containers. Good idea, but not practical for me.
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Wow, such neat ideas! I love soups but it's always a source of friction because the rest of my family is not as keen on soups. It will be fun to convert/adapt some of these recipes to keto/low-carb!! Report
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I tried a few of these in my own combinations and wanted to leave my general experience. 1st, I never felt like I could the water hot enough to meld the flavors and soften either raw stuff or pre-cooked stuff that had gotten cold. 2nd, not necessarily convenient if you were in a spot to freeze your bases. Can't put glass in the freezer for more than short stints. 3rd, maybe petty, but I couldn't use a regular soup spoon easily because of the jar's shape and opening. 4th, I found it hard to get the right broth to solid ratio, but I think that's the nature of it when you add liquid after prepping and have cold pre-cooked ingredients that will absorb liquid to heat and soften them and raw ingredients that do the same but at different rates.

This *is* a cute idea that will work for some people, but it didn't really work for me. I prefer to make a soup, maybe leaving the noodles cooked less so they don't get too soft on a reheat and portion it out into fridge and freezer, and microwave, safe bowls. I do appreciate the flavor and ingredient suggestions, so thank you! Report
Not sure I quite "get it". I think I have to agree with Kelly_R. I would just make my own and portion it out. Report
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Can't wait to try some of the different soups. Report
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Thank you for the Mason Jar Soup ideas! Report
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Mmmm these sound like a yummy, easy idea. Report
I'd never thought to make individual soups like this. I do like mason jars for transporting/food storage--they have plastic lids for the top. Perfect portion size for various things. Usually I just put leftover soup in them--can put it in hot rather than waiting for it to cool down to put in plastic containers, but now I want to try some of these!! Report
I love putting my soup in a Mason Jar. It's such an continent way of having soup on the go. Report
I really have to try some of these! Report
wow, this is great. Can't wait to try some of these out. Report
Wish I'd known about this when I was still working! Report