How to make “broth mix” for soup and stews.

A ready made broth mix that you can pick up for a £1 in super markets but why pay that when you have all the lentils you need in the cupboard.  I use this to make “beef” stew.  The lentils need to be boiled for at least 40 min, or the whole mix pre soaked overnight before use as green split peas are tough ones to soften.

1 cup pearl barley

1 cup red lentils

1 cup brown lentils

1 cup split green peas

Mix  all of the above together in a large Tupperware container and keep for 6 months.

If you know you are going to use tomorrow soak overnight for quicker cooking in slow cooking stews.  If you need immediately simmer hard either alone or with your other ingredients until the green peas are soft.  Only downside to this is that your red lentils will reduce into the stock.  Still will taste yummy.  I usually chuck in 1 cup of this mix into soups and stews.