Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

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Don’t we all have a friend we want to send a little “thank you” to? Back in the day, it was quite common for women to share recipes and food gifts. Let’s bring that back! This Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar is a great gift for someone you love or are concerned about. It’s also an easy way for your family to enjoy soup. Let’s get to making this soup mix in a jar and you’re going to see how easy it truly is! My friend, Janet (a reader), held my hand and walked me through how to use lentils by sending me detailed text messages. I thank her from the bottom of my heart.

Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

My friendship soup mix in a jar is a healthy, wholesome meal everyone will enjoy, and it’s easy to prepare. Add some bread, biscuits, or crackers, and dinner is ready in no time. I have some tags for you to print if you wish to give them as gifts, they tell you how to prepare the soup.

The recipe will be printable below as well. You can make these in pint wide-mouth jars or quart wide-mouth jars. This recipe is for the 32-ounce wide-mouth quart mason jars. But you could cut the recipe in half for the wide-mouth pint mason jars.

Ingredients for Making The Gift Jar

  • 1 cup dried green split peas
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1/2 cup of dried pearl barley
  • 1/3 cup beef granules or 1-2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta, I used Ditalini (place in a baggie or plastic wrap so it’s easy to remove from the jar)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 quarts water or beef broth
  • Optional adds, one pound cooked ground beef, one 14-15-ounce can of diced tomatoes, and one 15-ounce can of tomato sauce.

Filling the Jars:

Grab a quart (32-ounce) mason jar to layer the dry ingredients above. First of all, put the pasta in a baggie as stated. Place the seasonings in a small bag so you can place them under the lid after filling the jars with the other ingredients. Start with the minced onions, the green split peas, dried barley, lentils, rice, and ending with pasta on top in the bag. You will need a Funnel to fill the jars with the dry ingredients, trust me.

The seasoning bag will go on top of the pasta bag. These are so fun to make, my friends! These would make great gifts to take to someone who is sick or having surgery, the list is endless. Seasoning Bags I used. I bought the 3.5” x 5.5” size bags. You may want some Twine for the tags.

Filling Jars

What the Soup Looks Like

Step One

After opening the jar, remove the bag of pasta and set it aside. Grab a soup pot and pour the dried soup ingredients into the pot, add the seasonings.

Soup Pan

Step Two

Add 3 quarts of water and bring it to a boil. Cover and let the soup simmer for 50-60 minutes.

Add Water

Step Three

Remove the bay leaves and add the pasta and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the pasta and grains are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

How to Make Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

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What kind of jars can I use?

I prefer wide-mouth mason jars. It’s crazy, they are so hard to get in the stores right now, but the prices will come back down over time. Be sure and check out garage sales and thrift stores for these jars. So many people have stocked up on canning supplies, but they may never use them. Hopefully, they will sell them or give them to a neighbor.

The suppliers know there is a need for them, so watch for jars in the spring. One thing that really helps while filling the jars is a funnel. This one fits on regular and wide-mouth jars. Canning Funnel

Do I need to use a FoodSaver to seal the jars?

The FoodSaver removes the air from the food which is critical to keep it safe for one year. I put the seasonings in bags inside the jars so the powder from the seasoning doesn’t ruin my FoodSaver hose.

Do I need to use oxygen absorbers in my jars?

You can if you want to, I don’t. Based on my Master Canning and Preserver classes, the food is good for one year. I don’t have the equipment to extend the life. One year works for me.

Can I store my Soup Mix in a Jar Recipe Mixes in Bags?

Yes, you can, but be aware that some of the pasta or dehydrated vegetables may pierce the bags. I never use bags because I worry about mice or critters contaminating my food. I only use jars.

What is the shelf-life of my Soup Mix in a Jar Recipes?

As you know, Mark and I took classes to be Certified Master Canner and Preservers even though we had been canning, dehydrating, and pressure canning foods for over 50 years together. I lived in Logan, Utah and bought a Ball Canning book back in 1970 and drove to the Utah State Extension Service to have my equipment tested (pressure canning gauge and seal).

Shelf Life of One Year

The reason I feel strongly about mentioning this is because I learned the food we can at home generally has a shelf-life of one year. If we dehydrate food at home the shelf-life is one year. Let me be real here, I have eaten my own canned peaches that were 3-4 years old.

I get it, I’m sure you have too! I’m just telling you what I learned. If you think about it, if we grow a garden or go to a Farmer’s Market to get fresh fruits and vegetables, one year should be fine for a normal shelf-life.

We Can Do This, My Friends!

Grow food, preserve it by canning or dehydrating. Each year we start all over again. We can do this, my friends. The reason I want to make soup mix in a jar is that I saw what happened after disasters in many states. These jars would make gifts, easy dinners at the last minute, and perfect during a disaster by adding boiling water to feed the family.

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It’s critical you have a way to boil water, cook a meal, or make a pot of soup after a disaster. Please get a Butane Stove and Extra Canisters. The perfect pan for a butane stove is one that is a 4-quart Saucepan. Why? Because you don’t want the pan hanging over the burner on your Butane Stove. It’s all about safety.

My Soup Mix in a Jar Series

Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar
Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried green split peas
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1/2 cup dried pearl barley
  • 1/3 cup beef granules or 1-2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onions
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup uncooked small pasta, I used Ditalini (place in a baggie so it's easy to remove from the jar)
  • 3 quarts of water (when ready to make soup)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Grab a quart (32-ounce) mason jar to layer the ingredients above. First of all, put the pasta in a baggie as stated. Place the seasonings in a small bag so you can place them under the lid after filling the jars with the other ingredients. Start with the minced onions, the green split peas, dried barley, lentils, rice, ending with pasta on top in the bag. The seasoning bag will go on top of the pasta bag.

Cooking Friendship Soup Instructions
  1. After opening the jar, remove the bag of pasta and set it aside. Grab a soup pot and pour the dried soup ingredients into the pot, add the seasonings. Add 3 quarts of water and bring it to a boil. Cover and let the soup simmer for 50-60 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and add the pasta and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta and grains are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Optional Add-Ons
  1. You may want to add the pre-cooked meat and tomato products when you add the pasta. One pound cooked ground beef, one 14-15-ounce can of diced tomatoes, and one 15-ounce can of tomato sauce. You may want to add the pre-cooked meat and tomato products when you add the pasta to the pot of soup.

Final Word

The next time you want to cook in the kitchen but you aren’t sure WHAT TO MAKE, these Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar options are fantastic for gifting and keeping around your own home for a quick meal solution. Canning is an important skill and I feel as though these soup mix jars are a great alternative to traditional canning. Plus, you are going to have TONS of delicious soup to eat later. Happy soup-making! May God Bless this world, Linda.

36 thoughts on “Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

  • March 29, 2021 at 6:17 am
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    5 stars
    I love a good soup and how sweet that this can be given as a gift as well. Thank you for this colorful and delicious recipe.

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    • March 29, 2021 at 6:19 am
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      Hi Tiffany, thank you for your kind words. I love sharing items I make with friends and family. Linda

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    • March 29, 2021 at 7:35 am
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      Thank you for the recipe. Can the white rice be instant?

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      • March 29, 2021 at 9:29 am
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        Hi Sherry, yes, you could use instant rice but it will cook faster and may not result in the same consistency as regular rice. But I would try it! Linda

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      • March 29, 2021 at 9:45 am
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        Hi Sherry, yes you can use instant rice although it may have a different consistency because it will cook faster. But it will still taste great! Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 6:49 am
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    Tiffany,

    For the optional add-ins, when would they be added? Loving this recipe for future use – and I would like to make some jars to ‘gift’ those in need as well.

    Deb

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    • March 29, 2021 at 7:29 am
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      Hi Deb, they would be added when you make the soup. I made it without adding the add-ins. You can use any leftover meat of make it as is. Linda

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    • March 29, 2021 at 9:37 am
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      Hi Deb, oh, when do you add the add-ons? Because it is a dry soup mix, you will make the soup, and the add-ons when you finish cooking the soup. Simmer a few minutes. I better go add that to the recipe. Thank you, Linda

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    • March 29, 2021 at 9:44 am
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      Hi Deb, I just added this to the recipe printout. **You may want to add the pre-cooked meat and tomato products when you add the pasta to the pot of soup. Linda

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      • March 29, 2021 at 7:50 pm
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        Linda ,

        Thank you for the information. I thought it might have been them, but I wanted to confirm.
        Going to try this recipe this weekend! Will let you know how it goes!

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        • March 30, 2021 at 5:56 am
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          Hi Deb, it would be great with leftover ham as well. I love soup! Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 7:18 am
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    I can’t wait to make some of this. It sounds so yummy!

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    • March 29, 2021 at 7:30 am
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      Hi Deborah, I’m starting a series of these. I’m so excited, you should see my kitchen table! LOL! Life is good when we can make soup! Linda

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      • March 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm
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        I am glad to hear you are making a series of these. I think this would be something I could wrap my mind around for presents. Thanks!

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        • March 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm
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          Hi Janette, my goal is to make one a week, you should see my kitchen table, I pulled stuff from my pantry and I’m lining them up ready to make. LOL! It has to be easy for all of us to make them. I have my “Printable” girl ready to make my tags. Life is good if we can make someone happy with a jar of soup mix. Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 7:45 am
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    Linda, this is a great gifting idea and the soup recipe looks delicious. Do you put the bouillon granules in a baggie as well? I’d probably add the optional ground beef and tomatoes. Do you drain the canned tomatoes before adding them?

    Oh, and I’ve eaten chicken I canned that was four years old with no noticeable decrease in flavor and no ill effects at all. Normally I go through my self-canned goods in at most two years but sometimes I mess up when it comes to rotating my supplies so that the oldest is most easily available.

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    • March 29, 2021 at 9:35 am
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      Hi Ray, my next batch of soup I’m going to add some leftover ham to it. I would not drain the tomatoes, the soup is pretty thick being it has barley and lentils. Mark loves some meat in everything, so I totally understand!! LOL! If you have granules, put them in the bag as well. I used those little squares in mine. I’m starting a series of soup mixes, the economy is going to get worse, how much I don’t have a crystal ball, but you know what I’m talking about. Soup fills the belly. Stay safe, Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 8:11 am
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    I thought Deb might be asking exactly WHEN to add the optional add ins While cooking… Do you add them into the dry soup at the same time you add the water? Or do you wait and add them later when you add the pasta? Etc. Thanks.

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    • March 29, 2021 at 9:40 am
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      Hi AppyHorsey, I would cook the soup, and then add the meat and tomatoes. Simmer for a few minutes. I better add that to the recipe, thank you, Linda

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      • April 14, 2021 at 9:36 pm
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        If my family is not fans of barley, what would you recommend as a substitute? Chickpeas or black eyed peas perhaps?

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        • April 15, 2021 at 8:39 am
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          Hi Sharon, both of those would be great. I don’t recommend brown rice, because it does not have as long a shelf-life. So, I would try those. LInda

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    • March 29, 2021 at 9:46 am
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      Hi AppyHorsey, I just added this to the printable recipe: You may want to add the pre-cooked meat and tomato products when you add the pasta to the pot of soup. Thanks for pointing that out. Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 9:04 am
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    Linda, thank you!! This is a great idea for an Easter gift alternative that isn’t sweet.

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    • March 29, 2021 at 9:41 am
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      Hi Janet, thank you, that it is a good idea! Who wouldn’t love a jar of soup to make later for Easter!! Great idea! Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 9:50 am
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    Several years ago I made survival soup and gave it to my family at Christmas, along with the other canned goods that I normally give them. It’s fun putting soups in jars – especially when you see the reaction when you give it to someone!

    I have a question about the last statement in the instructions for the cooking of the soup. It mentions to continue cooking until the pasta and beans are done. My question is about the beans – I don’t see beans as one of the ingredients.

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    • March 29, 2021 at 10:22 am
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      Hi Kathie, I’m glad you asked this. I just changed the recipe to “grains” instead of beans. I had one hour to get my “proof” to the girl that makes my printables in order to get it in time for this post to go live. I thought to myself, should I put beans, seeds, or grains. Lentils are grouped with beans, but barley is a grain. I can’t change the printable but the recipe card is changed. Crazy explanation, but life is crazy at my house. Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 10:38 am
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    HI Linda, Thanks for this post. I’ve made dry soup mixes for self use and gifts for many years. Always looking for new recipes. One of the ingredients that I add in is dried mixed veggies. I usually buy them in bulk from an online spice company, that I can’t remember the name of at the moment. I used to send them to my so in plastic baggies also.
    This year, I’m going to package soup mixes in mylar bags with O2 absorbers for longer term storage. To prevent poking through the bag, I usually package the ingredients in a plastic freezer bag, then wrap that in a paper towel, then put the whole thing into a mylar bag. By the way, the cheapest way to use mylar bags, is to order the biggest ones they have, then cut that into the size bags that you need.
    I wanted to add a comment about O2 Absorbers; I’ve discovered that it is much better to use a “higher number” absorber rather than a “100” all the time for everything. Many years ago, I went with a friend to a Mormon warehouse (I know that’s not the proper term for it, sorry) multiple times to purchase canned items. On my first trip I purchased 12 #10 cans of APFlour. They suggested using a 100 O2 absorber. I just opened a can for the first time and it is rancid. Now, I’ll have to throw it all away. My last purchase of O2 absorbers was for #300. I think that’s what I’ll use for everything in the future.
    Just wanted to share that info for what its worth.
    I agree with you about the high cost of groceries getting worse in the future. I’m afraid that our “salad days” with fresh ingredients may come to an end, except for when I can grow and harvest my own from my garden.
    I’ve rambled on long enough. Take care of your self and stay safe.
    Suzanne

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    • March 29, 2021 at 10:54 am
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      Hi Suzanne, I spent $1200 at the Mormon warehouse up north dry canning center. It was all rancid after opening it one year later. I cannot recommend that company. The people who run it are volunteers but the bad thing is it was my first and last time to ever dry can stuff there. It has since been closed to people “dry canning” their products. I read somewhere where the church did not want to comply with the health department regulations. They still sell products but I can’t risk losing my money. They handed me open 02 absorbers, I had no clue. Then I took two classes on how to use them. I bought three bags of veggies for my soup mix series! Great minds think alike!! I have planted more vegetables this year because the prices are out of sight right now. I love your comment, it’s not rambling to me!! Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 11:34 am
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    5 stars
    What a fun idea! I love this! Thank you sooo much for the recipe and the step by step instructions!❤️

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    • March 29, 2021 at 12:11 pm
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      Hi Camille, I’m worried about the cost of groceries going up, I think we will all be eating soup very soon! I’m glad you like them! Linda

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  • March 29, 2021 at 12:44 pm
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    Looks very good, Linda!
    I have been making mixes like this for years. Since I am single, when I make these sorts of meals in a jar, I make those I keep in pint jars instead of quarts. For those I give away, I do a mix of quarts and pints since some of my “gifts” will go to singles as well as couples. I have made some in 1/2 gallon jars as well for larger families.

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    • March 29, 2021 at 4:01 pm
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      Hi Leanne, oh my gosh, the half-gallon jars would be awesome for large families!!! I’m going to make some in pints as well. I’ve made brownie mix ones and cookie mixes, but now I’m going to put my soups in my repertoire!! I feel an urgency to teach people to make soup and hopefully sourdough bread, biscuit, or crackers. My mind never stops, LOL! They are really fun. I’m not going to open my #10 cans of chicken to make, those cans are so expensive now, they’re like GOLD! Some are over $90.00 on one can! That’s ridiculous! I will be a vegetarian before I pay those prices. I better get off my soapbox! Linda

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      • March 29, 2021 at 4:18 pm
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        Linda, I agree – I’ll become a vegetarian before I will pay the price that is being asked for FD meats. For that matter, I am almost there even with the prices of fresh meats at the grocery stores!

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  • March 30, 2021 at 7:33 pm
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    Ohmygoodness we LOVE meals in a jar ideas, thank you so much! Please share more of these with us. 🙂
    I used to watch all of Chef Tess’s meals in a jar videos.

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    • March 30, 2021 at 7:58 pm
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      Hi Amy, you are so nice, I’m working on trying to get one soup mix each week done. If we can make soup and bread we can survive most anything. Yes, we can! Linda

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      • March 30, 2021 at 8:13 pm
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        You’re so right about that Linda! Yes we can indeed! Thank you

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