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Basically freeze dried soup ingrediants-just had to add water. Came in a tall canister.
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crazy amy - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
this was my first experience with msg.what a wicked wierd headache i had the next day- i could almost taste it. it was really salty and tasty though- i love sodium in all its forms-but it just affected me the wrong way
c - April 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I used Soup Starter in the 70's and 80's. Then it disappeared...online a message states that Wylers Mrs. Grass Hearty Soup is Soup Starter renamed (Beef).
Tai - May 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been looking for Soup Starter also. It came in a heavy paper cannister and I thought it was a Campbells product. Today all the stores have starters that are mush mixes. The Soup Starter had chucks of carrot celery beef and was a great mix.
RevAnita - October 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I am sure Soup Starter was still around in the early 90's (since I only became somewhat of an adult during that time) - I loved Soup Starter and have been scouring store shelves for it - Sure hate that it has disappeared!
TamOk - October 12, 2009 - Report this comment
How weird that I found this site about 'Soup Starter'. I was just in my local Wal-Mart looking for the 'Stew Starter' version of this product. I'm so sorry to read it's gone but I will look for the 'Mrs. Grass Hearty Soup'. Hopefully I can use it as a good stew base.
Joyce - October 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Love soup starter from the 80's. I used it for a base for Chicken Lemon soup.. It was great I will try Wylers Mrs Grass Hearty Soup Thanks for the tip.
Don Alden - November 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I developed Homemade Soup Starter in the 80's. It was sold to Beatrice when Swift & Co. was sold to them. It was one of my favorite developments. I reciently saw the Wylers product and it looks much like the original starter but the seasoning was modified and uses less vegetables.
Angela - November 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Ok so I am not losing it!! I have searched for past month for Wylers Soup Starter to no avail! Now know it's not out there, keep seeing Bear Creek brand and tried but just not the same....Some things should be left alone, sorry to hear gone.
Michael - November 19, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom used soup starter, and I used to LOVE it! She made some great soup!
Kim - November 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Use to eat soup starter as a kid. LOVE Mrs. Grass soup mixes but Publix quit carrying them and you are right, Bear Creek brand doesn't compare. Amazon has the homestyle chicken noodle as an option but it is sold out. I found another site that sells it by the case, 8 packs, for about $32. I think it was factorydirect.com or factoryfooddirect.com. I'll post again if this isn't right. Mrs. Grass is a Wyler's product, which is part of Heinz. You can go to either wylers or mrs. grass website and there is a phone number to call. There are all other types of flavors besides chicken noodle, also.
Mini - December 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I want my Chicken Soup Starter back! My family and I loved that stuff. Why someone needs to improve things that are so enjoyable? I can't find anywhere in the Asheville, NC area Wyler's Soup. Tried once Bear Creek and well, I won't comment besides Bear Creek is no way near what Soup Starter used to be. I want my Soup Starter back. Is anyone listening?
JAN - December 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Almost beat up the store manager when I couldn't find my Soup Starter and only found Bear (yukky) Creek. He told me if I could find a code for it he would order it. What happened? Why don't they leave the good stuff alone?
Helen Dandridge - December 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been also looking for Soup Starter, would somebody please order this goOd soup starter
gv - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I called Hienz and they told me super target or sweetbay supermarkets carry soup starter or ask the manager to order it.
Jessie - January 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Was cleaning out my pantry and found Wyler's Soup Starter mix, three of them, with expiration dates of Aug 2000! Wonder if they are still good, never been opened. We loved them.
lu - February 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Beef Barley was our favorite. Looked for it for years. At first thought local stores stopped carrying it--then figured it was gone for good! Would also like to see it come back. Just like everything--good stuff gets axed!
Ann - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Best soup starter ever. I am so please to read that there are others out there to remember this product. It should be brought back.
Beejay - February 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember my mom making this. Something about it tasted off.
teelle - February 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I have been looking for this product as well! It's great to see that I am not the only one who loved this product growing up. It was so convient for us who just wanted to throw everything in a pot and let it cook to perfection!!!!! Why oh why take it away??????
Ken - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Soup starter was great. Start with some fresh chicken and it was unbeatable. But like so many GOOD things its gone forever. One wonders why. It was like the old "Itza Pizza" frozen pizzas, the only ones that tasted good. The premium RC cola, Ppepsi throwback coke C-2.
Leslie - April 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I am glad to see that I am not the only one wondering what happened to Soup Starter and Stew Starter. I really miss these products! Please bring them back.
Amy - April 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED chicken soup starter..... I want it so bad in the winter :(..... please come back!!! I don't mind MSG
Diana - May 16, 2010 - Report this comment
After giving up hope, I recently found my family's recipe for "Italian Soup." I was so delighted, but sigh, the base of it is made using "soup starter"...was wondering how "Wylers, Mrs. Grass Hearty Soup" compares..any comments? :)
Keeney - May 24, 2010 - Report this comment
My family also greatly misses Soup Starter. Our favorite was the chicken noodle. I always used it as a base and added from there. My children are grown up now, but daughter called today and said that her sons and she have a cold and would love to have some. I thought maybe I could find something out about it on the web. If there are these many people that love it just on this site, there must be loads of others out there that feel the same way. Surely something could be done to bring it back. I would even be willing to pay more for it than we used to.
Joanne - July 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I also have been looking unsuccessfully for Soup Starter. My family just enjoyed it so much. I bought the Bear Creek brand today but after reading these comments I have a feeling it is not going to be the same. Bring Soup Starter back!
bobi brown - August 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Please bring back soup starter. If you do I'll buy a lifetime supply, though I'm now 66, but still. My favorite IS chicken noodle, yum yum....I miss it so. This is getting mushy so that's it from me. bobi
Dawn - October 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Soup Starter and the Vegetable Beef was my favorite. Was just looking for it today as this is the first cold day of fall and can't find it anywhere. Glad to have found that others out there are missing it too. PLEASE bring our Soup Starters back, we miss you.
Larry - October 18, 2010 - Report this comment
We used the soup starter for years. It made the best soup when you added to it. I assume that it was competing to much with their can soups and they stoped making it. What a shame. We have tried some of the others and they just don't cut it. We have had some success (still not the same)using a beef stew seasoning mix and adding our own stew meat, cabbage, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, carrots, green beans and etc to make vegetable soup.
Sue - November 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh no! After searching three-five area grocery stores I bought BEAR CREEK.It's for dinner. I hope it's eatable. Bring Back Soup Starter, the best and nutrious.
Sheryl Ketchum - November 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Soup Starter was my fav thing to use in the crockpot.. dump in chicken the mix.. and bingo.. had such a great soup to come home too.. Bear Creek is no comparison. Some things I agree should be left alone. Bring it back!
Patty - November 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to make turkey soup with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and soup starter. I loved this stuff! bring it back.
the gregster - November 13, 2010 - Report this comment
..what a rip!! Soup Starter used to be a winter ritual for me..it was also great on ski trips, etc. when a bunch of guys would take off and have to fend for ourselves..brown meat, put in water and SS-an hour and a half later you had a hearty soup almost as good as homemade and much easier to make..dang..
Christina - November 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I have been going out of my mind trying to find the beef barley beef stew starter. Then I finally asked the store manager about it and he told me it was discontinued. Of course I thought he just meant the store discontinued it until I looked it up online and found this page. Has anyone tried the Wylers, Mrs. Grass beef veg.? Any idea how the cooking times will change if I still add browned beef chunks? I grew up on the old stuff. It was a wintertime tradition that I have carried on with my own children and now...there is no more. :-( Please Bring It Back!!!
Glenda - November 16, 2010 - Report this comment
What do we need to do to get Soup Starter back on the shelves?
Steve - November 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember eating chicken soup starter as a kid, it was the best. Why cant you just bring it back? The other soup starters out today just don't match up, not even close. Come on, bring it back for one month.
Wayne - December 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I think of Soup Starter, and Stew Starter, often, especially this time of year when we always have turkey leftovers. If I were younger, I'd make a career of bringing both of them back!
Wayne - December 03, 2010 - Report this comment
P.S. Just went to Wyler's website, and they say their "Wyler's Mrs. Grass" soups were formerly Soup Starter! I'm heading to the store to find out! Perhaps were back to the good old days!
Jackie - December 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Eveey year I try Mrs.Grass or the Bear one whatever it's called, to make turkey soup after Thanksgiving and every year I'm disappointed. Nothing out there holds a candle to the original chicken noodle Soup Starter. I'm so sad it's gone!
James Gingles - December 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I have added Wyler's Beef Stew Starter (origionally in the cardboard cannister, now the envelope) as just one of many incrediants to my large pot of beef stew for 20 years. I'm so sad it's gone. Wyler's should learn (and benefit) from this. What are we going to do if they ever stop making Coca-Cola, Heinz Ketchup, Skippy Peanut Butter or McDonalds French Fries. ;-) Jim San Diego CA roadwarior@cox.net
James Gingles - December 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Just read the back of the last package we kept. It is distributed by Heinz and there is a toll free # to call for comments about Wyler's. It is: 888-337-2420 The UPC CODE is: 0 41258 22819 8 Be sure to mention the old cardboard cannister (just to make sure it's about the same product! I'll be calling them first thing Monday!
john ty. - December 06, 2010 - Report this comment
just tried Bear Creek chicken noodle soup mix and it can not compare to the original soup starter in the tall cannister
JAMES GINGLES - December 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I HAVE GREAT NEWS FOR EVERYONE! Heinz is still making the WYLER'S (MRS. GRASS) BEEF SOUP STARTER . . . or STEW STARTER. They said it's called Mr. Grass now. They are sending me a list of stores in my area that I should be able to find it at and also mailing me some coupons! All you need to do is call the 888- toll free number that I gave two e-mails ago. Good hunting! :-)
David - December 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Much to my wife and I horror, I found out that they no longer make Soup Starter. It really was a great winter time meal. Well, as I head off to the store, I'll try one of the other brands. Hope we're not disappointed... Please bring back the Original Soup Starter!!!
Bill - December 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Soup Starter, as I recall, was made by Bordens. At least that is who made some ancient canisters I found in the cupboard. Bordens Soup Starter was bought out by Wylers which later merged with Mrs Grass. Todays product is marketed in a pouch under the Wylers / Mrs Grass name. There are less dehydrated vegetables and noodles in the current mix. I make it using approx a pound of cut up boneless skinless chicken breast. (You can cook up whatever chicken suits your taste.) I add about a half a can or about half cup of mixed vegetables to the mix. Again, adjust the vegetables to suit your taste. You can also add some extra noodles as well. Cook acording the the package directions. It is still VERY good this way. For Vegetable Beef soup, I use the wylers /Mrs Grass vegetable beef soup mix. I add about a pound of inexpensive beef (chuck for example) trimmed and cut up. I add a bit of quick cook barley and about half a can (or frozen) mixed vegetables . NOw here is the best part. Add about 6 oz of tomato sauce to the soup mix. This makes an EXCELLENT vegrtable beef soup.
Bill - December 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I might mention to my above comment. I am single and I look for quick and easy ways to make good quality foods without a lot of time and hassle. The suggestions above are based on that premise. The key to using these products is to use them as a "base" or Starter and them "Make it your own" with your additions and preparation. Obviously it can be made even better if you cook up chicken stock or beef stock and go from there. You can certainly add fresh vegetables as well. Some cut up celery is good in the chicken soup..... however you like it. Even using my quick and simple ingredients and preparation, I get a good tasting soup that is BETTER than almost ANY restaurant soup I have ordered. I keep coast down and it comes in at a lot more soup at a lot lower price than the restaurant soups as well. It tastes better and costs less than most good quality canned soups as well. Give it a try!
James in Columbia, MD - January 03, 2011 - Report this comment
PRAISE THE LORD! You folks have done the work for me. Went looking for the Beef Stew Sarter after purchasing the meat . . . and could not find any. Store Manager said not available anymore. I cried! Now I contacting Heinz!!! Thanks to you other soup lovers! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!
Gary in Cental Florida - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Like many of you, I have searched high and low for Stew Starter for years now, especially when the weather gets cool. The last time I recall being able to find it was in the mid 90's. Thanks to Mr. James Gingle who posted in early December, I was able to contact Heinz and verify the new name and upc code. Unfortunately, according to Heinz no stores in my are carry it, but, armed with the upc code I plan on requesting Publix to order it for me. "THANK YOU ALL" for starting this thread! "HAPPY NEW YEAR"
John from Columbia, md - January 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I think it is a conspiracy by the "other" soup companies, Progresso and Campbells that our beloved Soup Starter in the cardboard box is gone. They dont want us making our own soup, they want us to buy there prepared caned stuff - Maybe I will go to one of those outdoor world stores to see what kind of Freeze Dried soups they have -
Connie From Brooklyn, NY - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Will someone please post a picture of Soup Starter on this site. I have two nieces who use to visit my mom who is deseased, and everytime they came, all she would ever fix was soup starter. I would love to hold this picture up at our family get togethers one day and record the reaction from all her grandchildren. I bet Cambell soup would bring it back with a commercial just on their reaction alone. Please post a picture.
Mary Jogmen - January 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I can't find Mrs Grass goulash noodles anywhere. I use them all the time. Can you help me find them. I have looked everywhere and I see on the internet that others are also looking for them. You other noodles won't do for this meal . too narrow. Help.
Lisa Hubbard - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I cannot believe I found this website and all of your comments!!! Okay, from what I am hearing, Mrs. Grass is comparable and add a few additional ingredients...which is what I used to do anyway. As for your Mary, I will look in some old, old magazines I have...perhaps a picture will be in there and I will post it for you.
SOUPLOVER - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I too have looked for Vegetable Soup Starter,for several months, and couldn't find it in local store that used to carry it(Walmart,Hays)but I called this morning and the customer service gave me 3 stores in next town that have it. I used the Bear Creek last night, and so disappointed with it, just didn't have the correct taste, and Tony Chachree seasoning,more salt and pepper, and finally got it where we could eat it, but still not the great taste. Love Mrs.Grass Hearty Beef soup starter.
Donna - January 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I always thought my Mother just made the best soup in the world. Her secret was using beef soup starter and all fresh veggies from her garden. Last year I went to several stores in Raleigh to find the product. No Soup Starter anywhere, but instead a new guy called Bear Creek. I brought the mix home and was very disappointed, no aroma, no taste, no Soup Starter. What in the world? My mother is gone now and so is her secret family recipe.
Fast Eddie - February 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember Soup Starter from the 70's and 80's. Beef Barley was what I remember. All you had to do is add meat and water. It was wonderful!! Bring it back, please!
Jean Larson - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved the chicken soup starter, made it several times a year. If they brought it back it would be a money maker, they could charge more(inflation included) and definately not lose. I'd probably buy the store out due to fear of it being off the shelves again. Now that my 4 kids are grown they want it also to feed to their kids. There is a good market out there, I'm surprised they don't listen to us, the public. I refuse to eat that mush they call soup that's in a can.
Pam Cramer - February 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been looking for anything like stew starter out there,to no avail I am going to try the 1-800 number tomorrow just to see if they can give me any more info than I already have. Wyler's, Please bring it back.
Jerry - March 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I went looking for homemade soup starter and found a great commercial on youtube from 1980
Angela Smith Shipe - March 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I have posted a few images of Soup Starter.. I hope the Editor's, put them up.. I
Lance Larkan - March 31, 2011 - Report this comment
It's funny that I was just thinking about the great dried product earlier tonight. I asked about it on my FB.
Linda - August 11, 2011 - Report this comment
My Mom used Soup Starter in the canisters and it was the best, especially the chicken and rice one. I have not found anything comparable to it since. I wish they would bring it back. Wylers, Bear Creek and Mrs.grass are nothing like it. They always seem to change things when you find what you really like. Please bring it back as is was the best.
Paul - August 17, 2011 - Report this comment
My dad worked for the company that made it. I used it a lot in college. I remember being involved in the the production for one of the Marketing test Markets. I agree it was a great resource. Just add water and a little beef and chicken and you're good.
Sara - September 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I was absolutely fascinated by the rehydration process.I used it with venison(which I wasn't very fond of)and really liked it.I didn't believe one can would make that much soup!
Chris - September 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Why did they EVER stop making Soup Starter? I know I'm not the only one who would still like to purchase it. Beef Barley was my favorite.
Randy - September 18, 2011 - Report this comment
This is great, I loved that stuff. 30 years ago I had this nomad friend, used to travel all over the place. Three times in a row, over a long period, I made soup using Soupstarter and every single time, my buddy Cec would show up, out of the blue. It became a good joke between us, all I had to do was make Soupstarter and he'd come a running. Wish they had left that stuff on the shelf..along with Chun King dinners, the two cans you mixed with hard noodles...
Ann Jordan - October 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved Borden's Soup Starter. I will try the new brands, but I have my doubts that they will be as tasty. Also, my family loved Pet, Inc.'s Compliment cooking sauce, especially the one for pork. Does anyone know of a comparable product, or how to make something similar? The companies have great products, sell out to other companies, and the "good stuff" gets dropped by the wayside. If they aren't going to make it anymore, why don't they just sell us the recipes, like maybe even in a cookbook?
Judy Morgan - October 12, 2011 - Report this comment
Soup Starter was the best soup ever to make in a crock pot or over the stove and great for busy working people! You need to bring it back on the shelves. The other brands DO not hold a candle to Soup Starter!
Freda - October 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Pleeeeez bring back the original SOUP STARTER!!!! Don't put msg and other garbabge in it.
Debbie - October 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I looked everywhere for our beloved 80's family staple, Soup Starter, to feed the family tonight..to no avail..I found Wylers Beef Vegetable...the pasta in it was very mushy when we served this up...I added carrots, celery, potatoes, beef. I sent a comment to Wylers regarding the pasta results. This is no where near what Soup Starter in the canister was..sad face !
Delia - October 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Unless it was detrimental to our health, please bring the old soup starter back.. haven't found anything else comparable to it.
pat - October 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Can you tell me why stores do not carry the beef vegetable soup starter any more. Do you still make it and where can i get it?
Nancy - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes please bring back Soup Starter! Everything else I've tried doesn't compare. All the flavors were good, used the beef a lot. I miss seeing the canister on the shelf and my family sure misses eating it.
Mac - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I just found Wylers "Mrs Grass" Hearty- Homestyle Beef Stew. According to the lady that I talked to at Wylers, this is the original "Soup Starter" (beef) mix. The Upc code is 0 41258 22819 8; Its available at Winco Foods and most Kroger Stores (and affiliates); Enjoy
Gail - November 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I love the Soup Starter for making beef vegetable soup. I have looked everywhere for it. When I found out it was now called Mrs Grass, I called their website number and found out the closest place to buy it is 75 miles from me.That is insane. I do not want to buy a whole case of it online. Does anyone know anyplace that would sell 1 package of ot and mail it to me in Florida>
Doug - November 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone recall who made the soup and stew starter? That was the best stuff on the market. Loved them both. is the Wylers the same stuff?
Ann - November 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Just bought and made Mrs Grass Chicken Soup, not the same as the old soup starter. Never could find vegetable beef that was my favorite.
Melissa - November 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone know if Soup Starter can be bought anywhere?
Laurie - November 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to love adding ground beef and macaroni to the veg beef soup starter. I made some for my boss at the pub I worked at during college and he loved it so much he added it to the menu, Customers raved.
Mona - December 04, 2011 - Report this comment
So I just spent the last 3 hours in 3 different grocery stores looking for the Stew Version of soup starter and of course didnt find it. Came home and typed soup starter in my bing bar and found this site. Good to know I wasnt going crazy! Its too bad they did away with the product. I see I wasnt the only 1 who loved it!
Heide - December 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I love the chicken soup starter but i love the chili even more. Why can't the companies leve things alone when they are good AND PEOPLE LOVE THEM.
Bernadette - December 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Laurie, that is how I remember eating it as well growing up. We would use hamburger meat and put it on noodles - sooo goood!! Miss that! :-(
Judith Paige - December 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been looking for Vegetable Beef Soup Starter forever. I can't believe they stopped making it. It was a great dinner for those busy nites when my kids were little.... PLEASE bring it back!!! I also would like to know if there is anywhere this can be bought....
Brigitte Jones - December 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I Can not beliv so many are lookingfor the original soup starter products. Is anybody in the food industry listening? Was the best.
Jackie-dec. 26, 2011 - December 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm with you Brigitte is there anyone listening. This was the best soup mix ever. Does anyone know the company that made it!
Lori - January 02, 2012 - Report this comment
Omg I want my Soup Starter too!!! All I ever see is Bear Creek and it is nasty! I thought Publix and Kroger simply quit carrying it! Didn't realize it was no longer made. Nooooo!
Angela Shipe - January 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I MISS SOUP STARTER!! I created a page for it on fb lol I really wish they had never stopped making this product, it was my favorite!!!
PDD - January 27, 2012 - Report this comment
ME TOO!!!!! PLEASE carry it again! SPROUTS??? HEB?! ANY STORE HERE IN AUSTIN TEXAS!!!
Susan - February 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm looking for Soup Starter too! I just added beef stew cubes and the family loved it. It was an easy, taste like homemade, dinner. Guess I'll have to try Mrs. Grass.
Eileen - February 11, 2012 - Report this comment
There must be a warehouse somewhere that has a stock of soup starter and with all the msg in it it would still be good. Nothing will never be as good as it. None here in the Boston, MA area!!!
Caryn - February 12, 2012 - Report this comment
What happened to my comment? It disappeared for some reason! Anyway, I had said in my previous comment that my whole family loved Soup Starter and our favorite was the Vegetable Beef. I wish they still made it because I would certainly buy it! It was great to have on a cold night!
barb m - February 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I too, have been hunting for Souper Starter by Wylers. It was the best-chicken or vegetable beef! I am so disappointment to read it is not made anymore. I brought it right thur the 80's, 90's and even early 2000's. I thought maybe it was just my area and so went to the internet to see if I could get it online. All other brands are just not good at all. I started with Soup Starter and always added my fresh veggies in with it. It was great.
Betty Ann - March 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I too have been looking in every store for the Beef Vegetable Soup or Stew Starter to no avail. That canister was always on the self back in the 70's. It always smelled so good cooking and then eating it was even better even with the MSG. I'm still alive so it could not have been that bad for you!
Allison - March 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I tried the Mrs. Grass Stew Starter today. It's not the same, and not even very good. I won't buy it again. I miss the real Stew Starer.
PrivateRyan - April 08, 2012 - Report this comment
I bought the Mrs. Grass vegetable beef soup at the local WinCo and fed it to my family. Just like the old Soup Starter, MSG was listed on the ingredient list. I must say, it was pretty close to what I remember growing up, but just not the same. I guess it is better than nothing, though.
FoxC - April 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I am so relieved to have discovered this site and read everyone's comments about Soup Starter. I honestly don't get why some beloved products are so suddenly discontinued. Would be nice if some company historian could comment here as to why they would not keep products that so many enjoy. Would love to see this product (especially the Beef) brought back in it's original form. One can hope.
joyce - May 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Soup starter soooooooooooo good we had it with french bread tosted is this too gone with the wind. I hope not
Nexxus21 - May 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Back in the 80's I used generic soup starter from HEB that had dehydrated vegetables alls you had to do is add the meat. I also added non dehydrated vegetables as well. This was the perfect meal. I would put it in the crock pot in the morning and by the time I was home it was ready. I have been searching for it as well it was really good and inexpensive and for a single guy who worked 2 jobs and didn't spend time in the kitchen it was perfect.
Karen97869 - May 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Believe me, enough people ask for it - it will come back!!! Remember all of the vintage candy we bought as kids?! It's all coming back - I was born in 71 and like all of you, LOVED Beef Barley Soup Starter. MMMMM - My Mom made it ALL the time. I'm hoping some manufacturer will listen, and bring it back!!! :: keeping fingers crossed::
George - June 14, 2012 - Report this comment
The soup starter mixes were great!... I also remember a product called Roast and Boast. It had a browning bag supplied. Add the meat and vegetables. Seal, Bake and perfection! As far as I am concerned, If it works, keep it on the market.
Tammy Johnson - September 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I have the Bear Creek.. going to try it today, not to sure about it. Wish Don Alden being he is saying he developed it would take it to Cambells's or someone and re market it.. I loved it.. my boys did to, My daddy called the veg one bear soup!
sandra - September 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I was raised on soup starter and I have looked everywhere for it then I came across this site to find out that it isn't made anymore....I'm truly disgusted..it was great tasting wonderful to smell they need to bring it back.
May Johnson - September 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I received an email from Beatrice Foods stating that it was sold to Borden,Inc. in 1987, then to H.J. Heinz in 2001. The contact info is H.J. Heinz Company,LP. 357 Sixth Avenue Pittsburg, PA. 15222. Or 1 PPG PL,Ste 3100 Pittsburgh, PA. Tel: 412 456 5700. I just got this info today and haven't contacted Heinz yet. Let's start a campaign!!
EK - September 21, 2012 - Report this comment
FYI: Mrs Grass homestyle chicken soup in the pouch/bag IS Wylers Soup starter that was in the canister
Connie - November 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I being from Texas City, Tx went to Kroger and HEB looking for Wylers Soup Starter mix only to be told that they haven't seen it in some time and was told to try the new Recipe Starter. Nothing what I wa looking for. Then I was looking up on internet and found this page only to find they no more make the product. It was great. Helped create a meal especially during the fall weather when wet and cold. Please bring it back.
Sheila - November 30, 2012 - Report this comment
No more Soup Starter? Please say it isn't true. Why is it when an excellent product comes on the market it soon disappears? This is NOT fair to loyal customers. The vegetable beef was superior and I used to make it at least once a month. I am getting so tired of products disappearing off the market - as the saying goes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." All of the comments on this page should indicate to someone in your company that you made a horrible mistake by eliminating this product - it's a no-brainer. BRING IT BACK!!!
PjJns - December 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Yea, my feelings are hurt too just knowing that my worst fears are true. I fell in love with it too back in 80's early 90's. Chicken soup starter, jiffy corn bread, real butter, and a glass of iced tea on a cold winters day. Oh boy" by spring I would be faaatttt!
Squatchette - December 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I just sent my guy to the grocery store to pick up a canister of Soup Starter - Split Pea Soup. I showed him a cardboard canister of bread crumbs and told him, "It will be packaged like this." He called and said that he looked in the soup aisle and the dried goods aisle and no luck. So I thought I'd find a store that carried it online & found this instead. Canned split pea soup...I don't think so! He is bringing me the ingredients and we will give it a try. How sad that they stopped selling what was a great product.
Kate - December 30, 2012 - Report this comment
I am so sorry to hear that Soup Starter has been discontinued. Why? My family enjoyed it so much, and it was on our table once a week, with salad and garlic bread. Our favorite was the Chicken Noodle, and there is nothing on the market now, that even compares to Soup Starter. Please consider re-entering it on the market shelves. We all would be so appreciative! Please!
PrettyWings - January 10, 2013 - Report this comment
OMG, here it is....I was thining ONLY my family ate Soup Starter (Beef or Chicken)..... Had I known as a little girl that Soup Starter would no longer be available one day, I would have clean ShopRites's shelves and bought TONS....Heck with an expiration date.....LOL Has ANYONE tired, bought Mrs or Mr. Grass Hearty Soup Starter???? Before I go raiding stores looking for it, I need to know if it's even worth it.....
Don Draper - January 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Started the ad campaign. Best ad I very did. Peggey left me becaue I was cheating.
Stephen Brower - January 14, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes, The Mrs. Grass: Hearty Soup Mix, Homestyle Bef Stew, IS THE EXACT Same. I grew Up on this in eighties and have been persistent enough to find it everytime its been sold or repackaged. Ask your store to order it special, or look it up by the Name I provided
nancy clark - January 19, 2013 - Report this comment
beef barley was my favorite go-to soup for these Michigan winters. made it in the 70s ND MY FAMILY LOVED IT, TOO. I'd buy a hundred containers if I could find it.
mcbbg - January 26, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes, it is the same! To all those wondering, I confirmed some time ago with the manufacturer that the Mrs. Grass mix is the same as the old "Soup Starter" mix. It is just as fabulous (with meat and addl spices/veggies added of course!)! Fyi, to those in the Raleigh NC area, it is available as Lowes Foods. **For those in Florida, I used to buy it at Winn-Dixie, after Publix stopped carrying it.
Bob - August 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh boy, does this bring back memories. I loved tossing a few chicken legs into the chicken & rice mix. These days, the Alessi soup mixes are generally rated as good by Amazon shoppers and I've enjoyed their Sicilain chicken noodle soup.
Rhonda - September 09, 2013 - Report this comment
One of my coworkers was telling me about this great slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe she got at allrecipes.com. It reminded me of the Soup Starter my Grandma used to make when I was a kid. She used to drop dumpings on top of it and it was sooooo fabulous! I got home from work and started my quest to see if Soup Starter was still out there. On my way to the store now to check for that Mrs. Grass stuff. Ahh, memories!!
Donna - September 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I am 70 and raised my children on Wyler's as I was a single, working mom. Please say it isn't so. I don't cook much anymore for myself - this soup was a godsend and would be again. I tried to make it from scratch, but (and I hate to say this) Wyler's was better!!!
Barbara - October 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Mrs. Grass Can't be the original soup starter renamed, it existed previously. Nothing is as good as the original. Write to Wyler's (Heinz) and ask for the original back. I did.
Stephanie - October 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Don Alden, do you monitor this website? Have you developed any other products, or thought about marketing Soup Starter yourself?
anne - October 28, 2013 - Report this comment
Just got off the phone with customer service and they told me they halted production of the Wyler's/Mrs. Grass Soup Mix/Soup Starter. Here in the south, it is currently at Kroger and Walmart and starting Mid-November 2013, it should be readily available in most grocery stores. FINALLY...YAY!
Stephanie Wilson - October 31, 2013 - Report this comment
Please bring back the original Soup Starter in the canister.
Fiona - November 20, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh Dear Soup Starter...parting is such sweet sorrow! And here I thought I was the only crazy-town, soup-nazi pining away for my beloved soup mix! And here you are my soup-loving friends. It's a small world, made smaller by the internet. Who knew a dehydrated soup mix from the 70's and 80's could evoke such memories of the only go-to food befitting a cold Winter afternoon after sleigh riding. Sigh. We need a "Bring Back Soup Starter" Facebook Page where everyone can post their favorite memory. OK, Mrs. Grass, here I come - you better be good!!
BeeBee - November 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I just found a container of Borden's Stew Starter in my food closet this morning .. tells you something about me as a hoarder. I knew the product had vanished forever years ago but finding it reminded me of how much I had missed it. I opened the canister. Finding the dried carrots were a deep brown told me that it would be better disposed of but I sure wish I could have had one last taste of that delicious beef stew!! I think I will save the container for a while anyway to remind me how we take certain things for granted but find nothing lasts forever.
Cindy - December 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I got to thinking about the Soup Starter the other day and agree--if it ain't broke, don't fix it. We loved Soup Starter and Stew Starter. Please bring it back--the other mixes just aren't that good! It was quick, easy and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!
Scarlett - December 28, 2013 - Report this comment
My brother-in-law still talks about how good Soup Starter was. Bring it back!!
Pam - January 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I guess I am a little late finding out this news,I was in denial just thought shelves had run out. I was also a single mom and my kids LOVED THIS SOUP! I would especially enjoy making the turkey soup with any leftover turkey from holidays.My youngest daughter is 25 and just begged me to make some like whn she was young. Im glad I found this website although very sad for the demise of the old faithful. I will look and try Mrs Grass but uh oh now to break the news to my daughter. Thanks to everyone for all your research and comments. Glad to know Im not alone in missing this great product.
Recipe - January 22, 2014 - Report this comment
To whoever said they developed this, can you post a recipe so we can just make our own? I would be more than happy to mix up a large batch and separate it in zip lock bags for future use as needed.
Bruce - January 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved Soup Starter as a kid, and when it disappeared from the shelves, I found Mrs. Grass had that same great flavor.I have been making Mrs. Grass about every other week for a very long time. Since December 2013, my local Walmart has not had Mrs. Grass on the shelf. PLEASE don't take away Mrs. Grass too!!
Stephanie - January 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I've been using soup starter for years. Now for the past 3 weeks haven't been able to find it which really sucks. Please bring it back to Virginia.
Mark Schaefer - February 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Can anyone tell me if the seasoning in the beef stew mix (excluding the dried vegetables) are identical to the seasoning in the soup mix? I found one last container of soup starter, and I woner if I can use it to make beef stew?
Joyce - March 03, 2014 - Report this comment
why on earth would you discontinue such a good and popular product as the soup starter mix? There is no other that compares to it. Please bring it back!
Tina - March 03, 2014 - Report this comment
My grown son swears that soup starter(chicken)has medicinal properties.He still wants me to make it when he is ill.I cannot duplicate the original.
Lee - March 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved Soup Starter Hearty Chicken Vegetable mix! It was perfect every time! Made it quite often in the 70's and 80's. Always on my shopping list! I did not know until reading the above comments what happened to it. You are all correct. Nothing on the market compares to it today! My husband, and kids always finished every drop. The best home made soup ever! I would definitely buy TONS of it if they brought it back!
Barbara - April 18, 2014 - Report this comment
my whole family loved stew starter. It smelled sooo good when it was cooking. It was so easy just to add a few more vegetables and let simmer. I never tried the soup starter but it sounds like that was excellent too. I'm going to call Wyler. Maybe if enough of us call they will bring it back.
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Mar - July 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Please bring back the original soup starter in canister. It was always on my shelf in kitchen and it was so good. Miss it so much please pay attention to us all and bring this back to us. Be glad it was so well loved and give it back please.
Mar - July 17, 2014 - Report this comment
To let yall know I just called Heinz and requested this soup starter be brought back and also would someone from company please come post to everyone here if they will ever bring back and if not why since it has been a staple loved by so many. Hope they post to us but you never know. I just want original soup starter back. Thanks
TinaO - August 20, 2014 - Report this comment
I want my SOUP STARTER (BEEF) BACK! Please please please I will buy a case every month!Just please bring it back!
Donna,WI. Aug 23, 2014 - August 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I got my recipe down in Arizona. It was called Chicken Tortilla Soup. It called for chicken noodle soup starter it was in a canister, green chilies, frozen mixed veg. can tomatoes. When serving we added tortilla chips and grated cheese. I think I'm going to go on a hunt we have a lot of good stores here and I'll see if I can get them to look into it.
B Wade - September 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I really miss the stew starter, We use to make big pots of this stew and all the kids from around the block would come and eat. It was a big hit,Tell your Marketing big wig's that they should bring this product back, if nothing else sell it on line. See what kind of response you get.
Georgine - September 26, 2014 - Report this comment
H E L L O F O O D I N D U S T R Y: There are an awful lot of us who want soup starter back! Mrs. Grass s edible and Bear Creek was not even that!!!!!
janette - October 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Yes please bring back or at least make it available on line,I know lots of people who would order by the case. Winter is just around the corner!!!!!!!!! Soup Starter --- Beef.Stew and Chicke(bring them back
Barbara - October 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I can't add much more to this except I feel the same way about wanting it back. There just isn't anything else in the stores that compare to Soup Starter.
Valerie - October 31, 2014 - Report this comment
I went looking for soup starter and was very disappointed to find it was no longer available, I'm in the process of making a pot of beef vegetable soup and i hope it turns out okay without my soup starter. Please bring it back,
Cathy - October 31, 2014 - Report this comment
Wow! I thought I was the only person going around every city I'd visit searching for the original Soup Starter and Beef Starter. I'm 56 years old now but distinctly remember how good the soup and beef stew tasted when my mom used the starter as a base. Please consider bringing it back!
Biki - November 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Last night my husband requested the great soups I Used to make back in the day. A looong time ago. So Tonight I go to Shoprite, and I'm SEARCHING and scouring the shelves, where I know soup starter lives. So I google it while in the aisle, and find it's not made anymore??? There's nothing even remotely close to Soup Starter!Im at a total loss! There's NO WAY my homemade soup that I guess I have to figure out how to make now will come anywhere close to Soup Starter. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is DEEPLY saddened by the loss of this amazing comfort food soup mix! :(
Bernadine - November 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I just came from two different grocery stores look-ing for soup starter, and couldn't find it. At one store one of the workers tryed to help me find it, we looked and still no soup starter. I finally said to him, they proberly don't make it anymore. I wanted to make soup since it has started toget cold here in Georgia. I bought ox tails for the meat, it will not taste the same or good as it would if I had the soup starter mix. After reading a lot of the comments, I am really sad that a good product such as that is not around any more. Another good product that was taken off the shelves years ago, any one remember Axion for cleaning clothes, that was excellent. Thanks for letting me echo my feelings.
Ellie - November 10, 2014 - Report this comment
My daughter and I both had a craving for this soup at the same time, living in two different states. We've scoured supermarket shelves and are so disappointed. It's so good to know we're not alone. Don't they know "if it's not broken don't fix it."
Joyce - November 12, 2014 - Report this comment
I am with all of you that miss Soup Starter. Why indeed. They always take the products that we love and adore. Beef Barley was our favorite. So easy but yet oh so wonderful. Probably the MSG in it had people complaining. I say just don't buy it if you are allergic. Don't punish the rest of us.
Wilmington delaware - November 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Where the hell is my soup starter
Linda - November 23, 2014 - Report this comment
BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL SOUP STARTER, PLEASE. WE LOVE IT IN MORGANTOWN WEST VIRGINIA.
EZT - November 24, 2014 - Report this comment
Get over it people! Soup stock is easy to make and better for you than Soup Starter which has been gone since the late 70's early 80's! I say bring back Lucky Lager! Now that sumthin to complain bout!

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