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Clean Out the Refrigerator Soup,Poor Man Soup Recipe

October 23, 2019

we are in the kitchen once again and it
is cheap meal Monday on Wednesday I shared with you three pounds of ground
beef and how you can stretch that today we’re using the last of the ground beef
and I’m making what I call clean out the refrigerator soup pioneered times they
had soup and stews and beans because that was very frugal because they didn’t
have any extra money to buy other things and to their gardens only produce
certain things that were in season at the time so we have a little bit of
everything that’s going to go into this soup and I want to share with you the
leftovers of my garden not the refrigerator this is what I have we have
a little bit of green beans left that I did a video last week we have some corn
here we have a little bit of cabbage left we have some carrots we have a
little bit of everything and I’ll show you how I’m gonna put it all together so
everything I have is pre-washed so we’re just gonna put all the green beans in
our kettle to that we’re gonna add some cans of beef broth now I do not candy
froth because beef is so expensive I really haven’t had a place where I can
get beef cheap that I can actually key in the broth and to that we’re gonna add
corn now I want to share something with you a little bit of a tip somebody said
last week about canning vegetables and how it’s not good for you because the
high temperatures take the nutrients out that statement was partly true but
partly it wasn’t and let me share with you why that is partly true the
statement is true because you do use high temperatures you do lose some
nutrients but if you don’t drain your liquid all your nutrients are in the
liquid so all your nutrients are in here some of your recipes you do drain and
then you will lose the nutrition but today it all gets put in here the
nutrients are in the liquid and you don’t lose the nutrients and home
canned vegetables if you can use the liquid here are the carrots so we’re
gonna go ahead and we are going to chop up some carrots as well
I like the crinkle cutters it reminds me of my mom my mom always had one and
they’re really cheap to buy and they just give a little more prettiness to
your dish so we’re gonna go ahead and we’re going to cut these carrots and
then I’ll show you what we add to next we’re gonna add these carrots as well so
now I have a pack of peas and these are so adorable because it’s the
old-fashioned packaging you can actually still buy them today from Birdseye for
50 sets I just think the packaging is so cute as you know then you’re using take
them look what they use they use the same boxes that I like to buy so we’re
going to add 50 cents worth apiece so now we’re going to add some purple
cabbage that I had in the garden these are real tiny so this is real tiny
cabbage we’re gonna go ahead we’re going to chop up some of this cabbage and
we’re gonna use it up I’m actually going to use up all the
cabbage because it needs to get used up here I’m actually going to use all of
the cabbage and doesn’t that make it look pretty now the cabbage I have to cut around it
a little bit because there are some spots in it that aren’t good anymore that’s all right you just cut around it
the same as you would a potato you cut the good parts out of it that’s why it’s
called cleaning out the kitchen fridge because in the refrigerator you have all
kinds of stuff that you really got to get used up and soup is a great way of
doing that and the chickens will get the rest of this and that will make them
happy some peeled potatoes that came from the garden put them in the soup if
you are really observant you’re gonna see some white potatoes and some yellow
ones because I had different kinds of potatoes the Yukon Gold do really well
for me better than the rest the rest don’t do that great for me here in my
area and there we go we got potatoes and use their leftover ground beef mood and starting to look really good
and it smells amazing so the last thing we’re gonna do is we’re going to use
some tomato juice these are from the food pantry the tomatoes that I made now
do we need to add any more liquid oh I don’t know we might need a little more
so let me hide just a little more there we go I added them both so there we go
my friends now as you see I didn’t add no salt or no pepper I will add that
when everything is cooked and marinated better in the soup so we’re gonna put
this on the stove and we’re going to cook it for probably about an hour and
then I’ll let you know what it looks like doesn’t that look yummy just taking
things in your refrigerator and making a soup out of them I was gonna make some
homemade bread and I realized I had this garlic glove that was half off and I got
it for 50 cents so we’re going to throw this out and we’re gonna use this garlic
bread to use it up and as I was cleaning up I saw I had two Tomatoes that should
get used up so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna chop up these Tomatoes
and I’m gonna put this in the vegetable soup as well a little salt and added
little pepper to it and it tastes amazing so here we have all of these
items that were in the refrigerator that needed to get used up and we made some
homemade soup with it all of the different colors it’s really important
to make food that has natural colors in it so you want the natural red and green
and purple all those colors are nutrients that feed your body full of
soup I’m waiting for the garlic bread to be finished let’s give it a taste test
and see what it tastes like and to think I made all this was just a
fourth pound of ground beef so that was three meals with three pounds of ground
beef you can’t get much frugal than that and this soup will last us for a couple
days so basically those meals are giving me many more so the three pounds of meat
gave me two meals for two people with the meatballs one meal for two people
with the burgers and another three meals for two people with the soup now how’s
that for a lot of meals for four dollars we can’t get any more frugal than that
take care everyone see you guys tomorrow from Fanny’s diary we’re on October the
21st 1943 and Fanny writes today I cows cleaned the dining room and then in the
afternoon we went to the sewing circle it was another cold rainy day I want to take this time to thank you so
much for all of your prayers of love and support through this trying time of our
family life is precious and spent time with
those that you love and remember that there’s a lot of hurting people in this
world and when they ask for prayer to take a moment of your time to pray for
them a lot of people are going through a lot of scary times in their life and
fearful and they feel so alone I want to thank you so much for just guarding us
with love and protection and prayers tomorrow this video is actually a video
that we made all of us girls had fun it was the day before Sierra got sick and I
hope you enjoy that video of just spending more time with me and my family


  • Reply Dee Beaulieu October 22, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Yum yum again. A super way to use up what’s in the fridge Tessie! Miss Sierra- get well soon. We love you and want to see you back to yourself again. Do what your elders say( they know best- and the crew at the hospital that’s looking after you, the doctors and such) . You’ll be alright-we are all praying for you lil Miss!?❤️

  • Reply Amy Lynn October 22, 2019 at 12:44 am

    We still do that every week, we call it Garbage soup. It's always good. So happy to hear your little granddaughter is doing well. ♥

  • Reply Laurie Lyon October 22, 2019 at 12:45 am

    I love the idea doing this! Maybe i won’t dread to clean out the fridge to see what I can come up with! Lol! I love using a cutter like that to cut the veggies. I think they cook faster too

  • Reply carolyn moody October 22, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Blessings an prayers ???❣️

  • Reply Hannah L October 22, 2019 at 12:48 am

    I love hamburger veggie soup. I always struggled with seasoning in soups. My husband loves lots of flavor lol. So besides your hamburger meat which I think you seasoned the other video this soup had no other season then? Could you help me with that if there are other soups you season what do you put in those?

  • Reply Lady Wytch October 22, 2019 at 12:52 am

    That's my plan for tomorrow lol. Tuesdays are garbage night, so instead of tossing food into the trash, I will make a soup. My mom always had "mystery soup" on Fridays. It was always good.

  • Reply Sharon Brown October 22, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Hey Tessie, how's Sierra?

  • Reply Terri M October 22, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Soup looks yummy. How is your granddaughter hon? ?

  • Reply terri riccardi October 22, 2019 at 12:57 am

    That's my kind of soup. Once it stays cold I have soup everyday. I will make a couple of different kinds of soups and then I put them in containers filled half way freeze them I'll make some pasta put it on top of the frozen soup and freeze it so it is ready to go if it's a stew I do the same 1/2 filled and freeze them add some potatoes or rice to fill it then freeze again. Easy meals.
    Am sending prayers for all in need of them. Hope everyone is doing better tonight. Keep smiling sweetie xoxo

  • Reply Vickiet253 October 22, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Love the soup idea. Continued prayers for your family. Hugs!

  • Reply Farmer G October 22, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Looks more like gourmet than a bunch of leftovers ???

  • Reply fdlseeker October 22, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Praying for a speedy recovery ?. I noticed the wrist brace I pray for healing. While I'm at it prayers for everyone ?. May God bless you all to over flowing ?

  • Reply The Italian Teacher. October 22, 2019 at 1:05 am

    The soup looks delicious I hope your granddaughter is feeling better

  • Reply Michael Ryan October 22, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Tessie, thanks for sharing, that looks good . I love soup , stews and chili especially this time of year. I always thought it tasted better the second day . God bless !

  • Reply ellen fisher October 22, 2019 at 1:05 am

    That's just what I do ~ clean the fridge out & make soup Only I add onions & garlic. I usually make so much, that I end up canning a lot of it. How is Sierra ? I haven't heard you mention it & I don't do facebook.

  • Reply Owen October 22, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Tessie I look forward to tomorrow's video your granddaughters are so precious 🙂

  • Reply Margaret Martin October 22, 2019 at 1:09 am


  • Reply Buckeyegirl 1 October 22, 2019 at 1:13 am

    That's what I'm doing tomorrow, clean out the fridge and make soup!

  • Reply Tiare K October 22, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Looks delicious. Just wandering are you able to can this soup?

  • Reply Janine Gober October 22, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Tessie, how is Sierra?

  • Reply Beth Grant-DeRoos October 22, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Have some soup cookbooks that note the reason soups are so great once the colder weather sets in is because with the shorter days, the bright colours of the vegetables affect us mentally and make the adage we eat with our eyes, so true. And winter vegetables like those in your awesome soup have lutein, an antioxidant which helps boost our immune system in winter.

  • Reply Deb's Way October 22, 2019 at 1:25 am

    That soup looks wonderful!! Another recipe I'm just going to have to try and I know I'll add a few more ingredients to it — onion would be nice (I love onion in foods), oh, and green pepper, too…YUM!!! Take care!

  • Reply Toni Lynn Cassidy October 22, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Onions? Where are the onions?

  • Reply Eileen Lester October 22, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Yum… going to do the same thing with some leftover chicken! I just found my crinkle cutter yesterday. ?

  • Reply halfanewfie2 October 22, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Wonderful Day everyone! Taking it easy today. Ear infection in almost 90 degree weather. Love y'all and have a blessed Day!

  • Reply Living Faith Homestead October 22, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Soup looks great! I love making homemade soup especially since the weather is getting chilly.

  • Reply Georgia Lake October 22, 2019 at 1:41 am

    We have rain, rain
    and more rain. Soup is a good choice. Looks tasty.

  • Reply Debbi Meyersbrant October 22, 2019 at 1:47 am

    For us Bubbie ( Yiddish ) for grandma would have remnants day it was always Wednesday. But you I did the same thing on the same day lol. I love living the my old ways ( I do have not water and cold ). Where I all of Herbie's family is around me and we help each other. I was looking at some of your older post, you are a younger me in a lot of ways. But I will not lie, I was sad to see a lot of your posts are gone , I can not see them. Maybe one day you'll bring them back.

  • Reply Extremely Frugal Tiny House Living October 22, 2019 at 1:59 am


  • Reply Mary Wells October 22, 2019 at 2:02 am

    How is your grand daughter?

  • Reply Vee Anthony October 22, 2019 at 2:14 am

    My mom would do that, now I do that. Looks good Tessie

  • Reply Dan 821 October 22, 2019 at 2:15 am

    My Mom and Grandma always had some soup or stew simmering on the stove when I was growing up. This looks delicious! I will be cleaning out the fridge tomorrow anyway and this gives me an alternative to fix! Thanks for sharing, and sending prayers for your family!
    God bless!

  • Reply Ludie Maye October 22, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Tessie the soup looks so good. Continued prayers for your family, Love You Sis

  • Reply Christina Gardener October 22, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Looks good. Making me hungry. We make poor man's stew too. Sending prayers for Sierra. Hope she feels better soon.

  • Reply avonleanne October 22, 2019 at 2:45 am

    hey Tessie, sorry I havent commented much. been praying for Sierra, hope she is able to come home soon. thanks for all the vids…take care

  • Reply A Wyoming Prairie Wife October 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

    You made me hungry, Miss Tess ??I love hamburger soup…I grew up eating it????Please let us know how, Sierra, is doing…praying still??????Blessings on all of you ❤️?❤️??????????

  • Reply A R October 22, 2019 at 3:05 am

    I have done this many times. Some of the best food ever. Beautiful soup Sweet Tessie! Yum Yum!
    You are more than welcome for our prayers. It's who we are as a loving and caring community. God bless you Sweet Tessie and your family.

  • Reply Michelle Collins October 22, 2019 at 3:17 am

    That soup looks really good! How are your husband and granddaughter doing?

  • Reply LIFE OF A MIL-WIFE October 22, 2019 at 3:28 am

    We call this soup everything but the kitchen sink soup

  • Reply Finding Vikki October 22, 2019 at 3:30 am

    That is just like the soup I make. I will tell you I make homemade beef bone broth. I go to the butcher and he sells me the beef bone fairly cheap. He knows I need the bone broth so he saves them for me and I get 5 big beef bones for $3. I add onion and celery and the bones and water in the slow cooker on low for about 18 hours. It is amazing and I end up with about 6-8 quarts of beef bone broth.

  • Reply Sandra Nevins October 22, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Yummy for the tummy. All of us would keep a plastic tub in freezer. Any leftover veggies were put in the tub( not off plate). When it got full and add whatever in frig— stock pot of freezer soup! Anyway that's what we called it. Peace.

  • Reply Melissa October 22, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Did I miss something? What happened to your son on Saturday’s ? The soup looks delicious. I think I’d made some garlic bread, cheese toast, or rolls to go with it.

  • Reply Lee Kurimoto October 22, 2019 at 3:54 am

    You are never alone. Much love to you and yours. Also, great soup!! Healthy, delicious and frugal. God bless you.

  • Reply Rose Marie October 22, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Your soup looks SO delicious. I do the same thing, clean out the fridge and make soup. I’m still praying for Sierra and the whole family. Praying God’s blessings on you all. Hugs and love, my sister.

  • Reply Grandma Cheap Cheap October 22, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Your soup looks delicious…. I hope and pray Sierra is getting better. I don't have Facebook so I can't keep up with the updates. Prayers for you and the family.

  • Reply Owen October 22, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Good Morning Tessie, Brother's, Sister's, and friends, Have a wonderful blessed Tuesday filled with happiness and joy:) God Bless you Love you all:) Continued prayers for Sierra and family:)

  • Reply laura pasco October 22, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Sending u love from the ATL. thank u for sharing yourself w us. ???❤️

  • Reply Linda Dobranetski October 22, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Tessie that soup is so yummy looking I will have to try it. I have cabbage, onions, carrots, chicken that needs used up, How is Sierra doing?

  • Reply Anna at the Farm October 22, 2019 at 5:05 am

    My "little bit soup" was made for lunch yesterday.. A little bit of everything in the fridge.

  • Reply HootOwl Holler October 22, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Tessie, that always makes good soups. I always add onion. If I have one. I hope Sierra is on the mend now. Your grandchildren are so precious! May God bless!

  • Reply Lolo Lotto October 22, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Yummy soup! ?☺️??

  • Reply Joanne Taggart October 22, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Soup looks so good. I hope Sierra is feeling better.

  • Reply c richey October 22, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Make this type meal almost every week. Use the bits n pieces of left overs. Always good on pocketbook n gives me a clean fridge!

  • Reply c richey October 22, 2019 at 8:20 am

    PS. needs to be called Smart Women's Soup!

  • Reply Patricia Russell October 22, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Yes,best soup in town!!! I'm in the mood for a spicey chili,so hope to go out in the drizzle and get my ingredients.More storms this afternoon!

  • Reply Yvonne Shaub October 22, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Greetings Tessie..soup looks great…I made beef veggie soup the other's so good when you have a cold snowy day..I hope Sierra is doing better I pray for her healing ?? blessings to you and your family ? ?? ?

  • Reply peggy paige October 22, 2019 at 9:38 am

    We love our fridge soup weekly. I've even canned some lol ? (ps good morning. So glad your grands doing better)

  • Reply Louise L October 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Looks great Tessie, I make that soup too. I just add a onion and very tiny shell pasta and just a little bit. So glad your grand daughter is on the mend. Lots of love to you and your beautiful family ❤️

  • Reply Marilyn McClintock October 22, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I make my vegetable beef soup that way. I made some last week. I also add lots of onion, celery, and sweet peppers. I add lots of things if I have them on hand. I buy a chuck roast when on sale and cut them into small, small size and use that for my soup. I use some beef bouillon too. I don't buy beef broth. I don't care to use hamburger. Your soup looks good Tessie. I have been keeping you and yours in my prayers.
    Grandma Sue in Central Indiana and Izzi Too

  • Reply Polonia Rosa Carrasquillo October 22, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Good Morning, Dear Tessie ?
    Happy Tuesday ? ? ?
    Praying for speedy recovery for Sierra, give Peace to the family and restore the Faith for everyone, miracle happens and blessings we will see and receive ???
    That soup looks delicious ? yummy! ?
    Have a great and blessing day you and Kenny ? God bless you both ? I Love you my Dear Sister Tessie ?

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  • Reply Yollande Melki October 22, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Wow Tessie that looks amazing! You are so resourceful and not wasteful at all!! Such a role model!

  • Reply Yollande Melki October 22, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Such a healthy meal too!

  • Reply TheNhanvey October 22, 2019 at 11:30 am

    When I drain my veg I save the liquid for soups later on.

  • Reply Kimberly Holt October 22, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Soup! I so enjoy soup, a pot of beans and cornbread and stew. That soup looked amazing. Take care of your family and yourself.

  • Reply Old Fashioned Homemaking -A Handmaiden of the Lord October 22, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I honestly could live off homemade vegetable soup and cornbread. Yum that looks so good, ???

  • Reply Old Fashioned Homemaking -A Handmaiden of the Lord October 22, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    How is Sierrra? I pray she’s is better Tessie.??-Just Judy.

  • Reply J T October 22, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I was going to ask how Sierra was doing. Is she out of the hospital?
    Funny you made this soup because that's what I'm making tonight. ? I love it!
    Blessings to you and your family. ?

  • Reply Susan Ramos October 22, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Jessie the soup looks amazing..I am learning more about being wise with our food..your little garden cabbages are so pretty..Prayers for you and your family!

  • Reply Wanda Hershey October 22, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Tessie this makes me want to make a big pot of soup! Yours looks delicious ?. Have a great day. Still praying for Sierra

  • Reply Wendy johnson October 22, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Looks so good! How is Serria? Hope feeling better !!! And I also hope your husband is doing good ??

  • Reply L. J. October 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I do a similar type soup with leftovers. I also add any leftover rice..plain or rice a roni. Hope your granddaughter Sierra is getting better!

  • Reply Betty Adkisson October 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Please what is the name of those tomatoes. They look like a solid tomatoes. Did you save the seeds.

  • Reply RobynA316 October 22, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Good morning Tessie! I have a question! Can you slice and freeze celery? Would it be the same taste as fresh? I’ve never tried yet so was just wondering! Mmmmm! Looks yummy!…. Ra

  • Reply Curious One October 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I did not know that Birdseye still sold frozen vegetables in the little cardboard box. I must try to find them. I remember those from the 60’s and 70’s
    I have to have one of those crinkle cutter things. Going to check and see if I can find one on e bay.
    I prayed for your granddaughter . I hope she’s better.

  • Reply Crissy Johnson October 22, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    That soup looks delicious!!

  • Reply Christal Lee Scholes October 22, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Tessie that looks amazing, you are a wonderful cook, thanks so much for making these videos I'm sure they are alot of work, God bless you guys??❤️

  • Reply Cheryl Kimbley October 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I love making hamburger soup – I make it often. Continued prayers for Sierra and know that you are NEVER alone.

  • Reply Linda Weimar October 22, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Love soup especially this time of year. Looks great.

  • Reply Becky Young October 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    My mom called this MustGoSoup

  • Reply Bare Bones Budgeting October 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Still praying for your granddaughter.

  • Reply impatience1 October 22, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    YOu mightlose minerals to the liquid, but vitamins, steroids, etc., are all hydrophobic molecules. Lipophilic. They are staying in the ll membranes of th food.

  • Reply Marcia Amino October 22, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Looks yummy. Soups and stews are where it's at.

  • Reply Lockey Anderson October 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Love to make this soup also. I make bone broth out of venison to. It makes great broth.

  • Reply Mona Lamanen October 22, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    That soup sure looks yummy! We have a lot of homemade soup now through the winter!

  • Reply Linda Weimar October 22, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    How is your granddaughter doing?

  • Reply Penny H October 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Looks delicious! That’s pretty much how I make my soup too. It gets better everyday, as leftovers. Yum!

  • Reply Buckeyegirl 1 October 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Tessie can I please have your email address I would like to send you something

  • Reply Terra Ranch October 22, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Your soup looks delicious! Soup is my comfort food. I’m so glad that Sierra is doing better. Hugs❤️

  • Reply ashley witzman October 22, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Tessie that soup looks yummy?I do the same thing I love soup?Also I said a prayer for your granddaughter I’m sure she will recover in no time?love you tessie you are just like me I can make anything from hardly nothing?love your channel and words of wisdom?

  • Reply Lockey Anderson October 22, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Prayers please Tessie I have to go back through another biopsy for cancer.

  • Reply Donna Jones October 22, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    We call it dishwater soup.?

  • Reply Opal May October 23, 2019 at 12:38 am

    I watched your other video 1st & glad to hear your grand daughter is doing better now ?

  • Reply Melisa Palmer October 23, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Love you all Tessie.??

  • Reply Vintage Homemaker October 23, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Another fun name is "CORD Soup"- Clean Out Refrigerator Day Soup ☺.

  • Reply Melissa Bernier October 23, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I make this every week. I add cooked noodles or rice depending on the kid being served. Sometimes I add dumplings. Your soup looks yummmy

  • Reply Jemmie Stone October 23, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Your soup looks so good Tessie. Reminds me of the soup my Momma use d to make. God Bless You and Your Family. Huggggs

  • Reply Michelle Ackerson October 23, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Tessie what is that you were cutting at the end of this video? Also, the soup looked delicious and I continue to send healing prayers for Sierra's complete recovery.

  • Reply Deaf Barefoot Melange Farm October 23, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Yeah every once in a. while we would have leftover soup. Then what was left over was made into poor man’s pie. Yup. I loved leftovers but my dad did not. He wanted a hot meal every single day, LOL but NOW, that he’s much much older and mum’s gone, he’s gotten used to eating leftovers. I taught him how to make a pot roast and then make soup after and he gives me what’s left for my chickens. WIN-WIN.

  • Reply Deb Brigham October 23, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hi Tessie.  Many years ago someone asked me if I wanted some must-go soup.  I asked what it was and they said that it was made of everything in the fridge that must go. lol  It was delicious. God Bless and keep you safe.

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