Essential Items for Making Meal in a Jar Recipes

Essential Items for Making Meal in a Jar Recipes

Dinner is in the JarIf you think long-term food storage means limiting yourself to MREs (meals ready to eat) and canned beans, think again! Don’t get me wrong, we should all keep those things on hand because a wide variety of stored food is the key to long term survival in a shtf scenario. Besides, you can always use canned beans for bartering if you have more than enough food for yourself. But what about something different, something that you can make yourself with ingredients of your choosing? That’s where meal in a jar recipes come in!

Meals in a jar have become increasingly popular in recent years for not only preppers, but campers and busy moms as well. Most recipes just need to be tossed in a skillet or pan with some water and are ready in under 30 minutes. Unlike store-bought “meals ready to eat,” with homemade meals in a jar you can choose your own ingredients, make allowances for food allergies or preferences in your family, and save money. These recipes use freeze dried ingredients, which is what allows them to be shelf stable for so many years.

What kinds of meals can you put in a jar? Just about anything! Pasta dishes, breakfast skillets, soups, desserts, and much more. Here’s a list of essential items for making meal in a jar recipes:

1. Jars

Quart Sized Wide Mouth Canning JarsYou’ll need Quart Sized Wide Mouth Jars for most recipes. Buying jars by the case saves a lot of money.

You can also use Mylar Bags instead of jars. These are great if you’ll be taking your meals on camping trips because they’re easier to pack than jars.

2. Oxygen Absorbers

oxygen absorbersThe great thing about using freeze dried ingredients in these recipes is that instead of doing traditional canning, you can use Oxygen Absorbers and they will keep fresh for 5 to 8 years. This method of canning is called dry packing. When you put the oxygen absorber in the jar and put on the lid, all of the oxygen will be sucked out of the jar and you will hear the can ping to let you know it’s sealed. Note: you’ll need the oxygen absorbers whether you use jars or mylar bags.

3. Canning Funnel

wide mouth canning funnelIn order to make sure all of the ingredients make it into the jar and you don’t make a mess, it’s a good idea to use a Wide Mouth Canning Funnel. These make the task of pouring powdered ingredients into the jars so much easier. This is especially true if you have children helping in the process who sometimes might not have the best aim.

3. Powdered Eggs

Powdered Whole EggsIf you want to make breakfast jars you’ll most likely want to get some powdered eggs. Some popular options include OvaEasy Powdered Whole Egg, Honeyville Powdered Whole Eggs and Honeyville Powdered Egg Whites. Powdered eggs are great to have on hand for survival storage whether you’re going to do meals in a jar or not.

4. Freeze Dried Cheese

provident pantry mozzarella cheeseFreeze dried cheese is going to be pretty essential to a lot of the meal in a jar recipes unless you’re a vegan or avoiding dairy for other reasons. Italian and Mexican recipes will call for cheese in most cases as will dips and sauces.

There are lots of options to choose from. Freeze Dried Shredded Mozzarella can be used in Italian jars, while Freeze Dried Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Freeze Dried Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese are great for Mexican dishes and egg dishes.

5. Freeze Dried Meats

Freeze Dried Sausage CrumblesFreeze Dried Sausage Crumbles is a must have for both breakfast and dinner recipes. It comes in a #10 can and there are about sixteen 3/4 cup servings per can.

Freeze Dried Ground Beef will come in handy for casseroles, Mexican dishes, and more.

6. Dried Tomatoes

dried tomato powderDried Tomato Powder is key for pasta dishes and other Italian meal in a jar recipes. It can also be used in soup and sauce recipes. Tomatoes are super healthy and should definitely play a big role in your survival pantry.

If you grow your own tomatoes, think about dehydrating them and making your own tomato powder!

7. Dehydrated Potatoes

dried potato dicesDried Potato Dices will come in handy for soups, breakfast skillets, and other recipes. There are so many ways to use potatoes that not having them in your emergency stock would be really limiting.

Also think about stocking up on Dried Sweet Potato Dices for your recipes. Both potatoes and sweet potatoes can be used in so many different ways.

8. Inspiraton and Recipes

Dinner is in the JarIf you’ve never made dry packed meals in a jar before, you might want to read some recipes and try them out before coming up with your own ideas. There is an awesome book called Dinner Is In The Jar: Quick and Easy Dinner Mixes in Mason Jars or Mylar Bags that will keep you busy filling jars for months and will also teach you the skills to come up with your own recipes.

Another expert on meals in a jar is Chef Tess. Her recipes look delicious. She is working on a book but it isn’t out yet. In the meantime, check out one of her delicious recipes, Country Sausage, Hash Brown and Pepper-Cheese Scrambled Egg Breakfast Skillet

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