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Old 10-15-2012, 02:37 PM
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I am getting ready to start preparing ready made meals in Mason Jars using the " 52 jars method" from a blog online. The goal is to make enough jars to last for a year using dehydrated/freeze dried ingredients and along with necessary spices, etc. to be stored for 10-25 years and vacuum sealed with the oxygen remover packets. Then when you need to bust one open,, everything needed is inside the jar ready to be prepared. No need to search for multiple ingredients or open extra canned storage reserves, etc.
Ive got a dehydrator on order arriving soon,, so I can prepare some of the ingredients myself instead of having to purchase #10 cans of all the ingredients required for each recipe.
( can you say EXPENSIVE!!! lol)
Im really interested in some of the everyday "meals" type recipes. Several of the recipe cookbooks Ive ordered lately, well a lot of them are full of recipes for drinks, cake & cookie mixes, etc. Not a lot with actual "Meals"
Anyone else out there doing this,, have any good recipes,, or site with recipes to share?
Any tried & true favorites,, successes, flops, etc?
Id love to hear from you!
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:44 AM
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I had the same idea, once I got the dehydrator up and running. Not a lot of free recipes out there that are easily found; they are there, though.

Survival Mom has some decent recipes and tips. Here is a one she has on her site:

“Saucy baked Ziti with Sausage and Mushrooms”
*Put the following in a quart jar:

2/3 cup Tomato Powder
cup Freeze Dried Onion
2 T Freeze Dried Spinach
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp basil
tsp marjoram
Dash of thyme
2 T Thrive Cheese Blend
1 tsp sugar
1 cup sausage TVP
1 cup (3 oz) ziti, or other pasta
1/3 cup Freeze Dried Mushrooms
2 T Thrive Carrot Dices
Note: "Thrive" is the dehydrated food SM pimps on her site. I would say replace "Thrive" with Dehydrated and you'd be fine

Label for Jar:

Directions: Place contents of jar in a covered skillet, along with 4 3/4 cups water. Simmer 15-20 minutes until pasta is tender and sauce is thickened. Serves 4

Thanks to Chef Tess, I’ve found a terrific way to not only rotate some of my food storage, but open it up and see exactly what’s inside! Taste it, study it, make sure my family likes it, and then have fun repackaging it into ready-made meals that will be quick and easy to fix in a pinch! Meals that will still have a lengthy shelf life! I hope you give this a try as well.
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Try this its a start.
Also there is some information on you tube on meals in a Mylar bag/jar.
Good luck these make great presents in a jar with a bow on top.
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Not much on whole meals, but a few good recipes. The salsa is nice because chips are simple.

Also a lot of soups, but I am not sure on shelf life:
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Hope I'm not on a woman's only thread again, I got my hands slapped.

I can tell you of a flop. I thought I could put up heat and eat stew in quart jars. Tried it twice. I still haven't made anything that tastes good. I can throw together a pretty good stew the old fashoned way don't need no recipies just mix up stuff that tastes good and it always turns out pretty good, but when I try to can it it is not so good.
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