Saturday, October 27, 2012

Beef Stew - Meal in a Jar

Add each ingredient (in order), shake the ingredients gently down into  the jar to make everything fit.

1 cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
1/2 cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Corn
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Diced Carrots
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Peas
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Diced Beef
1 T beef bullion
1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Diced Potatoes
1 T beef bullion
1/4 cup flour
¼ cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Onion (or as much as you can get in the jar.

Add oxygen absorber and seal jar.

To prepare Beef Stew:
Remover oxygen absorber.
Combine stew mix and 6 cups water in a dutch oven or large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.

You can also store these in Mylar bags.  In a jar on your pantry shelf these meals can last 5-7 years.  In a Mylar bag on your pantry shelf they can last 3-5 years.  The advantage of using a Mylar bag is that you can make the meal as large or as small as you want.  This bag pictured on the right has extra potato dices and 1/4 cup of Thrive Freeze Dried Green Beans. 

The jar recipe makes 10-12 1 cup servings.  Serve with biscuits and you have one of my families favorite meals!

Easy 2 Ingredient Brownie for 1

Spray a mug with cooking spray.
Mix together 1/4 cup THRIVE Fudge Brownies mix with 2 Tbsp water.
Let mixture sit for a minute or two.
Microwave for 1 minute on high.
Let to cool down for a minute or two.

Top with ice cream or cool whip or eat it the way it is!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chili - Meal in a Jar

Add each ingredient (in order), shake the spices gently down into the jar to make everything fit.

2/3 cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
2/3 cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Red and Green Bell Peppers (I omit these due to family preference and add another 1/3 cup of red beans)
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Celery

2 T THRIVE Freeze Dried Chopped Onions
1 T flour
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

Add oxygen absorber to each jar and seal, store in pantry 5-7 years. If using Mylar, good for 3-5 years.

To prepare Chile:
Remover oxygen absorber.
Combine chili mix and 7-8 cups water in a dutch oven or large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes.

**Add 1 cup of Macaroni to pot with the chili mix for Chili Mac

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Minestrone Soup in a Jar

Minestrone Soup in a Jar

Place the following ingredients in a canning jar: 

1/4 cup each of the following Freeze Dried vegetables: 
       THRIVE FD corn, 
       THRIVE FD celery, 
       THRIVE FD onions,
       THRIVE FD green beans, 
       THRIVE FD peas, 
       THRIVE FD carrots and 
       THRIVE FD green peppers.
4 T. THRIVE tomato powder 
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. parsley
T. THRIVE beef bouillon
3/4 cup pasta 

Add label to jar with the following instructions:

Add contents of jar and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer. Cook 12 minutes, or until pasta and vegetables are cooked. 

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup mix:

1/4 cup cornstarch (you can use 1/2 cup flour with same result)
1 1/2 cup THRIVE nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup THRIVE tomato powder
1 bay leaf
1 T THRIVE freeze-dried onion
1/4 tsp celery seed
2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp thyme
2 T vegetable or chicken bullion

To prepare, combine soup mix with 6 cups water (or milk for a richer cream soup) and whisk until combined over medium heat. Simmer 15-20 minutes.

Add any flavor variations you like during simmering...
2 cups THRIVE FD broccoli or THRIVE FD cauliflower, THRIVE FD diced potatoes, THRIVE FD corn, or THRIVE FD diced carrots.

To add cheese add after removed from heat!

Put this in a sealed jar and it will be good on your pantry shelf for a year.  Great for those evenings you just don't want to cook.

Product of the Week - Tomato Powder

How to use, save money and save food storage space all at the same time with Tomato Powder!

For tomato sauce:  ½ cup tomato powder and 1 cup water
For tomato paste:  ½ cup tomato powder to ½ cup water
For tomato juice:   ½ cup tomato powder to 5 cups water 

There is no salt in the tomato powder but in most prepared tomato products there is a lot, so make sure to taste and adjust your recipe accordingly.

One #10 can tomato powder makes 110.25 cups of tomato sauce (more if you like it thinner) equal to 63 15oz cans of store bought sauce.  Think of the space savings!

An unopened can of tomato powder will last 8 years on your pantry shelf, and one full year after it is opened! Try that with a can of sauce!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Mix

1/2 cup County Gravy mix (below)  
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 
2 1/2 to 3 cups uncooked wide egg noodles

Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth quart jar. In small bowl, stir together bouillon granules, onion, celery and parsley. Pour into jar to make second layer. Add Chicken. Add noodles. Insert oxygen absorber and close lid.  You can use a Foodsaver jar attachment to seal jar. 

Directions for preparing: 

Empty contents of jar into a 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 4 cups water; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until noodles and chicken are tender, stirring every few minutes.

Country Gravy Mix
1 cup flour
3 T cornstarch
3 T coffee creamer
1 ½ t salt
1 ½ t pepper

To use as gravy:  use ½ cup gravy and mix with ½ cup water together and set aside.
Bring 1 ½ cups of water to boil stir in gravy-water mixture then whisk until desired constancy is reached.