I was in Utah this last week, and one of the classes I adored teaching was how to make shelf stable meals in a jar that are good 5-7 years. This is, in fact, something I have done for my family for years. It's just a super practical way to have a "grab-n-go" meal for any occasion. Unlike other jar meals I've seen, the ones I plan are "just add water" and include the meat, veggies, sauce and all...ONE jar. One place. Grab-n-go! These quart size jars make a meal for our family of 6 (4 adults, 2 children) and average about 9 cups of prepared food coming from the small amount of space in a quart jar. They can be made in mylar bags, but I personally prefer the jars. They're air tight, rodent proof and clear, so I can tell if the food is still gorgeous. Yes, I do slip into my Hollywood fashion designer alter-ego and say, "Fabulous Darling! Fabulous!" Yes. I realize I'm odd. Shhh. I'm happy in my delusion. It keeps me young. What was I talking about? Oh yeah...
Today on the Cookin' Cousins Honeyville Farm's blog, I'm the guest post.
I'm sharing an adaptation to an old family recipe that I think is a keeper! I made it for my kids and the 12 year old had 3 plates of it. Next time I'm making half gallon jars. I'm getting into teen years with these little whipper-snappers. Yikes. Needless to say, the meals will feed a normal family of 5...or one teenage boy. I also plan a loaf of bread a day per person (for rolls, breadsticks, or sides like that) in my food storage. I have a whole series of jars based on those too...but that will be a later post. This is an adaptation on my mom's Zucchini Casserole. I grew up with this fresh from the garden and I wanted to capture the flavors in a jar meal for storage. Thankfully Honeyville has the most beautiful freeze dried zucchini slices! I have to stop myself from eating them like potato chips right from the can. You know what else I love? Honeyville doesn't add any junk to the freeze dried fruits and veggies. It's just the veggie. Just the fruit. Nothing added but happiness.
When the Breakfast Ham and Zucchini Quiche Casserole is in a jar, it looks like this...
Do you want the recipe? Go see the Cookin' Cousins! Xoxo!
Your Friend Chef Tess