These meals are great for :
- meals-from-home for college students
- family and group camping/hiking/backpacking trips
- cub-scout camps and girl scout camps
- new-mom baby shower gifts
- foreign missionary care-packages
- meals from home for military troops
- anyone living in tornado or earthquake zones
- travel and vacation meals to heat-and-eat in hotels
Carrot Cake Breakfast Pudding with coconut cream sauce...here.
Especially popular is the Country Breakfast skillet meal here with real scrambled eggs, sausage, bell peppers and real cheese. Yes. It is shelf stable 5-7 years. Try not to pass out.Ginger-Apple Raspberry Snap Crisp...with chocolate sauce...Here.
Just pack it with the crisp mix separate from 4 cups of freeze dried fruit in the bags.
Thai Chicken in Spicy Peanut sauce over rice...here
Saucy Italian Baked Ziti with Mozzarella Cheese...video tutorial.Polynesian Sweet-n-Sour Chicken baked beans...here
Chicken Chile Verde...here
Yankee Pot-Roast Gravy with Garlic Mashed Potatoes...here.
Yes, there are many more recipes. These are just a few suggestions!Sure enough, I took pictures of how to pack the mylar meals. You know, so that you'd benefit from my adventure as well. I know you love me. Try not to cry.
1. First you will need some Mylar bags. For more information on how they are made and designed, go here. The outside is aluminum and the inside is lined with a food-grade plastic. Ironically when it is ironed with heat on the outside of the bag, the plastic fuses together causing a magnificent seal! I use and recommend the 5.0 mil FOOD GRADE bagsThey come in various sizes, but so far my favorite has been the 5 gallon size. They are available at all the Honeyville Farms retail locations. Find your local store.
2. Second you will need oxygen absorber pouches. I use them in the 52 method jars. There are many different sized oxygen absorbers, depending on the amount of food that you will have in your Mylar bags. For that reason, I'm suggesting you look at the resource here for more details on that:
- What Are Oxygen Absorbers?
- What Do Oxygen Absorbers Do?
- Benefits Of Oxygen Absorbers
- How To Use Them
- How To Measure Volume of Containers
A hot iron. I know there are machines for Mylar sealing available, but for me, I had this old iron and I didn't have to spend any extra money. Perk! I found my iron! This is totally off-topic-random. Yes...I'm officially not Martha Stewart. There. I said it. I saw an episode once where Martha devoted a whole show to how to iron and what to do. I think she's delusional. Just saying. I'm not that girl. If I can pull it out of the dryer or hang it on a clothesline and not have to iron...I'm totally happy about that. Now on the other hand, my delightful MIL Cussin'-Granny (y'all know that it is a pet name right? She doesn't cuss often.) has a gift. She irons things. I don't know if it is just because she's adorable and nice or because she knows I lack the skills...but she has taken great pride in making sure my husband and kids have nice ironed shirts (as well as myself). I love her for that great service.
Mylar Bag Sealing Procedure:
1. Set your iron on the cotton setting. No steam. Get a soft clean cloth and place it on your work surface or ironing board.
2. Iron edges. After cutting the bags to your desired size, iron the edges with the hot iron. Be sure that the bag's edges are exactly aligned so that the plastic doesn't melt on your iron.
3. Stack cooled bags and prepare to fill with food.
5. Once filled with food, add the oxygen absorbers and seal. Work quickly. It is recommended that you seal all the bags within 30-60 minutes from the time you open the oxygen absorbers! So...keep that in mind.
6. Label clearly! Make sure all bags are labeled clearly with contents and cooking instructions and preparation date. You will benefit greatly from knowing what is in the bags. Or...you can go without labels and make a game out of not knowing. I don't really like that game. I'm a party poop-er-drooper-deluxe; Agua-fiesta-supreme...with cheese.
8. Remember to take your solar oven or Heat Retention Cooker for ease on your journey! I'm so excited to hit the open road this weekend!
There you go! Make some Mylar-packed meals for camping and beyond! Please feel free to share this information with those you love. I'll be teaching a few classes on this soon! For more information on these upcoming classes go here! Xoxo!
Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess
I am no longer the corporate chef for Honeyville but we still love them dearly. My family is greatly blessed and relies heavily on the extra money brought in by sales tracked back to this site. This is also the company that packages and sells my spice line as well as my food storage cookbooks. Thank you so very much for your support. Xoxo!