Monday, February 18, 2013

Cajun Red Beans, Sausage and Rice Meal in a Jar (The 52 method continues)

Before you read this post, if you are new to this meal in a jar method, see the post: 

52 Method Meals in a Jar Basic Information

Welcome to another food storage Monday!

By and far the most requested meal in a jar to date has been a good recipe for Red Beans, Sausage and Rice. You know...the basic Cajun dish that is used as a staple all over the southern USA...a basic.  Gourmet we do...basic...we do every single day. It wasn't a surprise when I posted the Louisiana Gumbo Meal in a Jar  recipe that the requests for the RB&R started pouring into the e-mail. So, I've heard your cries. I've gone with a basic recipe description from one of my friends here on the blog. She described her recipe as follows:

"The basic recipe I use has a pound of sausage (I use all beef kielbasa since Andoui is hard to find here in the wilds of West Texas), the trinity of onions, celery and bell peppers, and cajun seasoning. I saute the veggies in the fat leftover from cooking the sausage - don't know how you'd get around that in a 52 method recipe. Then I add a can (or two depending on how many I'm feeding) of red beans and the cajun seasonings. I do the rice separately. I have a favorite brand of red beans that I use and wondered if I could just dehydrate those since I like their flavor. I use the "goop" and all since it's flavored too."

All right. Here's what I came up with. Sausage being the main issue as far as I'm concerned it will be as close as you can get without using sausage in casing, but using the same seasoning as andouille sausage  in the beans. This is also a lower fat recipe the the typical pork sausage traditionally used in this dish.  You may need more spicy-heat or to tweak it as desired to your family's likes, but so far so good!  We have kids, so we have to make it a little milder than I think a few of you may be used to doing. Make it your own and enjoy! I get my ingredients for this dish from two sources.

  • Special thanks to for the freeze-dried sausage, dehydrated celery, quick cook beans, rice and dehydrated celery. 
  • Special thanks goes out to my friends at for the special powdered ingredients and dehydrated bell peppers and minced garlic.

Cajun Red Beans,Sausage, and Rice

Bean mixture:
½ tsp black pepper
1/2  tsp thyme
¼ tsp  dry rubbed sage
1 tsp No MSG Chicken bouillon (autolyzed yeast extract is used)

Rice baggie (if you want to cook the rice separate from the beans):
1 cup long grain rice
2 T  Powdered butter (optional)
1 tsp salt

Jar directions:
Combine the sausage, garlic, pepper, hot sauce powder, thyme, paprika, sage, smoke powder, onion, bell pepper, celery, beans and bouillon in a quart jar. Top with a oxygen absorbers (learn all about oxygen absorbers) or seal with a Food Saver Vacuum Packing Jar Attachment).

Product details: has been a really great company to work with on getting specialty powdered items I can't find anywhere else. If I list something here on the blog for meals in a jar and you can't find it anywhere else, you can usually find it from them. They ship really fast as well!  is my favorite for bulk items.  Their  quick cook red beans cook in 20 minutes and have an outstanding 10-15 year shelf life.
I prefer using the real freeze-dried sausage  OR sausage-flavored tvp. The TVP is spicy. Plan on using less if you don't want a really spicy bean combination. 
I like to use the dehydrated celery in this meal. The price is right and the longer simmer gives it enough time to hydrate correctly. 
The find of the week has been this awesome Hot Sauce Powder! I also love sprinkling it on popcorn and homemade potato chips...but I digress. 

To prepare: Combine bean ingredients with 3 1/2 cups water and simmer on low 20-25 minutes until cooked and tender. In a separate pan combine rice ingredients with 2 cups water and simmer low, covered pan 20-25 minutes. OR if you cook the whole thing together, omit the use of the bag for the rice. Cook all ingredients together with 5 1/2 cups water for 20-25 minutes over low heat, covered. 

There you go. Our family's favorite red beans and rice.  Adjust as needed for your family's favorite flavor.

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Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess


Shan Kettle said...

I am new to your blog and can't wait to learn more about food storage! I am a food storage freak but it is obvious I have much more to learn. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I am a HUGE fan. Enjoyed your class in Rancho Cucamonga and your cookbook ROCKS! This morning I just made my 100th meal in a jar! Woohoooo.

Will be making this for sure. Will there be a 'printer-friendly' link posted anytime soon?? :-)


Chef Tess said...

Shane thank you! Shannon, printer friendly version just got posted. Xoxo!

jdm6of18 said...

Fixed your red beans & rice with your cornbread in my solar oven for dinner last night. EXCELLENT meal! Only took 30 minutes in the new All American Sun Oven. Loved the whole experience. Tonight's dinner was meal in a jar mac-n-cheese and roasted acorn squash. Might have only taken 30 minutes - I admit I forgot I was cooking. Wandered back outside about an hour, all was piping hot, simmering away, just waiting for me. Yummy & fun!