It's Just the Coffee Talking: Meals in a Jar - excited to do some in Mylar bags this weekend


Good Morning Coffee Friends!

Rambling over my morning coffee today... I'm excited about some deliveries I have coming today and tomorrow.  Mylar bags, a couple dehydrated food products and oxygen absorbers. 

Last weekend I was looking through some "Meals in a Jar" recipes and homemade copycat 'mixes'.   I wanted to put up a few in our 'longer term storage' pantry but started to think about the meal mixes sold in stores and online that come in Mylar bags.  That's when I decided to do ours in Mylar instead of using up my glass canning jars and lids.  This also will make it easy to grab them to take with camping or traveling.  (I typically have freeze dried or dehydrated pouches on hand for this.)

I already use Mylar for certain long term storage items so I'm familiar with them, oxygen absorbers and the sealing process.  (Hint:  just use your hair straightener, ladies. No need to purchase a special heat sealer unless you want to. You can also use your clothing iron and lay the bags on a flat, hard, heat safe surface like a board.)

The initial purchase of the dehydrated or freeze dried foods is a bit steep but you only use about 1/2 cup or less of most of the ingredients per jar so you end up getting quite a few meals out of it.  

One of the expensive choices to make is whether your meals in a jar will have the meat/protein in them or not.  For camping and "just add water" meals, purchasing freeze dried meats is best (although again - expensive).  The trade off is how awesome it is to literally 'just add water' and have everything already in place - needing absolutely no other ingredients.

We aren't a big fan of many of the typical meals in a jar type foods but some I thought sounded good include Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole, Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Noodle Casserole, White Chicken Chili Verde, Beef Stroganoff, Cheeseburger Macaroni, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Split Pea Soup, Southwest Chicken Pasta.  

I've also got some copycat recipes for things like Rice-A-Roni in mind, but I'm deciding it might be easier to just buy it at the store and repackage it into long term sealed Mylars.  

I already have some cakes, cupcakes, muffins and biscuit mixes in the pantry (in glass jars) but I'm going to mix up more to put in sealed Mylar.  If you decide to do dessert mixes, keep in mind you'll need things like powdered shortening, butter, eggs, vanilla, etc.  in order for them to be 'just add water' desserts.

Anyway!  I'm off to brew another cup of coffee and get started on the day.....  thanks for joining me for coffee! 

IF you are interested, here are some links to related items from this morning's Coffee Talking....

I get my Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers from PackfreshUSA.  I've ordered direct from their own website, and I've ordered their products from Amazon.   

Food safe mylar bags with oxygen absorbers

Meals in a Jar

Mother Earth dehydrated 


freeze dried

Meals in a Jar: Just Add Water

Hoosier Hill Farm Big Daddy Mac Mix, 1 Pound

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