Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chicken Noodle Soup--Meal in a Jar




If you are new to making Meal in a Jars please read this how to post about How to Make a Meal in a Jar--Two Methods



Chicken Noodle soup is my kids all-time favorite meal.  They always eat it well without complaining (insert happy dance here).    


I’ve been making Chicken Noodle soup for them using freeze dried Thrive Foods for about 5 years and just recently realized I could speed up the process by making a bunch of Chicken Noodle Soup meals in a Jar.   So I made 12.  


Best idea ever.  Now I have a bunch of meals ready to go that I know my kids will love that only take 10 minutes to make.  Love it.
  

Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar
For printable recipe and mason jar labels see below.

1 cup Freeze Dried Chopped Chicken
2 Tablespoons Chicken Bouillon
1 tsp Chef’s Choice Blend
1 tsp Salad Blend
½ cup  Celery
¼ cup Carrots
1/4 cup Freeze Dried Onions
2 cups Egg Noodles

8 cups water (to be added during cooking)

Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a wide mouthed, quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen packet (300 cc) for longer-term storage, or seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

Cooking Directions:  Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water.  Stir well.    Simmer 10 -12 minutes until noodles are soft.  


A note on Food Safety:
The Meal-in-a-Jar method is a form of Dry Pack Canning.   The food inside the jars is preserved because the food is free of moisture and oxygen, the lack of which inhibits bacterial growth.  Jars should be stored in a dark environment to prevent any nutritional degradation due to light.  
When packing your jars remember to always
  • Sanitize all equipment before use. Be sure to dry all equipment thoroughly before using.
  • Wash hands and or wear food handler’s gloves.
  • Keep work area clean and dry. 
  • Use either method 1 or method 2 to remove the oxygen from your jar.

Read more:
Printables: 
Recipe Card
Regular Mouth Mason Jar Label
Wide Mouth Mason Jar

Interested in Learning More about Making Meals in a Jar?  Join my meal in a jar facebook group.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chicken Noodle Soup: Meal-in-a-Jar




If you are new to making Meal in a Jars please read this how to post.  



For the past 6 months I’ve been offering my customer/hosts Meal-in-a-Jar classes.  I hold one class at my home each month and invite all my local customer and consultants.

If you live in Cache Valley and would like to be invited you can join our local Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/305061939667938/%20  this group is only for those in Cache Valley and includes local events. 
 
If you live outside of Cache Valley and would like to join our Facebook meals in a jar group you can join here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1521942644732834/

These parties have been a great success for me and for others on my team. 
This chicken noodle soup recipe is my kids very favorite Meal-in-a-Jar.  They love it and I love that it only take a few minutes to get dinner on the table.

Note:  The egg noodles are a little tricky to measure, 2 cups will fit in the jar perfect but sometimes I don’t measure and just fill the jar up.  




Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar
See printables for this recipe below

1 cup Freeze Dried Chopped Chicken
2 Tablespoons Chicken Bouillon
1 tsp Chef’s Choice Blend
1 tsp Salad Blend
½ cup  Celery
¼ cup Carrots
1/4 cup Freeze Dried Onions
2 cups Egg Noodles

8 cups water (to be added during cooking)

Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a wide mouthed, quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

Cooking Directions:  Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water.  Stir well.    Simmer 10 -12 minutes until noodles are soft.  


A note on Food Safety:
The Meal-in-a-Jar method is a form of Dry Pack Canning.   The food inside the jars is preserved because the food is free of moisture and oxygen, the lack of which inhibits bacterial growth.  Jars should be stored in a dark environment to prevent any nutritional degradation due to light.  

When packing your jars remember to always
  • Sanitize all equipment before use. Be sure to dry all equipment thoroughly before using.
  • Wash hands and or wear food handler’s gloves.
  • Keep work area clean and dry. 
  • Use either Method 1 or Method 2 to remove the oxygen from your jar.
Printables and Resources: 
 

How to Make a Meal-in-a-Jar Using a Food Saver OR Using Oxygen Absorbers



I’m excited to share of my favorite Meal-In-A-Jar recipes with you.  I’ve been making these easy recipes for my family for just over a year and I love how easy they are to prepare.  I am concerned about the quality and nutrition in the foods my family eats but I don’t always have time to cook from scratch, these Meal-In-A-Jar recipes have become the solution for my family.  



How to Make a Meal-in-a-Jar:   Two Methods

Method 1:  Use a Food Saver to Seal the Jars
Step 1:  In a clean, dry quart jar, layer ingredients. Shake the powder down into the jar if needed. 
Step 2:  Place the lid on the jar.  Don’t add the ring. 
Step 3:  Attach one end of the hose to the accessory port and the other end to the jar sealer.  Place the jar sealer over the jar.
Step 4:  Turn on your food saver and remove the oxygen from the jar.  
Step 5: Remove the jar sealer (it is easier to unhook the hose from the jar sealer first), add label and ring, store in a cool dry place. 


Method 2:  Use Oxygen Absorbers
Step 1:  In a clean, dry quart jar, layer ingredients. Shake the powder down into the jar if needed. 
Step 2:  Wipe the top of the jar with a paper towel to remove any powder.
Step 3:  Top with a 300 cc oxygen absorber. Seal tightly. 
Step 4:  The lid should seal within a few hours.  Add label and date.  Store in a cool, dry place.

I purchase my oxygen absorbers from Amazon.  Oxygen absorbers are a onetime use product, they can NOT be reused, if the jar does not seal after one hour remove oxygen absorber and discard.  Then add a fresh oxygen absorber and reseal. 


A note on Food Safety:
The Meal-in-a-Jar method is a form of Dry Pack Canning.   The food inside the jars is preserved because the food is free of moisture and oxygen, the lack of which inhibits bacterial growth.  Jars should be stored in a dark environment to prevent any nutritional degradation due to light.  

When packing your jars remember to always
·         Sanitize all equipment before use. Be sure to dry all equipment thoroughly before using.
·         Wash hands and or wear food handler’s gloves.
·         Keep work area clean and dry. 
·         Use either Method 1 or Method 2 to remove the oxygen from your jar.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Meal in a Jar: Chicken Chili







Every month I teach meal in a jar, make and take classes.   So when my friends Jodi and Julie gave me a meal in a jar as a gift I was super excited to try it.  My family loved it.  
This June I've been using this recipe in my classes.  It has been a huge hit.     

I always seal my meals in a jar using a food saver.  Here is a great tutorial on how to use a food saver to seal your jars. 


Chicken Chili
Printable Recipe Cards to attach to the jar
Printable circle labels to put on the top of the jar
 
¾ cup Freeze Dried Chicken
½ cup Instant Black Beans
½ cup Instant Rice
½ cup Freeze Dried Corn
¼ cup Freeze Dried Onions
¼ cup Freeze Dried Green Chilies
2 tablespoons tomato powder
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
1 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t garlic powder

Add ingredients to 8 cups of water.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.  



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thrive Life Incentive Trip--EVERYONE can earn a Caribbean Cruise

Fantasy Getaway
EVERYONE who earns 2,000 points will earn a cruise!!
If you hold 1 average party a week you will have earned enough points to go.  30 parties. Anyone can do that.
The details:
Our next Fantasy Getaway contest was announced at convention, and on Jan 31­–Feb. 5, 2015, our winners will be going on a Caribbean cruise, with stops in Belize and Cozumel, Mexico!

Points for the contest can be earned from April 1–Oct. 31, 2014. The best thing about this year’s contest is there is no limit to how many people can win—anyone who earns 2,000 points will win a spot for them and one guest on the cruise!
If you are working on earning the cruise please let me know.  I'd love to help you earn this amazing vacation.
Check out our Facebook page to download this awesome graphic to help you keep track of your points (thanks to Chad and Rachel Mano for the graphic).