Dinner is in the Jar: Recipes for mixes and meals

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by greeneggsnham, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. greeneggsnham

    greeneggsnham Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    Southeast Missouri

    am absolutely in love with this book but I can't get it till next month thanks to college. I like the idea of being able to mix up meals to put away in jars to go along with all the canning I do now. I think these would be great for when emergencies happen that keep us from going out. Does anyone have any recipes of their own to share for mixes that can be put in jars or sealed bags for storage. For those of you who have this book...What recipes have you tried and love? Any to avoid?

    Another thing I like to do is make up mixes for things like homemade Bisquick mix and taco seasoning. Does anyone have any mix recipes they would like to share?

    I have a book called Make Your Own Groceries by Daphne Hartwig that has some mix recipes in it. It also has recipes on how to make just about anything that can come prepackaged at the store too. If anyone is looking for any specific recipes I can try to post them.
  2. Here's a couple I like...

    Homemade Rice-A-Roni Mix (form The Complete Tightwad Gazette)

    2 c. rice
    1 c. angel hair, vermicelli or spaghettini pasta, broken into very small pieces
    ¼ c. parsley
    6 Tbsp. chicken bullion powder
    2 tsp. onion powder
    ½ tsp. garlic powder
    ¼ tsp. thyme

    Combine all ingredients and mix well.

    To prepare: Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a skillet. Add 1 c. of the mix and stir. Add 2 ¼ c. water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

    Homemade Ranch Dressing

    1/2 tsp. pepper
    1/2 tsp. dill weed
    1/2 tsp. dried parsley
    1/2 tsp. dried basil
    1/2 tsp. thyme
    1/4 tsp. minced garlic
    1/4 tsp. paprika
    2 Tbsp. water
    2/3 c. buttermilk
    1/3 c. mayonaise
    1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
    1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    1 tsp. sugar
    1/4 tsp. salt

    Put water in a small bowl and add spices and herbs. Whisk and allow to set for 5 minutes. Pour buttermilk and mayonnaise into a bowl and whisk well. Add water/herb/spice mixture, vinegar, mustard, sugar and salt. Whisk well until smooth. Pout into a jar and shake well. Store in refrigerator for one week.
  3. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I love mixes in a jar, making my own instead of store-bought processed foods.

    I had started a thread like that a couple months ago. It has 3 pages of replies with recipes. I'd love to see more added there so we could keep them all in one place. Here's a link:

    What are you mixing now? Dry mixes, Gifts-In-A-Jar, Herb Blends, etc
  4. greeneggsnham

    greeneggsnham Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    Southeast Missouri
    Well here are some of my favorite mixes.

    1/2 cup instant coffee
    1 1/2 cups non-dairy coffee creamer
    1/2 cup chocolate flavored powdered drink mix
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    1/2 tsp. chocolate extract
    1/4 tsp. almond extract
    1/4 cup toasted almonds, chopped

    Combine all ingredients together. Store in airtight container. Use 2 to teaspoons per cup of boiling water.
    White Chocolate Cherry Cookie Mix in a Jar

    1 cup all purpose unbleached flour
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/8 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 cup Vanilla sugar
    1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
    1/2 cup dried cherries
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
    1/2 of a 10 oz pkg. white chocolate chips
    1/2 tsp dried lemon peel

    Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Layer with remaining ingredients in a 1 quart jar, tapping gently after each layer to settle before adding the next. Don't worry if the sugar sifts down over the cherries and nuts; it will add a lovely crystalline snowy look. Add additional white chocolate pieces and dried cherries if necessary to fill in any gaps, or to replace nuts in the case of allergies.


    Beat 1/2 cup softened butter in a large mixing bowl for 30 seconds. Add in one egg and beat until well combined. Stir in jar contents. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on a wire rack.

    8 tsp. dry minced onion
    1 tsp. onion powder
    4 tsp. beef bouillon or 4 cubes
    1/4 tsp. celery salt

    Mix with 4 cups water for soup OR use dry with sour cream for dip.

    Lasagna Dinner (in a jar)
    1/4 cup plus 2 T instant dry milk
    2 T plus 2 tsp. cornstarch
    2 tsp. chicken or beef bouillon granules
    1/4 tsp. dried basil
    1/4 tsp. dried thyme
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1/4 cup dried minced onion
    1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
    3 cups egg noodles

    Layer ingredients in 1 quart (wide-mouth) canning jar. Layer ingredients in order, and pack down ingredient before adding next ingredient. Attach a gift tag with the instructions.

    To cook, brown hamburger in large skillet. Drain and rinse. Add Lasagna Dinner mix, 2 cups water, and 1 (16 oz.) can of tomato sauce. Bring this to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir until thickened. Top with 2 cups mozzarella cheese about 5 minutes before serving. Allow cheese to melt.
    Boston Baked Beans in a Jar

    2 c Small white pea beans
    1/2 tsp dried thyme
    1 Bay leaf
    1/4 tsp Ground ginger
    1/2 tsp Pepper
    1 1/2 tsp Salt

    Mix and store in an airtight container. Attach the following instructions to jar:

    Boston Baked Beans:
    1 jar Bean Mix
    2 slices bacon; diced
    4 3/4 c water
    3/4 c chopped onion
    1 clove garlic; minced
    3 tbs dark molasses
    2 tbs mustard

    Combine all ingredients in bean pot or crockpot. Cook at 300 in oven, or on low in crockpot 10-12 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
    8-10 servings.

    Many of these have been stored on my computer for a while and I no longer remember where each of these came from. These are not my original recipes but they are ones that I have found that I really like.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010

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