Meals in a Jar Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes By Julie Languille covers what one would need to know about preparedness and long term food storage. Now I will have to state the cover is a bit misleading. Most of the recipes in this book are to be storedin mylar bags, tote bags, or vacuums bags while only a fourth or so of the recipes can be compiled in just jars like pictured. Aside from that quirk, this book does have much to offer someone whether they are cooking for a large family or stocking up their pantry for any number of reasons.
The first section of this book is Ready-Made Meals. In this section, the author explains the how and the why behind this method. The points she makes are valid like in how cost efficient, convenient, and what great gifts a meal prepared in such a way can be. I was certainly encouraged to start thinking longer-term for my family of five. Following this section, the basics of canning and dehydrating are broken down. There are charts on the cooking times and methods to use featuring fruits, vegetables, and meats. She even breaks down what size jars to use and the yield you’ll receive whether using pints or quarts. I’ve just scratched the surface of canning so I appreciated all the extra information.
Details are given on where you can shop for equipment and certain ingredients.Helpful tips such as buying in bulk and how to stock your pantry are mentioned. There’s even a handy checklist in the back of the book for portable kitchen equipment you’ll want to keep on hand.
There are many recipes within, over 150! Some use jars. Some use both jars and bags. There are recipes for breakfast, soups, pasta meals, main courses, sides, snacks, and desserts. Most of the recipes yield 8 meals that have about 8 servings each. There are no color pictures in the book but that’s okay. The recipes are simple to read and understand. I’m loving all the different soups recipes.
I’ve been post-it noting in this book for future recipes to put together for my family. Going from a family of four to five has proved more challenging than expected but one thing that helps is being prepared. Times and seasons can change when we least expect it. Getting a head start whether or small or very big, the going about it shouldn’t be difficult. I’m glad there are books like this to help!