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Jul 29

7 meals

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What are your 7 shelf stable meals?

Here is our list

1. Chicken Taco Soup w/cornbread

2. Spam fried rice

3. Shepherds pie

4. Pasta & meat sauce

5. Tuna/chicken salad w/crackers and fruit

6. Buffalo Chicken Dip Wraps

7. Beans & Rice (cajun red, cuban black, southern pintos)

I added 3 breakfast also

1. Oatmeal porridge with dried fruit

2. Corned Beef hash and eggs

3. Sausage Gravy & Biscuits/waffles

Jul 29

1. Chili-mac - canned chili, canned corn, elbow pasta, season salt, and cheese and butter if you have it.

2. Chicken & dressing - canned chicken, Stovetop stuffing mix, and either canned peas or green beans. Even better if you have onions and celery to sauté in butter.

3. Rice-a-Roni and canned meat.

4. Vegetable soup - canned mixed vegetables, creamed corn, tomatoes, beef/chicken broth, small can of green chili, or Rotel instead of tomatoes. and canned or fresh diced potatoes. I add onion and ground beef as well, but still good without it.

5. Large shell pasta and canned stewed tomatoes. Growing up pretty poor, we seemed to have this a lot :)

6. Macaroni and Cheese with fried diced spam.

7. Spaghetti & meat sauce

 

@CindyB great list. We keep lots of mac-n-cheese on hand. I need to add that too my list. We also keep a large supply of progresso soups. Several of us are gluten free and they are good hearty soups.

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Hey everyone, there's a lot to be said about the old ways. I mean we didn't always have refrigerators, microwave ovens, food processors, and ready made (fill in the blank). So if you guys haven't already let me at least show you a channel that really opened up my own eyes to food storage and simple recipes from the time of our founding.

https://youtu.be/SB1o-8b6J5U

 

Lots of good how too for just about everyone here

Aug 10

Thanks for the post. Watched a couple of them: makes me want to try to make some "ship's bread!"

Aug 2

How are your storing your beans and rice and what not? Are you using double mylar bags, oxygen absorbers in Five gallon food grade buckets? I want to experiment with dry food grade argon purge to get out most of the oxygen first. I have heard about CO2 purge too but this isn't as inert as Argon is.

Let me know if you do try argon purge. I am looking for ways to improve. I just use 5 gallon mylar in bags 5 gallon with 2000cc oxygen absorbers for rice, 1 gallon mylar bags in 5 gallon buckets with 500cc oxygen absorbers for beans. 1.5 L jars for rice or beans with 300cc oxygen absorbers. 1 gallon mylar bags in 2 gallon bucket for salt and sugar.

For long term I use O2 absorbers, Mylar and buckets.

 

For short term I use 1/2 gal jars and O2 absorbers. I also want to try some dry/oven canning this fall.

Aug 2Edited: Aug 2

I vacuum seal my jars in addition to an o2 absorber. Foods that come in boxes (ie mac n cheese) I take it out of the box and vacuum seal it in jars, surely it will last longer that way than on the shelf in the boxes, I also add by bay leaf to anything I store including vacuum sealing.

Great idea! A vacuum sealer is on my wishlist.

Dry/oven canning works well if you don't have a vacuum sealer, I'm blessed to have one.

@nomifyle my birthday and Christmas wishes are far different these days ;)

Aug 10

I tried the chicken and stuffing, I loved it, but DH not so much. Too bad for him.

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  • Hi All, In addition to keeping rice and pasta in mylar bags (I opt for the 1 & 1.5 gallon size instead of the bucket sized 5 gallon ones), I keep about a half dozen mason jars full of rice and pasta, which I vacuum seal, for medium term storage. Currently, I do the meal prep routine, so I only cook once a week. For example, when I prep lunches for the week, I typically use 1.5 lbs of pasta, so I'll dump the extra into a jar and seal it, and the next time I make pasta, when I have 3 jars, I use those up. The other way I find myself using this method is when I am packing food into mylar bags. If I have extra, either because I ran out of bags, or I didn't have enough to fill a whole bag, I will give the extra the same treatment. My question is, how long would those keep? I do not put any oxygen absorbers into the jars, as again, I plan on using them within the next say 3 months or so, but the seals do seem to hold up rather well and take a fair amount of effort to pop. Thanks for your input!
  • I was wondering do I have put in a freezer first or can I just put in a mylar bag with oxygen absorbers. Also same thing for rice and beans. thank you to all