Friday, March 22, 2013

Book review: Meals in a Jar

I have a dilemma, almost every single day.  I want to feed my family healthy meals, but I am COMPLETELY incapable of remembering the existence before 5 PM.  Actually, it's more like 7 PM now that it's staying light so long in the evening.  So almost every day I'm faced with hungry kids and a husband on the way home from work and I have to scramble to figure out what to feed everyone.  I may have found a solution to my problem, in the form of a new book called Meals in a Jar. Here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:

Why settle for preservative-packed frozen dinners, freeze-dried backpacking food and military MREs when a healthier and tastier option can easily be stored in the pantry? Meals in a Jar provides the step-by-step, detailed instructions needed to create all-natural breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can keep on a shelf and enjoy at any time.
Includes over 150 quick-and-easy all-in-one meals, such as:

  • Creamy tomato soup
  • Artisan bread
  • Lemon chicken piccata
  • Chocolate cake
  • These scrumptious recipes allow even the most inexperienced chefs to serve gourmet dishes. Not only are these meals perfect for everyday events like camping trips, after-school study sessions and rushed evenings, but they can also be life-savers in times of disasters like fires, blackouts or hurricanes. Perfect for the modern jarring and canning generation, this book proves that just because food is easy-to-store and long-lasting doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious and nutritious.
    The recipes in this book look really yummy and easy to follow, with detailed ingredient lists and simple instructions for each step of the process.  I love the idea of investing some time  and having meals ready for whenever we need them.  The book offers both individual recipes and suggestions for how to pack a whole meal with main dish and side dishes, so you're really all set!   In order to make the meals and save them safely, you do need a vacuum sealer (which the author notes you can often get at thrift stores and garage sales), and some recipes call for pressure canning or water bath canning, depending on the ingredients.  So there is some investment in the process besides just time, but I think it'll pay off in the long run. I'm definitely adding tracking down a vacuum sealer and trying out some recipes to my to-do list for my summer break from school- can't wait to try them out!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.