Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chef Tess Country Style Thick Hamburger Stew in a Jar

 This is a great meal made completely out of food storage. It's amazing for camping or dinner any night of the week. It's perfect for giving to a sick neighbor or to someone you I think my family likes it because the folks I cook for are down-home-raised-on-the-farm kind of people. They don't like a lot of green herbs and junk in their food (ironic isn't it?). Now and then I get "froofie" chef on them and roast some garlic or chop some tarragon, but for the most part it's "regular people" food.  As for this meal, the crazy cool part is that it fits in a convenient size quart jar for easy food storage space and planning! 
 Well, when I walked into the store this week, there on the shelf was yet another cool new thing that Troy had picked up...
Honeyville has this great freeze dried vegetable mix!
 It has corn and peas, peppers and carrots. It's great for adding a lot of flavor in one grab. 19.50$ for th#10 can. I thought to myself, "self...I bet I can make a recipe with *that* in it!" Yes...I'm a food storage dork-fest-in-action. You know you like it. (Secretly.)
 Honeyville Freeze Dried Ground Beef is probably one of th most interesting things I've ever used as a chef. It has quite literally changed my convenience food world when it comes to having to make dinner. No longer having to cook meat?! Yah. It's shelf stable and totally crazy cool stuff. I love technology...always and forever. ( that movie.)
So...Here's the next convenience dinner in a jar meal...
I promise they won't all be soup or stew.

Chef Tess Country Style Hamburger Stew
yield 12 one cup servings
in a quart jar:
1 cup THRIVE instant red beans
1 cup Honeyville freeze dried mixed vegetables
1 cup Honeyville freeze dried hamburger (or TVP beef)
1 Cup Honeyville dehydrated diced potatoes
¼ cup Honeyville dehydrated onions
Seasonings I shake down into the jar: ½ cup tomato powder,
1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp garlic, ¼ cup flour, and 1 T beef bullion.
It will fit if you shake it really well.

To prepare Country Style Hamburger Stew:
In a gallon pot, combine stew mix with 6 cups water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.
Works great in a solar oven. Bake one hour.

Put an oxygen absorber in the top of the jar. Seal. Good on your shelf in a cool dark place up to 10 years.

Now, I actually tape the directions onto the jar...(not pictured) or write the cooking directions on the top of the lid in permanent black ink.

Remember that tomorrow night I will be teaching a convenience meals in a jar class here at the store starting at 6:30! You won't want to miss out on some great recipes and samples! It's going to be informative and crazy fun! See you then!

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