Just add water!
I am so loving developing these recipes, testing them and putting them together in these meals-in-a-bag!
It will be so nice to have these meals available in the event of an emergency situation. They are tasty, something I am used to eating, and nutritional. So much better than the ones you can buy already made (and without all the extra sodium, chemicals, and preservatives). It makes it worth the time that I am putting into doing them! Well...actually, it doesn't take that much time. The thing that takes the longest time is the dehydration process, and it's not even something that I have to stand over and watch constantly.
So far, most all of the veggies I have dehydrated have been frozen ones that are already prepared. All I have to do is open the bag, pour the veggies out on the dehydrator trays, set the dehydrator temp and time, turn it on and walk away! It's really something anyone could do in the morning before leaving for work and let them dehydrate all day while they're gone. Or, you can put them in the dehydrator at night before you go to bed and let them dehydrate all night long. So you see, even though I might try and make it seem like a lot of work to dehydrate the vegetables, it really isn't ;)
If you don't want to dehydrate the veggies yourself...no problem! You can buy #10 pound sized cans of them already done! They will cost you anywhere from 12 to 20 bucks, but they will provide you with LOTS of meals-in-a-bag (or jar).
I could go on and on, but I suppose since you're here reading this page you came here for a recipe, so I should probably get to that. Oh, real quick before I do, I want to tell you that I'm thinking if I make many more meals-in-a-bag I might just add a recipe page with all the recipes on it. That way, I can just upload the recipes there so you can access them quicker and easier to download them. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below. One more thing. In the recipe I tested (picture above) I didn't have any dehydrated diced potatoes so I used dehydrated shredded potatoes. I do plan on dehydrating some diced potatoes tomorrow to use in future recipes.
Drum roll please...and here it is
Hamburger Veggie Soup Meal-in-a-bag (DOWNLOAD/PRINT RECIPE)
¼ cup freeze dried Hamburger
¼ cup dehydrated diced potatoes
¼ cup dehydrated mixed vegetables
¼ cup dehydrated green beans
2 TBSP tomato powder
1 TBSP dehydrated onion flakes
¼ teaspoon beef bouillon
¼ teaspoon thyme
1-1/2 cups water
1. Put all the ingredients except the water into a vacuum seal or mylar bag. Note: Using a sharpie, write the directions for cooking on the outside of the bag, along with the date, before adding the ingredients.
2. Vacuum seal the bag or put an oxygen absorber inside the mylar bag and seal the mylar bag.
(NOTE: If you are using this meal-in-a-bag for an upcoming camping, hiking, etc. trip you can put everything in a zip lock baggie instead of a vacuum sealed bag. As long as you make sure you will be using it within a couple of weeks. You can also store the meal in a zip lock baggie in the freezer for up to a year.)
COOKING OVER A FIRE/COOK STOVE DIRECTIONS
Put all ingredients into a pot with 1-1/2 cups of water and bring to boil
Remove from the fire, stir, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
MICROWAVE COOKING DIRECTIONS (For cooking at home)
Put all ingredients, including water into a glass or microwave proof bowl, cover, and cook on high
for 3-1/2 minutes.
Take the bowl out of the microwave and stir.
Cover the bowl and put it back in the microwave, cook for an additional minute, leave the covered dish in the microwave to keep warm for 15 minutes.
You can also make this soup into a meal-in-a-jar to have in your pantry or long term food storage. Four servings should fit inside a quart canning jar.
I do hope you give this a try, you will see how easy it truly is!
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!