A hearty, healthy meal for your emergency food storage!
It has been a busy week for me! It all started last weekend when I finally had all the ingredients I wanted to use for a new meal-in-a-bag recipe. I dehydrated some frozen mixed vegetables. Then, the next day I cooked some egg noodles, rinsed and drained them, and then dehydrated those as well. All the while I was dehydrating the ingredients I needed, I was figuring up how much of each ingredient I would use in the recipe.
Before I go any further, let me address the reason I cooked the noodles and then dehydrated them. The main reason is to cut down on time and save on the amount of water needed to cook them. Noodles (or any pasta) that have been cooked and then dehydrated become a sort of "instant" noodle when putting them into the bag for the meals. In other words, they re-hydrate quicker and with much less water than if you had to actually cook them while preparing the meal over a fire or at a campsite.
I had been researching recipes for chicken noodle soup for a couple of weeks because I had never cooked it homemade before. I finally settled upon a few that I referenced for deciding what ingredients and how much of each to use. And, because I had never cooked this particular soup before, other than opening a can and heating it up, I was very nervous and wanted to get the recipe just right. Well, let me tell you...I totally surprised myself! I always, always test a recipe before presenting it on YouTube or on this blog site. And, I so enjoyed testing this one!! It was almost perfection! I had to test it twice, just to be sure 😉.
My meal-in-a-bag recipes are for single servings. I mean real single servings, not the half servings that you get in the commercially prepared ones. Anywho, they are in single servings because that's how I prepare them and use them. They go in our bug out bags and long term food storage pantry. But, it's easy to increase the amount of ingredients to make a larger batch. You can even put the meals together in canning jars if you want to! They are so versitile!