One meal that most people can agree on is Sloppy Joes! They are a household favorite across the world. So naturally, doing what I do, I wanted to come up with a way to add it to my food storage as a meal in a jar recipe. Below is what I have come up with.
(I make my meals 12 quarts at a time since that is how many jars come on one box. Each jar typically feeds four people, depending on the recipe.
3 meals a day x 31 days a month = 93 meals a month. 93 / 12 (the amount of jars per box) = 7.75 I round up to 8. So 8 cases of jars is one months worth of meals for a family of four. They also stack nicely in the corner of the closet. I love this because now I don’t have box after box of #10 cans all over the house.)
Ingredients Per Quart Jar:
- 1 package of McCormick Sloppy Joe Seasoning (12 packs total)
- 1 cup Freeze Dried Ground Beef (12 cups total)
- 1/4 cup Freeze Dried Tomato Powder (6 cups total)
- 1/2 cup Freeze Dried Bell Peppers (6 cups total)
- 1 cup Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese, optional (12 cups total)
- 4 tablespoons Dried Jalapeño’s, optional but great if you like a kick!
- Layer ingredients in jar with Seasoning Packet and cheese on top. Place the cheese in a sandwich baggy on top as well.
- Shake ingredients down as you go so everything fits nicely.
- Seal Jar with vacuum sealer or Oxygen absorbers.
- Label Jar with cooking directions.
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat.
- Add ground beef to the water and let rehydrate for 15-20 minutes.
- Turn heat back onto medium and add the rest of the ingredients. (You may want to add a half a cup more water at this time. It will depend on how much water is left over from re-hydrating the meat. Use your judgement here.)
- Simmer for about 20 minutes or until done.
- If you decided to add cheese rehydrate cheese according to directions.
- Add mix to buns or homemade bread, top with cheese and jalapeño’s and enjoy.