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THRIVE Powdered TomatoMy THRIVE Tomato Powder is one of the most used dried product I use in my house because it is so easy and versatile.  I make so many delicious recipes from it.  I make  tomato paste, tomato sauce and I use it in many dry-canned Meals In A Jar that I have posted here on my blog.

THRIVE Tomato Powder is dehydrated tomatoes and nothing else.  No additives, flavors or preservative.

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I love using it and feel good knowing I’m serving my family food that is good and healthy for them.   Here, I would like to share how to easily make ketchup within about 30 minutes with almost no prep-time necessary.

This ketchup is quick to make, customizable to meet your unique taste and is just another product you can make at home to add to your home store and control the ingredients you and your family eats.

 

THRIVE Tomato Ketchup
Recipe Type: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Yields 1 quart and is ready for last minute use.
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Thrive Tomato Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Honey/Sugar/Sweetener
  • ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp Mustard Powder
  • ½ tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce or 1 tsp dry Worcestershire powder
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into saucepan and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Allow to set up 6 hours. It will have a strong vinegar taste until all the flavors settle and have time to blend completely.
  2. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Good for approximately 8 weeks.

 

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Soup, whether it’s winter or summer is a regular rotation in my meal planning.  With a side of bread and or salad, it’s a healthy way to get in a well-balanced meal.  This happens to be one that my family loves so I decided to make it into an easier recipe using my food storage.  I have worked inside and out all day and when it came to dinner time, I needed something fast.  I’ve cooked with my THRIVE for so long, it’s just a natural “go-to” meal for us.  Tonight I decided to convert our favorite Stuffed Green Pepper Soup recipe in to a convenient Meal In A Jar recipe.  No cutting veggies (which I didn’t have fresh anyway), no frying up ground beef (THRIVE is already cooked) and virtually no cleanup.  I was so pleased with the result that if you love the convenience of boil and serve Meals In A Jar, I knew you would love this easy recipe, too.

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

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Stuffed Green Pepper Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 6
This recipe converts my standard soup into a meal in a jar. It’s an excellent soup!
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Garlic Granules or Powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp THRIVE Beef Bouillon Powder
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Onion
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Tomato Chunks
  • 1/2 Cup Instant Rice
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Green Pepper (Or Red/Green Bell Pepper)
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients as I have listed them. You may need to shake (or pound) your jar as you fill it to make sure it all fits.
  2. Top with a 100cc Oxygen Absorber if you are not going to cook this for more than a few days. Or you can use you vacuum seal system to draw out the air.
  3. To Cook: Boil 10-12 cups of water and empty contents into it. Reduce boil to a simmer and cook (stirring frequently) for 20-30 minutes. You can add more water for a more brothy soup or cook to reduce for a thicker soup. Salt and Prepper to taste, serve with a side of sourdough bread and salad, enjoy!

 

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For any THRIVE food, please visit my store by clicking here

For any THRIVE food, please visit my store by clicking here

 

 

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Bread making is a very important skill to have.  But it’s not limited to raised or leveled bread.  There are many types of breads to keep in your recipe files.  This one is posted from the University of Illinois Extension office under their diabetic recipes.

 

Double Corn Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny via Univ of IL Extension
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 egg whites (or ¼ cup egg substitute)
  • ½ cup non-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) can creamed corn
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder and baking soda in large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  3. Separate eggs or measure egg substitute and place in small bowl. Add sour cream, oil, and creamed corn and mix well.
  4. Add corn mixture to dry ingredients and stir only enough to dampen flour.
  5. Spray muffin tins or 9×9 inch pan with cooking spray.
  6. Spoon batter into muffin tin or pan. Spray top lightly with cooking spray.
  7. Bake muffins for 20 minutes, pan for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm. Cut bread into 12 servings.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 107

 

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Salisbury SteakSalisbury steak was invented by an American physician, Dr. J. H. Salisbury (1823–1905), an early proponent of a low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss; the term “Salisbury steak” has been in use in the United States since 1897.[1] The dish is popular in the United States, where it is traditionally served with gravy and mashed potatoes or noodles. . . . via Wikipedia

Dr. Salisbury was spot on with this recipe.  It is easy, delicious and inexpensive.  I remember as a child, my mother buying those big tin’s of pre-made, frozen salisbury steaks as a cheap way to feed her family of 8 children.  I always loved them.  But homemade make those great little steaks seem like cardboard imitations for something that is so delicious.

 

Salisbury Steak In Caramelized Onion Gravy
Recipe Type: Entree’
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 4
If you don’t have rice on hand, you can substitute with dry breadcrumbs or crushed saltine crackers.
Ingredients
  • 2 Thinly Sliced Large Red Onions
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 Cups Beef Stock
  • 1/2 Dry Red Wine (Optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • Beef Patties
  • 1 Lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Cooked White or Brown Rice
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Clove Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Gravy: Heat butter in large saute pan. Add onions and cook over medium heat until onions start to brown – stir occasionally. When onions begin to soften and become transparent, add 1/4 cup beef stock.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and continue cooking adding broth as needed to prevent burning. This process should take at least 30 minutes to properly caramelize your onions. Stir in flour and cook for about 3 minutes. Add wine and reduce by half. Stir in remaining beef broth and tomato paste. Stir in apple cider vinegar and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.
  3. Beef Patties: Mix ground beef, rice, egg yolk, salt pepper, garlic, Worcestershire, parsley and thyme in a bowl. Shape into 4 oval patties, approximately 3/4 inch thick. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear patties on each side or until they develop a nice crust. Pour gravy over your patties and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

 

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Finished MIJ ChiliI am married to a Texan.  A few things I learned to cook when we were married was bbq brisket, bbq beans and chili.  He really is a chili snob.  So I felt really challenged when I set out to make a dry version from the ingredients we have in our food storage.  After all, preparing for hard times is being affected as little as possible.  Having your favorite foods will make the hard times much easier and healthier to face.  It took a few tweaks, but I put a recipe together that he is very happy with and is regularly rotating into my menu.

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Add and adjust your personal preference in spices. Sprinkling a dash of red pepper will add some heat

As with any meal in a jar, they are quite pretty sitting in my glass front, antique cupboard.  But I have to say, these make adorable gifts, too.  I have given away many and always get great reviews.  With a decorative tag where you write or print the cooking instructions on and a mini-bottle of tabasco, they are a fun gift to give and look even more pretty in your cupboards.

For more information on freeze-dried food, I have put information in this document to answer questions you may have.   Meal In A Jar Newsletter.  For safely preparing your jars, I have put together this document  Prepping Jars

Chili Meal In A Jar
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: American/Mexican
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
Layer your ingredients in the order listed. You may have to lightly pound you jar on your countertop to get the ingredients to settle and fit in your 1 quart jar. If you have a vacuum seal system, use the attachment to draw out all the air. If you do not have one, you will need to add a 100cc oxygen absorber which will draw out any air.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Mix
  • 1 Tbsp Beef Bouillon
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
  • 2/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Sausage Crumbles
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Onions
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Mixed Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Celery
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Green Chili Peppers
Instructions
  1. Bring 8-10 cups of water to boil. Empty ingredients into the boiling water and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Adjust salt, pepper and preferred spices to taste
  3. If you like chili mac, simply reduce the amount of instant beans and replace with the pasta of our choice. Or you can simply add pasta when you cook this meal.

 

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photo copy 6Something to keep in mind about minestrone is that, much like meatloaf, it’s a great way to cook and use up leftover vegetables and no two recipes are the same.  This is a recipe I would be proud to set in front of you at my dinner table.  But you may like more pasta and less potatoes.  You may want vegetables in it that I don’t put in mine.   Mine is a great flavor for how my family likes it.  You can make the adjustments you wish with the basics in this recipe.

This recipe is all adjusted and based on freeze-dried food.  You can use your own or commercially produced dehydrated vegetables, but you will need to adjust your cooking time and amount of water.  There is a significant difference in how they rehydrate and the amount of time and water it will take.  For information about this, please follow this link where I try to answer any questions you may have. Meal In A Jar Newsletter

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Add 100cc oxygen absorbers before closing

While these look beautiful in canning jars, if you want yours in vacuum sealed bag and in mylar, they are perfect to take camping or to keep in your bug out bags.   With these points in mind, here is the recipe.  Below the recipe will be links so that if there are any ingredients you wish to purchase, you can.

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You will need

  1. measuring cups
  2. measuring spoons
  3. canning funnel
  4. 100cc oxygen absorbers
Minestrone Soup Meal In A Jar
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 4
Layer the ingredients in the order by which they are listed. The 1st five ingredients are the base for your soup. You can add whatever vegetables you prefer, but keep in mind that there is about 1 1/3 cups of vegetables total. Keep this in mind as you will need to fit all the ingredients into a 1 quart canning jar.
Ingredients
  • 2/3 C. THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1/2 C. THRIVE Freeze-Dried Onion (You can use your own dehydrated flakes)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder or Granules
  • 1 Heaping Tbsp Beef Bouillon
  • 3/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Sausage
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Corn
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Potato Chunks
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Green Beans
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Mixed Green/Red Peppers
  • Top With Pasta of Your Choice
Instructions
  1. Prepare your 1 quart canning jars, lids and bands by sanitizing them with hot, soapy water. You absolutely must make sure all pieces are completely dry. To ensure this, after washing my jars, I put them in an oven at 250* for 30 minutes. Moisture will cause your food to spoil.
  2. Layer these ingredients in the order listed. I purposely didn’t include the option for salt and pepper. I chose to add those and other spices as I cook the recipe. This recipe serves 4-6 adults
  3. If you are making these to keep longer than a few weeks, you MUST place an oxygen absorber on top before you close it and/or use your vacuum seal system to remove the air. These stay fresh and stable for 9-12 months. Wipe the rim of the jar to get a secure, airtight seal.
  4. Bring 8 cups of water to boil. Empty ingredients in and reduce to a simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add water or beef stock for a thinner soup or continue to reduce to thicken it according to your own preference.
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THRIVE F-D Ground Beef

THRIVE F-D Sausage

THRIVE F-D Corn

THRIVE F-D Green Beans

THRIVE F-D Tomato Powder

THRIVE F-D Potato Chunks

THRIVE F-D Red & Green Bell Peppers

THRIVE Instant Red Beans

Oxygen Absorbers

FoodSaver Vacuum Seal System

Small Mouth Jar Sealing Attachment

Wide Mouth Jar Sealing Attachment

 

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To make sure you and your loved ones are cared for when times go bad will require planning and preparation. This recipe for a pain salve will be a great addition to add to your herbal medicine cabinet.  Building your medicine cabinet with homemade remedies will save you money and allow for more confidence and self-reliance.  This recipe is amazing.

Using your cayenne salve

This cayenne salve can be used on aches and pains, from sore muscles and joints to bruises and even nerve pain.

It is best for closed wounds and may sting a bit on open wounds. Even on closed skin you may feel a bit of burning or heat in the area where it is used. It should be applied externally only and used within 6 months for the best results.

If using it for arthritic pain it may take up to a week or two to see results. In this case you want to use it daily to decrease chronic pain.

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