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Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes Paperback – March 19, 2013
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One: The book is called "Meals in a Jar," and yet the preferred technique to prepare this food for long term storage uses something called a "retort pouch." So it's not about storing dry food in a container packed with an oxygen absorber; it's a book about pressure canning wet/cooked foods. Even the cover photo features dry ingredients stored in JARS. This book should have been entitled, "Meals in a Retort Pouch." Of course, if it had been, I never would've purchased it.
Two: There's no resources section in the front or back of the book for finding the products mentioned, like the retort pouches. The one link that appears in the book doesn't carry them (I checked this last night. They have mylar bags, but they don't have retort pouches of any size.). So good luck even finding them anywhere, since Amazon doesn't currently have them available.
Three: Her method makes MASSIVE amounts of food. I mean, putting together recipes with ingredient lists involving 16 cups of rice. If you're preparing for a small family or couple, the recipes are less than useless, since many of them make enough food for eight meals that feed six or eight EACH.
Four: Pressure canning is not "quick and easy," as this method is described on the cover. As one reviewer here said, "If you are a beginner and want to use this book, please be aware that you should learn to pressure can, and gather up the proper equipment." Guess how many hundreds of dollars and many hours you'll spend learning all that, before you can even BEGIN to use this book.Read more ›
The process time is an issue as a cold spot (slowest heating spot) would have to be determined to measure adequate heating during the process time. In a jar or can, in a "still" canning situation like a home canner, the container sits still inside the heating medium of water or steam. Heat penetrates throughout the container in a predictable pattern.
The size and shape of a container and then placement inside a water bath or pressure canner makes a difference to the heating pattern and ultimately the process time for a food. You cannot just transfer a canning process from a jar to a pouch of similar size.
Certainly the product dimensions would suggest that retort pouches could be processed in home canners, but in order for heat transfer to be effective specialized equipment is needed to maintain package integrity. Additionally, the pressure in this type of pressurized canner is higher than in a home canner; thus the temperature used for processing is higher.Read more ›
This book is not for the type of person who wants to toss a few ingredients in a jar and call it a meal. This book is for those who want to truly create meals ready to eat, from scratch, at home, and are willing to put in the work it takes to do that. These will be convenience foods later, but you do have to prepare them first. The thing is, you are often making 16 meals at once with these recipes. It's going to take some work in the kitchen--but on the day-to-day basis when you come home late from work and don't have time or energy to mess--you have it all done and food prep will just take minutes. So put in the time at the beginning, have short work of it later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't actually made anything yet but am enjoying reading the recipes. Great ideas!! Thank you!!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Got this so I can decide if I want to make gifts down the road. reading was goodPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
don't know where some ingredients are? But man great meals!Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Daniel
Not at all what I expected. It is about buying freeze dried ingredients and repacking them. Don't waist your money.Published 1 month ago by AK Kuuipo
This is a really great idea if you want to make homey presents. You can, of course, tweak the recipes a bit.Published 1 month ago by ITCS
Wasn't what I was looking for. I just wanted smaller portions for a couple of jars.Published 1 month ago by Maureen H. Smith