Monday, July 29, 2013

Meals in a Jar Assembly

Today we are showing you how to assemble the meals in a Jar. A non overwhelming project. Seriously, very easy. 

All you need is:

Quart Jar with a lid
oxygen absorber 

When making these my advise would be to make more than one jar per recipe. Saves money and time.

First Grab the items needed, Jars with lids, oxygen absorber, measuring cups, and a funnel for the powdery stuff(makes less mess), with the recipe of your choice. Ours today is going to be Broccoli Cheese Alfredo. 

Now we are ready for assembly

                    Grab the Jar and begin putting the ingredients in, Try to keep it in order, this just makes it easier during while assembling. 

                                                      Super Easy!!!

                     Put the oxygen absorber in. Remember Pink is good and Blue/Purple it no longer good. Then put the lid on. The next morning press your finger on the top of the lid, if there is NO clicking you are good and the oxygen absorber is doing its job and keeping it fresh. If there happens to be a clicking, check your absorbers make sure they are good, and try putting a a new one in again. When Done properly the Meals In A Jar can last 5 to 7years.

Now we are going to show you just how easy it is to cook these things.      

 Get your sauce pan, or like me an electric skillet, and put it on the appropriate setting. Then Add your water, its usually 4 cups but it all depends on the recipe.

 Add all the ingredients in 

 Stir, and put the lid on. put your timer on for 20 min or whatever the recipe calls for. Stir occasionally. 

After the 20 min check to see if its done, by tasting :) This is what it looks like when its done. Super good looking, and yummy too. 

I Use Thrive products because the are flash freeze dried, meaning its real food with all the nutritious value of fresh fruits and vegetables, and all the taste. And I dont' know about you but I like knowing that when Im feeding my family and me, especially when we are actually eating it and liking it. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Introduction To Meals In a Jar

I am a mom. And there are times where fast and easy is always the best way to go. However it always makes me cringe when that fast and easy is really a .99 heart attack. So with my Stomach and Family in mind Im going to introduce you into "Meals in a Jar" 
Meals in a Jar are like Freezer meals only they don't go in the freezer, and the prep is much easier and faster, no chopping, dicing, or pre cooking necessary. And they last 5 to 7 years!

In theory, Meals in a Jar can save families time and money when the pantry is stocked with Ready Made Meals. Even if it’s been a hectic day, you can simply come home and eat a delicious meal. Just add water and heat for an easy dinner.
What you need to make Meals in a Jar:

Quart Jars with wide mouth (the wide mouth makes things easier when assembling)


Oxygen Absorbers:  you can buy these online, Amazon,  for $12 for a hundred pack. They come with an oxygen indicator. If its pink they are good and if its Blue/purple they are no longer good. You will need a iron to reseal the bag of oxygen absorbers after opening. 

Quart Jar= 1 100cc
Quart Size Mylar Bag= 1 100cc
Quart size Vacuum bag= 1 100cc
Gallon Size Mylar bag= 3 100cc or 1 300cc
#10 can= 3 100cc or 1 300cc
5 gallon bucket= 2000cc

You will know that the oxygen absorber worked and the jars are sealed if the button on the lid no longer clicks 

New lids

These ingredients usually call for Freeze Dried Products. When it comes to meals, freeze dried is the tastiest way to go. It retains all of it's flavor!!! 

Freeze-drying is a process that allows food to be shelf stable while retaining the maximum amount of nutrients. Freeze dried foods retain their original color, form, size, taste and texture. 
 Dehydration is an excellent option in many cases, but the process does tend to change the color and texture of your food. Dehydration also doesn't remove as much water as freeze drying, resulting in foods that weigh more and have shorter shelf lives.

Once you have all the stuff this really doesn't take long at all. Put a few together at a time per recipe so you can have a stock of them.Then one day when you aren't in the mood for cooking you grab a jar, put some water in a pan or electric skillet, add the jar and cook for 20 min. Easy!!! You have a Yummy, nutritious, meal that doesn't require you to spend all your time on. Once again, Easy!!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hello There
Im a mother of 4 very young children who love food as long as its what they want. I have a 4 year old, 2 year old twins and a one year old. As a mother of young children, Ive become very involved with there health and safety. My husband and I experienced something a lot of Americans experienced a few years ago, a lay off. At the time we had one child, thankfully so. We weren't as prepared as we should have been so we struggled. My husband was lucky enough to receive employment at a food storage company, coincidentally, Thrive Life. Before getting this job, I thought of preparedness as something that I was always going to do later, I always had an excuse to wait. Brad working at Thrive, helped me understand the importance of preparedness and really how easy and yummy it can be. Im currently now a Thrive Consultant. This Blog "Thriving Possibilities" is a blog about learning how to better yourself and family situation. Thriving in definition means to make steady progress; to prosper. To Grow vigorously; flourish. The possibilities are endless when it comes to Thriving.