"In the house of the wise are stores of choice food..."
~ Proverbs 21:20a
As we try to avoid processed, pre-packed foods, I noticed that our pantry was becoming more and more intimidating come meal time! Everything needed to be made from scratch and it was daunting on those exhausting days that every homemaker has. By preparing dozens and dozens of your favorite foods in jars, you now have a convenient inventory of goods to serve your family in seconds! Here are some of our favorite mix-in-a-jar recipes. They all include the printable recipe kit which makes it easy (jar labels + instruction labels).
Just a little reminder... When making up pantry mixes, here are a few ways to avoid mess and waste:
- Because you are using "dry" ingredients, simply wipe off the measuring spoons and measuring cups you used to make the mixes and immediately put them away. No need to add them to that pile of dirty dishes -- this makes clean up a breeze!
- When printing out our recipe kits, in order to save on ink (you can also print using the "draft" version), just wipe out the jar when it is empty and place it right back in the original spot on the pantry shelf. When you use up your last mix, refill all the jars with fresh ingredients. This way you save on ink and the "cut and paste" time for each batch.
- When making up the mixes, I timed myself on each jar (without rushing, I promise) and it came out to approx. 3-minutes per jar! That is quicker than driving to the store, waiting in line and purchasing a boxed mix (plus you are getting a superior product). Don't underestimate the savings and convenience of the make-your-own-mixes.
Happy pantry building!
P.S. This post has been pre-scheduled as I am out of the country (visiting my precious far away family) until Septemberish. Though I won't be able to reply, I would still love to hear from you in the comment section if you care to share! Happy summer and/or winter (to those in the southern hemisphere)! Love, JES
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