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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Meal In a Jar

I just got the newest issue of Family Fun magazine and like the big canning nerd that I am, I got really excited when I saw this article:

Inspired by the popular (but not recommended) practice of boiling camp food in ziplock bags, we came up with an ideal variation: jar meals. These simple dishes are prepped, cooked, and eaten in canning jars with lids and rings. They're ideal for rustic dining because each camper can assemble her own meal and cleanup is minimal. Plus, kids will have a blast customizing dishes to their own tastes. Check out our recipes for jar-made omelets, burritos, and cupcakes.

How It's Done

1. Line the bottom of a large pot with extra jar rings (this keeps the jars from touching the bottom), fill it one third full with water, and bring the water to a boil. 

2. Coat the inside of each jar with cooking spray. Have each diner add ingredients and prep his jar meal as he likes it. 

3. To move the jars into and out of the water, use a pair of canning tongs or elbow-length oven mitts. 

4. After your jar meal is cooked, let it cool a bit, then slip a cut-off sock top around it to serve as a holder. Be sure to tell diners to handle the jars with care. 

5. Save the leftover boiled water for washing the jars after the meal.

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