This one is modified from a recipe from Crystal at Everyday Food Storage. (She has since changed the name of her site.)
My kids go through mac & cheese like you wouldn’t believe, so this one has been very handy to have on hand! And who doesn’t want a few “comfort” food items in their storage, either for use in an emergency or for a quick-to-fix dinner on busy nights, right?
I generally use your standard old run-0f-the-mill elbow macaroni, but if you want to get as close as you can to the stuff in the blue box, you can make this with ziti.
Meal in a Jar: Mac & Cheese
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 1/3 cup cheese powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons non-fat dry milk powder (not instant)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 tablespoon butter powder
- 3/4 cup water
- Place pasta in wide-mouth quart-size mason jar.
- In a small sandwich bag, place remaining ingredients except for water.
- Twist or seal sandwich bag and place on top of dry pasta in jar.
- Place new canning lid on top of jar. Using wide-mouth attachment for a FoodSaver, vacuum seal lid onto jar following instructions from your FoodSaver manual. (You can also insert an oxygen absorber before putting on lid if you'd like.)
- Remove vacuum attachment and put ring on. Tighten by hand, but don't over tighten.
- Label and date. Be sure to include the instructions from the package for cooking the pasta. Store in cool, dry location.
- Gently pry lid off of jar and discard. Remove oxygen packet (if used). Remove plastic bag of ingredients from jar and set aside.
- In a separate pot or saucepan, prepare boiling water for the pasta. Add pasta and cook according to directions until al dente.
- Drain pasta and place back in cooking pot or in a large bowl. Do not rinse it.
- Add water and contents of plastic bag from jar. Stir until thickened. Serve.