Meal in a Jar: Mac & Cheese

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! […]

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Meal in a Jar: Mac & Cheese

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

A classic comfort meal!  Convenient and easy to make - perfect to keep on hand for emergencies or even just a quick-to-fix dinner on a busy night!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

To cook:

  • 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.


7 thoughts on “Meal in a Jar: Mac & Cheese”

    • Most of them will last 5-10 years if stored in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight. I try to check my jars every few months because I do occasionally have a lid pop off as my kids jostle things around on shelves. 😉 I go by the ingredient with the shortest shelf-life. But most of these use items that are shelf-stable for 10+ years according to the manufacturers, so as long as I vacuum seal the jars correctly, I should be able to keep that same shelf-life.

    • In my area I’m able to get them at my local Walmart that carries some food storage items. But you can get them online from several food storage companies – Emergency Essentials, Auguson Farms, The Ready Store or Thrive are some options. You can find some brands on Amazon too. I’ll put some links to the brands I use in the post.

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