Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MORE Recipes for Pantry Prep

As promised, I am going to post a few more make ahead recipe preps that are great to have on hand.  We are all working hard at getting our pantries in order before winter ( or whatever else hits us). 

There are so many great jar recipes to have on hand, that just make life a little easier and that taste so yummy.  I like having jar recipes on hand in case the day gets busy, I am tired or short on time.  They are also wonderful as quick and thoughtful gifts.

1 pkg. country peppered gravy mix (2.75 oz.)*****see note below
2 Tbsp. chicken bouillon granules
2 Tbsp. minced onion
2 Tbsp. celery flakes
2 tsp. parsley flakes
2 1/2 - 3 C dried noodles
Place the gravy mix into a wide mouth quart jar, mix the other ingredients together and pour over gravy mix, top with noodles.

Empty contents into a 4 quart pan.  Add 8 Cups of water, heat to boiling.  Reduce heat, and add 1 can of chicken (or leftover chicken).  Cover and simmer till noodles are done.

*****I buy peppered gravy mix at Sam's (3 bags to a box) and measure out the appropriate amount for this recipe.  The peppered gravy mix makes the best sausage gravy, and it is great in all kinds of cream soups for flavor and thickening.

This is a favorite recipe of ours and of my families.  Everyone loves getting this jar recipe in their gift bags at Christmas.  I always give it with a can of chicken, so the recipient doesn't have to purchase anything for a tasty meal!  (I make little labels for the jar with the cooking instructions - so they are always gift ready).
This is definitely a 4 STAR meal!

3 1/4 C all purpose or bread flour (or your favorite)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. powdered milk
Mix well, until blended and put in a labeled quart jar or baggie till ready to use.

1 1/4 C warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 recipe of MIX
2 tsp. yeast
In your bread machine, first add the water and oil.  Pour in the bread mix and make a little indentation on top to place your yeast.  Set your machine on bread setting and let it do its' job.

This is nice to have mixed up and ready to go on a cold winters day or a busy  weekend.

3/4 C dry minced onion
4 tsp. onion powder
1/3 C beef flavored bouillon
1/4 tsp. celery seed - crushed
1/4 tsp. sugar
Mix all together and store in an airtight container.  I double or triple recipe and keep on hand all the time.  2 Tbsp. equals one packet of store bought.
I use onion soup mix in a lot of things for the wonderful flavor.

JANE'S KRAZY MIXED-UP SALT (brand name) - homemade version
3 Tbsp. onion flakes
2 Tbsp. garlic flakes
1 tsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. basil
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. marjoram
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.  If you put some in a shaker - make sure it has larger holes so, flakes come out easily. 
Hmmmm - I guess you could also blend this all into a powder as well.  I have never done that.  I usually just use a couple pinches out of jar.
We love this stuff.  It makes a salad taste great!

I hope this gives you some more ideas of things you can make and have on hand for your pantry prepping.  We just never know what the future holds in store for us - so it is very smart to be prepared.
I feel most of these mixes are very easy and made from things most people have on hand.
ALL of these also make great gifts.
I LOVE the idea that I can have these things on hand and that I KNOW exactly what is in them (no chemicals or preservatives).

JUST A PREP NOTE - when making jar recipes that use flour for your pantry shelves - make sure you have put your flour through the freezer for a while before adding to the mixes.  You don't want your mixes to show up with buggers in them.  The freezer will kill critter eggs in your flour.



  1. Oh Cheryl, that soup recipe sounds terrific and I think I will do the same for our relatives this year, thanks so much!

    1. You betcha! It is such a yummy, hearty, comforting soup. It is a winter go to in our house.

  2. Thank you for the recipes. That soup does sounds yummy! I'm going to have my hubby pick up 2 bags of onions at the produce sale tomorrow and dehydrate them. I just ran out of dried onions and I need to restock. I think I will mix up some of your onion soup recipe with them also. :)

  3. Thank you for the recipes. That soup does sounds yummy! I'm going to have my hubby pick up 2 bags of onions at the produce sale tomorrow and dehydrate them. I just ran out of dried onions and I need to restock. I think I will mix up some of your onion soup recipe with them also. :)

    1. You'll be glad you did! It is really good. I just love adding it to dishes - of course nothing is done if it doesn't have onions of some sort in it according to my husband!

  4. Cheryl, These mixes are such a wise investment in our pantries, thank you for sharing!

  5. you are so welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Hi Cheryl, I am limited right now as to what I can do in this small apartment but I do like mixes to have on hand. Nancy

    1. I know it's hard with limited space. But you can keep those recipes for when you get the new house.

  7. For the soup mix, when you say dried noodles... would that be just regular noodles from the box?

    1. Hi there.
      Not pasta - but noodles. I like to use egg noodles, and I often keep Amish noodles on hand (I can't make a good noodle for trying!)
      Noodles - as in chicken and noodles.

      Hope that helps.

    2. Yes, got it! thanks, I want to try this!

  8. Where, in the Sams store is the peppered gravy mixes? I have never seen them, but want to check them out! Wow, sounds wonderful. I love sausage and gravy! Thanks for the wonderful receipes!

    1. what brand are they? maybe I can find them somewhere else.

    2. Barbara - I find the gravy mix back with the area where the spices are sugars, flours, etc. are.
      It is called Morrison's Country Style Peppered Gravy Mix.

      The box is blue and red, and it contains 3 - 1 1/2 lb. bags. I think it is some where around $8, but it lasts and lasts.

      Hope you can find it. It is good for all kinds of things, not just gravy.
      Thanks for stopping by.

    3. Thank you SO much! Will def look for it.