What does shelf stable mean?
We consider a shelf stable recipe to be one that can be made completely with items that can be found in your pantry (not refrigerated). The purpose is to have meals that you can make should your power go out and you lose the foods that you have in your fridge and freezer.
Traditional shelf stable recipes
Most people thing of things like homemade bread, chili, spaghetti, etc. when they think of a shelf stable meal. Items that don’t have meats, dairy, or produce. These should definitely be staples of your diet in an emergency and it is helpful if you have at least practiced making some of the more difficult things.
Converting a regular recipe to shelf stable
Our favorite shelf stable recipes are some of our very favorite family recipes that we’ve converted to shelf stable by making a few simple substitutions. If you add canned or freeze-dried meats, cheeses, and produce to your food storage your meal options are drastically increased. See an example of this with Julie’s Enchilada Pie Recipe or Jodi’s Chili Meal-in-a-Jar Recipe.
FREE Shelf Stable Recipe Book
A few years ago we asked all of our readers to help us with a project and submit their favorite shelf stable recipes. We have some of the best readers out there! You should know- you’re one of them! We received over 100 recipes and compiled them all into this AMAZING Recipe Book. The recipe book has the following categories:
- BREADS & MUFFINS
- BREAKFAST FOODS
- SOUPS,CHILIES & STEWS
- MAIN COURSES
- SIDES, SALADS & SNACKS
- APPENDIX: POWERLESS COOKING
- APPENDIX: COOKING FUELS
- APPENDIX: STORING WATER
(Please note: We made the recipes 4 to a page in order to save paper for you if you print it out. In case you find the font to be too small by doing this, we also made a FULL PAGE VERSION. It’s 172 pages but you can print it front and back or just use it on the computer. Enjoy!)
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-Jodi Weiss Schroeder