Saturday, June 30, 2012

Country Breakfast Skillet Meal in a Jar by Chef Tess

Chef Tess is at our Rancho Cucamonga, CA store today doing some classes.  Since not all of our readers could be there we thought it'd be fun if she did a guest post here for all to enjoy! Take it at Chef Tess... 

This meal in  a jar is too brilliant! You might pass out.  It's gluten free, just add water, and shelf stable 7-10 years.  It contains real sausage, potatoes, eggs, cheese, and vegetables. The thing I adore most of all about it is the fact that I don't have to plan on having any oil in the house to cook the hash browns. Yes. You read that correctly. No need to plan on extra oil in your food storage or cooking supplies anywhere. It is all self-contained in the jar and ready to cook a meal. Are you excited to see the method?!

 If you're new to the 52 method meals in a jar you will need to see my Original Post on the safety of home vacuum-packing for long-term storage and convenience meals. Yes. that means you'll need to go here. I've had many follow-up posts on the  on the 52 Jar Method. Yes, the book is underway and the beginning bulk of recipes and outline for this food storage plan should be out in the cookbook I'm writing for Honeyville. It will be published later this year. In the meantime, because it is a Honeyville book, I am able to share the recipes here on the blog as long as I have some new and original ones in the book. I shared this with our Breakfast Meal-in-a-Jar classes and it was so well received by all who tasted it that I'm certain that it is indeed a winner.
I keep the egg mixture separate from the potato mixture, since eggs take about 3 minutes to cook and hash browns need to be hydrated and cook with the sausage for 15 minutes.  

The first "must-have" for this meal to be amazing is the Ova Easy  Egg Crystals. They cook up to taste just like a fresh scrambled egg. I've ranted about them in the past but just know that we are very picky about eggs around here, as only a chef could be...and they are outstanding.  One #10 can is right around 29$. At first that freaked me out until I realized  that there were 72 eggs in a can. So that's about 6 a dozen. 6 dozen! Shelf stable and not going to kill my family from salmonella. Yup. I'm a fan

With the eggs we'll be using the beautiful technology of...

Freeze  Dried Cheese.  Yes. It tastes like cheese, cooks like cheese and works like  cheese. It IS cheese. The only ingredient in the can is cheese.

I'm also using the real  Sausage . It is shelf stable 10 years or more and remarkable. In this recipe it is NOT okay to use the TVP sausage. It will not work for keeping your hash browns from sticking to the pan the way the real stuff does.

I'm not going to lie...this stuff is delicious.

Please be very careful to use an oxygen absorber for these jars. With the use of the eggs and the freeze dried sausage they are not optional. They are for your safety. the Oxygen  Absorber. What do they do?

Wikipedia  says: "An oxygen  absorber is a small  packet of material used to prolong the shelf  life of food. They  are used in food packaging to prevent food color change, to stop oils in foods  from becoming rancid, and also retard the growth of  oxygen-using aerobic microorganisms such as fungi...
Oxygen supports the growth of microorganisms and causes  changes in color and rancid odors in packaged foods. Plastic packaging is less  able to exclude oxygen from packaged foods than are the older glass and metal  containers. Oxygen absorbers absorb oxygen and effectively reduce the aerobic  environment to 0% oxygen. Therefore aerobic bacteria and  fungi are unable to grow in this environment. This will extend the shelf life of  a food product for years. The advantages of oxygen satchels  versus vacuum packaging are that the food products are not crushed or squeezed,  as some products are of high value and are fragile, and its simplicity of  use."
Yes I use them. There is an alternate method using a jar  attachment and a Food Saver vacuum machine...but today, this is what you get to  see. I get my oxygen absorbers from my favorite website for supplies,  Here.

Are you ready for breakfast yet?!

 Chef Tess' Country Sausage, Hash Brown and
 Pepper-Cheese Scrambled Egg Breakfast Skillet

Wide mouth quart jar:
2 c Honeyville diced dehydrated potatoes
1 c Honeyville Freeze Dried Sausage (no substitutions)
1tsp Chef Tess All Purpose Seasoning
Small sealable baggie on top of potatoes and sausage in the jar:
1/3 c OvaEasy egg crystals (no substitutions)
1/3 c Honeyville freeze dried cheddar cheese
1/3 c Honeyville freeze dried bell peppers
2T Honeyville freeze dried mushrooms
½ tsp Chef Tess Romantic Italian Seasoning

Top with an oxygen absorber (see the package of the oxygen absorber packets for specific safety on how long those are good out in the air). Seal lid on tightly, screwing on very securely. Make sure the oxygen absorber is not over the lip of the jar or you will not achieve a good seal. Jar lid will "pop" when the jar is sealed, after about 20 minutes. This is how you will know there is not any oxygen in your jar.

Directions to prepare Meal: In a large 12 inch non-stick skillet, combine the potatoes and sausage with 4 cups boiling water. Cover and allow hydrating 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender.Drain any extra water, once the potatoes are tender. The fat from the sausage will keep the potatoes from sticking to the pan. Cook 10-15 minutes over medium heat, stirring once or twice but allowing the potatoes to brown well.  The secret is not stirring too often.  In separate quart-size bowl, combine the contents of the egg baggie with 2/3 cup cool water, whisking well. Allow to hydrate 5 minutes. In a small separate non-stick skillet on low heat, slowly cook the egg mixture, stirring often. Serve eggs over the potato mixture.

There you go! A Country Breakfast fit for a king. Enjoy!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bean Salad

You may see a trend from me this summer.....SALADS!!! In the summer time I love salads and in the winter time I love warm food and soups. If I happen to have a warm meal in the summer time it will be thanks to my beloved Sun Oven! But for this post, another delicious salad recipe for you to try: 

1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
2 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried Corn
1/4 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Onion (you could also use Dehydrated Onion)
1 jalapeƱo pepper-chopped (and I only used 1/2)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup lime juice
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup prepared Honeyville Quick Cook Black Beans
1 cup prepared Honeyville Quick Cook Red Beans
2 diced peeled avocados

Cut the tomatoes and place them in a large bowl. Salt them and let them sit for 10 minutes. Re-hyrdate corn, onions, and beans according to package instructions. Saute corn, onions and jalapeno in olive oil until they start to brown a little. Mix all ingredients together, salt as desired, top with avocados

Enjoy as a salad or a bean dip or throw in a burrito or quesadilla! As we were having leftovers of this salad yesterday my hubby comments how yummy the beans are! Thank you QUICK COOK BEANS.....oh, how I love you!!!

Original recipe came from here


Friday, June 22, 2012

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

Typically summer is not Hot Chocolate's most popular season.  But it could be.  After trying out this recipe you might just switch to this frozen slushy delight over the typical glass of lemonade on warm summer nights. 

3 scoops (not quite 3/4 cup) Honeyville Hot Chocolate Mix, any flavor (I used Marshmallow Motherlode)
3 cups Ice
1 cup Water

Add water and hot chocolate mix to blender and mix until combined.  Add ice and blend until smooth.  Top with whipped cream, a cherry, shaved chocolate, or whatever your taste buds tell you!

I had a couple of swallows and then I'd set it on the counter to do some work. It was if I could feel it looking at me and calling out to me, "Drink me! I am delicious! You can't escape my chocolate hold on you!" It was right. I downed it, didn't feel bad and wished for more!

What is your favorite summer time drink?  You need to try this one!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Perfect BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

I have the perfect summer salad for you. It is tasty, feels light weight, yet full of "power" foods!
The original recipe I got here, then I "Honeyville-ized" it to this:

1 cup cooked Honeyville Quinoa
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Corn
1/2 cup prepared Honeyville Quick Cook Black Beans 
1 cup re-hydrated Honeyville Freeze Dried Chicken
1 avocado, chopped
Honeyville Freeze Dried Cheese
 2-4 Tbsp. BBQ sauce

Prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Re-hydrate chicken, beans, and cheese according to package instructions. 
Once chicken is re-hydrated and drained, stir in BBQ Sauce.
In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken and avocado. Season with salt and pepper
Top with cilantro, cheese, and more BBQ Sauce if desired

I added a little more BBQ Sauce to my salad, I didn't re-hydrate the corn because I LOVE THE CORN just the way it is!  I really enjoyed this salad, you will have to give it a try this summer!! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

E-Commerce Sale-10% off your order!

Attention E-Commerce Customers!  This one is specially for you!

Summer is almost upon us and we send best wishes to all of the Dads and Grads.  This week we're offering 10% off your entire online order*.  From Thursday 6/14/2012 through Tuesday 6/19/2012 you can save by entering the coupon code PAPA in the coupon code field on the second page of the checkout process.  Be sure to click on the Apply button to activate the discount.  Act now as this discount is only good through Tuesday, June 19, 2012 6PM Pacific Standard Time.

We appreciate your business and strive to offer quality products at affordable prices.  Should you have any questions or concerns, or just want to say hello, give us a call, toll-free, at (888) 810-3212 or send us an email at

*10% off discount does not apply to our already low flat-rate shipping fee of $4.49.  Discount valid for INTERNET ORDERS ONLY placed from Thursday, June 14, 2012 through Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6PM Pacific Standard Time. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

BBQ Chicken Sandwich Pockets Recipe

My daughter could eat a PB&J (or Honey) sandwich for lunch every day.  EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  Now while I love the easy prep each day sometimes my taste buds would like to mix it up a little. So cue these delicious sandwich pockets:

1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Chicken
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Bell Peppers
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Colby Cheese
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. Barbecue Sauce
2 (8 oz) packages refrigerated Crescent Rolls

Rehydrate the chicken, peppers, and cheese according to each package's directions.  Drain each well.  Mix together chicken, peppers, cheese and barbecue sauce in a bowl.  Toss to thoroughly mix and coat everything. (A quick tip: for this recipe I like to cool my chicken by running cold water over it after it has been properly hydrated. I have found that if my filling is too hot the pockets can be doughy in the middle.)

Unroll the dough.  Press together 2 of the pre-cut triangles to form a rectangle.

Spoon 2 heaping Tablespoons of filling in the center of each rectangle.

Fold short sides of dough over to cover the filling.  (The dough should now look like a smaller rectangle.)  Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 375 for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown and dough is cooked.  Makes 8 sandwich pockets.

I think you could do several filling combinations to fit your family's tastes.  For example:Freeze Dried Turkey/Cheddar Cheese/Broccoli/Ranch or Caesar Dressing or go the pizza pocket route and combine Freeze Dried Sausage/Mozzarella Cheese/Onions/Marinara Sauce.  If you didn't have crescent rolls on hand you could mix up a batch of Chef Tess' Freezer Dinner Rolls and use those instead.

Try these sandwich pockets--you may just have a new favorite lunch idea!

Happy Eating!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Local Store Sale Items

The Local Store's have switched up their sale items. Here is a glimpse of some of the items. To get a full list of what is on sale at your local store contact them or make sure you sign up to receive the e-mails here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Sun Oven Promotion (contact your local store to see what is in the promo pack)-I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE my Sun Oven!!!!! 

Beef Rotini

  Pasta with Beef
Fettuccini Alfredo

Fettuccini with Chicken

Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Apples 2.12 oz, small can

June Group Buy items:

Powdered Peanut Butter, 2.5 lb #10 can must purchase at least 12 cans to receive the discount

Whole Grain 6 Grain Mix 25 lb-must purchase at least 4 bags to receive the discount

***All sale items while supplies last

Remember to contact your Local Store for a complete list of Sale Items. They have several items on sale that are perfect for a Father's Day gift!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June Giveaway!

This Giveaway is Closed!
Thanks to everyone that entered and all your nice comments!  We've got the BEST readers and customers in the world!  The lucky winners this time were Tana and mofunker--please check your email inbox for instructions on how to claim your prize.

We love to celebrate!  So with Brigham's Anniversary Sale this weekend, we thought it was only appropriate that we celebrate with all our readers and customers by doing a giveaway.  We didn't think you'd mind!  The giveaway starts NOW and closes Saturday, June 9 at 5PM Pacific Standard Time.  So here is what we've got this time...TWO lucky winners  will each receive the following:

1 #10 can of Honeyville Dehydrated Hash Brown Potatoes

1 #10 can of Honeyville Freeze Dried Bell Peppers

1 #10 can of Honeyville TVP-Bacon

1 #10 can of Honeyville Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs

This prize package would be perfect to take camping, 'tis the season after all :)

Here's how to enter and a few rules...
1.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.  Duplicates will be deleted.
2.  Enter by one of two ways:
a)  Email us at
b) Leave a comment on THIS post.  Be sure to leave your email so we can contact you when you win, otherwise we will have to re-draw.  Comments will not be published so your email will not be displayed.  If you are reading this post in your email inbox be sure to visit the blog ( and leave a comment on the actual post!
3.  Winner will be selected at random.
4.  The giveaway will end Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 5PM Pacific Standard Time.

We will never sell or give away any email address that we receive.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Brigham City Anniversary Sale

Friday and Saturday this week, the Brigham City Store will be having their ANNIVERSARY SALE! If you live in this area, you won't want to miss out! And to celebrate with the Brigham Store we will also be doing a GIVE-AWAY on the BLOG!!! Check back tomorrow for the details on the BLOG GIVE-AWAY!!!

During the Anniversary Sale, the Brigham City Store: 
  • will be having  hundreds of dollars in Prizes given away! Some example of prizes:  $150, $100 & $50 Honeyville Farms Gift Certificates, Mountain Man Jr. Griddle, RealSalt Gift Packs, Survival Kit, Gamma Lids and Cookbooks, just to name a few!
  • Free Gift to customers each day while supplies last!  
  • Random give-aways throughout each day!  
  • Not to mention they have a SPECIAL SALE for just the Brigham City Store on Friday and Saturday!!!

And Brigham City's Class schedule for FRIDAY and SATURDAY will be:

June 8, 2012 (Friday) 10:00 a.m. Meatless Wonders by Chef Tess
Have you ever wondered how to make veggie dogs and stretch your family food budget with meat replacements? This is a great class for learning the secrets of fabulously flavorful and delightfully textured gluten cookery. We make sausages, chick-less nuggets, "meat"balls and more!  It tastes so good you won't believe it's meat free! Note...this is NOT a gluten free class. CLASS FEE $5.00 PER PERSON. 

June 8, 2012 (Friday)   6:00 PM Bold Better Bread Class by Chef Tess
Understanding the basics of wheat flour can change the way you not only make bread, but also cakes, cookies, and pastries – as well as thickening puddings and sauces.  I will be focusing on wheat flour specifically in this bread seminar.  I will be covering five general areas in this workshop.  They are, the qualities of good bread, Equipment Necessary, Ingredients, Temperatures, and Dough handling Skills.  I will be covering basic sandwich loaves and also some details for using a bucket instead of a mixer to get wonderful bread results.  CLASS FEE $5.00 PER PERSON

June 9, 2012 (Saturday) 10:00 A.M. Chef Tess 52 Method Breakfast Edition… Meals In A Jar by Chef Tess
Do you have your dinners in a jar but wonder what to make for breakfast?! Now I'm doing a grand new class full of outstanding meal in a jar recipes complete "just add water" for food storage that's outstanding and easy to make! Quiche, Gourmet breakfast puddings, frittatas’ and country skillets will come alive right before your eyes! You don't want to miss this one...and all the samples. CLASS FEE $5.00 PER PERSON 

June 9, 2012 (Saturday) 12:00 PM Sun Oven Demonstration by David & LaRue Howells (details TBA) cooking some meal-in-a-jar samples and how to use the Global Sun Oven. This class is Free

June 9, 2012 (Saturday) 2:30 PM Chef Tess Meals In A Jar - 
Are you looking for a simple way to plan your food storage menu and still eat amazing food with great flavor?    Food storage doesn’t have to be bland and it should be convenient enough to use every day!  Come join the fun an energetic class as I’m visiting from Phoenix to share the 52 Method, Meals in a Jar!  It’s a food storage method that’s sweeping the nation because it’s so simple and so good! Every meal is self contained.  The real meat, sauce and veggies!  Plus…most of the meals are shelf stable 5-7 years!  All are made to just add water.  All are simple enough to make from the jar that my 12 year old son can make them!  Anyone can do it!  Come taste a few recipes.  This is always helpful when making prepared meals!  I’ll give you my gourmet recipes and some outstanding ideas!  Sign up early, the class fills up quickly.  CLASS FEE IS $5.00 PER PERSON

What an AWESOME weekend for the Brigham City Store!!!!! See you there!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sa-Wheat Gift Idea

It is always fun to go to classes and get to know customers and readers.  One that I have had the pleasure of meeting has been Julene.  She has her own blog about being prepared and recently shared this "sa-wheat" gift idea.

Food Storage Teacher Appreciation Gifts
For her children's teachers as an end of year gift she gave them mini buckets of wheat with a cute saying "I hope you have a "sa-wheat" summer!"  On the back she provided a recipe for Blender Whole Wheat Pancakes.

I thought this idea was GENIUS and so cute!

School may be out for your kids already but you could easily tweak this and make it applicable for a variety of situations....

Birthdays..."Happy Birthday!  Hope It Is A Sa-Wheat One!"

Father's Day...nothing beats a healthy breakfast in bed for Dad's big day.

Saying Thanks/Just Because..."You Are Sa-Wheat!  Thanks!"

Tenille has posted a recipe for the blender wheat pancakes before.  They are a huge hit!  You could gift these in #10 cans or fill desired sized buckets and gift away!

What big plans do you have this summer?  Hopefully you've signed up for a class of two at one of our local stores :)

Happy Gifting!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Yogurt Bites-the Perfect Cereal Topping

The last thing we did with the Honeyville Yogurt Bites this week, besides eating them straight from the can, was we topped our cereal with it. We used Rice Krispies, but really, you could use any kind of cereal! The yogurt bites dissolve into yogurt pretty quickly, but then it gives your cereal a little extra flavor (flavor depending on if you used blueberry or strawberry Yogurt Bites). I best described it as adding a little Strawberry or Blueberry milk to your cereal. The best part is: it's HEALTHLY!!! YEA!!! What an easy way to add some sweetness, to your kids cereal, but still have it be healthy!

Enjoy your Yogurt Bites!!!