Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Meals In A Jar by Julie Languille

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Meals In A Jar by Julie Languille

Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Julie Languille, the author of the fabulous book, Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes, is back to answer a couple of new questions and to provide one of my readers with a free copy of her newest book.

You might remember Julie as Anne Lang, the author of The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage.

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In this new book, you will find all sorts of easy and economical recipes for creating your own “meals in a jar” which are far healthier and tastier than traditional MREs.  Many of the recipes can be packaged in a FoodSaver or Mylar bag as well – making the meals quite portable.  In addition to the recipes, there is a section on canning and dehydrating plus a chapter discussing ingredients, equipment and supplies.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Brian” has won a copy of The Wayward Journey. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Brian answered the question:  “If you were an elected official, what is the one thing you would do to help prepare your community for a natural disaster?”.

I would organize a committee whose main focus was on disaster preparedness. They’d have to have a public community meeting once a month to educate citizens on their findings.

Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.


1. Given your background and knowledge, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

1. Physical – I think physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are really important.

2. Mental – an outlook of vigilance, and the ability to think on your feet and adapt to your circumstances quickly.

3. Continuous improvement – always be adding to your preps and your preparedness skillset.

2. As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I think the most likely scenario is a widespread power outage due to either natural or manmade circumstances which would change everything.


A copy of Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What is your best food storage tip?  This can be something you have been doing for years, something new, or simply something you would like to try soon.

To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the website.  In addition, the winner must respond to my email within 72 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The entries in last week’s giveaway were fabulous. Most of the ideas were similar in theme and in the manner in which our “elected officials” would bring communities together to learn about preparedness in a positive and non-threatening way.  I will be sharing some of them in an upcoming article and may just package them up to send to my own elected officials.

Please go back and read more in the comments section of Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: The Wayward Journey by Nathan Hale Jefferson. It will definitely be worth your time.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight Item:   Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes

 Stock your pantry with home made meals. Pull it off the shelf. Mix with water. Cook. Serve.  It’s as quick and easy as preparing a box of mac and cheese—but it’s not store-bought junk, it’s your favorite dishes made from scratch. With Meals in a Jar and a little planning, you’ll have your pantry stocked with healthy, delicious ready-to-cook meals.

Meals in a Jar is packed with step-by-step instructions for natural breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts that allow even the most inexperienced chefs to make scrumptious, nutritious dishes. Not only are the recipes in this book perfect for carry-along camping fare, rushed weeknight dinners and meals for Dad (or even a teenager) to prepare, they can also be life-savers in times of disasters like fires, blackouts or hurricanes.

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

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The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP
Survival Medicine Handbook
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey

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I also ordered some Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix which I cooked up as corn bread in my cast iron skillet.  Oh my gosh – it was better than anything boxed that I have ever purchased and as good as home made.  The best part is that all I had to add was water!  I am thrilled with this mix which is currently on sale for $9.99.

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70 Responses to “Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Meals In A Jar by Julie Languille”

  1. We take bulk dried food and place it mylar bags with an oxygen absorber. This makes the food easier to handle. And the smaller bags contain only enough of the food item for several meals. Keeps things fresher longer.

  2. Canning, pickling and fermenting are some of my favorite ways for food storage. Weather I grow it in my garden or get fruit from eastern Washington or can meat that I have hunted. everyone’s “stored food” will run out at some point, canning allows me to have another way to be self sufficient for a long term problem if necessary. Bill B

  3. I’m about to purchase a dehydrator that I plan to use for as many foods as I can. Then use the Foodsaver to pack and seal. I also freeze a lot of excess from cooked meals, fresh fruits/veggies, etc., that has been packed with my Foodsaver.

  4. I use the egg shells of our chickens, crush them good, and apply to certain herbs in the garden for mulch. All the inner parts (lol….the actual eggs) I scramble then dehydrate, put in a jar, label, date, and save for hard times or just plain convenience, like when the girls aren’t laying as much, or when I need to rotate my supply, or we’re having a crowd for breakfast.

  5. I have been keeping my pantry stocked with enough food for our family for 4 wks without having to go to the store. I keep powdered milk and powdered eggs and freeze dried tomato on hand to compliment my pantry storage. Then, a 6 month supply of freeze dried food is kept everywhere imaginable in my home for just in case. Love your web site and am learning much from your posts. Thanks. I’ve always wanted to learn to do the meals in a jar for those many times when I just don’t feel like cooking. Hope I win this book.

  6. This books looks awesome! I would like to learn how to do that. It is such a great idea. I am new to your site and I am trying to learn what I can while I can. Thank you for all your help and tips, they are helping me so much 🙂

  7. Thank you for this site of helpful information.
    Date the expiration date on the front of the package.
    Cleanse containers for sharing and store.

  8. Thanks to all of you for all the great ideas! I’ve been dehydrating like crazy lately, having come into
    3 dehydrators for free recently. We’ve been making our own oxygen absorbers. This book sounds like a great extension of the prepping plan.

  9. Dehydrating is what I want to start doing. I freeze a lot now, but I like to get into dehydrating and then learn how to can. We are so use to just buying everything from the store as needed. Easy, economical, healthier, tastier – these FOUR words describing this book, really caught my attention.

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