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Ramen in a Jar … 3 Ways

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I’ve loved instant ramen for as long as I can remember. In college it was a cheap diet staple, and as an adult I find it to be a great quick meal when there isn’t much time to do anything between kids’ activities. Lately, I’ve become intrigued by the homemade ramen in a jar trend. The genius of it is undeniable. You prep your ramen noodle soups in a glass jar, store them in the fridge, and add hot water when you are ready to eat. They take very little preparation and guarantee you a healthy, wholesome cup of ramen whenever you want. These are also great to store in your fridge for those moments you need to grab a quick lunch before school pick-up or after a late soccer practice.

So far I’ve mastered three favorite ramen recipes. The differences are small, which means I don’t need to buy loads of groceries to change up our soups.

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Here is the general method for making ramen in a jar at home:

1. Start with a clean 1-pint glass jar with a secure fitting lid.
2. Measure about 1/2 cup worth of vegetables for your soup. This can be a mix of different vegetables, or a single vegetable you want to highlight. Since the vegetables will be cooked in hot water make sure they are soft or even par-cooked if needed. Carrot shreds, frozen peas, mushroom slivers, and similar soft, finely cut vegetables don’t need to be cooked. A starchy vegetable like potatoes, turnips, or beets would need to be cooked in advance.
3. Par-cook the ramen noodles. The rule of thumb is about 1 cup of ramen per jar. I usually cook the noodles 2 minutes less than the directions on the package. This way they are softened but will still cook when the hot water is poured in.
4. Decide on a flavor base. Chicken, beef, and vegetable bouillon are the three most common flavoring bases. The rule of thumb is to use as much flavoring as needed for 1 cup of water per the package instructions. Sauces like miso, fish, and soy sauce can be added in depending on the flavor you hope to achieve.
5. Layer your jar as follows: flavor base, spices, vegetables, noodles, and garnish. Securely seal the jar and keep it chilled until it’s time to eat. Once ready, pour 8 ounces of boiling water into the jar, replace the lid, and gently shake the jar to encourage the flavorings to mix thoroughly. Eat immediately!

Here are our current favorite flavors:

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Chicken Curry Vegetable

Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped
1 tablespoon spinach, torn
1 teaspoon scallions
2 tablespoons frozen peas
1/4 cup chicken, shredded and cooked
1/2 teaspoon curry
1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 cup ramen noodles

Directions:
1. Layer the ingredients as follows in the jar: chicken bouillon, carrots, spinach, scallions, peas, chicken, curry, sesame seeds, and noodles. Seal the jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
2. When ready: pour hot water into the jar, reseal, swirl it gently, and let sit for 2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Eat warm!

Beef-Mushroom-Ramen

Hearty Beef & Mushroom

Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 1/2 teaspoons beef bouillon
1/3 cup shiitake mushrooms, finely sliced
1 tablespoon carrots
1 cup cooked ramen noodles
1 teaspoons scallions
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions:
1. Layer the ingredients as follows in the jar: beef bouillon, mushrooms, carrots, ramen, scallions, and sesame seeds. Seal the jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
2. When ready: pour hot water into the jar, reseal, swirl it gently, and let sit for 2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Eat warm!

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Soothing Chicken Vegetable

Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
2-3 ginger roots, peeled and very thinly sliced slivers
1/4 cup shiitake mushroom, sliced
1 tablespoon frozen peas
1 tablespoon carrots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon baby spinach, torn
1 cup ramen noodles, cooked

Directions:
1. Layer the ingredients as follows in the jar: chicken bouillon, ginger roots, mushrooms, peas, carrots, spinach, and noodles. Seal the jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
2. When ready: pour hot water into the jar, reseal, swirl it gently, and let sit for 2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Eat warm!

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