Tips: Great for flavoring soups, stews and sauces, bouillon paste has a spoonable consistency that makes it easy to portion just the amount you need. To keep sodium in check, opt for reduced-sodium offerings.
For 1 1/2 cups cooked noodles, start with 3 to 4 ounces dry. Boil the noodles about 1 minute less than the package directions so they are slightly underdone. Drain and rinse well with cold water before assembling in jars.
Black vinegar--or ching-kiang vinegar--adds a rich, smoky flavor to many Chinese dishes. Look for it in Asian markets and specialty food shops. Balsamic, sherry or white vinegars can be used as substitutes.
To make ahead: Prepare through Step 1. Refrigerate covered jars for up to 3 days.
Equipment: Three 1 1/2-pint wide-mouth canning jars
3 1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1 medium-fat protein, 1/2 vegetable