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Gifts in a Jar - Soup Mixes

Updated on November 2, 2018
Examples of the many types of food you can make into a gift in a jar.
Examples of the many types of food you can make into a gift in a jar. | Source

It's getting to that time of year...

For some of us, those who tend to make their own gifts, it is rapidly approaching that time of year when we begin planning what we will be making. I love to make the Gifts in a Jar type gifts. With this kind of gift there is something for everyone, even your pet. You can make cookies, muffins, cakes, speciality coffees, teas and hot chocolates, candies, soups, casseroles, pet munchies, and so many other things. The sky is the limit.

This year I decided to go with the Soups in a Jar gifts. I was trying to think of a type of gif in a jar to give that could be shared by a family or eaten alone. These soups are easy to assemble, use ingredients most people have in their home, and everyone love's soup. When they arrive at home after a long days work what's better than a gift that turns into a simple to make, delicious to eat meal? That's what I thought. So I am sharing some of the best soup recipes for you to use to make your own Soups in a Jar gifts. I hope you like them.

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Chili in a jar mix


1/2 cup dried kidney beans

1 cup dried pinto beans

1/3 cup dried minced onions

3 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp dried minced onions


In a pint jar layer 1/2 cup pinto beans, 1/2 cup kidney beans, 1/2 cup pinto beans and top with seasonings.

Make sure you close jar tightly.


Print this on a card to the recipient.

Ingredients you need to add:

2 lbs ground meat (beef or turkey)

6 cups of water

3 (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes

2 or 3 slices of bacon (pork or turkey)


In a Dutch oven place all of the contents in the jar, 6 cups of water, and a little salt.

Bring to a boil, turn off the heat and let the beans set for about 10 minutes.

Drain off the water and add 6 fresh cups of water and the bacon.

Bring to a boil and let cook at a slow boil for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Brown the ground meat and add it and the tomatoes to the beans.

Let cook on slow boil for an hour.

Enjoy with crackers, french bread or garlic bread.

Noodle soup in a jar mix


1 tbsp dried parsley flakes

1/4 cup dried minced onions

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp celery seed

1/2 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp dried basil

4 chicken bouillon cubes

3 cups of noodles ( enough to fill jar)


Layer all spices at bottom of a one quart jar.

Place noodles on top of spices filling the jar.

Decorate jar.

Print this on a card for the recipient.


1 can diced tomatoes

8 cups of water


Place tomatoes and water in a soup pan and bring to a boil.

Add noddle soup mix and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy with a nice fresh salad and a crusty roll.

Lentil Soup in a jar mix


18 cubes beef bouillon

1/3 cup dried minced onion

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup dried split peas

1/2 cup uncooked macaroni

1/4 cup barley

1/2 cup dry lentils

1/3 cup brown rice

1 cup uncooked tri-color spiral pasta

Instructions for putting together jar:

Layer ingredients in the order they were listed into a 1 quart jar.

Close lid tightly and decorate.

Putting together soup:


1 lb ground beef or turkey

12 cups water


Brown meat in a large soup pan, remove excess grease.

Remove tricolor spirals from other contents in jar.

Add 12 cups of water to the ground meat and bring to a boil.

Add all of the ingredients left in the jar, bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add tricolor spirals and boil for 15 more minutes.

Enjoy soup with a loaf of french bread or garlic rolls.

There are many different sizes of mason jars to choose from.
There are many different sizes of mason jars to choose from. | Source

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Beautiful gift in a jar.
Beautiful gift in a jar. | Source

© 2012 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Lady_E. They really are great gifts.

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      5 years ago from London, UK

      It's an awesome and very unique idea.

      Thanks for sharing it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Kathryn Stratford, I love making Gifts in a jare as much as people like getting them.

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      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      I love gifts in a jar! These are three great examples! Thanks for sharing the recipes.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      daisydayz, They're a great gift.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      6 years ago from Cardiff

      Some good recipes there. Everyone is getting jar mixes this year. I did home made sweet tins last year

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ana Louis, People love geting the Gifts in a Jar. I make most of my Chistmas gifts also. It just seems more personal.

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      Ana Louis 

      6 years ago

      What a neat idea. I will have to try this one. I have gotten to a place where I make most of the Christmas gifts I give to my family and friends. I love making them and so far everyone loves to receive them.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      greeneryday, I llove being creative. People like gifts that a personally made for them.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Crystal, it does tend to make it a personal gift. You have put your time and effort into it so it makes the person you give it to feel more special.

      greeneryday, thanks. These days we a need to get a little creative in our gift giving.

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      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      Great creative idea for a gift, it all about fun. Thanks!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Soup ingredients in a jar is a great gift I think. It feels personal and also practical. Good hub and voted up.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      MrsLMMc, I try to get what I can done during the summer as far as making Christmas gifts. During the school year I don't have time or energy. The type of students I work with require a lot of attention. I hope you do get your Christmas cards out in time, one of us should.

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      I agree with you. I really enjoy making my gifts for the holidays...however, I haven't done this for a long time. Your inpiration might just push me over the edge and I get organized early enough. I love these jar gifts and welcome the idea of doing this again. Even more, now I might even get my Christmas cards out in time too!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      viking305, they are a great gift. One really good thing is they are almost as much fun to make as they are to recieve.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RTalloni, you're welcome. That's one of the great things about making Gifts in a jar, you can do it in stages.

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      L M Reid 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Soup in a jar to give as a gift is a great idea. You could have fun making the recipes too. Love it

      Shared on Twitter

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      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very much! I needed this reminder for I want to have some of these ready ahead of time to give this coming fall season. If I set aside time to put them together this summer I will have time to do something decorative with the jar lids in the fall.


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