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Prepare Your Own Extraordinary Jar Gifts
Popular Jar Gifts to Give
Jar gifts are incredibly popular, as well as cost-effective gifts which can be suitable for good friends, loved ones or co-workers, for the holidays or any occasion. Primarily when you think of jar gifts, certain kinds of foods typically spring to mind, but really there is a very wide variety of foods which can be made into an amazing jar gift.
Groups of foods that can be used:
- Spice mixes regarding rubs on meats
- Biscuit mixes
- Waffle and pancake mixesSoup mixes
- Cookie dough
- Flavored coffee creamers
- Sizzling winter drinks
- Flavorful vinegars
- Puppy cookies
- Jellies, relishes or preserves
- Connoisseur mustards
Jar gifts can be customized for the gift beneficiary. One method to achieve this is to take notice of the way to accessorize your gifts in a jar, not to mention consideration towards what types of food items that individual would love. Presentation is everything.
You can get very artistic in regards to labeling your jar gifts. Using pre-made label templates you could include clip art, poems, pictures, a popular narrative, or special memory with that person, or simply opt for only the recipe itself. It may be a combination of those elements as well.
Below are a few unique recipes that may inspire some ideas:
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup grain mustard
- 1 cup fresh lavender finely chopped
- Salt and black pepper to taste
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Taco Seasoning in a Jar Gift
- 6 teaspoons chili powder
- 5 teaspoons paprika
- 4 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 3 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients in an air tight container; mix well. Pour into the sized jars that you want to present as gifts. Makes 21 tsp. Seven tsp. of mix equals one package of purchased taco seasoning mix for 1 pound of hamburger is recommended.
Holiday Stuffing Mix
Quart sized jar
3 to 3-1/2 cups of bread cubes (can be bought or homemade)
Leave room for a seasoning pack in the jar.
- ¼ tsp celery seed
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 2 envelopes chicken bouillon granules
- ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
- ½ tsp sage
- ¼ tsp garlic powder or minced garlic
In a small plastic bag, join all seasonings and mix well. Seal off bag with twist tie or ziplock and place on top of the bread cubes.
In a saucepan boil 1 cup of water and 2 Tablespoons of butter and seasoning mix. Reduce heat to low and add bread crumbs and stir. Remove from heat and let stand 2-3 minutes and then fluff with a fork.
Spiced Cranberry Cider Mix
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 12 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp. crushed whole cloves
- 2 Tbsp. whole allspice
In a bowl, mix cranberries and spices together. Store in an airtight container.
Attach these directions to the jar gift:
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1 quart water
- 1 package Spiced Cranberry Cider Mix
- 2 oranges, sliced
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Chai Mix in a Jar
- 1 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1/4 cup black tea leaves
- 12 cardamom pods
- 4 2 inch pieces of cinnamon stick
- 2 tsp dried lemon peel
Directions for the label:
Put ingredients of one jar in a large saucepan along with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, let stand 5 minutes. Strain through a wire strainer lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Add honey to taste, then serve.
Cinnamon Hotcake Mix
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 Tbsp. baking powder
- 4-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1-1/4 tsp. salt
In 1 quart jar, mix all ingredients; adding dried fruits (apples are good here) if necessary to fill small gaps in the jar and to add interest in appearance.
In medium bowl, mix 3/4 c. milk, 1 egg, and 2 T. salad oil. With fork, blend in 1-1/3 c. pancake mix until moist, but still lumpy in texture. Cook on lightly greased griddle. Makes about 10 5" pancakes.
Viennese Coffee Balls Mix in a Jar
- 2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs or crushed packaged chocolate chip cookies 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder (or coffee, if you can't find) 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Layer components inside a 1 quart jar, tapping gently to settle before adding the next layer. Add additional nuts to fill any gaps, if necessary.
Directions for label:
Put ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add 4-5 Tbsp espresso, strong coffee, or water, using just enough to moisten. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, rolling in powdered sugar. Place on a sheet of waxed paper and let stand 'til dry (about 1 hour). Before serving, roll again in powdered sugar if desired. Store in airtight container.