Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gifts In A Jar-Create your own...

Gifts In A Jar-Create your own...

These neat gifts that come in a jar are so simple to make, and make great gifts, for birthdays, Christmas, Valentines day, or just about any holiday that you can think of!

Everything from a layer of soup fixings, to beverage mixes.
Top the lid of the jar on the outside with a bright fabric, add a gift tag, and you have a wonderful gift. Use your immagination!

This is a great way to make around 24 Bean Soup jar gifts:

Combine the following in a bowl large enough to hold:

1 pound dried red lentils
1 pound dried green lentils
1 pound dried brown lentils
1 pound dried black beans
1 pound dried red beans
1 pound dried kidney beans
1 pound dried navy beans
1 pound dried great northern beans
1 pound dried baby lima beans
1 pound dried large lima beans
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound dried green split peas
1 pound dried yellow split peas
1 pound dried black eyed peas
1 pound dried cranberry beans

Then put 2 cups of this bean mixture into a pint-sized canning jar.
Next, secure the lid, and attach a colorful fabric to the top of the lid.
Next, make a label for the jar, and use this recipe on the label:

Bean Soup Mix

2 cups 15 bean soup mix
1 smoked ham hock
2 cans 14.5 ounces stewed tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
6 cups water
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Cover bean mix with water and soak overnight.

Drain beans and place in a stockpot. Add ham hock, tomatoes, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat; reduce to medium low, cover and simmer 1 hour.

Add remaining ingredients; continue to simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serve warm.

Now, not only do you have a really pretty gift, you have also given a recipe that they can use with the ingredients.

As I said, use your immagination. Think of recipes that you know, add dry ingredients in layers, seal it all up with the jar lid, attach colorful fabric, add the label with the recipe, and you have a wonderful unique gift!

Just have fun with it!

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