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GIFT JARS (or baggies) filled with hearty soup or lucious brownie MIXES

December 18, 2012

Lots of goodies are shared during the holiday season.  BUT homemade soup and dessert MIXES are also a wonderful way of gifting food for the FUTURE. So get ready to add these two “…in a JAR” recipes to your list of your favorite items to make and share!

There are two stages to assembling a “Meal/Treat in a Jar”.
STAGE ONE: assemble the ingredients in a colorful or contrasting manner in a large-mouth (optimal) canning jar. Close jar and decorate.
STAGE TWO: attach a tag with ingredients and directions for finishing the meal/treat.

ASSEMBLE:

TURKEY NOODLE SOUP MIX  (jar contents)

TIP: if you have no canning jars, put the seasonings in a small Zip-loc baggie and the noodles in a heavier quart-sized Zip-loc freezer bag. Tuck the seasoning bag inside the freezer bag with the noodles.

This mix can also be cut in half and put into a pint jar for a recipient that lives alone or would only serve 2-3 people for lunch or dinner.

3 T. chicken bouillion granules

1/2 t. pepper

1/2 tsp. dried whole thyme

1/4 t. celery seed

1/4 t. garlic pwd.

1-2 bay leaves

4 c. tri-colored spiral pasta

Layer the ingredients in the order given into a wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar. Set the bay leaf against the side of the jar before filling with noodles. Seal with lid and ring. Over the lid, add an 8-inch circle of fabric or wrapping paper fastened with a ribbon tied around the jar neck. To the ribbon, attach a tag that gives the Turkey Noodle Soup instructions.

LABLE:

TURKEY NOODLE SOUP

Jar or sturdy freezer bag? Either delivers a very tasty, hearty soup.

Jar or sturdy freezer bag? Either delivers a very tasty, hearty soup.

1 jar Turkey Noodle Soup Mix

2 carrots, diced

1 stalks celery, diced

1/4 c. minced onion

3 c. cooked turkey

Place soup mix in a large soup pot. Add 12 cups water, carrots, celery and onion and bring to boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Stir in turkey and simmer 5 more minutes. Serve.

ASSEMBLE:

SAND ART BROWNIES MIX  (in jar)

Tip: don’t try to get the layers perfectly arranged in this recipe. Sand art is free form – the cocoa will not pack down well and is a thin layer. The half cup of flour over the cocoa can be spooned around the edges for a slightly better effect. If kids are helping, anything goes, and that’s OKAY!  The white chocolate chips at the very top are barely visible. I don’t put fabric on this jar. I used my Food Saver jar attachment to vacuum seal the lid, then tie a ribbon at the neck to better show off the chips layers. Once it’s in the mixing bowl, layers no longer matter and the BROWNIES taste great!

1/2 t. salt

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/3 c. cocoa powder (clean inside of jar with paper towel after this layer)

1/2 c all-purpose flour

2/3 c. brown sugar

2/3 c. sugar

1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c. white chocolate chips

Layer the ingredients in the order given into a wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Seal with lid and ring. Over the lid, add an 8-inch circle of fabric or wrapping paper fastened with a ribbon tied around the jar neck. To the ribbon, attach a tag that gives the Brownie Mix cooking instructions :

LABEL:

SAND ART BROWNIES MIX  (16 bars)

Can't wait to taste these rich brownies

Can’t wait to taste these rich brownies

1 jar Sand Art Brownie Mix

2/3 c. vegetable oil

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1 t. vanilla

walnuts or pecans, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the Brownie Mix and stir until the mixture is well blended. Spread batter into a lightly greased or sprayed 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut into 2-inch squares.

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One Comment
  1. Jennice Severson permalink

    Thanks ever so much for the recipes ideas. Great reminders on Being Prepared and gift giving. Ever so grateful for this GREAT web site..:-)

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