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« on: August 27, 2008 09:29:26 AM »

I recently got into canning this summer and its addictive to say the least. I was planning on giving jams and jellies as gifts for the upcomming holiday season. My question is if any of you have come across or used any creative means of presenting them. I'm familiar with the scrap of fabric tied on top with a ribbon, but what else is there?
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008 10:44:45 AM »

You could probably paint on the jars themselves. I would also consider making small gift baskets with like a jar of jam, some peanut butter, or some crackers, or the little like bag of mini toasts if you know what im talking about lol.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008 01:36:43 PM »

As far as the fabic on the lid, I was thinking you could use some fancy holiday-ish fabric and put embellishements on it to look really festive for the holidays. And tie it on with a nice ribbon.

Hmmmmm.... thanks for the idea. I might try it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2008 08:46:52 PM »

I recently got into canning this summer and its addictive to say the least. I was planning on giving jams and jellies as gifts for the upcomming holiday season.

I think it's an awesome idea, and I agree with the poster upthread who suggested making them part of a gift basket.  My mom makes shortbread cookies that are wonderful with jam -- I could probably dig up the recipe if you'd like.  You could pair the jelly with a bread, waffle, brownie or cornbread mix.  (I put jelly on most carbs  Grin)  Or do 2 or 3 different jellies. 

And I'm so glad that you're talking about homemade jellies -- when I first clicked on your post I was imagining gifts of canned peas and Chef Boyardee ravioli!
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2008 11:32:00 AM »

I give my stuff away with something complimentary. Like apricot butter and scones, I line the basket  with a cute napkin and include a cute booklet recipes and of other ways to serve the apricot butter, like mixing half bbq sauce with half apricot butter for tangy bbg chicken, using it as a sauce for vanilla icecream, or making apricot smoothies melted it also makes a nice glaze for fruit tarts. Serving chutney with chicken and rice, or making an appetizer with chutney cream cheese and crackers. Peach salsa in a basket with organic tortilla chips and a recipe for my grilled shrimp fajitas. I also put a little reminder that I like to get my jars back.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2008 12:05:57 PM »

We often give out brandied cherries for christmas (because we have two cherry trees in our yard and what else are we going to do with all of them?) and my mom makes little fabric gift bags to present them in.  I also like the idea of filling up a whole basket with complementary items, if you're feeling ambitious. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2008 07:06:14 AM »

Great ideas! I love the idea of the booklet with the disclaimer to give back the jars. Along with the theme of jelly and a complimentary food item. I think a nice jalepeno jelly and some cornbread mix would be wonderful!
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008 06:29:18 AM »

I like all these ideas and thought of a little one of my own.

I wonder if you like to bake? If you do--and if you own a cast-iron dutch oven--why not include a loaf of montyfull's amazing no-knead bread with your jellies? It's the easiest artisan-quality bread I've ever tried, and I've been baking bread a long time. We eat it EVERY night--it's that easy (and that hard to mess up).

I'm making habanero jelly this year for some friends who really like hot stuff, and I think I'll do this--a basket with bread, Habanero Gold jelly, and maybe some picked peppers/pepper vinegar for extra gifty heat. (I haven't been making sweet jellies this year, so only people who like hot stuff will be getting these!)

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2008 04:37:28 PM »

You can always cut a light guaze fabric circle. Put the jar in the middle, and tie up with a really gorgeous ribbon.
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2008 06:50:34 PM »

Would you tie it at the top like a table cloth or up from the bottom like a sachet? I've seen the first one but never thought about the second. I don't think I have any light fabric right now...I wonder if netting would do? You know, like tutus are made from (what IS that stuff called?!)?

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