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« on: November 05, 2008 10:55:49 AM »

I'm thinking of making food gifts for relatives this year and was thinking of those jars of dry ingredients as a possibility.  Here's two in this post:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271154.msg3135934#msg3135934

Anyone have suggestions for recipes-- soups, cookies, beverages-- that would work well in this jar format?
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008 12:09:26 PM »

Cookies are pretty typical.  Seven (or nine) bean soup is pretty in a jar too.
If looking for something non-edible... how about bath salts/scrubs?

For a plethora of ideas...
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/foodgift/foodgift.html
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2008 06:53:39 PM »

There are a bunch of ideas on this thread, including food and bath products.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261964.0
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2008 10:19:44 PM »

This is probably on those threads that were mentioned, but what about a hot chocolate mix?  I've seen those in jars with cute little marshmallows and different layers of ingredients.  Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2008 04:20:25 PM »

The craft store I work at when I'm at home (as opposed to at school) sells the Gift-in-a-Jar books... there's a book of soups, one of muffins, one for kids... there's a whole series.  I've got the soups one at home, and over the summer I halved a bunch of the recipes so they'd fit in some pint jars I had (and so they were more appropriate amounts for feeding myself and my boyfriend in the dorms). 

I've got those halved recipes on my computer, so I can post them if you'd like, but the book is currently an hour away at my parents' house.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2008 01:10:08 PM »

I was actually considering making dry mixes for homemade brownies in bags or jars. My recipe would just need to add a couple eggs and a stick of melted butter and mix =)

i think if you added the vanilla to the rest of the dry mix, and let it dry into it, the vanilla would stay despite the alcohol evaporating, getting rid of the need for the baker to add vanilla to the mix too =D

if you had the bottom of cocoa/flour mix, then a layer of chocolate chunks, then a layer of walnuts, it'd look pretty nice too i'd bet =D
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008 12:38:13 PM »

I was actually considering making dry mixes for homemade brownies in bags or jars. My recipe would just need to add a couple eggs and a stick of melted butter and mix =)

i think if you added the vanilla to the rest of the dry mix, and let it dry into it, the vanilla would stay despite the alcohol evaporating, getting rid of the need for the baker to add vanilla to the mix too =D

if you had the bottom of cocoa/flour mix, then a layer of chocolate chunks, then a layer of walnuts, it'd look pretty nice too i'd bet =D

Or you could just add vanilla sugar to it. It is very simple to make.

Vanilla Sugar

1 vanilla bean
2 cups of sugar

slice down side of vanilla bean with back of knife and scrape seeds into airtight container with the sugar. Bury bean in sugar and seal tightly with lid. Let sit for 1 to 2 weeks.
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2008 02:20:48 PM »

i like the cocoa mix idea. i am trying to do the same thing for christmas gifts this year, as well. if you want to get really creative, i suggest checking out this thread to spiff up your jars: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0

i was able to get glass etching creme for about $20 and all of my containers are recycled tea bottles i've been collecting since august. it's really easy to do and the results are fantastic! good luck Smiley
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