Entry #1861, November 24, 2012
Happy DIY Saturday and Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving has past and we are officially into the holiday season. Pick your choice of holiday to celebrate, every year your home comes alive with holiday cheer as your welcome guests into your home and show your appreciation of thanks throughout the year.
Have you thought of giving holiday food gifts this year? There is nothing better than getting into the holiday mood with festive goodies and treat. They are fun to make and even more enjoyable to give to neighbors, friends, co-workers, your children’s teachers and more!
You Tube: How to Make Jarred Recipe Gifts
Link to –> How to Make Jarred Recipe Gifts
Create containers for giving treats in:
How to Make Layered Jar Recipe Gifts
Tips from Organized Home
- Choose the right container. Wide-mouth canning jars are easier to fill than standard jars, and canning jar lids seal tightly to keep flavors in and moisture out. Recycled glass jars can be used for gifts in a jar, but be sure that re-purposed jars are clean, seal tightly, and that there are no residual odors clinging to the lid.
- Use a canning funnel. Layers will settle more neatly, and jars will be easier to fill.
- Follow recipes exactly. Don’t skip steps–many recipes call for flour to be sifted before it is measured. Sifted flour will pack down more tightly in the jar than flour dipped straight from the bin.
- Layer recipes ingredients “small to large” according to texture. Place powdery ingredients like flour mix at the bottom of the jar, add larger ingredients like oatmeal next, and layer the largest ingredients–nuts or chocolate chips–at the top of the jar.
- Tamp each layer tightly. The flat top of a meat tenderizer mallet makes a great tool to tamp down each layer of ingredients!
- For pretty layered effects, divide brown sugar into two portions. When layers reach the middle of the jar, pack half the brown sugar into a thin layer and tamp down. Add pretty ingredients like cocoa or chocolate-covered candies, then add the second half of the brown sugar to seal off the section from more powdery ingredients.
- Wrap soft materials (like marshmallows) or strongly-flavored ones (like herb mixes) in plastic food wrap before adding them to the top of your Mason jar gift. This extra step will help keep ingredients fresh and flavorful.
- For longer storage, use a vacuum sealing system, like Foodsaver brand vacuum sealer, to remove air from finished Mason jar gifts.
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