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Old 10-24-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Gifts in a jar - post recipes here

I thought it would be nice, since things like this make wonderful holiday gifts, for everyone to post their favorite gifts in a jar. If anyone wants this thread to be a "sticky" through the holiday season let me know. We can unstick it after Christmas.

I'll hunt my Bean Soup in a Jar and post it.



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Old 10-24-2005, 05:22 PM   #2
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Great idea, KitchenElf!

Here's a recipe for mincemeat - ideal for making mince pies for Christmas. Although I often make my own, I sometimes cheat and buy a luxury quality one from Harrods when I'm in London!
This makes 6 x 1 lb jars
12oz seedless raisins
8oz sultanas
8oz currants
4oz cut mixed peel
4oz chopped dried prunes
12oz soft brown sugar
1lb cooking apples - peeled, cored and grated
8oz shredded suet
grated rind and juice of 2 oranges
grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
4oz chopped almonds
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
5fl oz brandy

Mix all the ingredients together, except half the brandy in a large ovenproof bowl and cover and leave to stand overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 110C/225F/Gas ¼, cover the bowl with foil and place in the oven for about 3 hours.
Allow to cool, then mix in the rest of the brandy and put into sterilised jars.

This mincemeat needs to mature for at least two weeks before using. Once sealed, it can keep for at least a year.

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Old 10-24-2005, 05:22 PM   #3
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Habanero Pepper Jelly!

Recipe here
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:36 PM   #4
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Great idea! I don't have anything yet, but will do some looking.
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:57 PM   #5
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This stuff is awesome!! I like using it on crackers with cream cheese.

1 cup seeded green bell peppers, finely chopped
1/4 cup jalepeno peppers, finely chopped,seeded if desired (or more to taste)
4 cups sugar
1 cup cider vingar
1 (6 ounce) packet liquid fruit pectin
3-5 drops green food coloring(optional)
5-6 half pint jars

Mix peppers, sugar and vinegar in a large, nonreactive saucepan
Bring to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes.
Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour.
Add pectin and food coloring.
Return to heat, and bring to a full rolling boil for 1 minute.
Pour into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars to within 1/2" of top.
Wipe tops of jars.
Center lids on top of jars, and screw on bands firmly.
Fill a canning kettle or large pot (with bottom rack) with water, and bring water to a boil.
Gently lower jars into water.
Water should cover jars by at least 1".
Bring water to a full boil.
Reduce heat to a gentle boil, cover, and process for 5 minutes.
When processed, carefully remove jars from water using tongs or a jar-lifter.
Place upside-down on a rack or thick towels, and let cool without moving for 12-24 hours.
Jars will make popping sounds while cooling if sealed.
Check seal on each jar by pressing down on lid; if it doesn't push, it's sealed.
If it does push down, store in refrigerator until used.
Otherwise store in a cool, dark place.
Makes about 5-6 half-pint jars. To serve, stir to soften, pour over an 8 oz block of cream cheese, and spread on assorted crackers.
Or use like any other jelly; it's great for a spicy peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:22 PM   #6
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Cool, kitchenelf.

(Wasn't sure where to post this one.) This food gift can be made at home and put in a jar/box/container of choice or in a gift basket with other goodies. I'll post the link, as there are a few. My favorite would be the Gigantic Popcorn Chocolate Turtles.

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Old 10-25-2005, 02:53 PM   #7
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I have some for soups and cookies, just can't find them at the moment!

Creole Seasoning

2-1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme


Combine all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Store in an airtight container away from light. Use within three months.

Cocoa Mix
2 c powdered sugar
1 c cocoa (Dutch process preferred)
2 ½ c powdered milk
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp cayenne pepper, more as desired

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. Seal in an airtight container. Keeps indefinitely in the pantry.

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Old 11-28-2005, 11:28 AM   #8
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Here's a bunch that were posted last year! Gift Mix Ideas
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Old 12-04-2005, 01:15 AM   #9
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Layering the dried, uncooked (if applicable) ingredients for your favourite muesli or granola mix is fun too. I also like to tie a wooden spoon to mixes in jars or some other little item that relates to what is inside the jar

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Old 12-04-2005, 02:54 AM   #10
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that sounds interesting.... haven´t heard of this in Germany...

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