These make wonderful gifts! Neighbors, friends, family, whomever is the lucky recipient, will really enjoy these home made gifts.
You will need some fabric, to decorate the cover/lid, a hot glue gun, and **wide mouth, 1 quart, canning jars, some ribbon or raffia to decorate the lid. Label paper, or some type of paper to make up your label, a heavier paper along with double sided tape works well also. You'll also need a funnel and plastic
**Hint** I also save decorative "store brand spagetti" jars. They work just as well as the wide mouth canning jars, and are a great way to recycle! For my home made instant flavored coffee I save the small jelly and instant bouillon jars.
Decorating and labeling the jars are all up to you! Be creative, these are home made gifts from the heart so have fun with them. I keep a couple of soups or coffees on hand, they don't last long because you'll always find an event to hand one out for! If you do have them on hand for awhile, use them yourself, they are sooo tasty!!!
If you have a favorite breading, soup, cake or cookie mix, why not layer it, jar it, and gift it!
*Country Soup in a Jar
1/2 cup quick cook barley
1/2 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup rice, uncooked, do not use instant
1/2 cup dry lentils
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
2 tablespoons beef bouillon flakes
1/2 cup alphabet pasta, uncooked
1 cup spiral (flavored), macaroni, uncooked
In a small baggie add and mix the onion, parsley, salt, lemon pepper and bouillon.
In a 1 quart jar, use your funnel and layer the ingredients in this order:
barley, peas, rice and lentils, small pasta.
Add the baggie with the seasonings, fill rest of jar with the spiral macaroni. Seal the jar.
Attach this label to the jar:
Add contents of jar to 3 quarts of water, 2 stalks of chopped celery, 2 sliced carrots, 1 cup of shredded cabbage (optional) and 2 cups diced tomatoes. Over medium low heat, cover and simmer about 1 hour, or until vegetables are tender.
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*Potato Soup Mix
1-3/4 cups instant mashed potatoes
1-1/2 cups dry milk
2 tablespoon. instant chicken bouillon
2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1-1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
In a bowl, combine all ingredients Place in 1 quart jars.
Place 1/2 cup mix in soup bowl and add 1 cup boiling water. Stir until smooth. Serve!
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*Love Soup Recipe
1 box of Onion Soup Mix, both packets
1/2 cup split dried peas
1/2 cup Alphabet or Ring Macaroni
1/2 cup small shell macaroni
1/2 cup flavored spiral macaroni
1/4 cup lentils
Layer the above ingredients in a 1 quart jar and attach this to the jar:
Love Soup Label
When you feel you are too busy and a meal you need to fix, get out a kettle, 7 cups of water, 1/2 pound of hamburger and this mix.
Let it cook and simmer slowly while you have your things to do, and when you sit to eat it, Remember,
We love you!
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This is a great gift idea for friends, neighbors, teachers, etc...
1/3 cup beef bouillon flakes
1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes
1/2 cup split peas
1/2 cup ABC, or ring macaroni, (any small shape pasta will do)
1/4 cup barely
1/2 cup lentils
1/3 cup non-instant white rice
tricolor spiral pasta
Layer ingredients in this order: bouillon, onion flakes, split peas, small shape pasta, barley, lentils, rice, and enough tricolor spiral pasta to fill jar.
Attach these cooking instructions:
In large kettle, brown 1 pound ground beef or stew beef cut into bite-size pieces in a little olive oil. Remove tricolor pasta from top of jar and reserve. Add the rest of the jar contents to the kettle with 12 cups water. Let come to a boil and simmer 45 minutes. Add tricolor pasta and simmer 15 minutes more. Serve with your favorite bread or rolls and a tossed salad. Enjoy!