• Kim Campbell

Mason Jar Recipe Gifts

Updated: Nov 30, 2018

Looking for a gift for someone, but feeling overwhelmed? Homemade Mason jar recipes are economical, quick, easy to assemble, and a fun way to show someone you care. They’re also a great activity for kids. I’ve included a few of my favorites, but don't be afraid to be creative and develop your own recipes. I recommend choosing recipes that contain a variety of mainly dry ingredients so you can layer them in a jar. Make sure to include the directions for cooking. You could even include the original recipe so your recipient can enjoy your gift again and again. Pass on the love! These jars are perfect for Christmas, birthdays, baby & bridal showers, party favors, and more.


Split Pea Lentil Soup Jar

Yields: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours


Ingredients:

¼ cup farro or barley

½ cup dried split peas

¼ cup brown rice

½ cup dried green lentils


Spice Packet:

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 tablespoons minced dried onion

1 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

½ teaspoon dried sage


Directions for assembling the Mason jars:

  1. Add the first four ingredients into a one-pint Mason jar in the order listed above. I like to use a wide-mouth funnel for easy layering.

  2. Place all the spices into a small snack size zip-lock baggie and carefully squeeze it in the top of the jar.

  3. Close the lid, decorate, and label creatively. Be sure to include directions (below) for preparing the soup with the Mason jar.


Directions for preparing split pea lentil soup:

  • Empty the Mason jar contents (except the spice packet) into a colander and rinse well.

  • Stovetop: Place the rinsed items into a large soup pot along with the spices from the baggie and cover with 5 cups of water. Add 2-3 diced carrots, and 2 diced celery stalks. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium/low and simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally. If you prefer thinner soup, simply add more water.

  • Crockpot directions: Follow the above directions and cook on high for 4 hours.

  • Instant Pot® directions: Reduce water to 4 cups and cook on high pressure for 18 minutes with a quick release.

  • Hint: Add fresh or frozen spinach or greens when the soup is finished cooking for a healthier, nutrient rich soup!



Blueberry Gingerbread Pancake Jar

Yields: 8-10 pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup dried blueberries


Directions for assembling the Mason jars:

  1. In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients except the blueberries and mix until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  2. Using a canning funnel, place half the flour mixture into the jar. Add the dried blueberries and the remaining flour mixture. Close the lid, decorate, and label creatively. Be sure to include directions (below) for preparing the soup with the Mason jar.


Directions for preparing blueberry gingerbread pancakes:

  1. Preheat a griddle over medium heat for 5 minutes.

  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add 1 ¾ cups nondairy milk and 2 tablespoons molasses and whisk.

  3. Add the mason jar contents to milk and molasses and mix until combined. Do not over mix as over mixing can lead to tough, gummy pancakes. You will have some lumps, but that’s fine. For a thicker or thinner pancake, simply adjust milk as needed.

  4. Drop 1/4 to 1/2 cup of batter onto the preheated pan. Cook until bubbles appear in the middle of the pancake. Flip and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Repeat. One recipe makes 8-10 pancakes.


Muesli Jar


Yields: 7 ¼ cups

(Three 16-ounce pint sized jars or

Two 32-ounce quart jars)


Ingredients:

3 cups whole-grain dry oats (not instant)

1 cup wheat or bran flakes

1 cup puffed millet, rice, kamut, or corn (Arrowhead Mills makes a variety of puffed cereals)

¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup dried fruit (raisins, blueberries, or cranberries)

½ cup chopped pitted Medjool dates

1 tablespoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons flax meal


Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Using a canning funnel, place the ingredients into a 1-quart Mason jar. You can also use small pint sized jars.

  3. Close the lid, decorate, and label creatively.

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