Mason Jar Mixes Gift Ideas

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Small gifts of food make perfect presents during the holidays, birthdays or other events throughout the year. Surprise your favorite party hostess with a Mason jar filled with potpourri. Fill a Mason jar with mulling spices for a teacher’s present. Give grandma a Mason jar of hot cocoa mix with marshmallow snowman faces and candy canes tied to the jar with ribbons. Make a Mason jar mix by simply layering dry ingredients in the jar (like colored sand art!), then tie with a pretty bow and other décor. You’re all set!

Here are more recipes for Mason jar mixes for the food lover.

mason jar mixes recipes ideas

Lentil Soup Mason Jar Mix

In a pint size mason jar, layer the ingredients in the following order with the first ingredient at the bottom of the jar:

  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 1/2 cup dried apples
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

Cut a circle of fabric to make a cover for the lid and attach a tag to the jar with the following cooking instructions:

  • Place contents of the jar in a large saucepan with 3 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Makes4 cupsof soup.

Whole Wheat Pancake Mason Jar Mix

The following recipe will fill a quart jar:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

Pack the pancake mix with a gift of other kitchen utensils along with these cooking directions:

  • Plain pancakes: Mix together 1 cup pancake mix, 1/2 cup milk, 2 teaspoons vegetable oil and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
  • Banana pancakes: Use the plain pancake recipe and add 2 tablespoons yogurt, ½ cup applesauce and 2 mashed bananas.

Scented Sugar Mason Jar Mix

Scented sugar is a gift that everyone can use and will stay fresh for quite a while. Scented sugar can be used to make cookies or other holiday treats. Here’s how to make scented sugar:

  • Fill the bottom of a Mason jar with 1/2 inch of sugar.
  • Add a layer of your favorite scent.
  • Continue adding a layer of sugar followed by a layer of scent until the sugar layer is on top and is 1/4 inch from the top of the jar.
  • Put the lid on the jar and let set for a few days.

Here are some ideas for different scents:

  • Citrus peel from lemons, oranges or grapefruit. Cut off the white pith and use only the colored part of the peel.
  • Use rose petal sugar to sweeten tea.
  • Give a gift from your garden with herbal sugars from mint and lavender.
  • An alternative to sugar is a gift of scented salt. Add dried garlic, lemon zest or dried chili pepper to sea salt.

Wrap the Mason jar in a tea towel, tie with a ribbon and add a tag. Include helpful hints on how to use the scented sugar in cakes, cookies and tea.

Last Updated: December 27, 2012
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About Coletta Teske Coletta Teske has 25 years' experience in tech journalism, as well as home and gardening topics. She has freelanced for Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, published more than two dozen computer books for Prima Publishing and Macmillan, and worked as a freelance correspondent for West Hawaii Today. Coletta has been an avid gardener since she was 2 years old. While living in Hawaii, she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a certified master gardener.

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