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I just popped into see if anyone here would be intrested in having some new recipes.  I found these online the other day & they look to me to be a great idea for CHRISTMAS GIFTS for family ... friends ... teachers ... shut in ... senior saints of the church ... so enjoy & if everyone likes them be sure to give me feedback & I will post some more if everyone likes them !!  So, enjoy !!

Chili Mix in a Jar

Chili Seasoning Mix makes a neat, inexpensive gift in a jar recipe, and you may already have all the ingredients. We've included a free printable tag to attach instructions with your gift. Chili is one of those rib-warming homemade meals that goes great with a salad and fresh bread. This mix is inexpensive, easy to assemble, and makes a neat gift in a jar for anyone. This particular recipe is a medium spiced chili; if you like mild chili, cut the chili powder down; if you like spicy, increase it or add crushed hot pepper flakes to taste.

Chili Mix in a Jar Recipe

1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup dried onion (flakes or minced)
2/3 cup chili powder
3 tbsp beef bouillon powder or salt
1-1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp pepper
2 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients, stirring very well to combine. Pack in a 2 cup jar and attach gift tag with instructions.

The instructions are as follows: Brown or microwave 1 pound of ground beef (Optional: you can chop and add an onion if you wish). Sprinkle 1/3 cup of chili seasoning mix over beef, and stir well. Add a 19 oz can of crushed tomatoes; a 15 oz can undrained kidney beans; a 14 oz can of baked beans. Simmer or reheat in the microwave for 20 minutes until flavors are mixed and chili is hot. Enjoy!

Layered Dried Bean Soup Mix In A Jar

1/2 cup dry split peas
1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/4 cup dried minced onion
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup alphabet macaroni or other small macaroni (can be packaged in small plastic bag)

In a 1½ pint jar, layer the first eight ingredients in the order listed. Seal tightly. Yield: 1 batch.

Instructions to attach to jar: Bean Soup Mix: To prepare soup: Carefully remove macaroni from top of jar and set aside. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown 1 pound ground beef; drain. Add 3 quarts water, one (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes (undrained) and soup mix; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.  Add reserved macaroni; cover and simmerfor 15 to 20 minutes or until macaroni, peas, lentils and barley are tender. Yield: 16 servings ( 4 quarts)


2-1/2 cups green split peas (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 cups lentils (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 cups pearl barley (16 oz. pkg.)
2 cups alphabet macaroni (8 oz. pkg.)
1 cup dried onion flakes
1/2 cup celery flakes
1/2 cup parsley flakes
1-1/2 teaspoons thyme
1-1/2 teaspoons white pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Stir before using. Makes 10 cups of mix. TO COOK: Combine 1 cup of soup mix with 4 cups of water or seasoned stock in large pan. Add 1 cup of cooked chopped meat, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes, or until peas are tender. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt if desired.


1/2 cup of each of the following:
kidney beans
split yellow peas
black beans
red lentils
small red beans
split green peas


1 tablespoon dried sweet pepper flakes
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
4 tablespoons brown sugar

For dried bean mix, layer each type of bean in a clear 24-oz jar. For seasoning mix, combine ingredients. Store in a re-sealable plastic bag. Attach to jar and give with recipe for Seasoned Bean Soup. Yield: about 3 cups dried bean mix and 1/4 cup seasoning mix.

Attach To Jar:


Dried Bean Mix ( 3 cups)
2 cans ( 14-1/2 ounces each ) stewed tomatoes
Seasoning Mix ( 1/4 cup )
1 teaspoon liquid smoke ( optional )

Rinse beans & place in large Dutch oven or stock pot. Pour 4 cups boiling water over beans; cover and let soak overnight. Drain beans and return to stock pot. Add 6 cups water, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1/2 hours or until beans are almost tender. Add tomatoes and seasoning mix. Stirring occasionally, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Uncover beans and continue to simmer about 1 hour longer or until beans are tender and soup thickens. Serve warm. YIELD: about 10 cups soup.

Layered Soup in a Jar - Beef Barley Soup

Layered soup in a jar always looks so attractive, it's a perfect gift in a jar at any time of year. This one, Beef Barley Soup in a Jar, is packed with taste and healthy nutrition in mind as well.

2 envelopes onion soup mix ~OR~ 1 envelope onion soup mix plus 2 tbsp. beef bouillon granules ~OR~ 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules and 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
1/2 cup split peas
1/2 cup small pasta (shells, bows, alphabet etc.)
1/3 cup barley
1/3 cup lentils
1/3 cup barley
1/3 cup white rice
optional: 2 tbsp dried chives
tricolor small pasta to fill jar completely

WHAT YOU DO: Use a wide mouth funnel to add all the ingredients to a one quart jar, layering in the order given above. Make sure the jar is tightly packed to prevent contents from moving around. Cut a circle of fabric to decorate the jar lid, fasten with a rubber band. Cover the rubber band with raffia or ribbon.


I just got a book from Avon that is called Gifts from a Jar--Muffins, Breads & Scones and it gives you the labels and the fabric circles to put on the lid and all.  I'm going to try some of the recipes.

What a great idea to put them in here, TBear!

"Click for Waterloo Wellington, Ontario Forecast"


November 28, 2004, 04:33:38 pm #2 Last Edit: November 28, 2004, 04:35:39 pm by TBEAR
Thanks for the feedback Pat ... I have one important one that I forgot to put up so if I remember tomorrow I will place it up here ... is there away that you can start a thread for CHRISTMAS IDEAS then we can post our ideas in there as I have a JAR RECIPE for LAYERED BATH SALTS that I want to post but there is no place in here that it would fit ... so can you do that ?  Just wondering ??

Well, it's time for me to bid good bye for today as I might stop back before bedtime so take care & see you soon !!!



What about in the Our Creative Efforts area, TBear.

Let me think about it.

If you want to till I do think (sometimes it takes me awhile!  HAHAHAHA), just open it here and I'll move it.


"Click for Waterloo Wellington, Ontario Forecast"


Thanks for the LINK ... I was trying to figure it out of where it was so I will remember that tomorrow !!  So, take care & thanks Pat !!

Etta Sue

I have seen a lot of these jar recipes.  My mother got a few before her passing and she really enjoyed them.  Great idea and thanks, TBear, for posting them here.


I got that book from Avon too Pat and want to give a few of them a try.

I wonder if most recipes could be put into a jar and given as a gift in this fashion?


I expect so, Sue.  If you do the recipe the same way that they do in the book.

It's a neat book.  I'm going to photocopy the pages that you attach to the jars on coloured paper so that I'll have some when they run out.  LOL

"Click for Waterloo Wellington, Ontario Forecast"


Larry did a fantastic job on the recipes! I really like that  ;D
Thanks Larry!

I like the gifts in a jar too, I don't have the book from Avon though, I will have to find someone that sells Avon and order one!

http://www.organizedchristmas.com/article75.html Here is a link to a great site for more gifts in a jar  :o