Holidays. It’s that time of year where gift-giving is pretty much expected, yet who has all the money to spend (at least) $25 per person for a decent gift? While I know it’s early to be thinking about the holidays, I’ve already started working on our holiday gifts. From crocheted super hero ornaments to cookie mix in a jar, I’m determined to be armed with inexpensive handmade gifts for our friends and family in 2020! This week, I’m adding some mason jar soup recipes to the lineup!
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We used to receive more food gifts than we do nowadays. They’ve been replaced largely with gift cards for restaurants, which is nice, but not when you are trying to finance the holidays without breaking the bank. I’m looking at lowering my holiday budget significantly this year in an effort to stay below our allotted $1200. That may seem like a lot, but it goes fast, and honestly, it’s really not that necessary to spend so much on gifts. Because all of our family members’ birthdays fall between August and December, I’d love to be able to fit those into the budget along with our holiday gifts.
Mason jar soup mix recipes are a cool food idea for those with busy lives, or those who may be beginners in the kitchen. The idea is to be able to dump and cook, then serve. No measuring ingredients, and minimal extra stuff to add. Easy peasy.
Mason Jar Soup Recipes I’m Using
The recipes I’ll be using are both chili recipes. Todd and I aren’t much for soups, but chili is always on the menu. This is also true for the recipients whom I’ve chosen to gifts these soup in a jar mixes.
The first recipe I’m trying is from Food.com, and is simply called Chili Mix in a Jar. It’s a no-frills recipe for those on your list that like a straightforward chili bean. Here’s the recipe:
Chili Mix in a Jar by Food.com
The second one comes from Marathons and Motivation, and comes with a free downloadable recipe/gift tag. It’s also a pretty straightforward chili bean recipe, and pretty in a jar.
Three-Bean Chili Mix Gift Jar by Marathons and Motivation
Gift Basket/Wrapping Ideas
I’ll be developing a simple gift wrapping idea that I can use for all the jars. Here are a few of the ideas I’m thinking of:
- gift basket
- ribbon and festive tags
- kraft paper
I’ll be using my own homemade printable tags for the recipe, gift tag, and perhaps even a “to” and “from” tag that I can personalize! If you’d like to print tags for yourself, I will have those for you at the end of this post.
A Note About Shelf Life
How early can we actually make these before the holiday? The shelf life for these is really only as long as the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. Most of the ingredients in these recipes have a shelf life of at least two years, maybe more, but that’s if you are purchasing your items that you will be using. Even if you are making these from items in your pantry, you’ll still probably have at least a year of shelf life left in your ingredients, I would think.
Since I will be purchasing items (versus using what is in my pantry), I can add an expiration date of April 1, 2122 to my tags. This allows enough time for me to make these in advance, as well as for the gift recipient to cook and enjoy.
If you are not sure about the ingredients in the soup recipe you choose, you can check the shelf life of each ingredient at StillTasty.com.
Mason Jar Soup Recipes
Don’t want to make chili for your friends and family? I got you. Here’s a list of some yummy looking choices:
- Homemade Pasta Fagioli Soup
- 5 Bean Vegetarian Soup Mix in a Jar
- Ultimate Veggie Soup Mix in a Jar
- Friendship Bean Soup Mason Jar Gift
- Five Bean Soup Mix in a Jar
- Soup in a Jar (peas, lentils, and pasta)
- Homemade Soup Gifts to Warm the Heart (5 recipes + biscuits)
- Soup Mixes in a Jar – 6 Great Gift Ideas
- Gifts from Your Kitchen Soup Mix Recipes