Since November is here, I think I can officially think about what the heck I’m going to give to friends and family for the holidays. If you are more organized than me, you might have all of your gifts figured out! One of my favorite gifts I give every year to friends, neighbors, teachers or family are homemade gifts – especially food gifts. And today, I am going to share with you some great fall recipes and ideas, all wrapped up in a beautiful canning jar.
Jams and Jellies
As you know, I love jam. It’s a hug in a jar! And some of you have already canned your summer harvest to give away as gifts. From strawberry-rhubarb, plum, peach or blueberry, summer jams bring a smile to faces that are shivering in the winter months. Didn’t can anything during the summer? No problem! Fall fruits make wonderful jams, too! You can make jams with figs, pomegranate and my personal favorite, quince. You can also use your autumn apples and make apple butter or apple sauce. Look out for an apple recipe perfect for canning next week!
Intimidated with canning? Check out my step-by-step instructions on hot water canning here!
Cookies and Sweets
Need a unique way of gifting your holiday cookies? Make mini-sized treats and pack them in a mason jar. They are adorable, practical and downright unique. This works great for toffees, fudge and candies, as well. Of course, you don’t have to bake. You can always layer the dry ingredients of your favorite cookie recipe in a mason jar and attach the recipe to it. Here’s the recipe for Dark Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies featured above.
Got a health nut on your hands? I love roasting nuts and sprinkling them with my favorite spices and herbs. From cashews to walnuts, almonds to pecans, make them spicy or sweet. Anything goes! You can find the recipe here for Rosemary Roasted Cashews.
Other great uses for mason jars? I ended up with a boat-load of herbs this past summer, so I dried them and packed them away in mason jars. Make a spice collection using your home-dried herbs and give them away as gifts.
You can also bake in mason jars and make mini cakes or brownies. Once cooled, you screw on the top and presto! Your gift is ready to giveaway!
Making infused sugars is also a great gift! I love adding orange zest to sugar to make orange sugar. It adds so much flavor when you sprinkle over scones, muffins or cookies. Try it with lemon zest and vanilla, too!
And speaking of giveaways, do I have a gift for you! Freund Container and Supply is kind enough to get you started on your fall canning projects with a $100 gift certificate for any of the products you find here on their website. Now if that doesn’t get you motivated, I don’t know what else will!
And you don’t have to wait to win to get started your holiday projects. Freund Container and Supply is also offering a 10% discount off orders of $100 or more. Just enter in the code WOW10OFF when you check out.
Rules of the Contest:
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
There are several ways you can enter to win this $100 gift certificate: Leave a comment below on your favorite canning recipe, craft project or your favorite way to use a mason jar. Like Freund Container and Supply on Facebook and leave a comment below that you did so. Follow Freund Container and Supply on Twitter and leave a comment below that you did so. Tweet about the giveaway: Win $100 gift certificate from @freundcontainer & ideas for homemade holiday gifts in a jar from @familyspice http://su.pr/2nci96
Only U.S. and Canadian residents can enter.
Must enter by November 12, 2012. The winner of this contest was Andy from Isabel and Andy Cook.
Disclosure: Freund Container and Supply sent me a box of Legacy Mason Jars to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All opinions are completely and totally mine!