It’s sometimes hard to come up with homemade gifts ideas that are both creative and useful. Mason jars are used for so many fun and interesting things including storage, beverage holders and food containers. Our favorite way to use these jars is for recipes or layered ingredients to our favorite desserts. These make for great gifts or party favors for any occasion. Here are a few other ideas:
Salad-in-a-jar is made by layering your veggies over salad dressing and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Breakfast-in-a-jar can include already cooked bacon, eggs and hash browns for a quick to-go meal or oatmeal baked right in the jar.
Cookie-mix-in-a-jar contains all the ingredients needed for your cookies such as flour, baking soda, sugar, chocolate chips and more.
If your food-in-a-jar gift isn’t already cooked, make sure that you tape a recipe card for your friend to follow. Our favorite recipe-in-a-jar is apple pie. Here’s a great one to try:
Apple Pie Baked in a Jar adapted from Great Ideas
4 cups of peeled, sliced red and green apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp. flour
Pie crust (homemade or store bought)
Combine the apples, sugar, butter, cinnamon and flour in a saucepan on high heat and cook until they begin to simmer. Lower heat and cook until apples are soft then allow to cool and thicken.
Roll pie crust dough and use the mason jar to cut out circles for the bottom of each jar.
Line the inside of jars with pie crust, leaving little to no gaps.
Fill each jar with apple pie filling, leaving about 1/4 inch from the top and cover the tops with the remaining dough.
Brush the tops with melted butter and bake on a cookie sheet at 350F for 30 minutes until crust is golden brown.