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In honor of all the Food Holidays in our calendar, this page is dedicated to gifts-in-a-jar and gift giving. Let this page be a helpful guide for your own homemade gifts-in-a-jar. You will find recipes and great ideas to help you with your fun project.

When is National Eat Beans Day? July 3

Holiday Bean Soup Mix
1 pound dried black beans
1 pound dried red beans
1 pound dried kidney beans
1 pound dried navy beans
1 pound dried great northern beans
I pound dried baby lima beans
1 pound dried large lima beans
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound dried green split peas
1 pound dried yellow split peas
1 pound dried black eyed peas
1 pound dried green lentils
1 pound dried brown lentils

Combine beans in a very large bowl. Pour two cups of bean mix into pretty 16 ounce wide mouth jars. Instead of mixing the beans together, you can layer the beans. Very pretty. Just use about 1/8 cup of each bean until you fill the jar.

Attach this to the Jar:  Holiday Bean Soup Mix
Bean Mix from jar
1 smoked ham hock
2 cans, 14.5 oz each stewed tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
6 cups water
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin seed

Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain beans and place in a stockpot. Add ham hock, tomatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaf and 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serve warm. Makes 11 cups of soup.

Note: If you really want to be thoughtful, you may include the spices in a separate bag included with the jar.

Split Pea Soup Mix
2 1/2 cups green split peas
2 1/2 cups lentils
2 1/2 cups pearl barley
2 cups alphabet macaroni
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.

Attach this to the Jar:  Split Pea Soup
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.


Trail Mix makes the perfect gift-in-a-jar for gift giving as a Christmas gift, Thanksgiving gift, Halloween gift or just as a thinking of you gift. Trail mix is very colorful and looks impressive in a decorated jar. visit our Gifts-in-a-jar page for more information & recipes.


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