I have recently developed an (possibly unnatural) obsession with putting things in jars! Notably mincemeat, chutney and flavoured vodka (OK, that was a bottle but it makes little difference). But I also love the idea of putting dry ingredients of different recipes in a jar and I came across loads when searching for homemade gift ideas. Just search for “gifts in a jar” for almost infinite ideas. Below are a selection of ideas I came across which I’ll be trying soon, but this is my idea:
(Pepparkakor is Swedish gingerbread and alliterates with popcorn)
You will need:
- 2 tsp icing sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Cellophane (or baking parchment)
- Gift ribbon
- Small jar
- 100g popcorn
- Fabric or paper (cut into a circle a few centimetres wider than the lid of the jar)
What to do:
- Mix together the icing sugar, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Make a small sachet with the cellophane, place the spice mix in and secure with the ribbon. To ensure the cellophane and ribbon are clean you can wash them by hand just as you would the dishes (although I have a feeling putting them in the dishwasher would not do them any good!).
- Weigh 100g of popcorn into the jar, place the sachet on top and place the lid on the jar.
- Tie the paper or fabric circle to the top of the jar with some more ribbon and attach a label with the following instructions:
1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a saucepan with a lid.
2. Remove the cellophane sachet from the jar.
3. When the oil is hot, tip in the popcorn and place the lid on.
4. When the popping begins to slow remove from the heat.
5. When the popping has stopped completely transfer to a bowl.
6. Add the contents of the cellophane sachet and mix well.
Gingerbread Mix in a Jar (I’ve seen these in shops which have a gingerbread man cutter tied on with the label and I love the idea)