Here’s a super quick mason jar gift idea that makes a really useful and different gift for teachers, hostesses, and for families at the holidays. You simply pull together mason jars – vintage, regular or even the colored special editions – pop-top lids to fit, and a seasoning mix for salad dressing. Finish with a recipe card that I’ve created for you to easily print and cut out and it’s done!
You probably know I love gifts like this (I know I’d like to receive it!) because not only is it something that has a good chance of being used often, it may also introduce the recipients to something new (like these pop-top lids made to fit mason jars, which I LOVE) and it also encourages scratch cooking with something that is super easy to make at home – salad dressings. And while this type of gift can be made for any type of salad dressing (like Italian seasonings with directions for a Balsamic Vinaigrette or a small bottle of apple cider for Apple Cider Vinaigrette), I decided to gift my Best Ranch Dressing & Dip because it’s so popular and because I actually show it being made in a mason jar in the original recipe.
Here’s what you need to put this gift together:
- mason jars (vintage or regular – the reissued Heritage jars in blue or green would be fun, too)
- plastic pop-top lids made to fit mason jars (I used these “Pour Caps” made by reCAP which I bought in 4-packs)
- dry seasoning mix (recipe below)
- small zip-top baggies to package the seasoning mix
- printed recipe labels/tags (link below)
Since I was using my original recipe, I simply combined the seasonings called for in a bowl and measured enough to make 2 batches of dressing (you could easily add more). I didn’t bother with trying to create a typical dry Ranch mix with dry buttermilk because, well, I think my recipe is the best, 🙂 so the recipe tag lists the sour cream and buttermilk needed to make the dressing. I did substitute powdered garlic for fresh, since I thought it would be easier for this application.
Here’s the mix you’ll need for 2 recipes (for each jar) – if you want to give more, simply double the amounts:
- 3 tb. dried parsley
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- ¼ tsp. dry dill
- Mix all ingredients together well in a small bowl.
- Transfer to a small baggie.
- Makes 4 Tablespoons, enough for 2 batches of Best Ranch Dressing
Once your seasonings are mixed up add one baggie to each jar and print out these recipe tags on card stock to accompany them:
I made the recipe tags to fit inside a pint-sized jar, but you can also use them as gift tags by punching a hole in the top and tying it around the jar (then you can write “to” and “from” on the back).
Handmade gifts don’t have to be complicated – purchase a few inexpensive items, mix up some ingredients, print out tags, add them to a jar and you’ve got a really useful gift for under $10. SO much nicer than running out to buy something you’re not sure about and that you maybe can’t afford, right?
So tell me, would you like getting this gift, or is it just me who gets geeky over cool mason jar lids?
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