Use these easy instructions and printable directions to make a quick and unusual red beans and rice gift in a jar for holidays, hostess gifts and more.
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After creating the recipe for Rosemary Focaccia in a Jar, I wanted a soup or other food to go along with the bread in a gift basket, but kind of wanted something as unique as the bread. Thinking about what type of recipes can be adapted to a gift in a jar, a favorite recipe for red beans and rice came to mind.
It took just a bit of creative thinking (and the use of a baggie and plastic wrap) to make this work for a mason jar gift, which I think turned out great! Not only is this presentation unusual, it shares that great thing about gifts in jars - the reusable container that can be used for storage.
Of course, this red beans and rice gift can stand on its own as a hostess gift or "night off from dinner" gift along with a bagged salad.
To make this even more unique, I was able to use some home-grown, dried heirloom Jacob's Cattle beans. So instead of titling the recipe for my tag "Red Beans and Rice", I called it "Heirloom Jacob's Cattle Beans and Rice." You can substitute different beans for the red beans - it's up to you.
Below you'll find a printable pdf with instructions for four jars, as well as all the steps need to make this easy red beans and rice gift in a jar. (TIP: this is a great last-minute gift!)
How to Make Red Beans and Rice Mason Jar Gift
- Wide mouth quart size mason jar
- Dried beans
- Spices: bay leaf, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, dried thyme, dried basil, dried parsley, cayenne pepper
- Small tie-top bag
- Plastic wrap + twist-tie
- Ribbon or twine + printable instruction tag
The key to making this jar work is to keep the three main items separate:
- the rice
- and spices
1. Put the rice into a clear tie-top baggie (zipper-top bags don't fold as well in the jar) before setting it in a wide-mouth jar. And then add the beans on top of the rice baggie.
2. Use a square of plastic wrap and measure out all of the spices into the middle.
3. Bring the edges together and tie the plastic closed with a twist-tie, creating a "spice packet." Add this on top of the beans in the jar.
4. Screw the lid on and attach the printable instructions (included below) with twine or a ribbon.
Idea for a gift basket: Include a small bottle of hot sauce with the red beans and rice and nestle them both, along with the jar of Rosemary Focaccia if you'd like, in a serving bowl (the bowl pictured was a thrift store find) or a basket lined with a pretty napkin.
I'd be thrilled to get a gift like this- wouldn't you? A night off from planning dinner!
Print out the how-to recipe to make the jar and then the tags below to gift:
Red Beans And Rice Gift In A Jar
- 2 cups long-grain white rice
- 2 cups dried red beans, about 3/4 pound
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional: omit and include a couple cloves of fresh garlic in basket)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Place the rice in a clear plastic baggie with a twist-tie closure. Put in the bottom of a wide-mouth quart jar. Pour the beans directly on top of the rice baggie.
- Place all the spices in the middle of a square of plastic wrap. Bring up the edges and close with a twist-tie. Put on top of the beans in the jar (trim the top of the spice packet with scissors, if needed).
- Use a ribbon or twine to attach the cooking instructions to the jar.
Directions to attach to jar:
Click on the image below to open in a new window (then right-click to download to your computer):
To Make a Tag:
Print directions and cut out. Punch hole in corner of one recipe instructions or glue to a slightly bigger piece of cardstock or scrapbook paper and fold in half before punching hole. Thread ribbon or twine through and tie around lid.
Other Easy Jar Gifts To Make:
Rosemary Focaccia Bread in a jar
Cinnamon-Oat Pancake and Waffle Mix Gift
Ranch Salad Dressing Mix Mason Jar Gift
Note: this article was originally published in 2011 has been updated with larger photos, clearer formatting, and new printable tags. Enjoy!
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Linda Antonini says
I LOVE your idea of the Beans and Rice Mason Jar gift. My daughter is getting married in December and all her friends call me "Beanie" and her fiance's last name if "Rice". So her hashtag for the wedding is "Beans and Rice"! We thought giving this customized gift would be a great FAVOR for her wedding!
Can you please tell me what SIZE Mason Jar you used so I know what to order. Thanks again for such a great idea!!!
What a perfect idea, Linda - and fun! The contents fill a quart size mason jar - it was listed in the directions of the recipe to make the jar, but not in the supplies list, so I've updated that for any future readers. Enjoy!
Nice. I like the spice packet. Now how about some dessert?
Graham Cracker Cookies
1 1/2 c fine crush graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c AP flour
2 t baking powder
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c butter, softened
12oz chocolate chips
1 c chopped pecans or walnuts
1 c flaked coconut (optional)
Oven 375 degrees. Mix first three in a bowl. Beat sweetened condensed milk and soft butter until smooth in a large bowl. Combine wet and dry in the large bowl until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts & coconut.
Drop batter by heaping teaspoon on lightly oiled cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes, cool 5 minutes, remove from cookie sheet to finish cooling. Makes 4-5 dozen.
That's the regular recipe. So, put the first three in the bottom of a quart jar, mixed or layered. Then put the nuts and coconut in a non-zip type baggie in the top of the jar. Then put the bag of chocolate chips and can of condensed sweetened milk with the quart jar in a basket or gift bag. Revise the recipe for the jar. The only thing the recipient has to buy is butter.
brenda from arkansas
Perfect timing! I just decided yesterday to make up some soups in a jar to give away! Thanks!
Lady Linda says
Thanks so much for sharing another great idea!
Jami @An Oregon Cottage says
Oh my goodness, Mindy, those dolls are SO cute! Thanks for sharing the link!
Dorothy-Life With Boys says
This is great! Thanks for sharing the recipe (and the idea!!!)
Thanks for sharing...I love to do gift baskets and will definately add this recipe to this years list!
Ooooh, am I on the recipient list?! :o) Sounds deeeelicious!!!
I got my first Christmas gift made - and posted.