Good Food to Share – 10 Recipes

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Throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season, it seems there is always a potluck, a get-together, or an office party that you need to prepare a dish, or treat for. Or, maybe you need to help out a friend who just had a baby, or there’s an impromptu neighborly get together after a day of shoveling and sledding. Whatever the occasion might be, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite things to share with a crowd.

We like to use some of our big jars for times like these. So, we always try to have a few on hand! The gallon and half-gallon jars are so useful. When possible, we’d recommend the CT style (as opposed to the lug) because it allows you to screw on the lid more tightly.

Good Food to Share

Big Red Kitchen has a recipe for cookies and cream popcorn, which will be gone before you get a chance to sneak a handful for yourself.Cookies&CreamJars

This recipe for Rosemary Maple-Glazed Nuts from Food in Jars has the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Everyone loves pie, and if you’ve already whipped up some apple pie filling, all you need to do is add a pie crust. BlogCanned Apple Pie Filling Orchard Road Jars

If you have a jar of Pepperelly on hand, pull this appetizer together with just two other items – cream cheese and crackers. PepperellyTree&Snowman[1]

These mini coffee cakes are the kind of thanks your neighborhood shovelers will need after a snow storm. Mason Jar Coffee Cakes

This delicious and colorful copper penny salad is great for that potluck dinner.Heritage Hill Salad Serving Jar

If you know some new parents, stock their fridge with a few jars of raspberry white chocolate mousse. It is the perfect snack for those midnight feedings.Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse in Jars

Homemade granola mixed with a little yogurt, or eaten straight out of the jar is a classic wholesome snack. Here is a great recipe for pistachio coconut olive oil granola.

When your friends host a crowd of kids for a busy day of sledding and snow ball fights, this crockpot chicken will save the day.Crockpot Pulled Chicken with Relish

If you know a co-worker who needs an extra hand, bring them lunch in a Mason jar. Or treat your child’s teacher to a night off from cooking and send them home with a Mason jar meal.Meals in Jars

We have a lot of ideas for Mason Jar Meals on Pinterest.



What’s your favorite dish to share?

Book Sale and a Holiday Jam Recipe with Pomona’s Pectin

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Did you hear? We are having a SALE on our book collection! We carry a variety of cookbooks from the Ball Blue Book, to Desserts in Jars, to The Joy of Pickling, to Blue Ribbon Country Canning. Right now, you can save $3 when your $30 product order includes a book! Use code book3 at checkout. *While supplies last. Canning Library - FIllmore ContainerOne of the books we carry is Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin by Allison Carroll Duffy. In our quest to reduce the amount of sugar in our jam this year, we find ourselves referencing this book frequently.  Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin is a great guide to help you on your journey of low-sugar preserves. You’ll learn how to use Pomona’s Universal Pectin to create marmalades, preserves, conserves, jams, jellies, and more. From sweet offerings like maple, vanilla and peach jam to savory favorites like red pepper and jalapeno chutney.Pomona's Pectin & Preserving with Pomona's Pectin Book

We have a great holiday jam recipe using Pomona’s Pectin. Carey Nash created Merry Mulled Merlot Jam, a low-sugar jam made with Pomona’s Pectin. Here’s what she had to say about the recipe. “I developed this recipe right before the holidays to give out as special gifts. It is complex, robust, tart, gorgeous red, and perfect for holiday gifts!”

A special thanks to our friends at Pomona’s Pectin for sharing Carey’s recipe with us!

Merry Mulled Merlot Jam

Yield:  5 to 6 cupsPomonas Calcium Water Label

Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water.  To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well.  Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Merry Mulled Merlot Jam Ingredients

Merry Mulled Merlot1¼ cups up to 2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder
1 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
3 cups Merlot (750 ml bottle, which contains about 3¼ cups)
2 cups coarsely chopped navel oranges
¼ cup lemon juice
3 packets Mulling Spice (see alternative option for mulling below)
2 teaspoons calcium water

Merry Mulled Merlot Jam Directions

1. Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small saucepan; cover and heat to a simmer. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.

2. Measure sugar into a bowl and thoroughly stir pectin powder into the sugar. (Carey’s original recipe called for 2 cups sugar; at Pomona’s we used 1¼ cups sugar and it was just right for us.) Set aside.

3. In your jam-making pan, simmer 1 cup cranberries in 1 cup of Merlot until the cranberries soften and pop (about 10 minutes). Once they have popped, squish them all up with your wooden spoon.

4. When cranberries are squished, add the remaining 2 cups Merlot (drink any Merlot left in the bottle or add it to the jam – your choice!), 2 cups orange pieces, ¼ cup lemon juice, and 3 packets of Mulling Spices. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Remove Mulling Spice bags and add 2 teaspoons calcium water. Bring to a boil. Add pectin-sugar mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil. Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.

6. Taste and add more sugar if desired. If adding more sugar, stir for 1 min. more at full boil.

7. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

Enjoy any way you choose or try one of Carey’s serving suggestions:

Spread on cinnamon raisin toast.
Smear on a bagel with cream cheese.
Serve with mild cheese and crackers.
Top a pound, cheese, or angel food cake.
Add to thumbprint cookies.
Dress up your turkey sandwich.
Eat with a spoon directly from jar!

Alternative Mulling Ingredients & Directions

3 strips of orange zest, 2” wide, or equivalent (best to use an organic orange)
4 whole peppercorns
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
¼ of a whole vanilla bean

1. After measuring out 1 cup of Merlot to simmer the cranberries in, pour the rest of the bottle (should be a little more than 2 cups) into a saucepan.

2. Add above ingredients.

3. For vanilla bean, use a paring knife and slice the piece of vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds into the Merlot to be mulled and also add the vanilla bean pod itself to the mixture.

4. Bring covered mixture to a simmer and simmer covered for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into the pan with the squished cranberries.

5. Add remaining ingredients and follow steps above to finish making the jam.

Our Paper Straws are Made in the USA

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We thought it was important to let you know that not all paper straws are made the same. Paper straws that are imported often claim they use “safe inks”. The base ink may be safe by itself, but the colorants added and the process they use to dry the inks are questionable.StrawSpiralSQUARE-001

We DO NOT sell imported straws!

In fact, the manufacturer of our paper straws (Aardvark) has been testing (via independent laboratories) all of the various imported paper straws sold at Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Amazon, Dollar Tree, ETSY, and other various retail and grocery stores over the past two years. Here’s what they discovered:

All imported paper straws tested have failed independent testing for ink safety, containing materials not approved by the FDA, making them unsafe for direct contact with beverages. 


Some imported straws now carry a true warning of “For decorative purposes only.” The straws we sell are 100% safe, made in the USA, 67% thicker than imported straws, and will not bleed into your drink, making our straws stronger and safer than the imports.

It is important to us that our products are 100% safe for consumers, which is why we have always sold paper straws that are made in the USA and are safe for you and your family. Shop our straws here.

You can find more information about this consumer alert here.

ReCAP Mason Jar Ideas + a Giveaway

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It’s been exciting to see the growth of the reCAP Mason Jars; a PA company manufacturing useful accessories that give new life to your old or new mason jars. We’ve been carrying these neat Mason jar toppers since they first came out and have been using them a lot! Have you seen the great savings when you by multiples? Can you say stocking stuffers?!

I’ve found that I never quite have enough of them because they’re so helpful! They’ve found their place on my jars, transforming them into dispensers of all things…marshmallows, pasta, soup bases, spice blends, dried beans, barley, liquid concentBall_Widemouth_24_oz_Jars_with_Bands_Lidsrates…and the list goes on.

The reCAP pairs really well with our “Venti Mason Jar” a 24oz Widemouth jar with no shoulders. These jars are easy to fill, and easy to empty. It’s a very popular jar among mason jar fans, but sometimes hard to come by. You can order it here.

We’ve heard that reCAP creator, Karen Rzepecki will be on ABC’s Good Morning America this Friday, December 5, 2014 so tune in! In honor of a year of big changes for Karen & her crew and the resurgence of the Mason jar, we’re giving away 4 reCaps of your choice. Enter your chance at the end of the post.

ReCAP’s are so useful! Just check out these great ideas, and pin your favorites!birdwatcher ReCAP Coffeelover Doggybags experiences getthroughfinalsweek hotchocolatewithakick

NetiPot partyfavor seasalt smoothie snowflakejar spicerub tealover teampride thankyourteachergiftWhat will you do with your reCap?

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Small Business Saturday in Lancaster County

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Small Business Logo2014Keith & I often wish we had more time during the work day to get out and see what our customers are doing with all of those jars, lids, and candle making supplies that get packed into trunks, vans, trailers and trucks!

Well, this year, I managed to get out and explore so that we can do something a little different for Small Business Saturday. We’ve chosen a handful of local businesses who have chosen to support other local businesses – folks who carefully create incredible food products – mostly made with ingredients from our region, and those who create incredible bath & body products, candles, detergents & soaps using mostly natural ingredients.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the great locally made products that the industrious and creative folks of Lancaster County have to offer.

Lemon Street MarketBlogLemonStreet

In downtown Lancaster City, Lemon Street Market boasts an impressive array of food offerings from local artisans and crafters in our region including:

Linden Dale’s incredible Goat Cheese & yogurt collection and Fiddle Creek Dairy’s Swiss Yoghurt.Blog Linden Dale Farm Yogurt

The incredibly delicious Simply Ghee products.Blog-Simply Ghee

Carefully crafted sauces by Cortazzo Foods and Christina Maser’s Pantry.Blog-Cortazzo Foods Sauces Lemon street Market

Tasty sweet & savory jams, jellies & spreads and other preserved goods from Tait Farm, and Christina’s Pantry.Curdelicious & Tit Farm Lemon Street Market Specialty condiments and dressing and herb blends from Chef Tim, Happy Hal’s Jalapeño Relish, and Christina’s Pantry Hot Sauce.Blog Hals and Hot sauce

Honey from Stockin’s Apiaries and BeeBees All Naturals. Honey Lemon Street MarketAn amazing assortment of veggies pickled by the likes of Epic Pickles. Epic Pickles Lemon Street MarketThey also carry a green line of bath, body, candles & laundry products from Tandi’s Naturals, Christina Maser Soaps & Candles.

Fresh Vintage by Amy

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Located on the square in Strasburg, Fresh Vintage by Amy carries Good Neighbor Candles and the complete line of Tandi’s Naturals, Christina Maser Soaps & Candles, along with her Preserves and a wide selection of other locally handcrafted items.BlogCollage - fresh vintage Amy

Zest!

Lititz boasts a great gourmet cooking store that offers classes, local products from several local Lititz favorites including Curdelicious, local honey from Walt’s Bees along with products from Cortazzo Foods and Christina Maser’s Pantry, and Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-Op.Zest Lititz

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm

Located in Bird-in-Hand, Kauffman’s Fruit Farm not only offers an incredible selection of fresh local fruits, but their own home made fruit butters, additive air-dried Apple Schnitz, a wide selection of jams & jellies as well as locally produced honey.

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Many of these businesses, along with many more small businesses, can also be found at some of the local year-round markets; Lancaster Central Market, The Green Dragon Farmer’s MarketRoot’s Country Market. Visit-Lancaster-PA-Logo

To discover other exceptional Lancaster County businesses checkout VisitLancasterPA.net

We encourage you to get out there and support your local small businesses, farmers, growers and crafters!

Do you have a favorite product or a business that you’d like included in our Small Business Saturday feature in 2015? Let us know, and we will happily add you!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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Every year we put together some of our favorite things in hopes that you’ll find something perfect for someone on your list, or maybe something to add to your own wish list! We’ve expanded our list this year, adding some ideas for DIY gifts.  And for those of us that aren’t so crafty, or might not have the time to make your own, we have some ideas for you too! Psst…we are giving away a $50 credit to Fillmore Container to get you started on your shopping list – enter here. Happy shopping!

Gift Guide - Fillmore ContainerFillmore’s Best Sellers

We have lots of great things to choose from at Fillmore Container. Every holiday season, there are a few items that stand out as the favorites…here they are.
Water Bath Canner – Introduce someone to canning and get them the essentials.
Cherry Pitter – We love, love, love this handy tool. We even made a video about it!
Party Supplies – Oh, so many fun ways to dress up your party!Top Christmas Straws Lids Jars

Canning Books  – A library of resources for veteran canners or newbies. Right now, we are having a SALE on our book collection! Save $3 when your $30 product order includes a book! Use code book3 at checkout.
*While supplies last.Canning Library - FIllmore ContainerCandle Tools – A perfect hostess gift that will keep candles burning their best.
ReCAPS – Use as a dispensing lid, for fermenting, and so many other things.
Orchard Road Jars – Sleek new jars with pretty packaging.Orchard Road Canning jars empty closeBall’s Heritage Collection – Limited edition jars in blue & green perfect for a collector!
French Square – We use them for gifting homemade goods.
JarBox – Store or tote your preserves safely, in this plastic container.
Pantry Jars – These jars are so pretty, fun to customize, and very useful.HeritageHillCollectionFunnels – This might be the most useful kitchen tool you ever give someone.
Cuppows – Lots of fun new colors for sipping a drink from a jar.
BNTO – A regular guest in our packed lunches.

Fillmore’s Favorite Homemade GiftsDIY gift collage

If you are a DIY, make your own kind of gift giver, this list is for you.

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Mulled Spices
Cranberry – Rosemary Vinegar
Almond Butter Crunch
Spiced Apple Rings
Grilling Rubs
Mason Jar Lanterns
Spice Mixes
Body Scrubs & Body Butters
Pear Vanilla Jam
Mason Jar Mug Cozies

Fillmore’s Favorite Gift Ideas

If you don’t have the time to make your own, but still want to give something just as special, one of these ideas will delight you.Gift Ideas 2014

Get your Ferment on!
Turn your mason jars into fermenting machines with the right parts from Fermentools.

Wrap up your Mason jar in a cozie:
Mason Jar Mug Cozies
Mason Jar Sleeve
Custom made Mason Jar Cozy

Something Sweet or Spicy for the Kitchen:
Spoonable indulgence in a jar!
Fresh Batch Jams
Infused Spreads
Sunchowder’s Emporium
Callicuts Spices
Born to Hula All Natural Hot Sauce 
Torchbearer Sauces

Pamper your Senses:

Sweet Grass Farm, The Joyful Bath, Lantern Hill Candle Works and Farm House Fresh have whipped up some glorious products. Have you tried the Pajama Paste! If candles are your thing the Outer Banks Candle Company and GreenMarket Purveying Co.  have archival styled products whose labels you won’t want to rip off!

If you didn’t find that perfect something here, you are sure to find something on one of our Pinterest boards.


Don’t forget Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 29, 2014!

We have some great local businesses here in Lancaster County, many of which sell our customers products. We’ve made a list of a few of our favorite Lancaster County crafted products and the Lancaster businesses where you can find them here. We encourage you to get out and explore your own local small businesses!

Very Merry DIY Gifting Ideas + 2 Giveaways!

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We’ve been busy testing some new DIY holiday gifting ideas, and have enjoyed reading the ideas from our friend, Kate Payne, of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking. Kate made raw live vinegar from fruit scraps and is gifting them in our French Square Dairy Jars. What a great way to eliminate food waste and make a unique gift for family and friends! You can win your own case of our French Square Dairy Jars and lids on her blog. (Photo credit- Kate Payne)RealVinegar- Hip Girl

There are many great ideas for homemade gifts that we thought it would be helpful to put them all in one spot for you. We hope these ideas will jump start a DIY gift frenzy.

Fillmore’s Favorite Homemade GiftsDIY gift collage

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Mulled Spices
Cranberry – Rosemary Vinegar
Almond Butter Crunch
Spiced Apple Rings
Grilling Rubs
Mason Jar Lanterns
Spice Mixes
Body Scrubs & Body Butters
Pear Vanilla Jam
Mason Jar Mug Cozies

Kate Payne has lots of other DIY holiday gift ideas too. Here are few that we really love!

Raw Live Vinegar
Homemade Infusions – liqueurs, extracts, and bitters.
Peppermint Marshmallows
Meyer Lemon Bath Salts

Don’t forget to think about some pretty ways to dress up your gifts! We have a few ideas on how to, wrap it up, and label it here. Labeling your gift is often part of the fun, especially if you do something really creative like chalkboard labels.

To help you get started on your gift giving projects we are giving away a $50 credit to shop Fillmore Container. Enter your chance below.

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5 Tips to get Holiday Packages on Time

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The holidays are right around the corner and it’s very important to us that you receive all your orders when you need them. Here are a fNew Shippment Snipew tips to help us ensure everyone’s package arrives on time.

#1. Order early to allow for unforeseen delays! Winter happens and weather trumps delivery guarantees with carriers. Peak holiday shipments also cause delays; allow extra time for UPS Ground and UPS Standard packages picked up or scheduled for delivery between Dec. 11 and Dec. 24, 2014.

#2. Use our shipping estimate tool to determine estimated arrival dates, and to determine which shipping method will work best for you. You’ll find the shipping estimate tool in your shopping cart. Check the UPS year-end holiday schedule here.

#3. Consider shipping black out dates for carriers. These are times when packages do not move, even if they have already left our facility and are taken into consideration in our ETA.

#4. Provide a valid email address when checking out to receive a shipment tracking email, and track the timeline for delivery once it leaves our facility.

#5. We celebrate the holidays too (plus the ever-popular year-end inventory reconciliation)! Please note that we will be closed on November 27 & 28, 2014, and December 25, 26, 30, 31, 2014, and January 1, 2015.

DIY – How to make your own Vanilla Extract

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Have you ever wondered if it is cheaper to make your own vanilla extract?Blog-Vanilla Extract Funnel 2

We were quite curious about the real savings, and we’ve wanted to try making our own extract for a long time. We also thought that homemade vanilla extract would make great holiday gifts. Since we are in gift giving season, we thought it was the perfect time to test a recipe and determine the savings.  Here’s what we discovered.

Vodka isn’t a stock item in our home, so it was easy to start from scratch and figure the actual cost per jar. We wanted to use them as part of our Christmas giving this year so we made a lot! If decent vodka is a regular in your kitchen, you could whip up a small single kitchen batch whenever you had good vanilla beans on hand.

In my recipe research, I landed on 6 – 7 Vanilla Beans per cup (8oz) of vodka. Yep, it’s that simple!Blog- Vanilla Extract Supplies

What you need:

Bottles & lids
Beans
Vodka
Sharp paring knife
Cutting board
Funnel

Choose your vessels:

I wanted a variety and wanted to consider clear vs. amber and volume (some of our friends go through vanilla more quickly!).

I liked the UV blocking characteristics of our Amber Boston Round Jars (8oz) and their geeky polycone phenolic lids. They look and feel official. If you don’t need to see the lovely hue of your extract, these are the best choice. Amber Jars & Phenolic Lids

I also liked the ability to see those gorgeous Madagascar vanilla beans, so I chose 2 other clear jars – the 8oz Woozy Bottles and the 12oz Vinaigrette BottlesVanilla Extract Funnel Both of these had an opening that would fit with the Dripper Plug Orifice Reducer. I also wanted to use a lid with a plastisol liner to be sure the contents remained as fresh as possible.Blog- CT Lids and Dripper Plugs

Sourcing your Vanilla Beans:Blog-Vanilla BeansBulk is usually better, but it’s worth knowing that the source is also high quality. We took a tip from Marisa McClellan, of Food in Jars, and purchased the beans through Beanilla and were happy. Pricing was reasonable and shipping was fast (free if you spent enough), and the quality of the beans was impressive! They carry a wide range of beans, so you can have fun choosing which will work best for your plans.

Vodka:

A mid-grade, high proof vodka is sufficient. It is important to note that most vodka is gluten free. However, if gluten is a concern, you may want to reference this gluten-free vodka list.  If you don’t want to use vodka, rum is a good substitute.

DIY Vanilla Extract Recipe:

Start with clean bottles and lids.

Carefully slice the vanilla beans lengthwise. I like to keep the top part intact – they’re a little easier to handle that way and I think they look a little fancier.Blog - Splitting Beans

If you’re using shorter jars like the Amber Boston Round Jars (8oz), the bean will need to be cut in half. Blog - Splitting Beans for Amber Jars

Place the proper amount of beans into your jars, 6 – 7 Vanilla Beans per cup (8oz) of vodka.Blog - Beans into Jars

Using the funnel, pour the vodka into the jars, being sure that all vanilla beans are covered. Blog-Vanilla Extract Funnel 2

If you are using the Dripper Plug Orifice Reducer, carefully insert it and then cap it tightly. Blog-Dripper Plug ExtractGive each jar a good shake and store them in a dark place. It helps the process if you shake them every so often.

Blog - Vanilla Beans at workSavings:

What did it cost per complete bottle of Vanilla Extract?

Including the bottles & lids, vanilla beans and vodka, the costs are as follows:

I know I’d pay much more than this for a bottle of vanilla extract at the store. This was so easy to pull together, so much better than store bought vanilla and will look so much prettier once the kiddos lovingly create and attach their hand crafted tags and notes.

 

How to Make Your Own Mulling Spice

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Mulling Spices -BlogOne of our favorite ways to welcome these shorter days, cold evenings and the Holidays is to make Mulled Apple Cider. Once the aroma fills our home, it suddenly feels warmer and the world is a better place!  In the past, I’d simply thrown a scoop of whole cloves and a cinnamon stick, perhaps a shake of ginger or nutmeg into my kettle and sometimes an anise star. I loved it that way, but not everyone enjoys having to avoid the spicy matter as they’re savoring the warmth of the flavors.

This year, we decided to make a Mulling Spice base. Why? All of the traditional flavors are there, and present in the ideal ratios. Now I just grab one jar instead of rummaging through my spice cabinet and I’m less likely to hear “Mommy, it’s too spicy!” Also, we’re containing the spices, so there aren’t floaters to deal with as you’re ladling or drinking. I’ve found that I don’t use as many spices because they are crushed and seem to be more effective in imparting flavor. Oh, and we thought some special jars filled with this would make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, hosts or coworkers!

Spice Collage - mulling

It’s always best to start with spices that are as fresh as possible. If you are doing these for gifting, we’d recommend finding a market that carries bulk spices, as you can usually get better pricing and they may offer higher quality or Fair Trade spices. If you’re a local, we would recommend Calicutts Spices or The Herb Shop at Lancaster Central Market.

The Mulling Spice Base Ratios:Mulling-Supplies

3 sticks of cinnamon
½ of a whole nutmeg
¼ cup of whole cloves
¼ cup of whole allspice

We gathered our spices, some jars and my mortar & pestle.  If you’re feeling rather testy, you could use a hammer or the back of an ice cream scoop to take it out on your spices, but it may be difficult to contain them. We did small batches because my mortar is small. It’s important to not overload your mortar or you will end up with more dust-size particles – not as nice. The goal is to break the spices…not to pulverize them, so you’ll need to pay attention to your pestle placement rather than using a random crushing action.

We used the mortar & pestle to break up the allspice and clove together.  crushing spices Blog

Then we crushed the nutmeg. Nutmeg- Fillmore ContainerBlog

We broke the sticks of cinnamon to fit the jar and just placed them on the top. Mulling Spices done- Blog

After capping the jars, they’re ready to gift! Mulling Spices ready to gift - Blog We used the 4oz jars since they’re a great gift-giving size. They hold a single batch of the recipe above – and will provide enough spices to do 3 -5 gallons of cider. You could send along a spice ball, or several squares of cheese cloth and baker’s twine to make it even more complete!

Wrapping Mulling Spices -blog

When we used it, I simply placed a couple of tablespoons of the mix and cinnamon pieces in some cheesecloth, bound it with bakers twine and tied it to the handle on my kettle to keep it out of the way during ladling.Mulling Spices at work - blog

Looking for more ideas for homemade gift giving in jars? Check out our Pinterest Boards!