I’m so impressed with these beautiful mason jar gift ideas from my friend Faye Lessler at Sustaining Life, I wanted to share them with you!

Mason jar gifts are a lovely idea for the sustainably minded – they come in a reusable and outrageously useful mason jar, are made in-home with sustainable ingredients, and can be whipped up quickly, for minimal holiday stress. They’re perfect for friends, bosses, coworkers, teachers, and family.

(I’ve put two recipes in this post. Head to Sustaining Life to get the third and her tips for wrapping them beautifully.)

For The Home Cook: Rosemary Sea Salt

What you need:

  • 4 cups coarse sea salt
  • 4 sprigs ( or tbsp) dried rosemary

Directions:

  1. Chop dried rosemary with a knife or pulse in a food processor.
  2. Mix salt and rosemary together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Transfer to jars!

For The Toast Eater/Leftover Reheater: Sweet Pumpkin Apple Butter

What you need:

  • 5 lbs of apples
  • 1 small sugar pumpkin (about 1/2 lb)
  • 1 pint apple juice/cider
  • 1 pint water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp crushed cloves

Directions:

  1. Remove stem, skin and seeds from pumpkin. Chop into rough 1 inch cubes.
  2. Remove cores from apples and chop into rough 1 inch cubes, leaving the skin on.
  3. Add chopped apples, pumpkins, and the rest of the ingredients to a crock pot or large, heavy pot on the stove. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer, let sit for 1 hour.
  4. After simmering for 1 hour, blend the mixture either with an immersion blender, or by transferring it to a blender or food processor. If you are transferring the mixture, be sure to allow it to cool (almost completely) before blending, and definitely do not over-fill your blender/food processor!
  5. After blending, simmer for 3-8 more hours, stirring very occasionally. Be sure that the heat is low enough so that the butter does not bubble and splash as it thickens, because that shit burns. When stirring, check for thickness of consistency.
  6. Transfer to jars when desired consistency is reached. I like mine to be somewhere in between a thick applesauce and jam.