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Barley Rice Stew

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This thick heartwarming stew is perfect fare on a cold winter day.

NotesFor quart jar; double the ingredient amounts.

Decorating the Jar:

To add the finishing touches to your jarred mix, simply center the chosen fabric square on the lid of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Then wrap your chosen tie around the rubber band twice, covering the band, and knot the tie to hold it in place.

Using a hole punch, make a hole in the tag and slide the tie through the hole, threading it through once or twice and tying it off with a bow. If you’ve chosen to photocopy the boxed tag provided with each recipe, you may want to fold the left side of the tag over the right before punching a hole in the top left-hand comer. This will allow you to thread the tie through two layers of paper, attaching your tag securely to the jar.

Finally, to make your Mason gift jar even more special, you may want to use the same ribbon or twine to attach an item that can be used when preparing the particular recipe. Wooden spoons, wire whisks, and cookie cutters are possible choices. Your beautiful Mason jar mix is now done, ready for its lucky recipient!

6 (1 cup) servings

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Mealdinner

Type of Dishhot soup, soup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup barley
  • ½ cup white rice
  • ½ cup dried minced onion
  • 1/3 cup imitation bacon bits
  • ¼ cup chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 7 cups water

Instructions

  1. Creating the Jar:

  2. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-pint wide-mouth canning jar.

  3. Layer the ingredients in the jar shown at left, pressing firmly with a flat-bottomed object, such as a tart tamper or the bottom of a narrow glass, after each addition. Make the layers as level as possible.

  4. Secure the lid, and decorate as desired (see Notes). Attach the following instructions for making the stew:

  5. BARLEY RICE STEW

  6. Pint-Jar Yield: 6 (1 cup) servings

  7. In addition to the contents of the jar, you will need to add the following ingredient:

  8. 7 cups water

  9. For quart jar, double the ingredient amount.

  10. Combine the water and contents of the Jar in a medium-sized pot, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, stir, and cower. Stirring occasionally, simmer for 1 hour, or until the barley is tender and the stew is thick. Serve hot. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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