Beans for Holiday Gifts UncategorizedBean Bulletin, Cooking Bean soup mix in a jar makes a perfect hand-crafted (in minutes) hostess gift. Choose a variety of beans and arrange them in layers in a glass jar, alternating layers of different-colored beans. Tuck a packet of herbs or spices on top of the beans and decorate and attach a card with instructions for making the soup. This recipe, adapted from Family Circle magazine uses eight different types of beans with beautiful contrasting colors, and for something a little different, a curry spice mix. Layer in a jar: ½ cup kidney beans ½ cup cranberry beans* ½ cup pink beans ½ cup black beans ½ cup navy beans ½ cup pinto beans ½ cup small red beans ½ cup great northern beans *If cranberry beans aren’t available in your area, substitute one of the other varieties of beans in this layer. Mix together in a small plastic or cellophane bag: 2 teaspoons chicken or vegetable bouillon granules 2 teaspoons dried minced onions 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried coriander 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions for cooking: Rinse beans and place in a large pot. Cover with water and soak overnight. Drain beans and return to pot. Add 6 cups water, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 1 ½ hours. Add two 14 ½ ounce cans of diced tomatoes and the seasoning mix. Simmer an additional hour or until beans are tender.